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Bethune-Cookman University enrollment jumps for 2024

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.Bethune-Cookman University has much to celebrate as administrators say they are seeing a big jump in enrollment.

“We were about 7% in the last few months and it continues to increase. We now have over 15,000 applications. Over 9,000 entered and over 1,200 deposits. So that means the students have committed to becoming a Wildcat,” said Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives Dr. Camille Shepard.

About 2,500 students were enrolled at B-CU in 2023.

Shepard said she believes they are on track to sign up more this year.

“There are more applicants. We try to be a little more selective in who we admit. Our admissions rate hasn’t changed much, it’s just the amount of student applicants who have an interest,” Shepherd said.

This comes after a year in which several students protested the conditions of dorm rooms, forcing the university to add more housing options.

Shepard said right now they are monitoring and making sure the dorms are level.

“What we did together is actually walk through the dorms in each room so the students are good to go when they get here. We actually have an enrollment collaboration where we bring all the departments together and look at what the students are going to need so we’re prepared before they even come here,” Shepard says.

On Wednesday, the university opened the Carl S. Swisher Library in honor of the 149th birthday of its founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.

“Exhibiting some of the artifacts from the university’s archives and some from her home,” said Dr. Tasha Lucas-Youmans, Dean of the B-CU Carl S. Swisher Library.

In September, B-CU announced plans to demolish the oldest dormitories on their campus, Meigs and Curtis Hall.

Officials say they are still developing their master plan that includes building a new student center on campus.

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