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Berea College is a private institution that was founded in 1855. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,661, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 140 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Berea College's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 75. Its tuition and fees are $980 (2012-13).
Situated in the city of Berea, Ky., Berea College is known for being the first interracial and coeducational college in the South. Berea is different from most colleges because it does not charge students tuition for attending the school. The college relies on endowment income, gifts, and financial aid to support the students in their educational aspirations. All students are required to work a minimum of 10 hours per week in campus-approved jobs in more than 130 departments. Along with degree-granting programs in 28 fields, there are also more than 50 organizations for student participation. All students are required to live on campus unless they are aged 23 or older, married, or a parent. Known as the Mountaineers, Berea College is a member of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and offers 16 varsity programs.
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Berea College serves students who possess great academic promise and limited financial resources. Berea College charges no tuition, providing all students with the equivalent of a full-tuition scholarship. All students must work at least 10 hours per week in one of the most ethnically diverse liberal arts colleges in the U.S. The first college in the south to educate black and white, men and women in the same classroom, Berea continues its progressive march into the future with such initiatives as the Ecovillage, a housing complex designed on sustainable living and building principles, and the Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service (CELTS), which provides oversight and direction for all service activities. Ultimately, Berea seeks to graduate service-oriented leaders for the Appalachian region and beyond.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Berea College, it's important to note the application deadline is April 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 30. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 12.4 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||12.5%|
|Application deadline||April 30|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||April 30|
The student-faculty ratio at Berea College is 11:1, and the school has 67.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Berea College include: Visual and Performing Arts; Education; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79.5 percent.
Berea College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,661, with a gender distribution of 43.3 percent male students and 56.7 percent female students. At this school, 83.5 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 16.5 percent of students live off campus. Berea College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NAIA|
Campus Info & Services
Berea College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Berea College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Berea College.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Berea College, 100.0 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $25,905.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$980 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$5,966 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data