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Residence Life

“To maintain a residential campus and to encourage in all members of the community a way of life characterized by plain living, pride in labor well done, zest for learning, high personal standards, and concern for the welfare of others.” – The 7th Great Commitment of Berea College

The residence life program at Berea exists to foster a strong spirit of community throughout its residence halls. The program is designed to fulfill the commitments and purposes of the College by promoting social interaction and responsibility, interracial and intercultural living, academic pursuits, spiritual growth, and individual development. It provides opportunities for leadership, work, exploration of values, and the development of lasting friendships.

The residence hall experience is an important component of a Berea College education. The Residence Life Collegium and the residence hall student staff seek to support the academic mission by creating and maintaining an environment conducive to good study habits. The college also recognizes the inherent educational value of a residence hall experience. By being engaged in a process of positive interdependence whereby you can create communities, you will develop invaluable life skills such as communication, empathy, conflict resolution, and compromise. The residential experience is based on a shared sense of common good, something students should learn to value and seek to create throughout their lives.

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Your roommate becomes your family at college. Communicate with each other and be understanding, you are each other’s support system after all.” – Mi Zheng, Class of ‘16

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