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About Berea College

Berea College is a private, nonprofit school located in the small town setting of Berea, KY.

Founded in 1855, the institution currently enrolls around 1,432 students a year, including 1,432 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $1,222,167,100. For each full-time student, Berea College spends about $17,697.

Admissions Facts About Berea College

Acceptance rate: 33%

Average GPA: 3.61

Mean ACT score: 24

Mean SAT score: 1175

Does not offer early decision.

Doesn't offer early action.

Get ready! The 2022 regular decision application deadline for Berea College is March 31

All regular decision applicants should hear back April 15.

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Berea College Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Berea College. Around 33 percent of all applicants to Berea College are accepted each year. In 2021, Berea College admitted 612 of the 1,857 people who applied.

The average high school GPA for a student at Berea College is 3.61 /4.0. Admitted students have a mean score of 1175 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 24.

Is Berea College a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Berea College, around 87 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 416 students who started at Berea College as first-time freshman, 205 graduate within four years.

Berea College's six-year graduation for undergrads is 67 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $1,939 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.

Based on this information, how does Berea College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Berea College a good school for YOU?

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Berea College's application deadline is March 15. All applicants should hear back from Berea College by April 15.

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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


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Berea College ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

27 and Above


23 to 27


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 27 and above have a good chance of getting into Berea College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 27 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

1110 - 1250


Math SAT Range

540 - 638


Reading SAT Range

550 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1250 and Above


1110 to 1250


1110 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Berea College students is 1190. Applicants with SAT scores of 1250 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Berea College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1110 to 1250 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1110 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Berea College.

Berea College Tuition & Fees

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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at Berea College is like? There are approximately 1,688 students enrolled at Berea College. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 53% percent are from KY and 47% percent of students are from other states.


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Part Time


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