Berea College


Highest Degree Offered: Bachelors

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Four-one-four

State: Kentucky


Located in Berea, Kentucky, and founded in 1855, Berea College takes pride in being the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. Students at Berea come from 50 states and roughly 60 countries, but the majority of students hail from Appalachia. The college has made a niche for itself in serving students who have limited economic resources. Students pay no tuition, and all students receive significant financial aid for all four years of attendance. All students work 10 to 15 hours a week on campus or in the community as part of Berea's Labor Program. Since its founding, Berea has had a non-sectarian Christian identity.

Most Popular Majors

Agriculture, Biology, Communication Studies, Elementary Education, Human Development, Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology, Technology and Industrial Arts

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 1549
Total Grad Students:
Undergraduate Students: 1549
Faculty: 132

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

Percent Male: 42%
Percent Female: 58%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 50%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 64%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

101 Chestnut Street
Berea Kentucky 40404


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Main Phone: 859-985-3000

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Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

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Minimum GPA for Applying:
Berea encourages the application of transfer students who have achieved at least a minimum college GPA of 2.5. The average successful transfer applicant to Berea College has a college GPA of 3.25. Students with less than a 2.5 college GPA in the last 24 hours of college credit are ineligible for admission to Berea College.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Credit is awarded for every college-level course completed at a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or better provided the work has been completed within ten years from the date you plan to begin study at Berea College.

Credits (Min/Max):
Eight (8) of the last eleven (11) courses required for completion of the degree must be earned in residence at Berea College. Exceptions can be approved by the Student Admission and Academic Standing Committee.

Test Scores for Applying:
Official ACT or SAT I scores are waived for applicants who are able to present an official transcript showing grades for at least 24 semester hours of college credit at a regionally accredited institution.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Two Evaluation and Endorsement forms completed by a former teacher, college professor, principal or other school administrator are required.

Essay(s) required:
An essay or personal statement is recommended.

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Other Requirements:
A Statement of Good Standing from all institutions attended previously is required.

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 22 27
English 21 28
Math 21 26
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 495 640
Math 483 588
Writing 513 610

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Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 625

Transfers Accepted: 115

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 18%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 12%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: 6%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 700

Other Expenses: 1802

Room and Board: 5792

Tuition and Fees: 910

Total Cost: 9204

Note on Costs:
Every Berea student is awarded a 4-year, tuition scholarship. The amount of the scholarship will vary depending on financial need, and the presence of any additional outside scholarships.

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Approximate annual tuition totals $24,100. The actual cost to students and their families is $0.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 1886

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 100%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 18%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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