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Berea College

Berea, KY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate25%
Acceptance Rate25%

Berea College Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Berea College. The acceptance rate at Berea College is 25%. Last year, 2,217 students applied to Berea College and 545 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Berea College, the regular decision application deadline is March 31 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who submit their applications to Berea College for the fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than November 15.

Berea College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Berea College's admissions stats.

Berea College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 30.9%
Mean SAT Score 1217
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 8%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 40%
Waitlist No

Berea College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Berea College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 3 31 November 15

Considering Applying Early to Berea College?

Berea College does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Berea College Admissions

Transferring to Berea College

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Berea College

Berea College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Berea College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Berea College

Wondering what factors are considered by Berea College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Interview Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Academic GPA Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Berea College for more information on admission factors.

Berea College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Berea College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Berea College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Berea College?

Students admitted to Berea College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 70.5% submitted a class rank. At Berea College 30.9% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 70.3% were in the top 25% and 96.4% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Berea College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 11%
3.75 and 3.99 30%
3.50 and 3.74 26.6%
3.25 and 3.49 19.3%
3.00 and 3.24 11.6%
2.50 and 2.9 1.5%
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Berea College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Berea College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 8% of Berea College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 40% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Berea College?

To be competitive with other Berea College applicants, you should aim to score between 1163 and 1273 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Berea College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1273 and 25% of scored lower than 1163, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Berea College student is 1217.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Berea College students scored 625 or higher and 75% of students scored 578 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Berea College students scored 673 or higher, and 75% scored a 578 or higher.

To be most competitive at Berea College, you should strive to earn between 23 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Berea College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Berea College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

More Information on Transferring to Berea College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Berea College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 31. Applicants should hear back by April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Berea College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Berea College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Berea College?

❌ Students who are admitted to Berea College must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Berea College accept transfer credits?

✅ Berea College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Berea College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Berea College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

❌ Berea College does not accept International Baccalaureate credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Berea College?

❌ No, Berea College is test optional, so you can decide whether or not to submit your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Berea College's acceptance rate?

✅ Berea College has an acceptance rate of 25%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Berea College?

❌ Berea College does not offer early decision.

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Berea College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Berea College? Berea College is a somewhat selective institution. The Berea College acceptance rate is 25%. This means that the institution accepts 24 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1163 - 1273


Math SAT Range

558 - 625


Reading SAT Range

578 - 673

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1273 and Above


1163 to 1273


1163 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Berea College students is 1217. Applicants with SAT scores of 1273 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Berea College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1163 to 1273 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1163 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Berea College.

Berea College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Berea College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.62. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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Campus Setting

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Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Mar 31
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