Berea College Ranked among Nation’s Top Colleges

The 2018-19 academic year is off to a great start at Berea College. Just two months into the semester, the school is making the grade with several national accolades highlighting diversity, affordability, the high-quality liberal arts education students receive, and sustainability.

In September, INSIGHT into Diversity magazine announced that Berea was one of 96 institutions to receive its Higher Education Excellence in Diversity or HEED Award. The award is the only national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campus. (more…)

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Tags: Accolade, Dr. Lyle Roelofs, HEED Award, Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, INSIGHT into Diversity, Princeton Review, Times Higher Education, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly

Forest Stewardship Council Awards Full FSC Project Certification to Berea College

Berea College received Full Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Project certification for its latest construction project, the newly built Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Natural Sciences and Health Project building. FSC certification verifies that FSC-labeled products come from a forest and supply chain managed in an environmentally, economically and socially responsible way. Currently there are a dozen FSC buildings or projects in the U.S. Five of them are on Berea College’s campus. (more…)

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Horse Logging Conference Features Demonstrations

Man operating logging equipment using two horses

Wendell Berry among Featured Speakers

Berea College will host a horse-logging conference at its Forestry Outreach Center October 29 through November 3. To culminate the week-long event, the public is invited to a free day of demonstrations and presentations on Saturday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Speakers include noted Kentucky author and sustainable forestry advocate Wendell Berry. The event is open to people of all ages and takes place at the Berea College Forestry Outreach Center on Highway 21, just east of Berea. (more…)

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Tags: Berea College Forest, Event, Forestry, Forestry Outreach Center, Horse Logging, sustainability, Wendell Berry

Berea Featured in The Atlantic

Berea’s distinctive educational model has once again attracted national attention. The Atlantic published a feature on the College following a recent visit to campus by education writer Adam Harris. The article details Berea’s remarkable history and how its mission is carried out today. Harris also asks if Berea’s no-tuition model, or at least key aspects of it, could be replicated at other schools across America to address the need for affordable, high-quality education. Read the full article at The Atlantic here.

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Tags: education, The Atlantic, Tuition-free

New Science Building at Berea College to be Dedicated; Dr. Mae Jemison, Former NASA Astronaut, to Speak

Mae Jemison

Dr. Mae Jemison

Berea College officials will conduct a dedication ceremony of the Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The new 125,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility houses the College’s science disciplines, mathematics and nursing. (more…)

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Tags: Biology Department, Chemistry Department, Dr. Mae Jemison, Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building, Mathematics Department, Nursing Department, Physics Department

Historical Marker Unveiled at Middletown School

Ceremony attendees gathered around the Middletown Consolidated School historical marker

Crowds gathered around the Middletown Consolidated School historical marker on August 18, 2018.
(Photo: Jay Buckner)

The history of the Middletown Consolidated School in Berea was recognized with a ceremony unveiling the highway marker placed by the Kentucky Historical Society. The public event took place Saturday, August 18 at the old Middletown Consolidated School on Walnut Meadow Road in Berea.

The event included representatives from state and local governments, and officials from Berea College and Berea and Madison County School systems and numerous Middletown School alumni, faculty and staff. The occasion marked the significance of the site as a Rosenwald school for African American children during the segregation era. The unveiling ceremony was followed by building tours and a reception. (more…)

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Tags: Dr. Lyle Roelofs, Historical Marker, Kentucky Historical Society, Middletown Consolidated School, Middletown School

Washington Monthly Again Ranks Berea No. 1, Twice; As Best National Liberal Arts College and Best Bang for the Buck in the South

Washington Monthly once again ranked Berea College No. 1, in two major classifications, citing Berea as the nation’s top liberal arts college and ranking Berea as the Best Bang for the Buck College in the South. Berea’s top rank in the 2018 Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings comes from its success in educating and graduating academically-talented students who have great financial need to become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities. (more…)

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Tags: Accolade, Mission, Tuition-free, Washington Monthly

Berea College Welcomes Public to 2018 Opening Convocation

Lyle Roelofs, President of Berea College

Lyle Roelofs, President of Berea College

The public is invited to join the entire Berea College community in marking the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year at the College’s Opening Convocation on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at 3 p.m. in the Seabury Center. The program is free. The theme for this year’s opening convocation will be Berea Stories. (more…)

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Berea College Highlighted for Low Student Debt, Nationally and Locally

Berea College captured the national spotlight again for helping students graduate with little or no debt. In a newly-released report focused on student-loan debt for each state, Kentucky’s Berea College was ranked No. 1 among private colleges and universities in the state and fourth among private schools nationwide. (more…)

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Tags: Accolade, Peterson's LLC, Student debt, Tuition-free

Berea Student Develops Hackathon in Tajikistan

Group of hackathon participants

KhujandHacks participants gathered for Tajikistan’s first hackathon on April 30, 2018.
(Photo: Sher Sanginov ’19)

Sher Sanginov ’19, a Berea College senior majoring in computer science, recently conducted a hackathon in Khujand, his home city in Tajikistan. Sanginov did not know what a hackathon was until he came to college in the United States, but during his time at Berea College he has had opportunities to participate in Major League Hackathons (MLH). A hackathon, sometimes called an invention marathon, is usually a day-long event where technology professionals and students meet; design a product, such as a web application; and develop a business plan to create a technology solution for a given issue. (more…)

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Tags: Computer Science Department, hackathon, International Students, Students

Six Berea College Students Awarded U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad

Six Berea College students—Sophia Winkowitsch, Deshontanae Davis, Joy Leis, Simeon Huff, Manuela Hincapie Vidal and Tyler Goins—have been awarded national study abroad scholarships. They are part of a select group of undergraduates across the U.S. chosen to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study overseas during the Fall 2018 term. These students will complete their coursework in various countries, including Ireland, Spain, Thailand, Chile, Malaysia and Australia. (more…)

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Berea College Student Receives Freeman-ASIA Scholarship for Study Abroad

Jesse Paul

Jesse Paul, recipient of the Freeman-ASIA Award

The Berea College Center for International Education (CIE) announced that Berea College student Jesse Paul has received the prestigious Freeman-ASIA Award for education abroad purposes during the fall 2018 semester. Paul, a junior Asian Studies major from Boone, Kentucky, plans to study in China. (more…)

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Tags: Asian Studies Department, Berea Abroad, Center for International Education, Freeman-ASIA Award, Students, Study abroad

Berea College Student Wins two Awards in Vocal Competition

Group at the Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition of the Kentucky Bach Choir

Pictured (left to right): Audrey Rooney, Miguel Bañales, Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, Nola Richardson and Marlon Hurst

Miguel Ángel Ortega Bañales, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music at Berea College, was awarded the Audience Choice Award in the seventh Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition of the Kentucky Bach Choir. Bañales, a student of Berea College music professor Mark R. Calkins, competed against eight student singers in the recent live vocal competition in Lexington. The Mexican-born tenor also received an Encouragement Award. (more…)

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hillbilly Documentary Film to Debut, Berea College Faculty Featured

hillbilly documentary posterhillbilly, a new documentary film that explores the historical basis of cultural stereotypes about people from Appalachia in film and television, is scheduled to make its worldwide debut at the Nashville Film Festival on May 19, 2018.

The film’s two directors, Ashley York and Sally Rubin, both with Appalachian roots, interviewed Berea faculty, including Chad Berry, bell hooks and Silas House. Other Bereans connected with the film are musician and alumnus Sam Gleaves, who was interviewed and contributed music, and Sam Cole, who is the associate producer. Several other alumni made appearances in the film as well. (more…)

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Tags: Appalachia, bell hooks, Dr. Chad Berry, faculty, hillbilly, Sam Cole, Sam Gleaves, Silas House, Staff

New Study Reveals Berea College Makes $202 Million Impact on Local Economy

A newly-commissioned study reveals that Berea College’s operations make a yearly economic impact of more than $202 million in Madison County. The study quantifies the economic impact of Berea College on the local economy. It looks at the impact generated by all operations of the College.

Although the economic impact generated by the college goes throughout the Appalachian region, this analysis focuses on Madison County. The $202 million is a measure of the total dollar value that flows through the Berea-Madison County economy because of the operations of Berea College. The exact amount is $202,413,426 for the 2016-17 academic year. (more…)

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Tags: Appalachia, Community, economic impact, Economy, madison county

Berea Exceeds $10 Million Campaign Goal for New Science/Health Building

Berea College is proud to announce that it has exceeded its $10 million campaign goal for the Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building, raising over $12 million in less than two years.  Nearly 1,000 alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students joined together to make the vision a reality. The Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health building will be a 125,000-square-foot facility that will house the College’s science disciplines, mathematics and nursing. As we get ready for the dedication on October 20, 2018, we want to share the stories of those who inspired us and whose gifts made the campaign possible. (more…)

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Tags: Biology Department, Chemistry Department, Dr. Harold Moses, Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building, Mathematics Department, Nursing Department, Physics Department, science

Berea Named a “Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck” College by the Princeton Review

We Made the List! - Colleges that Pay You Back 2018Berea College, widely known for its no-tuition policy, is named in the newly released edition of The Princeton Review’s book, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck. Only 7 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges earn inclusion in this publication.

In addition to being named as a College That Pay You Back—based on academic rigor, affordability and career outcomes for graduates—the book also cites Berea College in the following categories:

  • Tuition-Free Schools (One of just nine)
  • Green Colleges
  • Best Southeastern (Schools considered academically outstanding)


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Tags: Mission, Princeton Review, Tuition-free

Promise Neighborhood Brings $30 Million to Support Education

Partners for Education, Berea CollegeA $30 million Promise Neighborhood grant to serve Perry County in eastern Kentucky has been awarded to Partners for Education at Berea College. The five-year grant will provide children and youth in the community with comprehensive services and school supports and is aimed at improving outcomes for all students and their families.

Project Director Michael Hughes, a lifelong Perry County resident, has spent much of his career as a teacher and administrator. Hughes said, “We can have a positive long-term impact on the children in the community because the seed money from this five-year grant will be teamed with the long-term work of the local businesses and organizations who are our partners.” (more…)

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Tags: Appalachia, Community, grant, Partners for Education

Berea Takes No. 1 Spot for Least Graduate Debt in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Ranking, Named a “Best College Value” Institution

Berea graduates at midyear commencement 2017Long known for providing access to high-quality, low-cost education, Berea College has again been named as the No. 1 College with Lowest Average Graduating Debt by Kiplinger.

Berea also ranked in the top 50 of Liberal Arts Colleges (#49) in the U.S. and in the top 100 of all colleges and universities (#95) in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the 300 Best College Values for 2018. (more…)

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Tags: Accolade, Kiplinger, Student debt, Tuition-free

Berea College Alumnus John Fleming Plays Major Role in Opening Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

John FlemingShowcasing the significance of history is nothing new to John Fleming.

Dr. Fleming  ’66, is known throughout the country for his scholarship, particularly in the African-American experience. As a historian, author, academician and museum expert, Fleming has increased inclusion of African American stories and culture into museum presentations and education, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and most recently the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. (more…)

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Tax Bill Negatively Impacts Berea

Berea College was thrust into the national media spotlight when Congress voted to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act today. The bill includes a proposed 1.4 percent excise tax on college endowment earnings in excess of $500,000 per student at colleges that enroll more than 500 students. As the bill was being finalized, President Roelofs worked with the Kentucky congressional delegation to include the phrase “tuition-paying” to shield Berea’s endowment from the excise tax. Just before the Senate vote, that language was removed from the bill. (more…)

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Tags: Dr. Lyle Roelofs, Politics

Berea College Partners with Centre College on Leadership Colloquium

Berea College/Centre College Leadership Colloquium

The Berea/Centre Leadership Colloquium held its first meeting at a luncheon hosted by Centre College in Danville, Ky., on Dec. 11 . The year-long collaborative program aims to help the 24 faculty and staff participants become more knowledgeable and effective leaders on their respective campuses. (more…)

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Tags: Centre College, Dr. Chad Berry, faculty, Professional Development, Staff

Boone Tavern Earns High Marks from Great Britain’s Telegraph

Historic Boone Tavern Hotel

Historic Boone Tavern Hotel—long-known throughout the U.S. for serving up gracious hospitality—has gained international attention following a review by the London Telegraph. In a recent article loaded with photos, the landmark hotel, owned by Berea College, gets high mark for style, character, dining, value and service. The Telegraph article calls Boone Tavern “a great advertisement” for the College, “which is an attraction in its own right,” and notes that “with students providing many of the hotel staff, there is an energetic and eager-to-please style to most of the service aspects, with plenty of Southern-influenced hospitality.” (more…)

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Tags: Accolade, Boone Tavern