Berea College at #18 in “The 50 Best Colleges for African-Americans”

Happy Graduate. class of 2016ESSENCE Magazine ranks Berea College 18 out of 50 on its list of top colleges for African-Americans. ESSENCE collaborated with MONEY Magazine to “create a definitive list of schools that serve us the most,” said Kenneth Terrell, a writer with ESSENCE. Continue reading Berea College at #18 in “The 50 Best Colleges for African-Americans”

Accolades, Accomplishments, and Awards for Bereans

Members of the Berea College community continue to distinguish themselves and the College by achieving recognition from regional and national organizations. Each success story below demonstrates an aspect of how Berea College carries out its Great Commitments through outstanding educational programs and their impact in serving “All peoples of the earth.” What follows is a small sampling of some of the recent honors. Continue reading Accolades, Accomplishments, and Awards for Bereans

U.S. Congress Hears About How Berea Makes College Accessible and Affordable

U.S. Capital domeOn September 13th, 2016, a U.S. House Ways and Means subcommittee held a hearing to look at how colleges use their tax-exempt endowments and control the rising cost of tuition. Of course, in Berea College’s case, students do not pay any tuition. Berea’s Vice President for Finance, Jeff Amburgey, was among a select panel of higher-ed leaders invited to provide testimony. Amburgey discussed how Berea makes college affordable to those who can least-afford it, the very population of students Berea serves in Appalachia and beyond. Continue reading U.S. Congress Hears About How Berea Makes College Accessible and Affordable

Washington Monthly Ranks Berea No. 1 Twice: As Best National Liberal Arts College and Best Bang for the Buck

Washington Monthly ranked Berea College as the nation’s top liberal arts college and also ranked Berea College as number 1 in the Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the South category again this year. Berea’s top rank in the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings Guide comes from its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities. Continue reading Washington Monthly Ranks Berea No. 1 Twice: As Best National Liberal Arts College and Best Bang for the Buck

Berea College Awarded For Volunteer Service

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Matt Bevin and Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton presented the 21st annual Governor’s Service Awards to 21 groups and individuals from across Kentucky for their volunteer and service contributions. Berea College’s Partners for Education department received the accolade for the Nonprofit Service Award category. Continue reading Berea College Awarded For Volunteer Service

Boone Tavern Ranked #6 in US Top Ten Eco-Friendly Hotels

Travelers have ranked Berea’s historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant as sixth in the top ten Eco-Friendly Hotel in America. USA TODAY just concluded a four-week travel award contest during which voters named vote for their choice among 20 U.S. hotels that have gone above and beyond to promote environmental sustainability. Continue reading Boone Tavern Ranked #6 in US Top Ten Eco-Friendly Hotels

Berea College’s Nursing Program Ranked #5 by Top 50 Best Residential BSN Programs by TopRNtoBSN.com

Berea College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has been ranked #5 on the list of the Top 50 Best Residential BSN Programs by TopRNtoBSN.com. Competing with prestigious programs such as the Ohio State University, UCLA, Rutgers, and Purdue, Berea’s nursing program was ranked fifth with an average score of 96.5%. Continue reading Berea College’s Nursing Program Ranked #5 by Top 50 Best Residential BSN Programs by TopRNtoBSN.com

Kiplinger Cites Berea College as Cost-Saving Option

Berea College Campus in the Fall

Berea College Campus in the Fall

Once again Berea College is in the national spotlight for making college affordable. In a new article titled 11 Ways to Cut the Cost of College Tuition published by Kiplinger.com, readers are offered nearly a dozen money-saving tips to trim your annual … costs by as little as $500 (by winning a small scholarship) or in full (by attending a tuition-free school). Berea is mentioned as the first cost-saving option: going to a school that doesn’t charge tuition. Continue reading Kiplinger Cites Berea College as Cost-Saving Option

Berea #1 for Crafts in America

Berea student at potters wheelWith more than 47,789 votes tallied, American craft lovers have named Berea as their number one choice. Noted as top in the nation for its vibrant craft scene, Berea, Kentucky features a wide range of galleries and studios offering exceptionally high quality handcrafts, including the renowned woodcrafts, weaving, broom crafts, and ceramics made by Berea College students and a wide range of other arts and crafts produced by Berea alumni and other artisans in the broader community. Continue reading Berea #1 for Crafts in America

College Values Online Counts Berea among top 10 colleges with Farms for Animal Husbandry

College Values Online Badge

College Values Online Badge

Berea College Farm has been identified as being one of the top ten college run farms for animal husbandry in College Values Online. College run farms on this list have a diverse animal component and an economic involvement in the local food community. Continue reading College Values Online Counts Berea among top 10 colleges with Farms for Animal Husbandry

Berea College Named 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

Green Ribbon Award Logo

Known for a longstanding commitment to sustainability, Berea College has been named a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. The recognition was announced by Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss and U.S. Secretary of Education John King. Continue reading Berea College Named 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

Southern Living Magazine Names Boone Tavern as One of the Best Hotels in the South

The Historic Boone Tavern Hotel has been awarded recognition by Southern Living magazine as “One of The South’s Best Hotels and Inns.” The honor is part of the magazine’s annual “Best of the South Travel Awards” that cites top destinations for lodging, dining and other travel-related entertainment across the South. Continue reading Southern Living Magazine Names Boone Tavern as One of the Best Hotels in the South

Arbor Day Foundation Honors Berea College with 2015 Tree Campus USA® Recognition

Berea College has been recognized with the 2015 Tree Campus USA® designation by the Arbor Day Foundation for the College’s commitment to effective urban forest management. Continue reading Arbor Day Foundation Honors Berea College with 2015 Tree Campus USA® Recognition

Mental Floss Features Berea’s No-Tuition Model

Berea College is one of six schools featured in an article about tuition-free colleges published by Mental Floss. The article calls Berea’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” (Acts 17:26) “notable” and describes Berea’s educational model, which combines academics with labor. The article also features one of Berea’s prominent alumni, Carter G. Woodson, who is nationally recognized as the “Father of Black History.” Continue reading Mental Floss Features Berea’s No-Tuition Model

Kaplan Recognizes Berea for Affordability

Students at Berea CollegeMedia outlets continue to recognize Berea College’s uncommon mission of keeping higher education affordable. An article entitled College: Admission Possible, by Russell Schaffer for a higher-ed blog produced by Kaplan Test Prep, highlights families’ concerns about rising college costs and increasing debt. The article cites a recent U.S. News & World Report article in which Berea College was named as the college whose 2014 graduates had the least debt. Berea was also ranked  number one in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top 10 most affordable schools. Continue reading Kaplan Recognizes Berea for Affordability

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

Daily Finance Recognizes Berea’s No-Tuition Model

A published article by Daily Finance that focused on lower costs for higher education included Berea College. The article highlighted the handful of schools and military academies in the United States that do not charge tuition. Many students’ families, unable to keep pace with rising tuition costs, are seeking affordable options. Berea was noted in the article as a liberal arts college that also includes a required labor component for all students, who also must demonstrate financial need. 

U.S. News & World Report Puts Berea at Top of List for Colleges with Least Student Debt

Students and families across America searching for an affordable college where they won’t end up with a mountain debt upon graduation can take a tip from U.S. News & World Report. In an article published on January 26, U.S. News cited 10 schools that help students keep college debt low, with Berea at the top of the list. Continue reading U.S. News & World Report Puts Berea at Top of List for Colleges with Least Student Debt

Berea College Recognized for Exceptional Financial & Academic Value

Berea, KY (January 20, 2016) – During 2015, several national publications and websites recognized Berea College for its excellence in academics and as a significant value for students and their families.

Commenting of the rankings, Berea College President Lyle Roelofs stated, “We are gratified that Berea was recognized with strong rankings such as these. Our current students, alumni and donors also can take pride in knowing the school they attend and support continues to serve the public good by providing a high-quality education for talented, low-income students from Appalachia and beyond.” Continue reading Berea College Recognized for Exceptional Financial & Academic Value

Berea’s Farm in Top Twenty “Best College Farms” in U.S.

At #17, Berea College’s farm has been named among the nation’s 40 “best” college farms by College Ranker, a group that researches colleges all across the U.S. to determine the best features of these schools and to “. . . let you know who’s doing it right.” Berea’s high ranking was determined based on factors such as hands-on experiences, community outreach, and degree options. Continue reading Berea’s Farm in Top Twenty “Best College Farms” in U.S.

Berea College Named a 2016 “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Acknowledged for Embodying Exceptional Economic and Academic Value

Berea, KY (December 17, 2015)— Berea College has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2016. The rankings highlight public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. In addition, Kiplinger has ranked the top 100 best values in each category. Berea College is ranked in the top 50 liberal arts colleges and in the top 100 in Kiplinger’s combined list of top schools nationally. Continue reading Berea College Named a 2016 “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

USA Today Names Berea as One of “Best 10 Colleges for the Money”

Berea College was named by USA Today as one of the “Best 10 colleges for the money.” The article, which focuses on the rising cost of higher education, cites a select number of schools that counter that trend and states that Berea “offers all admitted students a scholarship completely covering their tuition.” It also notes that many students “receive additional aid” to cover other educational costs beyond tuition. Continue reading USA Today Names Berea as One of “Best 10 Colleges for the Money”

Berea College One of Top Five Schools with Lowest Debt for Students

Berea College continues to draw national attention for helping students have little or no debt upon graduation. In an article by Nerdwallet Berea ranked #4 on the list of affordable schools and Berea’s Labor Program was featured as a major factor in making education affordable for students. Theresa Lowder, Berea’s director of financial aid services, and a Berea alumna herself, was quoted in the article.

See the full article at: http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/loans/student-loans/colleges-lowest-student-debt-2014/

Boone Tavern Nominated for “Best” in Historic Hotels of America Awards

Boone Tavern, the historic hotel owned by Berea College, has been nominated for the Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence as Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel in the category for hotels with less than 75 guest rooms. Boone Tavern’s Dining Room also has been nominated as Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel. The Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers across the nation. Continue reading Boone Tavern Nominated for “Best” in Historic Hotels of America Awards