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Berea College

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

Berea College Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Berea College, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions 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 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 27.6%
Mean SAT Score 1212
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 8%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 46%
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 March 31 November 15

Applying Early to Berea College?

Berea College does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Find 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

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

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 deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight 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 put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Berea College

What does Berea College consider 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
Academic GPA Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work 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. Double check 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, 72.8% submitted a class rank. At Berea College 27.6% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 77.2% were in the top 25% and 97.6% 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 14.7%
3.75 and 3.99 30.6%
3.50 and 3.74 20.3%
3.25 and 3.49 22.2%
3.00 and 3.24 9.4%
2.50 and 2.9 2.8%
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 looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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. 46% 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 earn between 1123 and 1255 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Berea College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1255 and 25% of scored lower than 1123, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Berea College student is 1212.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Berea College students scored 628 or higher and 75% of students scored 555 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Berea College students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 555 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Berea College?

To be most competitive at Berea College, you should strive to earn between 23 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Berea College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 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.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

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

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

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

❌ Berea College does not accept International Baccalaureate credits but does accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Berea College?

❌ No, Berea College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Berea College's acceptance rate?

✅ Berea College's acceptance rate is 33%.

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 33%. This means that the institution accepts 33 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

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 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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