Non-degree and Auditing Program

Berea College offers an exceptional educational experience for members of the surrounding community interested in taking courses for personal enrichment and educational gain, but not necessarily planning to pursue a degree at this time.

Eligibility for the program:

  • To attend Berea College as a nondegree student an individual must, at the time of application, be 18 years of age or older and reside in one of the following Kentucky counties:
    •  Madison
    • Garrard
    • Jackson
    • Rockcastle
  • All community nondegree students must meet the same minimum standards for admission as a degree seeker
    • Rank in the top 3/5ths of the high school graduating class (or pass the GED with a total score of at least 2250 and no less than 410 on any of the individual tests).
    • A minimum ACT composite score of 17 or 1210 on the SAT.
    • Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours at a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 are exempt from the standard admissions criteria, but must have an official transcript send to the Berea College Office of the Registrar-Nondegree Program (CPO 2168 Berea, KY 40404) as part of the application process.
    • Applications will not be processed or reviewed without all supporting documentation.

Additional Information to consider:

  • Nondegree students are limited to 2¼ credits per each regular term and 1 credit per summer term without permission of the Enrollment Policies Committee.
  • All community members accepted in the nondegree program will be required to meet with the Assistant Registrar (office 115 in Lincoln Hall) to register for classes.
  • Enrollment in courses as a nondegree student may require meeting the course prerequisite or obtaining instructor permission to register for a course.
  • To remain eligible for the nondegree program at Berea College, a student must earn a C or higher in all courses as a nondegree student.
  • The following courses are not available to nondegree students:
    • Internships
    • Independent/Team Initiated Studies
    • Directed Studies
    • General Studies Required (GSTR) Courses
  • All nondegree students will have the option of using a College laptop computer in conjunction with their courses during the term of enrollment. Nondegree student may elect not to use a laptop but will not receive a reduction in the registration fee.
  • There is no limit to the number of courses taken, but no more than 6 credits earned as a nondegree student may be applied toward a Berea College degree (This does not apply to high school students and Berea College employees).
  • Former degree seeking students who did not complete at degree while at Berea College are eligible to enroll as nondegree students. Credit earned as part of the nondgree program in these circumstances may not count toward a degree at Berea College.
  • Nondegree students are not subject to the same financial restrictions for admission that apply to degree-seeking students. However, financial aid is not available for any nondegree fees, course fees, or additional fees while enrolled at courses at Berea College.
  • All courses taken at Berea College will appear on a permanent Berea College transcript.
  • Nondegree students are subject to the same academic calendar as degree seeking students, with one exception: nondegree students must withdraw from the College prior to the last day to drop a course. Final grades will be recorded for nondegree students who withdraw after the last day.
  • All students are expected to follow the official policies of the College as outlined in the Student Handbook.

To apply to the Nondegree Program as a community member at Berea College:

Office of the Registrar
Attn.: Nondegree Program
CPO 2168
Berea, KY 40404

    •  OR submit application in person:

Office of the Registrar
Office 115 Lincoln Hall

Application Deadlines
  • Fall Term                August 1
  • Spring Term           December 1
  • Summer Term        April 1

Note: Late applications are not accepted.

Application Checklist
  • Application (all)
  • Official School and/or college records and/or test scores or demonstration of basic proficiency (community members)
  • Essay Response (high school students)

Fees (All Fees Are Non-Refundable)




Registration Fee

Supports the cost of enrollment for a nondegree student. This fee is waived for Berea College regular, full and part time employees, their dependents, retirees, EKU employees, and high school students who qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program

$100 for the Fall or Spring Term

$50 for the Summer Term

Special Courses Fee

Some courses have special fees to support the additional costs for materials or classroom experiences.

Will vary; consult the College Catalog or Schedule of Classes for additional information

Student ID

All students must have a valid ID. IDs may be purchased at the Student Service Center, First Floor Lincoln Hall.

First one free

$10 for each replacement

Parking Decal

Decals may be purchased in the Public Safety Office, 101 Woods-Penniman Building


High School Students:

A junior or senior enrolled at Berea Community High School or Madison Southern High School may take up to 2¼ credits each term upon recommendation of the school’s guidance counselor.

To apply for admission to Berea College as a high school nondegree student, the following steps must be taken:

  • The counselor will check that there are no appropriate courses in that discipline at the high school for which the student might register.
  • The counselor will confirm that the student does not have a record of behavioral problems, has attached the required essay question response and has a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Juniors and seniors are eligible for the program, but sophomores may be admitted on a case-by-case basis, with the approval of the Office of the Registrar.
  • The counselor will sign the application, providing a recommendation, and submit to the Office of the Registrar.

The Registration Process:

  • High school students are expected to attend an orientation session with the Assistant Registrar before classes at Berea College begin.
  • Students will be given information on policies at Berea College, the academic calendar, FERPA, and other general campus information.
  • At the end of orientation, students will receive login information to access a registration page in the myBerea portal. Students, so long as they meet the requirements for the course, will be able to register for courses at that time.
  • Any high school student, who is not an employee dependent and does not qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, is expected to pay all registration and course fees before the end of the first week of classes. Failure to pay fees, may result in removal from courses.
  • Upon completion of orientation and registration, students will be able to visit the Student Service Center in Lincoln Hall to request an ID. Any student taking a course on campus must have a valid Berea College ID.


  • The following individuals may pursue coursework through the nondegree program:
    • Berea College retirees
    • Regular, full time and part time employees
    • EKU employees
  • Employees may take up to 1 course per term, with the permission of the supervisor and the Director of Human Resources.
  • Employees must be in good academic standing if they are former college students.
  • Employees are eligible to register before other nondegree students.

Community Auditors:

  • Some students, particularly non-degree seeking students, may wish to audit a course for personal enrichment and for the sake of learning without receiving course credit. To register for an audit, a student must complete all parts of the application below. Auditors are expected to attend class regularly, however the extent to which an instructor grades an auditor’s work is determined by mutual agreement between the instructor and the auditor. No grades or credit will be awarded for audited courses.
  • For community members, auditing a course is $50 per term (course supplies are additional), and registration is handled through the Office of the Registrar (1st Floor Lincoln Hall). Community members are expected to complete the Audit Application for every term of enrollment.
  • The decision to grant permission for a community member to audit a course is at the discretion of the instructor and the Office of the Registrar. Permission to audit courses at Berea College may be revoked at any time.
  • Former Berea College students interested in auditing a course must be in good standing with the College and have no holds on their account.
  • Community members auditing a course, interested in having Moodle access must submit the Audit application form no later than 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the term for which they intend to audit a course. Late applications will not be accepted for Moodle access. Community members auditing a course are not provided a laptop during enrollment. 

To apply to the Course Audit Program at Berea College:

Office of the Registrar Attn.: Nondegree Program
CPO 2168
Berea, KY 40404


    • Submit application in person:

Office of the Registrar
Office 115 Lincoln Hall