Berea College Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Berea College
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Berea is a selective college, admitting only 33 percent of those who apply. Students are required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Both are accepted, although the majority of students submit scores from the ACT. As part of the application process, applicants must submit an application, schedule an interview with an admissions officer, and submit letters of recommendation and high school transcripts. A personal essay is optional, but strongly encouraged.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Berea College Description

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. Berea is a member of the Work Colleges Consortium.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 1,665 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44% Male / 56% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $25,470
  • Books: $700 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $6,472
  • Other Expenses: $2,400
  • Total Cost: $35,042

Berea College Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 16%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $32,118
    • Loans: $2,394

Academic Programs

Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 84%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 48%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 63%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Track and Field, Volleyball, Softball, Tennis, Soccer

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

Berea College Mission Statement:

the complete mission statement can be found at

"Berea College, founded by ardent abolitionists and radical reformers, continues today as an educational institution still firmly rooted in its historic purpose "to promote the cause of Christ." Adherence to the College's scriptural foundation, "God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth," shapes the College's culture and programs so that students and staff alike can work toward both personal goals and a vision of a world shaped by Christian values, such as the power of love over hate, human dignity and equality, and peace with justice. This environment frees persons to be active learners, workers, and servers as members of the academic community and as citizens of the world. The Berea experience nurtures intellectual, physical, aesthetic, emotional, and spiritual potentials and with those the power to make meaningful commitments and translate them into action."