Your Application Checklist

Below you’ll find complete application instructions for a first time college student who has not attended another institution of higher education after graduating high school or earning a GED.

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1. Apply for Free Online

Complete the Berea College Application for Admission, which also serves as your No-Tuition Promise application. There is no application fee.

2. High School Transcript

Request an official copy of your most recent transcript or GED results. Home school students who don’t have a transcript should complete the Home School Supplement form.

3. School Counselor Evaluation Form

Ask your School Counselor to provide us with class rank information by completing the School Counselor Evaluation form. If your school does not rank, they will still complete the School Counselor Evaluation Form and indicate that it does not rank, plus provide some additional important information. (PDF version)

4. Teacher Recommendation Form

Ask a teacher from a core subject area (e.g. Math, Science, English) to complete the Teacher Recommendation Form. (PDF version)

5. Official Test Scores

Students who believe their scores are an accurate representation of their ability should submit them. Visit (ACT scores) or (SAT scores) to send your official scores to us. Our ACT school code is 1492 and SAT school code is 1060. Berea College’s application process for Fall 2021 will be test score optional. Those who choose not to submit scores will be given the same consideration as those who do. Learn more about test score optional at Berea. 


Submit the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at It is available October 1. Berea’s FAFSA code is 001955.

Has your family’s financial situation changed significantly during 2021?  While the FAFSA will consider 2020 tax information, we understand many families have encountered loss of income, job change or loss, or unexpected change in family size as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Berea College remains committed to serving students who meet our financial eligibility requirement but will take into consideration individual family situations. 

Click the icon to the left to download a printable version of the Berea College Application Checklist and Application Boosters.

Application Boosters

Our application process is competitive, and we want you to succeed! Here’s a few ways you can give your application that extra edge:

1. Recommendation letters:

While we only require one to complete your application file, we are happy to hear from any teachers, coaches, and mentors who are willing to brag on you.

2. Personal Statement:

What makes you unique? Why is Berea perfect for you? Share a personal statement of 500(ish) words with your Admissions Counselor so we can get to know you better.

3. College Resume:

Now’s your chance to brag on yourself! Share with us all of your accomplishments, awards, work experience, or extracurricular activities.

4. Visit Campus:

Whether you attend one of our campus visit events or visit us on a weekday, you’ll boost your application file and see our beautiful campus for yourself.

5. Quick Completion:

Complete your entire application file in 30 days or less, and you’ll instantly boost your chances of being admitted.