Bethune-Cookman University, or simply B-CC (as it was formerly called) or B-CU, is a private historically black university in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. Mary McLeod Bethune founded the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School in 1904. The school underwent several stages of growth and development through the years and in 1923, it merged with the Cookman Institute of Jacksonville, Florida and became a co-ed high school. A year later in 1924, it became affiliated with the Methodist Church. By 1931, the school had become a junior college.
The school became a four-year college in 1941 when the Florida Board of Education approved a 4-year baccalaureate program in Liberal Arts and Teacher Education. The name was changed to Bethune-Cookman College.
The academic program of the university is conducted within eight schools.
The Marching Wildcats are a 325-member unit that includes instrumentalists, the Sophisticats Flag Corps and the 14 Karat Gold dancers. B-CU has an intense in-state rivalry with Florida A&M University. Today, they meet annually in the Florida Classic.