Berea College
101 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40404-2182
Berea, KY 40404-2182
(800) 326-5948
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Berea College was founded in 1855 in Berea, Ky., and was the first co-educational, interracial college in the South. Berea is an undergraduate college unlike almost every other institution: none of their students pay tuition. Instead, each student must participate in the school’s labor program, which requires them to work 10-15 hours a week in one of the more than 100 college offices, departments, and off-campus programs, in addition to taking a full load of classes each semester.

Programs Offered

Berea College offers bachelor’s degree programs in several different areas, including biology, English, art history, nursing, education, and psychology. Berea also offer several programs that focus on the history, lifestyles, trends, and issues of certain groups of people, including African and African-American studies, Asian studies, child and family studies, and women and gender studies.


Berea College gained accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges in 1926. They received specialized accreditation for their nursing program from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education in 2003, and for their teaching program from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in 1955.


Because of a limited number of spaces available at Berea College, they are very selective when accepting students. While they don’t have any numbers set in stone, they look for candidates with an ACT score of at least 20 or SAT score of at least 1410 and a high school grade point average of at least 3.0 with college preparation classes. They also require applicants to submit their high school transcripts for evaluation. Berea has strict financial eligibility requirements to make sure they only accept students from low- or limited-income families. They provide an online economic calculator that can be used to see if the applicant is eligible.


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