About the College

Berea College is distinctive among institutions of higher learning.

Founded in 1855 as the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, Berea charges no tuition. The College admits only academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources.  Berea’s cost of educating a student exceeds $23,000 per year.

Berea offers rigorous undergraduate academic programs. These programs lead to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 28 fields.

All students work at least 10 hours per week in campus and service jobs in more than 130 departments.

Draper Hall
Draper Hall

The College has an inclusive Christian character. This is expressed in its motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the Earth” (Acts 17:26).

Berea’s primary service region is the Southern Appalachian region. Yet, students come from all states in the U.S. and in a typical year, from more than 60 other countries. Our students represent a rich diversity of colors, cultures and faiths. About one in three students represents an ethnic minority.

Berea continues to build upon a distinctive history of 150 years of learning, labor and service. The College always seeks to find new ways to apply its mission (the Great Commitments) to contemporary times. Berea accomplishes this by: