Bethune-Cookman University

The mission of Bethune-Cookman University is to develop global leaders committed to service, life-long learning and diversity by providing a faith-based environment of academic excellence and transformative experiences. Bethune-Cookman University seeks to define a new standard for academic excellence as a way to become the best small college in the southern region.  To educate and empower people to seek their own solution; to advocate for opportunities for all citizens to improve their quality of life; and to inculcate an international perspective that would facilitate a keen appreciation of the new global realities.

The University is guided by its core values: F.I.R.S.T

  • F - Faith: We recognize and uphold the Christian tradition while welcoming the diversity of faiths.
  • I - Integrity: We live in a way that reflects our deepest convictions.
  • R - Respect: We recognize the inherent dignity and worth of each person.
  • S - Service: We seek social justice through civic engagement.
  • T - Thirst for Knowledge: We are engaged in the continuous pursuit of learning that transforms us and the world.


I leave you a thirst for education. Knowledge is the prime need of the hour.

Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune B-CU Founder


News and Events

Bethune-Cookman University One of 12 UNCF-member HBCUs Selected to Participate in Walmart Foundation Grant Program

The $500,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation will provide funding and technical assistance to selected UNCF-member institutions. This grant will help these institutions with accreditation efforts and support a summer professional development conference geared toward institutional advancement. >> Read More 

President Jackson and other HBCU Presidents Share Reflections on Monday's Meeting with President Trump in Oval Office
President Jackson joined UNCF and 31 of its other 37 member-institution presidents for an unprecedented meeting in the Oval Office with President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and other top administration leaders February 27, 2017, to discuss areas of collaboration between the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the federal government.  UNCF’s HBCU-coalition partners, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), also attended Monday’s meetings. Immediately following the meeting with President Trump, nearly 90 HBCU presidents participated in a “listening session” with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary DeVos. "I truly believe that meaningful progress for our schools requires relationships," says President Jackson. "HBCUs must have a voice in Washington. We must do all that we can to ensure the success of our colleges and universities.  The meeting was productive and definitely a step in the right direction."


Bethune-Cookman Staff

The words of caring professors at B-CU helped me find my voice.

Nicole Brown, Class of 2006