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Apply as a Transfer Student

Apply as a Transfer Student

Important DatesPriorityRegular
Application DeadlineJanuary 31March 31
Decision NotificationMid-FebruaryApril
Deposit DueMay 1May 1

We have no interest in making your application process to Berea difficult. Our streamlined application and checklist are the basic requirements.

Students often tell us their life experience is so meaningful that we can’t get to know them without it. Your story and identity matter in our holistic and selective admissions process. Use the elective items to share your story.

Application Checklist Components

Apply for Free Online

Complete the Berea College Application for Admission. There is no application fee. Our application opens August 1.

Submit Your High School Transcript

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

Submit Your College Transcript(s)

Submit your official transcripts from all institutions attended (even for credit earned while in high school) at  If you are currently enrolled, you should submit official transcripts once grades for the term are posted and before the February 1 Priority Deadline.

Submit the FAFSA/FRQ

Applicants will be required to submit the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at when it becomes available. Berea’s FAFSA code is 001955.

Prior to the FAFSA opening, submission of the Financial Resource Questionnaire (FRQ), a form unique to Berea, helps to determine if a student meets the College’s financial eligibility requirement. Although offers of admission may be made based upon information submitted via the FRQ, all such offers will be considered tentative until such time as final FAFSA results are received.

Submit Your Essay

Submit your essay response by logging into your portal.

Your essay prompt is:  Why do you wish to attend Berea College?  How can Berea help to achieve your academic and personal goals?  Please be sure to describe what you plan to study and how certain you are of your academic plans.

Test Scores (Optional)

Students who believe their scores are an accurate representation of their ability should submit them. There are two ways to submit official test scores:

  • 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.
  • Email a copy of your full score report to:

Please note: test scores older than five years will not be considered.

Proof of Permanent Residency (if required)

For eligible non-citizens, depending on your USCIS status, a copy of your permanent resident card or employment authorization card will be required.

Optional Electives


We are happy to hear from teachers, coaches, mentors, and others who are willing to brag on you. Submit a Teacher Recommendation Form by logging into your portal or by sharing this direct link:

Activities Resume

Share with us your awards, community service, extracurricular activities, and work experience. This is your chance to brag about yourself. Submit this form by logging into your portal.

Personal Submission

Share with us your experiences, perspectives and creativity through written, video and/or graphic essays. Upload your personal submission by logging into your portal.

Student Self Inventory

In less than 5 minutes, you’ll select a variety of statements which best describe you and your personal story. Complete this elective by logging into your portal.

Short Statement

Berea College was created 168 years ago and became the first interracial and coeducational college in the South. Please tell us in 168-ish words or less, how this is meaningful for you in context of your personal experience. Complete this short statement by logging into your portal.

Transfer Applicant FAQs