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. The education services company lists Berea College as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education in the new 2018 edition of its college guide, “The Best 382 Colleges.” (Penguin Random House / Princeton Review, $24.99, August 1, 2017)
“We chose Berea College for this book because it offers outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, author of “The Best 382 Colleges” and Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief.
Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides. Published annually since 1992, the book is based on surveys of students attending the colleges.
“We find it very gratifying to be recognized among America’s top schools,” 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. It also is attractive to our students whose families seek the kind of high-quality liberal arts education Berea College offers, but cannot afford to pay tuition. The contributions of our many alumni and friends who partner with us provide the funds to ensure that each student’s income does not limit one’s outcome.”
“Our selections are primarily based on our surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges,” Franek said. “We also visit dozens of colleges each year and give considerable weight to opinions of our staff and our 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, Most importantly, we look at valuable feedback we get from each school’s customers—our surveys of students attending them. We also keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges from 1 to 382 in any category. Instead The Princeton Review’s surveys 137,000 students (358 per campus on average) attending the colleges and uses students’ ratings of their campus experiences.
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 eight 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” (Acts 17:26), speaks to its inclusive Christian character.
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