Advising & Support
Academic advising is central to the education of every Berea College student. The relationship between the academic adviser and the student is the foundation of the advising process at Berea. In this process, the adviser assists the student in reviewing, selecting, and reaching his/her educational objectives in a helpful, professional, and mutually respectful atmosphere that allows students to:
- Become well informed about policies and procedures, curricula options, and academic program requirements
- Define their educational objectives
- Plan programs that incorporate their interests, abilities, and career goals
- Make full use of the resources available at Berea College. Upon matriculation at Berea, each student is assigned an academic adviser with whom he or she will work until a major is declared. Once a major is declared, which usually occurs during the term in which the student will earn his or her 15th credit, the student will begin to work with an adviser in the chosen discipline.
New students are introduced to their advisers at a mandatory Registration and Orientation Workshop, or ROW, during which they have an opportunity to become acquainted with the College, indicate their preference of classes, meet some of their classmates, and learn about residence life and the labor program. Students are invited to spend the night in the residence halls, and their families may join them on campus for information sessions and social events.
There are three ROWs during the summer, plus a Fall ROW in August for those students who are unable to attend summer ROW sessions. (International Students have orientation in late August.) Each student is expected to attend a ROW, which is scheduled through the Office of Academic Services once a student has been accepted for enrollment. Informal visits to campus are welcome at any time.
The Student Service Center coordinates mathematics placement testing for incoming students.
The office also oversees the awarding of credit through the CEEB Advanced Placement Examination and College-Level Examination Program, as well as the Advanced Standing Examination program administered by Berea College faculty. Questions regarding academic testing may be directed to.
To assist students in their pursuit of graduate study, the Student Service Center maintains current application booklets for national testing programs such as the GRE and LSAT examinations. Such forms can be found in the Self Serve Room (101 Lincoln Hall).
Student progress may be monitored through the Early Intervention Program, a program that seeks to identify students who are experiencing academic, labor, or other difficulties. Curtis Sandberg, the Director of Academic Services, coordinates the Early Intervention Program. In cases where Berea College becomes aware of student difficulty, the adviser and/or Early Intervention Program coordinator may initiate contact with the student. The program coordinator works closely with College faculty, academic advisers, labor supervisors, Residential Life professionals, and many others on campus to ensure that students receive the full benefit of campus resources and remain on track to personal and academic success.
Students may depart campus for a number of reasons: graduation, leave of absence, withdrawal, etc. To ensure that all business is completed prior to departure, students must process a clearance card, which requires them to secure signatures from certain individuals and departments on campus. Individuals who are departing campus may obtain a clearance card from the Student Service Center, First Floor Lincoln Hall. Graduate clearance cards are placed in Hutchins Library near the end of Fall and Spring Terms.
Students who intend to discontinue enrollment at Berea College prior to graduation should consult with their academic advisor and Curtis Sandberg, Director of Academic Services, and then report to the Student Service Center to begin the withdrawal process.
NOTE: Any student-initiated withdrawal should be considered carefully with respect to the loss of financial aid and potential repayment requirements. Withdrawn students also must reapply for admission to the college. However, readmission has become a very competitive process and successful applicants for readmission almost always leave Berea in good academic standing.
The Office of Academic Services also works with these and other campus organizations to provide appropriate referrals for a variety of services: