Admission Information

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

Most of our students score between 20 and 30 on the ACT (or SAT equivalent) and have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.0 in a strong college prep curriculum. Students may take either the ACT or SAT.

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 a foreign language

High school transcripts and official score reports are required for the evaluation of academic qualifications.

Berea College begins reviewing completed application files in September and continues until the end of March, or until spaces are full. Review of transfer applicants begins in February and concludes in March.

Application Deadlines for Freshmen

Priority Deadline: October 31, 2016

Final: March 31, 2017

All prospective new freshman students with application files that are incomplete as of April 1 will be denied admission. Consideration of completed applications between November 1, 2016 and April 2017 will be solely at the discretion of the Director of Admissions. Generally speaking, the earlier you apply and complete all components of your application the better your chances of admission.

Application Deadlines for Transfer Students

Final: March 15, 2017

All prospective transfer students with applications that are incomplete as of March 16th will be denied admission.

Application Deadlines for Previously-Enrolled Students

For students seeking readmission for Spring 2017: October 31, 2016

For students seeking readmission for Summer 2017: March 15, 2017

For students seeking readmission for Fall 2017: March 15, 2017

Declare Your Intent to Enroll

If admitted, you will have until May 1, 2017 to declare your intent to enroll. However, as admission to Berea is very competitive and we have a limited number of spaces available, space can only be guaranteed to the first 400 students who submit their Declaration of Intent forms and $50 non-refundable deposits.

At Berea College, we take our admissions decisions seriously. When we review your application, we’ll consider more than just numbers on a piece of paper.

We will evaluate all of the elements in your application file, including your transcripts, test scores, recommendations, and your personal interview. This provides us with a complete picture of who you are as a student and who you hope to become.

Our Admissions Decision Team carefully considers every application for admission and scholarship to Berea College. So you can count on our team of dedicated professionals to consider you based on your merit, financial need, and ability to contribute to our educational community.

Berea College operates as rolling admissions; however interested students are strongly encouraged to apply early and meet priority deadlines. The College maintains an open admissions policy for all applicants and considers students regardless of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation.

The admissions process conducts a holistic review of each applicant. Many factors are considered in the selection of an applicant, including a properly completed application, personal interview, official academic records, test scores and financial eligibility. In addition to these components, we value recommendations/endorsements, extracurricular and co-curricular activities (e.g. music ensembles, athletics, theatre), community service, character and personal qualities.