Berea College is very challenging when it comes to academics—its reputation as the "Harvard of the South" and, most recently, “one of the best colleges in the Southeast" is definitely justified. The College's curriculum is very intense, but the professors are very helpful and always willing to assist students. In addition to teaching, the professors here also do research in their field and write and publish articles, so they are definitely known outside this institution. Overall, the professors are very receptive to their students, and they are excellent educators.
Berea’s academics should be taken very serious. The courses are vigorous and force students to think on another level. The workload can be stressful because of homework and the required labor at Berea, but the workload here is very transformative for maturing students. The professors know how to advise their students, in general. There are some cases where students receive poor advising; however, this may come from a student's ambivalence toward their major. The grading is, for the most part, satisfactory, but some professors grade harder than others. Overall, if a student wants to be challenged, this is the college to be enrolled in.