Office of Admissions

Admission Requirements

Students who are most likely to be offered admission to Berea College show the strongest possible combination of academic preparation, scholarly success, character recommendations, and financial need.

Academic Eligibility

Admission to Berea College is academically competitive. We have a limited number of spaces in each year’s entering class, and are looking for students with strong academic potential who are financially deserving.

In 2014, more than half of incoming freshmen graduated in the top 20% of their high school class.Most of our students score between 20 and 30 on the ACT (1410 -1980 SAT) and have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.0 in a strong College Prep curriculum. We also consider other factors such as community service, leadership qualities, and levels of motivation.

We strongly recommend the following high school curriculum:

  • Four (4) units of English (including composition, rhetoric, and literature)
  • Three (3) units of Mathematics (at least Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry)
  • Two (2) units of Laboratory Science
  • Two (2) units of Social Science/History (including World History)
  • Two (2) units of foreign language

Transcripts and official score reports are required for evaluation of academic qualifications. Students may take either the ACT or SAT.

Financial Eligibility

Since Berea College provides a remarkable opportunity for promising students of limited economic resources by awarding all admitted students a four-year tuition scholarship, the College has established a policy for determining each family’s financial eligibility for admission, based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Please use the quick financial estimator for a simple way to better understand if you will meet Berea’s financial qualification requirement.

However, please remember that these are only general guidelines. Final determination of financial eligibility could be affected by many factors such as number of family members in college, untaxed income, and social security benefits.

If you have any questions about meeting Berea’s financial requirement, please contact the Admissions Office.

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