Berea College

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.

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Contacting Berea

Berea College
101 Chestnut Street
Berea , KY 40404-2182
General Phone: (859) 985-3000

Berea Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts76Asian studies, African-American studies, women's studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, English literature, ...
Business and Management41business management, accounting, finance, marketing
Science31biology, call and molecular biology, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry, physics
Family and Social Work22family studies, child development
Education and Teaching21education, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, art education, family/home economics teaching, industrial arts teaching, music teaching, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine19registered nursing
Engineering Technician16manufacturing tech
Therapy and Counseling14psychology
Media11mass communication
Religion and Philosophy10philosophy, religion, Christian studies
Fine Arts10fine arts, art history and criticism
Music9music, piano, voice
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy9health and physical education, exercise science
Agricultural Science and Management8agriculture
Drama and Performing Arts7drama
Computer Science and Engineering2computer and info science
Art Studies0art studies

Number of programs and degrees for Berea in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree31254

Berea Student Body

In 2007-2008, Berea had a total enrollment of 1,582 students (1,594 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 70%
Black 17%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 42%
20-21 39%
22-24 10%
25-29 3%
30-34 1%
35-39 0%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)5%
North Carolina4%
West Virginia3%
South Carolina1%

Berea Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 83 %

Berea Room and Board (2007)

Berea offers campus housing for 1,378 of its 1,594 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Berea, Kentucky for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Kentucky Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Berea Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal490620
SAT Math480590
SAT Writing480610
ACT Verbal2026
ACT Math1925
ACT Composite2125

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT16%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT78%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Berea Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 866
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 866
Room and board $ 5,768
Room charge $ 3,082
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,686
Books and supplies $ 750
Other expenses $ 1,802

Financial Aid:
Berea participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 195500)

Berea Faculty

Berea has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Associate professorcalendar year7$76,6172*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year9$79,2112*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year24$85,92216$79,274
Associate professoracademic year29$64,87921$67,298
Assistant professoracademic year16$50,86416$51,104
Instructoracademic year5$44,4326$43,070
All faculty totalacademic year74$67,29259$63,690

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Berea Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Berea Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agriculture, General

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Engineering Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Human Development and Family Studies, General

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Music, General
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Christian Studies
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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