Berea College Welcomed Into USA South Athletic Conference


USA South Athletic Conference LogoUSA South Athletic conference officially welcomed Berea College into its conference on July 1, in time for competing in the league in the fall.

Berea College comes to USA South as a full NCAA Division III member and is eligible to compete in all USA South championships and Berea’s student athletes are now eligible to receive any Conference-awarded academic and/or sportsmanship honors.

Berea began the USA South membership process in May 2016 while still a provisional member of NCAA Division III. At the time Athletic Director Mark Cartmill said, “I am extremely excited for Berea College athletics to be joining the USA South. This is a major step in our transition into the NCAA Division III, which began two years ago. It provides an opportunity for our student athletes to compete against athletes from outstanding institutions.”

Current USA South Member Institutions include: Agnes Scott College; Averett University; Covenant College; Ferrum College; Greensboro College; Huntingdon College; LaGrange College; Mary Baldwin University; Maryville College; Meredith College; Methodist University; N.C. Wesleyan College; Piedmont College; Salem College; Wesleyan College; and William Peace University. Brevard College and Pfeiffer University will be joining the conference in the 2018-19 academic year after finishing the NCAA Division II to Division III reclassifying process.

Berea will play its first contest versus a USA South opponent in any sport on September 2nd when the women’s soccer team takes on Covenant College.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.