Freshman Students

Bethune-Cookman University seeks to enroll students with the potential and desire to further their intellectual, spiritual and social development. Each applicant is evaluated individually based on their academic performance at the high school level. The University also considers the applicant’s character and demonstrated interest in obtaining a college education.

Definition of a First-Time Freshman

A student is considered a first-time freshman if he/she is currently in high school or has not previously attended any college, university and/or proprietary school within or outside of the United States since graduating from high school or secondary school.

Disclosure Statement: The student must disclose all institutions attended. Failure to disclose all institutions previously attended will constitute falsification of information and will result in denial of the student's application

To be considered for admission to Bethune-Cookman University, the student must have satisfactorily completed an accredited high school curriculum, with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale, and have taken the SAT or ACT. While there is no stated test score requirement, candidates should achieve a minimum score near the national average for college-bound students. The University takes into consideration averages of the incoming class’ ACT or SAT scores and GPA.

Satisfying the minimum requirement for admissions does not guarantee admissions.

Coursework at the high-school level should include the following, each with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0:

  • Four units of English
  • Three units of college preparatory math
  • Three units of natural sciences (at least one laboratory)
  • Three units of social sciences and history
  • Six academic electives

Application Procedures

All students applying to B-CU must submit the following credentials:

  • A completed application for admission, including a 250-word essay on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.
  • A $25 non-refundable application fee or official fee waiver form obtained from the high school guidance counselor.
  • Official copies of transcript(s) including all high school academic experiences.

To be considered for admission to Bethune-Cookman University, the student must have satisfactorily completed an accredited high school curriculum, with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale, and have taken the SAT or ACT.

  • One letter of recommendation

Recommendation for Consideration 

Admissions decisions are based on the total student portfolio and demonstrated potential for contribution to the university and probability for success at Bethune-Cookman University. In the application review process, B-CU strives to discover students who will bring academic and creative achievements and who have a proven commitment to community service and leadership.

Decisions for admissions will be based on the strength of the academic curriculum, grade point average, SAT or ACT test scores, personal essay, extracurricular activities, recommendation and potential contribution to the university. Important Note for All Applicants: Admissions decisions include Acceptance, Deferral, Wait List and Denial.

Upon acceptance, submit the following:

  • Intent to Enroll Form to the Office of Admissions
  • $300.00 Enrollment Fee by calling the Cashier's Office at 386-481-2292 or by mailing it to the Cashier's Office at the University's address.
  • Sign up and attend a mandatory New Student Orientation session.
  • Submit Physical Examination Form to Student Health Services.