PROFILE

Berea College

About Berea College


Berea, the South's first interracial and coeducational college, focuses on learning, labor, and service. All students must work 10 hours weekly as part of their educational experience and to earn money for books, room and board. Berea charges no tuition, admitting academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources. Graduates from Berea go on to distinguish themselves and the College in many fields, including science, arts, education, government, and social services.

Our COVID-19 Response:

Berea College enacted a number of temporary policies intended to promote the health and safety of all its employees and students. These policies follow extensive work by various planning groups and other bodies comprised of administrators, faculty, staff and students. For the convenience of all members of the campus community these policies as well as various official communications from the President, the Administrative Committee and other designated administrators are available at: https://www.berea.edu/covid-19/

About Our Students

FALL 2020 ADMISSIONS   Numbers are for degree-seeking students applied, admitted, and enrolled in the fall of 2020.


Middle 50% ACT Range for Freshman Class   Numbers are for degree-seeking students applied, admitted, and enrolled in the fall of 2020.

English 21 - 27
Mathematics 20 - 25
Reading 22 - 30
Science 22 - 26

The ACT has four tests (English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science), each scored on a range of 1-36, and an optional writing test (scores are not reported here...check with the institution). In the ranges provided for each section below, 25% of freshmen admitted to this institution in the fall of 20202017 scored the same as or lower than the first number. Fifty percent of admitted freshmen received scores between the two numbers given, and 25% of admitted freshmen received a score the same as or higher than the second number provided for each section.

Freshmen Returning for Sophomore Year
87%

FALL 2020 ENROLLMENT   Numbers are for degree-seeking undergraduate students and graduate students enrolled in the fall of 2020.

Graduate Student: A student that holds a bachelor's degree or equivalent, and is taking courses at the post-baccalaureate level. Students formerly designated as first-professional students are now captured in the graduate student enrollment numbers.

Average High School GPA of the Freshman Class
3.61

FALL 2020 FRESHMAN CLASS
GEOGRAPHICAL PROFILE   Percentages are for the origins of first-time freshmen enrolled in the fall of 2020.

GENDER: ALL UNDERGRADUATES

Women 60%
Men 40%

DIVERSITY: ALL UNDERGRADUATES

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What Students Pay

Percent of Freshmen Receiving Aid by Type   Note: Percentages are for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in fall 2020 - 2021. Federal Grants: These monies include Pell Grants and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants made by the U.S. Department of Education as well as need-based and merit-based educational assistance funds and training vouchers from other federal agencies. State/Local Grants: These monies include grants provided by the state to the institution through the LEAP program as well as state merit scholarships and tuition and fee waivers. Local grants are any local government grants, scholarship, or gift-aid awarded directly to the student. Institutional Grants: These monies include scholarships and fellowships funded by the institution and/or individual departments. Also included are tuition and fee waivers and athletic scholarships from the institution. Student Loans: These monies include subsidized and unsubsidized loans made directly to the student, including Perkins Loans. Also included are institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans for which the student is the designated borrower and funds go through the institution. PLUS and other loans for which the parent is the designated borrower are excluded.

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Instead of charging tuition, Berea offers a No-Tuition Promise to EVERY student. This promise is comprised of scholarships (the most prominent being the Tuition Promise Scholarship), grants and non-loan aid to guarantee no student pays tuition. Room and board may also be covered, based on financial need.

 
Our Graduates

Percentage of Students Who Graduate   Percentages are for full-time first-time bachelor's (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduate students who entered this institution in the summer or fall of 2014 and completed their degree at this institution by the fall of 2020.

Within 4 Years 50%
Within 5 Years 66%
Within 6 Years 67%

Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded Last Year*   This graphic represents the four majors in which the most bachelor's degrees were awarded between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. The category of “All Others” is the sum of all the other majors earned at the institution in that year. Students with a double major will only be represented by the category of their first major.

Number of Degrees Awarded in 2020   Numbers are for degrees awarded between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Bachelor’s: Bachelor’s degrees are any degrees that normally require at least four but not more than five years of full-time equivalent college-level work. This includes ALL bachelor’s degrees awarded in a five-year cooperative (work-study plan) program which provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government and thus allows students to combine actual work experience with their college studies. Also, it includes bachelor’s degrees in which the normal four years of work are completed in three years. Master’s: Master’s degrees require the successful completion of a program of study of at least the full-time equivalent of one but not more than two academic years of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. Some of these degrees, such as those in Theology (ex., M.Div., M.H.L./Rav) that were formerly classified as first-professional degrees, may require more than two full-time equivalent academic years of work. Doctoral Doctoral degrees are the highest award a student can earn for graduate study. There are three categories of Doctoral degrees:
  • Doctor's degree-research/scholarship: Requires advanced work beyond the master's level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research, or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement.
  • Doctor's degree-professional practice: A doctor's degree that is conferred upon completion of a program providing the knowledge and skills for the recognition, credential, or license required for professional practice. The degree is awarded after a period of study such that the total time to the degree, including both pre-professional and professional preparation, equals at least six full-time equivalent academic years. Some of these degrees were formerly classified as first-professional and may include: Chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.); Dentistry (D.D.S. OR D.M.D.); Law (L.L.B. or J.D.); Medicine (M.D.); Optometry (O.D.); Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.); Pharmacy (Pharm.D.); Podiatry (D.P.M., Pod.D., D.P.); or, Vetrinary Medicine (D.V.M.), and others, as designated by the awarding institution.
  • Doctor's degree-other: A doctor's degree that does not meet the definition of a doctor's degree-research/scholarship or a doctor's degree-professional practice.

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About Our Faculty

Faculty Information   Student Faculty Ratio: Ratios are for full-time equivalent students to full-time equivalent instructional faculty for the fall of 2020. Full-time equivalent equals all the full-time individuals plus one-third of the part-time individuals. Faculty and students in stand-alone graduate programs such as medicine, law, veterinary, dentistry, social work, business, or public health in which faculty teach virtually only graduate level students are not included in the ratio calculations. Undergraduate or graduate student teaching assistants are not included as faculty. Full-Time Faculty with Highest Degree: Full-time instructional faculty in the fall of 2020 who held a doctorate, first professional, or the highest degree available in their field. Instructional faculty is defined as those members of the instructional-research staff whose major regular assignment is instruction, including those with released time for research.

Student Faculty Ratio: 9:1
Full-time Faculty with highest degree: 91%

Undergraduate Class Size   Undergraduate Class Size:This table reports on the number of classes by class size that was offered in the fall of 2020. Number of Classes:This is the number of classes per semester. A class is an organized course offered for credit, and not a subsection such as a laboratory or discussion section. Not included in this table is distance learning classes, noncredit classes, individual instruction such as thesis research and music instruction, independent studies, co-operative programs, internships, foreign language taped tutor sessions, practicums, and all students in one-on-one classes.

Number of Students 2-19 20-39 40-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 602 118 3 0 723

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Life on Campus

Berea's beautiful wooded campus, its hi-tech classrooms in historic buildings and its caring faculty create a nurturing atmosphere for learning. Berea welcomes students with diverse cultural backgrounds, creating a rich setting for exploring social, academic, athletic, and personal pursuits.

What it's Like on Our Campus   Percent of Freshmen Who Live on Campus is for freshmen enrolled in fall 2021. Percent of Undergraduates Who Live on Campus is for all degree-seeking undergraduates enrolled in fall 2021.

Freshmen who live on campus 100%
Undergraduates who live on campus 56%

Campus Safety

The Public Safety Department provides 24-hour service to the campus community. The department uses traditional and hi-tech methods to address the needs of the College's stakeholders. By establishing communities and neighborhoods on campus, collaborative partnerships are forged to attend to safety and security issues.

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