Applying as a First Year Student

The Fall 2020 Application for Admission is closed. The deadline was March 31, 2020.

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.

First Year Applicant Deadlines

  • Priority deadline: October 31, 2019
  • Final application deadline: March 31, 2020

1. Apply 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

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.


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

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

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