Students Say

Kentucky’s Berea College is one of the nation’s few entirely tuition-free private colleges, providing a liberal arts education “to those who otherwise couldn’t afford college but who are deserving of the opportunity.” Berea is “truly a different world when it comes to the atmosphere of the college,” and the “wonderful opportunity” offered to students is truly appreciated. The school takes a “holistic approach” to education and “expects a lot from students both in and outside of class,” including labor (everyone is required to work at least 10 hours per week) and convocations.

Overview

Applicants
1,606
Acceptance Rate
34%
Average HS GPA
3.42

GPA Breakdown

27%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
510 - 630
SAT Math
513 - 610
ACT Composite
22 - 26

Deadlines


Regular
April 30

Other Admission Factors

Non-Academic

Interview

Overall

Students Say

Kentucky’s Berea College is one of the nation’s few entirely tuition-free private colleges, providing a liberal arts education “to those who otherwise couldn’t afford college but who are deserving of the opportunity.” Berea is “truly a different world when it comes to the atmosphere of the college,” and the “wonderful opportunity” offered to students is truly appreciated. The school takes a “holistic approach” to education and “expects a lot from students both in and outside of class,” including labor (everyone is required to work at least 10 hours per week) and convocations.

Professors take an active role in helping students learn: “If you miss a class, professors will email you to find out why.” They “care about not just your learning but also about who you are as an individual” and “lively and passionate about their subjects, and it is very evident within their classrooms.” “I’ve never felt more challenged than when I stepped foot in a Berea classroom,” says a junior. The small student-to-faculty ratio gives professors the opportunity to get to know their students, and “[allows] them to adapt to their students’ needs.”

Dating back to 1855, the college is “very deeply rooted in Appalachian culture and history, but unafraid to address issues outside of that.” The school gives low income students the opportunity to pursue higher education while participating in a labor program, and so “produces well-rounded, hardworking students fully prepared for grad school or the workforce.” “If the labor program is used to its fullest extent, each student has the opportunity to graduate with a fantastic résumé and many network connections,” says a sophomore. It also offers “a huge scholarship to study abroad,” of which many students take advantage.


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
168
with Terminal Degree
135

88
Men
80
Women
25
Minority
2
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dr. Harold Moses, '58
Founding Director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and former Preside

Dr. G. Samuel Hurst, '42
Physicist, Inventor of touch-screen technology

Nontombi Naomi Tutu, '83
Educator, Activist, and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Dr. Juanita Kreps, '42
First Woman on the Board of Directors of the New York Stock Exchange and fo

Jack Rousch, '64
Top automotive engineer and designer, NASCAR team owner and CEO of Rousch F

Dr. John E. Fleming, '66
Vice President for the Cincinnati Museum Center and former Director for the

Carter G. Woodson, 1903
African-American historial, author, journallist. Co-founder of Black Histo

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
84
Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,206

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,966

Average Need-Based Loan
$1,243

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$6,652

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
37%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$30,465

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$0
Required Fees
$870
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$700

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$600

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Berea students are “creative” and “incredibly resilient” and almost every one “comes from the Appalachian region [and] limited resources.” Many tend to be first generation college students, and “most student’s priorities are not in having the best material items or joining the best sorority.” The most typical thing you’ll see is “an overworked, but generally content student shuffling between classes and work.” Also, “the one thing that ties us all together is the fact that we had to work so hard to get into Berea,” says a freshman (“You have to be either an outright nerd or a secret nerd to get [here]”). As some have noticed, there “seems to be a great divide between traditional students and non-traditional.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,623
Out of State

International
8%
Foreign Countries Represented
58

Demographics

1.75%
Asian
16.12%
African-American
4.70%
Hispanic
69.78%
Caucasian
1.68%
Unknown
8.33%
International

57% female
43% male
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“Berea is a calm place” and “there isn’t much going on unless you make something happen.” Students are quite busy with studying and work, so “naps are rare” and “we usually don’t sleep in because there is just so much to do.” Most students are taking a full course load and then doing at least one or two extracurricular activities as well. “The town life is simply atrocious” but on campus, “student organizations are constantly holding events to keep Berea students occupied and having fun,” including “movie nights, game nights, dances, [and] bowling.” Heritage activities, such as Contra dancing, are big.

The town of Richmond is just a 15 minute drive away (there is also a campus shuttle, and Lexington is a bit further), so getting out of small town life for some shopping or restaurant dining “is a must” from time to time. It is illegal to sell alcohol in the town of Berea, and it is against school rules to have alcohol on campus, so “there isn’t a big party scene.” There also happen to be “a lot of couples on campus,” and “people take relationships seriously” here.


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
81%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
72
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
91

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
75
Number of Honor Societies
14

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

Men's Sports (Mountaineers)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Mountaineers)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups: We have a club called the Gay-Straight Alliance.

Minority Support Groups

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
6

Average Number of PC's per Lab
16

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
50%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Students, staff, and faculty are eligible to purchase computers at a discount from Dell and from Apple.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
CPO 2220
Berea, KY 40404

Phone
8003265948

Email
askadmissions@berea.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Carillon (in Draper building tower)
EcoVillage (married and single parent housing)
Alumni Building (cafeteria, lounge, gameroom)
Woods-Penn Complex (post office, cafe, etc)
Seabury Center (gym)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Boone Tavern
Kentucky Artisan Center
Old Town Shops
Wal-Mart
Papaleno's (restaurant)

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
8:00 - 5:00 M-F, Sat. by appt.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
askadmissions@berea.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
contact admissions for more information

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Greyhound Bus. City taxi. College provides shuttle service to Wal-Mart, Richmond, etc. Closest airport is Lexington (40 miles)

Driving Instructions to Campus
Berea is easily accessible via Interstate 75

Local Accommodations
Boone Tavern Hotel (college owned) Comfort Inn and Suites Econolodge Fairfield Inn and Suites Holiday Inn Express Super 8 Motel