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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B-
Berea is an above-average private college located in Berea, Kentucky. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,615 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Berea acceptance rate is 35%. Popular majors include Biology, Information Science, and Psychology. Graduating 66% of students, Berea alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $24,600.
About Berea College...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
USA South Athletic Conference
Address
101 Chestnut Street
Berea, KY 40404
Website
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Berea College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
35%
Application Deadline
May 30
SAT Range
970-1200
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$1,680/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$33,422/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
96%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.23 responses
50%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.26 responses
38%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.26 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,615Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
55
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
99%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Busy
    50%
  • Intellectual
    33%
  • Diverse
    8%
  • Stressed
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
Poll
77%
of students say they don't have Greek life.26 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.38 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 11 responses
Report
  • Busy
    36%
  • Challenging
    27%
  • United but challenging . Berea college prepares us
    18%
  • Determined
    9%
  • United
    9%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.8 responses
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You're looking at free college. You're looking at debt-free graduation. You're getting an education that doesn't cripple you for the next 20 years.

Diversity is amazing.

That said, there are no real parties aside from the ones you put on with your friends. At Berea, you make your own fun (we're working on being more fun though).

We have a Walmart. The local area is small and freshmen cannot have cars on campus. Be prepared to walk everywhere for at least a semester or two.

As part of the work-study program, students are responsible for much of the work on campus. That includes dining. The students, who have no idea how to season eggs, are responsible for your nutritional intake. Not good.

Don't expect anything special related to athletics.

But hey, free college.
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There has been a lot of opportunities come to me just from being college. However, one of the best things about Berea is that students have the option to apply to study abroad. Also, since I am in the music department (music minor), I get to see amazing professionals perform in front of my very eyes! I am so blessed by this and encouraged by these talented people every day to improve at the piano and singing. I suppose one thing that I would like to see change here at Berea is everyone taking advantage of what they have. Berea College has a lot to offer, and it would do my heart well if people could really understand how blessed they are. Other than that, I have enjoyed being a student here and being a part of this community very much.
Berea College has a tuition free promise, which is kind of amazing, but it is not very transparent the fact that even if your financial circumstances do not increase, your term bill does.
Also, they try to accommodate for some disabilities and mental health issues, but some of the policies are more detrimental to some students than helpful, and some accommodations get forgotten about, such as many handicapped doors not working.
However, the people and the culture of the students is a wonderful fit that you seem find a place to belong, no matter who you are. You will be loved and supported through all the stress the college causes.