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Berea College

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About Berea College

Berea College is distinctive among institutions of higher learning.

Founded in 1855 as the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, Berea charges no tuition and admits only academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources.  Berea’s cost of educating a student exceeds $23,000 per year.

Berea offers rigorous undergraduate academic programs leading to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 28 fields.

All students work at least 10 hours per week in campus and service jobs in more than 130 departments.

The College has an inclusive Christian character, expressed in its motto “God has made of one blood all peoples of the Earth.”

Berea’s primary service region is the Southern Appalachian region, but students come from all states in the U.S. and in a typical year, from more than 60 other countries representing a rich diversity of colors, cultures, and faiths. About one in three students represents an ethnic minority.

Berea continues to build upon a distinctive history of 150 years of learning, labor and service, and find new ways to apply our mission (the Great Commitments) to contemporary times by promoting kinship among all people, serving communities in Appalachia and beyond and living sustainably to conserve limited natural resources.

Campus information

Berea College is located in Berea, Kentucky, a small community of approximately 14,000 residents, located 40 miles south of Lexington, Kentucky. The temperature ranges from 15 to 32 degrees Celsius, (60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summer and -6 to 4 degrees Celsius (20 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter, although at times it gets colder. The campus encompasses 140 rolling acres (57 hectares) with more than 100 buildings, including 15 residence halls, library, and a sports/fitness center. Berea College enrolls approximately 1,600 students, most (70%) are from the southern and central Appalachian regions of the United States; another 22% are from areas of the United States outside of Appalachia; and approximately 8% of our students are international.


Berea is home to a thriving population of weavers, instrument makers, furniture artisans, jewelry designers, glass workers, potters, painters, sculptors, and musicians. The story of Berea’s artisan community is interwoven with the historic Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South. Berea has a longstanding tradition of diversity, social justice, environmental responsibility, and community service. Both college and town are committed to the practice of sustainability and conservation.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 1 Computer Science, IT 1 Creative Arts & Design 1 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 3


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