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The College Hour is doing something different. We are not going to put HBCU's by states, region or in alphabetical order. We are hoping that you stretch your mind and look at a lot these institutions because they all have a lot to offer. Choosing an institution is a very important decision and shouldn't be taken lightly. The majority of students and parents choose a school a lot of times because of financial reasons. Some choose because we don't want to be far from home. I hope you take this thought into consideration. Choose a school on the strength of it's ability to get you where you want to go in life. I say this because there is a prevailing thought that the ice is colder from someone else's refrigerator. This fallacy is further from the truth than people realize. Statistics show from the 2010 Department of Education that over 40 % of African Americans that received Bachelor Degrees came from HBCUs. Over 70% of African American Doctors and Dentist come from HBCU's. Over 50% of African American Engineers come from HBCUs. Now take this thought with you. HBCUs only make up only 3% of Colleges and Universities in this country. These institutions also have close ties to corporations and foundations for employment and for raising capital for their endowment and working capital. HBCUs give a sense of belonging, self pride and the thought of experimenting and failure is just a learning experience of something not to do again and try another approach to get the answer. The College Hour recognizes that HBCU's are not for everyone. If you are thinking about going to College, GO TO COLLEGE. It is one of the greatest experience that you will have in your life.

But, if you decide to go to college, go to a HBCU!!!!!


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Bethune-Cookman University

Mary McCleod Bethune is a product of another HBCU. Mrs. Bethune graduate from Scotia Seminary which is now Scotia-Barber College. Her teacher and mentor Lucy Craft Luney is also a graduate from Scotia Seminary. Mrs. Bethune took her teaching style from Lucy Luney.

In October 1904, Mrs. Bethune rented a small house in Daytona, Florida for 11 dollars a month and for $1.50 she started the Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls. Mrs. Bethune started with 6 students, 5 girls and her son, Albert. Because of money constraints, they made ink out of elderberry juice, pencils from burnt wood, furniture from local businesses and financial support from churches and donations from the community. By 1910, enrollment rose to 102 girls, 1920 to 351 girls and the schooled valued over 100,000 dollars. Mrs. Bethune renamed the school to the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute. The school curriculum grew out necessity to train teachers because Mrs. Bethune couldn't find train teachers for her school. In 1923, the school merged with the Cookman Institute for Men and was renamed the Bethune-Cookman School. The school was so popular in the quest for knowledge and education that they rivaled the white school in Daytona. In 1924, the became affiliated with the United Methodist Church. By 1931 the school became a 2 year college. In 1941, the Florida State Department of Education approved Bethane-Cookman request to become a four year institution. Mary McCleod Bethune retired in 1942. The school was accredited in 1970 by the Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools and was granted University status in 2007. From humble beginnings and the determination of one person has harvested a great institution. I hope African Americans can learn from the example of Mary McCleod Bethune, sacrifice and dedication and a great will to accomplish your goals.

Academia:                                                                                                                           Athletics
School of Business                                                                                            Men Sports                   Women Sports
School of Arts & Humanities                                                                            Basketball                     Basketball
School of Social Sciences                                                                                   Baseball                        Softball
School of Science, Engineering and Math                                                          Golf                              Golf
School of Education                                                                                          Cross Country              Cross Country
School of Nursing                                                                                              Tennis                          Tennis
Honors College                                                                                                  Track and Field            Track and Field
                                                                                                                         Football                        Volleyball

Bethune-Cookman University Link Below:
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Bethune-Cookman University
640 Dr. Mary McCleod Bethune Boulevard
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

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