National Recognition


  • For the second consecutive year, Berea College tops Kiplinger’s list of the country’s best-value private colleges where students pay less than $20,000 a year. In determining the ranking, Kiplinger cited Berea College’s generous financial aid and commitment to providing an education to students with limited financial resources.
  • Listed as one of the top 378 colleges in the nation by Princeton Review in 2014.
  • Berea College’s Speech and Debate Team received a top 10 national ranking by the National Parliamentary Debate Association for the 2013-2014 season.
  • Berea College’s Deep Green Residence Hall has earned LEED Platinum Certification, making the facility the highest-scoring, LEED-certified residence hall in the world.
  • A record 13 students were awards the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in 2014. This has made Berea College the #1 receiving private school in the United States for Gilman Scholarship this summer- and in the top ten in the nation overall.
  • Multiple Compton, Fulbright, Truman, Udall, and Watson fellowship winners.
  • Ranked #6 on the Top Colleges 2013: Best Value Colleges by Forbes in 2013.
  • Listed by Washington Monthly as #3 among America’s top liberal colleges in 2013.
  • Member of the President’s Higher Education Community Services Honor Roll in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
  • Best collection of resources documenting the Southern Appalachian region, gathered over nearly a century.
  • Ranked as the #1 liberal arts college in America by Washington Monthly in 2011.
  • One of the nation’s 25 most desirable small schools  – Newsweek, 2011. Berea was also named one of the 25 most desirable rural schools and one of the 25 most diverse schools by Newsweek.
  • Among the “Most Wired” colleges in American as ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2011.
  • Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant on College Square is Kentucky’s first green hotel, having attained LEED Gold status in 2010.
  • Greenest school in Kentucky – 2010 College Sustainability Report Card.
  • Listed as a “Best Buy” college in 2009 by Forbes magazine.
  • Home to Kentucky’s first ecological village (Ecovillage), an ecologically-sustainable housing and learning complex with a state-of-the-art child care facility.
  • Lincoln Hall was the first Kentucky building certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in 2004.