Bethune-Cookman University has a long-standing tradition of actively supporting military personnel. Beginning in 1938, our founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, struggled to get African Americans into the New Deal’s Civilian Pilot Training Program. Using her authority, she was able to get a number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities included among the colleges and universities chosen as sites for pilot training. It is noted that without her crucial intervention, the Tuskegee Airmen would not exist. In 1942, Dr. Bethune continued her intervention by hand selecting the first 40 African American women to be placed in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, created by an act of Congress.
To ease transition into college life and fulfill educational goals, in the spirit of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, the University provides programs and services to meet the special needs of veterans, active service members, and their dependents.
The administration’s vision is that Bethune-Cookman University will become the "University of Choice" for all branches of the United States Military and serve as a beacon for providing exceptional educational programs to our service members.
You have served our country valiantly; now let Bethune-Cookman University serve you.