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Berea College

Berea, KY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate33%
Acceptance Rate33%

About Berea College

Berea College Overview

Berea College is a private, nonprofit school in a small town setting in Berea, KY. Berea College was founded in 1855 and the school currently enrolls around 1,468 students a year, which includes 1,468 undergrads. Berea College offers housing for up to 1,671 students. The majority of students live on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! March 31, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by November 15.

Student Involvement at Berea College

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Berea College's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Berea College students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Berea College does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? Berea College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Berea College on the Student Life page.

2022 Berea College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 33%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 8%
Tuition $44,300
Percent of Need Met 96%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $49,318

Is Berea College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better view of what Berea College offers and if the school could be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Berea College

Berea College is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Berea College is 33%. Out of 1,737 applications received in 2022, 574 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Berea College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 84% of students who start at Berea College return the next year. 66% of Berea College undergrads graduate within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Berea College Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Berea College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Berea College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Berea College's endowment was valued at $1.6 billion in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Berea College spends about $17,697 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Berea College

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Berea College meets 96% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $49,318 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $1,474 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Berea College.

Based on this information, does Berea College seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Berea College a good school for you?

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Where is Berea College?

Berea College is located in the small town setting of Berea, KY.

If you are interested in seeing Berea College for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 75 to Berea, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Blue Grass.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Berea College and Berea are like without leaving home.

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College Info

101 Chestnut St. Berea, KY 40404

Campus Setting: Small Town

Berea College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Mar 31

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 31

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Berea College is Mar 31.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Berea College is Mar 31.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Berea College is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Berea College ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


23 to 28


23 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Berea College is 25. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into Berea College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Berea College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1123 - 1255


Math SAT Range

563 - 628


Reading SAT Range

555 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1255 and Above


1123 to 1255


1123 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Berea College students is 1212. Applicants with SAT scores of 1255 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Berea College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1123 to 1255 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1123 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Berea College.

Berea College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Berea College is like? There are approximately 1,468 students enrolled at Berea College. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 46% percent are from KY and 54% percent of students are from other states.


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Campus Setting

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