Fast Facts About Berea College

Berea College only admits students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of college education.  We provide them an education without charging tuition.

Here are six fast facts about Berea College you might not know.

Student at the Outreach Center

Over 50% of our students come from families with an annual income below the poverty line of $23,050. The average family income of our 1,570 students is just $24,986.

Berea was founded by abolitionist minister Rev. John G. Fee and was the South’s first interracial and coeducational college.

Student giving breakfast to an elderly woman

Berea College is one of eight federally recognized work colleges. All students work at campus jobs to help pay for books, housing, and meals.

Picture of students at their commencement

All 1,600 students receive a Tuition Promise Scholarship made possible in part by the generosity of alumni and friends who give to Berea every year.

Students at Deep Green

78% of Berea College students come from Kentucky and Appalachia, and more than half are first-generation college students.

To keep our scholarships funded, we need the support of generous people. Your gift will help level the playing field for those who otherwise wouldn’t have a chance.

The need for Berea College has never been greater. Support an outstanding institution that eliminates the burden of college tuition and prepares its students for successful futures while instilling a commitment to serving others.