Washington Monthly Again Ranks Berea No. 1, Twice; As Best National Liberal Arts College and Best Bang for the Buck in the South

Washington Monthly once again ranked Berea College No. 1, in two major classifications, citing Berea as the nation’s top liberal arts college and ranking Berea as the Best Bang for the Buck College in the South. Berea’s top rank in the 2018 Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings comes from its success in educating and graduating academically-talented students who have great financial need to become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities. Continue reading Washington Monthly Again Ranks Berea No. 1, Twice; As Best National Liberal Arts College and Best Bang for the Buck in the South

Berea College Highlighted for Low Student Debt, Nationally and Locally

Berea College captured the national spotlight again for helping students graduate with little or no debt. In a newly-released report focused on student-loan debt for each state, Kentucky’s Berea College was ranked No. 1 among private colleges and universities in the state and fourth among private schools nationwide. Continue reading Berea College Highlighted for Low Student Debt, Nationally and Locally

Berea Named a “Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck” College by the Princeton Review

We Made the List! - Colleges that Pay You Back 2018Berea College, widely known for its no-tuition policy, is named in the newly released edition of The Princeton Review’s book, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck. Only 7 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges earn inclusion in this publication.

In addition to being named as a College That Pay You Back—based on academic rigor, affordability and career outcomes for graduates—the book also cites Berea College in the following categories:

  • Tuition-Free Schools (One of just nine)
  • Green Colleges
  • Best Southeastern (Schools considered academically outstanding)

Continue reading Berea Named a “Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck” College by the Princeton Review

Berea Takes No. 1 Spot for Least Graduate Debt in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Ranking, Named a “Best College Value” Institution

Berea graduates at midyear commencement 2017Long known for providing access to high-quality, low-cost education, Berea College has again been named as the No. 1 College with Lowest Average Graduating Debt by Kiplinger.

Berea also ranked in the top 50 of Liberal Arts Colleges (#49) in the U.S. and in the top 100 of all colleges and universities (#95) in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the 300 Best College Values for 2018. Continue reading Berea Takes No. 1 Spot for Least Graduate Debt in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Ranking, Named a “Best College Value” Institution

CNBC Applauds Berea College for No Tuition and Least Debt for Students

CNBC logoOnce again Berea College’s distinctive model of not charging students for tuition has gained national attention. Americans have more student debt than ever before, but CNBC, a national media network for consumer news and business, recently published two articles by Abigail Hess citing Berea for its affordability and its top spot for students with the lowest average amount of debt. Continue reading CNBC Applauds Berea College for No Tuition and Least Debt for Students

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

Student with Washington Monthly 2017
Washington Monthly has once again ranked Berea College #1 in two major classifications, citing Berea as the nation’s top liberal arts college and ranking Berea as the Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the South. Berea’s top rank in the 2017 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

Forbes Names Berea as a “Standout” for Low Debt

Rising student debt continues to alarm many families. The amount of debt American colleges take on—while making fewer headlines—also is of extreme concern. Forbes, in its latest list titled “2017 College Financial Grades: How Fit Is Your School?” gives kudos to Berea College for keeping institutional debt low and scores Berea with an “A” grade.

In a newly-published article, Matt Schifrin, a Forbes staff writer, focuses on factors that indicate the financial fitness of schools: endowment assets per student; primary reserve ratio; viability ratio; return on assets; and instruction expenses per student. Continue reading Forbes Names Berea as a “Standout” for Low Debt

Berea featured as one of the best colleges in the Princeton Review’s 2018 guide

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)  Continue reading Berea featured as one of the best colleges in the Princeton Review’s 2018 guide

MONEY Ranks Berea College #1 in Affordability

MONEY Magazine lists Berea College as the country’s most affordable liberal arts college. The No. 1 ranking puts Berea at the top of 50 high-quality private schools that scored well for affordability. The schools on MONEY’s list are judged as providing a great education at an affordable price that helps students launch promising careers. Continue reading MONEY Ranks Berea College #1 in Affordability

President Lyle Roelofs Weighs in on Student Loan Debt Burden in Facebook Live Q&A


Berea College President Lyle Roelofs spoke today on Facebook Live, discussing Berea’s unique mission and responding to recent news regarding growing student loan debt. “Education is the most important route for the transformation of lives,” President Roelofs said, pointing out that for many across the nation, attaining an education saddles individuals with mountains of debt. In his remarks, he describes some of the issues students and families currently face, what some of the proposed cuts in the federal budget might mean to low-income families, and how Berea College continues to provide an option for obtaining a high-quality college education for those who otherwise could not afford one.

Berea Named a 2017 “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

-Recognized for Embodying Exceptional Academic Quality and Affordability-

Long known for providing access to high-quality, low-cost education, Berea College has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2017. Continue reading Berea Named a 2017 “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

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’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

President Bill Clinton Highlights Berea College

It isn’t every day that a U. S. President gives a shout-out to a private college, but that is just what former President Bill Clinton did for Berea College this past weekend. During his remarks at a campaign rally broadcast on C-SPAN*, he said, “One of the highest-impact, lowest-cost private schools in America is Berea College in Kentucky.” President Clinton went on to laud Berea’s educational model of serving low income students, providing their full tuition as well as our labor program so students can earn money for other costs. He emphasized that “We need to have a plan that would do that for everybody.” Watch his remarks, below: Continue reading President Bill Clinton Highlights Berea College

Berea College Participates in Meeting with U.S. Department of Education Officials on Increasing Access and Supporting Strong Outcomes for Low-Income Students

Berea College President Lyle Roelofs

Berea College President Lyle Roelofs

On March 24, 2016,  Berea College President Lyle Roelofs attended a meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Education focused on highlighting institutions across the country that are making significant strides in increasing graduation rates among students eligible for Pell Grants.  Continue reading Berea College Participates in Meeting with U.S. Department of Education Officials on Increasing Access and Supporting Strong Outcomes for Low-Income Students

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 on Pittsburgh CBS Affiliate

The Pittsburgh CBS-TV affiliate went looking for tuition-free colleges and found Berea!

Adam Bailey, a 2012 Berea alumnus who teaches elementary students in the Pittsburgh area, is featured in the story that focuses on rising tuition costs at other schools and features Berea College and the handful of others that do not charge students tuition. View the full news story at: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/02/08/tuition-free-schools-still-an-option-in-usa/

 

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.