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Reviews 369 total reviews with an average rating of 3.1

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College Senior

Greek Life: We do not have a Greek life at Berea College.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: You are only granted off-campus housing through the college housing Lottery System when you are a senior or non-traditional student. It is cheap, especially if you share your apartment with another person.

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2 College Senior

Party Scene: There are few parties and if there is one, very few people are aware of it. Berea is a historically dry town with no alcohol being sold in the area. Since the school is academically rigorous, it is not really necessary to have a bunch of parties, but I do think it would help stressed students blow off some steam.

5 College Senior

Diversity: There are so many international students on campus as well as organizations to accompany them. There is a center for interracial education as well as a Campus Christian Center that urges students to have interfaith dialogue that enhances the understandings of cultural as well as religious ideologies of every student's differing perspectives. The college wants this diversity and these dialogues to foster and find a common ground of understanding as we are all of "one blood."

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: For the amount of international students and students from other places, having the Cracker Barrel and McDonald's just doesn't cut it. I wish there were more diverse and fresh options available in the community. The one Thai/Chinese place in town is horrible and I would rather drive 20 minutes up to Richmond for fresh, real, and tasty Thai food.

3 College Senior

Administration: Parking and ticketing is very strict. As is the dorm visitation policy.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Much of the experience is more academically based. While sports are still highly participated in, there is not nearly as much emphasis put on sports teams as academic opportunities and other activities.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The school has recently started working toward educating people about sexual assault and the importance of reporting it. Although there are not many support systems working actively on campus, there are several local resources.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Berea is in a "dry city," so wild parties with lots of alcoholic beverages do not take place that often. Our Campus Activities Board, however, does a good job of arranging parties, dances, movie nights, etc. to make sure that the student body has something fun to do.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: My college focuses a lot of Appalachian studies, and is based on Christian values. However, I have never felt as though these views had to be shared by every student on campus. We have several international students on campus, some of whom I have become great friends with. As it is a college for primarily low-income students, we do not have a lot of diversity in economic background, but we are all focused on helping less fortunate people and families when we graduate.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: The parties are awesome, but we rarely have time to have more than one per month.

1 College Junior

Local Area: Imagine the smallest town you know and then think smaller. We're in the middle of the mountains.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Every student receives a full tuition scholarship valued at $25,500 per year.

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4 College Junior

Academics: We honestly have some of the best staff for the money this country has to offer.

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3 College Junior

Academics: The workload is probably one of the most difficult in the country, but professors are great!

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College Junior

Greek Life: The college does not sponsor or approve of Greek Life, but there is a student run Service Fraternity on campus that throws excellent parties and does a great job serving the community.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Berea is a residential campus, so the majority of students live in residence halls.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Boone Tavern is super nice but students cannot afford to eat there...

3 College Junior

Athletics: Berea is currently transitioning to NCAA Division III which will probably increase the value of our athletics in proceeding years.

3 College Junior

Administration: President Roelofs is great he is very down to earth and very professional. Unfortunately he is only a figurehead as the Board of Trustees make the majority of important decisions. While Berea is supposedly progressive, the rules on campus are extremely traditional, which most likely has to do with the college's reliance on the funding of conservative donors.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: classes and work take over your life

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We dont have greek life.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Because it is such a small school the sports programs are relatively small as well because we fall in a small division

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The students that go to Berea College are very diverse! We have a large number of international students and have a wide variety of different ethnicity groups.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I personally do not live in a dorm but just going into one they are your average dorm. Most do not have air conditioning which makes it uncomfortable in the summer and fall months.

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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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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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