Location
Berea, KY
Undergrads
1,601
Tuition
$21,880
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 340 total reviews with an average rating of 3.1

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are vans that go to another city but the campus is so small that nothing else is really needed

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Berea will even pay for some of the off campus rent

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's a little too small-town and calm

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't know of many parties here

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's a little too strict regarding visitation

College Freshman

Majors: I haven't have an internship

4 College Freshman

Majors: There are good independent labs and research opportunities

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There aren't a lot of large parties or serious drugs

College Freshman

Greek Life: We do not have Greek life on campus

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Pretty popular athletics but not very skilled

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Public safety is a nuisance but for the most part does it's job

3 College Freshman

Computers: Berea college supplies each student with: a laptop, $5 in printing money, many accessible printers, a good tech center, free software and updates, and abundant wifi.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The major I chose is very challenging, but it will prepare me for grad school

1 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Many people who find the nice good-looking girl or guy tend to get into a relationship. They have the term " Berea Goggles" for a reason. You will not see the girls you see in the movies, at big named colleges, or even your little brother's high school. Most people wear jeans and not many are preppy or even know what it means. Most girls do not want to party or have a good time with other people. Most just find two or three other girls to associate with, and they have dorm parties or just go home on the weekends.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: Wait what is our mascot?? It is probably a daunting task for a coach to recruit any student-athlete to a school like Berea. I do not see how they landed such good students in the first place. Most students do not even know when sporting events are going to be held. The atmosphere for sports is worse than high school if you went to a decently sized high school. Students at Berea are just not that receptive of sports. Your make up of fans include freshman who want to bring school spirit to campus, and very few upperclassmen. Students have even been seen to study during the games! Its a sad sight.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus is ok. Mostly for juniors and seniors, but still nowhere students can throw good parties without the neighbors complaining (which is understandable, Berea is just not cut out to be a college town).

1 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Wait you're doing something other than studying?? That's not right. Berea night life is terrible. A university's Monday is better than a Berea Friday or Saturday. No tailgating, no good after parties, and Berea is a dry town. You have to drive 15-45 minutes to a good spot to party and drink unless you want to throw a party off campus in Berea. The off campus party will probably get shutdown by the police. But not many people at Berea want to have this kind of fun anyway. Most would probably like to play video games, a game of cards, read, get started on that 10 pg paper, or watch Netflix for their Friday night fun.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The network goes down at the most inconvenient times, and teachers do not want to hear any excuses. The free laptops are awesome though.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Attendance policies suck. At many schools students get around 6 before anything happens, but many teachers at Berea have a 3-day absentee policy. Not all teachers are like this, but many have something similar to this. It is also a bad situation for student-athletes. Berea probably cares more about "students expressing themselves" and protesting rather than its sports program. Visitation is not allowed for 1st semester freshman and alcohol is not allowed in the dorms. Creating new student organizations is not that bad, but keep in mind that it cannot discriminate against any one or anything. The school does not have Greek life because they do not want the women separated from the men in clubs, and the founder did not want a caste system to be created where people would be separated from other people. Parking tickets are given out almost everyday, and instead of creating more parking for students, they create more tickets. Anything social created outside of Berea Colleges control is frowned upon.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Just windy and rainy at times. For the most part its not bad at all.

2 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Deep Green dorm is new and it is for girls. It prides itself on being eco-friendly, and it is very nice. Thats about all folks. Berea is small, and it helps when you think about class sizes, but that is one of the few positives. No football team, no school spirit, academics and extracurriculars such as debate could probably compete with other schools, but nothing else. We also have a lot of trees and squirrels. We would probably rank #1 in that.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The gym is small but good. Student hangout spots are new and nice. The library is great, due to the fact that it offers convenient study rooms.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Public Safety is a joke. I do not really feel safe with people who are smaller and skinnier than me. I feel more safe walking with people I work out with. Public safety is a nuisance, and they would probably rather give a parking ticket than save someone who is having a heart attack.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: This is another "Berea plus". It is great that there is so much tolerance, but at times it gets annoying. Some feminists have to correct you every time they have a conversation with you, and if you do not have liberal beliefs, you are a minority (congratulations). Sexual orientation is pushed so much, they even have a club for it if you are interested. Berea has a Black Cultural Center that is very nice. Berea attempts to cultivate a world of tolerance, and it can be a hit or miss. No one is really economically diverse.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are not that bad. They are renovating some of the older dorms that did not have AC.

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Seabury Center Seabury Center The Seabury Center holds the swimming pool, basketball courts, and dance studios. This building also has classrooms that physical education majors use.
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Gerald Fitts
Hometown
Birmigham, Ala.
Major
Sociology and African & African American Studies
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The experience at Berea College is so indescribable, but the best way to describe it is “a transformative experience.” For most students who come here, Berea College is far from home, so they have a feeling of being out on their own and doing things for themselves. The people at Berea definitely contribute to each student's overall experience because of the exposure to different backgrounds, races, religions, cultures, and perspectives. The diversity is a key component to a student's experience here because listening to others’ unique ideologies forces everyone to challenge themselves and grow mentally. And, the courses are as mentally stimulating as the diversified student body. Most Berea students also take advantage of the study abroad program. Traveling to different continents and countries introduces students to a different way of thinking and living, expanding their horizons even more.

Berea is so different from typical colleges—if you’re accepted, there is no reason to even consider not choosing this school as your future alma mater. The College prepares students for the real world. By being exposed to different people here, Berea students will know how to interact in an environment with a multitude of races, ethnicities, and perspectives surrounding them. Also, Berea’s labor program helps students improve their work ethic and learn new skills so they can graduate with the capacity to work in any situation. Overall, Berea College produces worldly students.

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