Berea Featured in Princeton Review Book, “Colleges That Pay You Back: 2016 Edition”

Once again Berea College is one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation and at an affordable price according to The Princeton Review.

Berea is featured in the 2016 edition of, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck, a new book just published by the education services company.

To determine which schools to include, the Princeton Review chose schools based on ROI (return on investment) ratings it tallied for 650 schools last year. The ratings weighted 40 data points that covered everything from academics, cost, and financial aid to graduation rates, student debt, and alumni salaries and job satisfaction. The Princeton Review editors used data from the company’s surveys of administrators and students in 2014-15 and from surveys of school alumni conducted by through April 2015.

In addition to the profiles of the 200 tuition-charging schools in the book, Berea was profiled among just nine tuition-free schools. Berea College also has been recognized previously for other accomplishments, such as its commitment to “green” and sustainable initiatives.

“We find it very gratifying to be recognized among America’s top schools for affordability, especially since that is at the core of Berea’ mission, said Lyle D. Roelofs, president of Berea College. “Berea’s no-tuition model continues to attract national attention by organizations such as The Princeton Review and by students whose families seek the kind of high quality liberal arts education Berea College offers, but cannot afford to pay tuition. We are especially grateful to our many alumni and donors who partner with us to provide the funds to ensure that each student’s income does not limit one’s outcome.”

“We highly recommend Berea College, and all of our Colleges That Pay You Back schools. They stand out not only for their outstanding academics but also for their affordability via comparatively low sticker prices and /or generous financial aid to students with need – or both,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior VP/Publisher and lead author of the book. “Students at these colleges also have access to extraordinary career services programs from their freshman year on, plus a lifetime of alumni connections and post-grad support.”

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 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 to earn 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.