Berea College

101 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40404-2182
Tel: (859)985-3000
Private not-for-profit | 1,658 students
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.

School Overview:

Berea College
CountyMadison County, KY
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--General
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
147 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment1,658 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
1,601 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
57 students137 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted32%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)540-660450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)525-625460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)500-610440-570
ACT English (25-75%)22-2819-25
ACT Math (25-75%)21-2518-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)22-2720-25

School Notes:

  • Founded in 1855 as the first interracial and co-educational college in the South, Berea College promotes understanding and kinship among all people, service to communities in Appalachia and beyond, and sustainable living practices which set an example of new ways to conserve our limited natural resources.
  • Berea is nationally recognized for its outstanding liberal arts curriculum, offering Bachelor degrees in 28 fields, including arts and sciences and select professional programs, as well as independent, student-designed majors, Dual-degree engineering program in cooperation with Washington University-St. Louis and the University of Kentucky.
  • Berea, with a population of 10,000, is located 35 miles south of Lexington where Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region meets the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains. In 1988, Berea was designated the “Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky.” The College is located near the center of town, which is easily accessible by car just off Interstate 75. The driving time from Louisville, Ky., Knoxville, Tenn., or Cincinnati, Ohio is slightly more than two hours. Commercial airline service is available through Blue Grass Airport in Lexington.
  • Berea College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Teacher Education Program accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Department of Nursing accredited by the National League for Nursing.
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28.3 mi. away
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46.3 mi. away

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