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Study at Berea College

Berea College is a private, undergraduate, liberal arts institute, and is located in Berea, Kentucky. Berea College was established as the first interracial and co-educational college in the South in 1855. It offers a number of bachelor's degrees, teacher education programs, and pre-professional programs. The programs of study at the college are in the fields of social sciences, applied sciences, humanities, music, business, and foreign languages, among others. According to the U. S. News and World Report of 2009, Berea College was placed at the 69th position in the Best Colleges category.

Berea College's students participate in many sports including swimming, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and track and field. The teams are nicknamed the Mountaineers, and they compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Among the notable alumni of the college include John B. Fenn, Nobel laureate for chemistry in 2002; Finley Hamilton, US Representative from Kentucky; and Muse Watson, American actor.

Profile of Berea College

Berea is in Berea, KY. Berea is a town not particularly near any major cities. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Berea issues awards (degrees) up to the level of Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

The school offers many Course Topics. Fields of study in vogue at Berea include science, music, mathematics, and drama and performing arts.

Berea Selectivity

Not all applicants to the school are accepted. Just 29% of applicants in 2007 were accepted at Berea. The top quarter of students at the school scored at least 593 on the verbal SAT test. Students' math SAT scores were most often in the range 478 to 600 in 2007.


The schools' faculty/student ratio of superior to most. The most successful professors at the school are given tenure, encouraging them to stay with the school for a long time. The Berea teaching staff is well compensated compared to other schools.

Student Enrolment

Approximately 1, 582 students study at the school .

Student Life

Berea offers a real campus feel. The school makes housing available to a large share of its students. Students participate in Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference athletics.

Berea Tuition and Affordability

In-state students appreciate the low tuition rate.

Berea Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts85political science, interdisciplinary studies, sociology, history, creative writing, English literature, Spanish language, economics, . . .
Business and Management35accounting, marketing, business management, finance, business
Engineering Technician34manufacturing tech
Science29biology, chemistry, call and molecular biology, biological and biomedical sciences, physics
Family and Social Work22child development, family studies
Therapy and Counselling19psychology
Religion and Philosophy16religion, Christian studies, philosophy
Media15mass communication
Education and Teaching14elementary school teaching, education, kindergarten/preschool teaching, family/home economics teaching, art education, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, music teaching, . . .
Nursing and Emergency Medicine12registered nursing
Agricultural Science and Management11agriculture, agricultural operations
Music9music, piano
Fine Arts9fine arts
Drama and Performing Arts9drama
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy7exercise science, dietitian, health and physical Education
Art Studies0art studies

Contact: Berea

Berea College

101 Chestnut Street

Berea, KY 40404-2182

General Phone: (859) 985-3000


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