B-CU Ranked by US News & World Report in 2012 Top Tier of HBCU's Nationally and Top Schools in SouthThis year, US News & World Report has named Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) one of the "Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Southern Region" and one of the "Top Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) nationwide," according to rankings published in the 2012 edition of the US News & World Report America's Best Colleges.
In the category "Best Baccalaureate Colleges, Southern Region," B-CU was ranked #52, which places the university in the top tier of schools – those ranked from 1 to 74 out of the 99 baccalaureate granting institutions surveyed. This category rates institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of programs in both liberal arts and professional fields.
B-CU was also ranked in the top tier of Historically Black Colleges & Universities – those numerically ranked 1 to 35 out of the 90 HBCUs considered for this year's rankings. Institutions are rated based on a specialized HBCU peer survey combined with statistical data including graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
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About Bethune-Cookman University
Founded in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers baccalaureate degrees in 37 majors through six academic schools – Arts & Humanities; Business; Education; Nursing; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Sciences – and maintains intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups that have achieved national recognition. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 3,400.