Applying as a First Year Student

The Application for Admission is now closed. The application deadline was March 31. Students can begin to apply for Fall 2019 admission in July.


  1. Complete the Berea College Application for Admission, which also serves as your Tuition Promise Scholarship application. There is no fee to apply to Berea.
  2. Schedule an appointment for your personal interview.
  3. Complete and return two Freshman Evaluation and Endorsement Forms from a current/former teacher, principal, or other school administrator or community leader. Fill them out online or print and fill out this form.
  4. Complete and return the high school Counselor Evaluation Form (PDF).
  5. Complete your 2018-2019 FAFSA to determine your financial eligibility.
  6. Complete your Financial Resource Questionnaire (FRQ) to determine your financial eligibility.
  7. Send us your Official High School Transcript or GED results (Home School Students must use the Home School Supplement Form).
  8. Send us your Official ACT or SAT scores.
  9. OPTIONAL: 250-500 word personal statement and/or resume. We strongly encourage those who have experienced obstacles or adversity to submit this document, which allows us to better understand you as a student and as a person beyond your grades, test scores, and other quantitative data.


  •  *If you haven’t recently been enrolled in high school, your Evaluation and Endorsement Forms should come from professionals in non-educational fields and/or other community leaders. Please note that general recommendations submitted on letterhead or in other forms WILL NOT fulfill this requirement, but will be included in the student’s application file
  • The personal statement is an essay (app. 250-500 words) that describes significant accomplishments and/or challenges you have overcome and your motivations to do so. Please be sure to include your name and date of birth on each page. The header is an easy place to do this..