Berea College

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CPO Box 2142

Berea, KY 40404

Phone: (859) 985-3000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Apr. 30
application deadline

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#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Berea College is a private institution that was founded in 1855. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,658, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 140 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Berea College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 76. Its tuition and fees are $1,070 (2013-14).

Situated in the city of Berea, Kentucky, 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 approved jobs on campus and in the community. Along with degree-granting programs in 28 fields, there are also more than 70 organizations for student participation. All students are required to live on campus unless they are aged 23 or older, married or a parent. Berea College is a member of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and offers 16 varsity programs. Its athletic teams are known as the Mountaineers.

All students admitted to Berea College are provided a laptop to use during their college careers under the EDGE Program. Many students looking to relax while on campus go to the Woods-Penniman Commons, which houses one of the student cafés as well recreational lounges, which are referred to on campus as the "loud" lounges. The study abroad program is very popular at Berea College with more than 50 percent of the student body studying abroad during college. Notable alumni of the college include John Bennett Fenn, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1855
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $942,618,000


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 31.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 31.8%
Application deadline April 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 30

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Berea College is 11:1, and the school has 68.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Berea College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Visual and Performing Arts; Social Sciences; and Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 48%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 12%
Education 9%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%
Social Sciences 7%
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields 6%

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Student Life

Berea College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,658, with a gender distribution of 43 percent male students and 57 percent female students. At this school, 84 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 16 percent of students live off campus. Berea College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,658
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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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

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Paying for School

At Berea College, 100 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $25,569.

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Tuition and fees $1,070 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,150 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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