Bethune-Cookman University is located in Daytona Beach, Florida. The school’s beginnings go back 1904, when Mary McLeod Bethune opened the Daytona Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls. After many changes, the school merged with Cookman Institute of Jacksonville, Florida in 1923 and became affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

In 1941, the school’s four-year baccalaureate program for liberal arts and teacher education was approved by the Florida Department of Education, officially changing the name to Bethune-Cookman College. In 2007, the name Bethune-Cookman University was approved. Bethune-Cookman University is the only HBCU named after a black woman. Mary McLeod Bethune is best known for her education, political, and social efforts to empower African-Americans.

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 experience.

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