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Reviews 385 total reviews with an average rating of 3.1

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Berea is great. The teachers are interested in your education. The school is very difficult but I am really earning my education.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Berea College is a great value and I love it because it is very liberal.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Berea College has been a good fit for me in terms of size and the strength of the academics. There are many aspects of the campus and administration that are not favorable, but I have enjoyed it thus far. I do believe that the academics are at times ridiculous in the nursing program, as if the college feels they needs to overcompensate for its small size. Though there are disagreeable aspects, in all I am happy I chose Berea and am proud to be graduating debt free. I also feel as though the labor program has bettered me as a person and is a strong aspect of the college.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Berea College is a great school, and I highly suggest looking into it. Graduating debt free is no joke, and leaves you with unlimited options. You will have to work hard, and a lot is expected out of you, but the payoff is well worth it.

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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is the worst because they hardly give anyone that privilege. And during the sumner is the worst because it is too expensive to stay on campus, but hardly anyone does a 3month lease.

1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties suck here. Do not go to them. If you want to party you have to go to Lexington or Louisville.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Anything around the Tavern costs too much. It's a hassle to try to get to places like McDonalds or Taco Bell which are the only two late night options. If you go to Richmond there are plenty of more options for food and for late night. To get to all of the decent food you need a vehicle to get there.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: The alcohol and drug use not being allowed is very understandable. I do not think you should be punished for having alcohol if you are 21 or older. Visitation is somewhat understandable because Berea wants to keep its image. But it is a new day. They are treating us like children with the visitation policy. They could at least extend the hours or let the hours start sooner. Instead of starting at 5, they should start around noon and end around midnight. They could even end at 10 because some people keep their boyfriends or girlfriends in the room from the time visitation starts to the time it ends. This can be very disrespectful to their roommate as well. The attendance rule is too strict. It should be up to the students if they want to show up or not. They will only be hurting themselves if they choose not to show up. Berea definitely treats us like we are in middle school.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's not bad at all.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is not enough variety. Almost all of the food is flavorless. Rice and beans is always a last resort. We don't have fryers anymore. The food lines can be very messy at times. The cups and silverware can be absolutely disgusting. There should just be plasticware.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus can be okay, but at times it is miserable. There is not much to do on campus and the library closes too early for the way this school is set up. The dorms are not the best place to study. The dorms get messy easily although we have FAs. When you live on campus you have to eat in Dining Services and they try to accommodate everyone, but sometimes it is hard to find something you can eat. When you live off campus you do not have to put up with that issue. We are forced to live on campus our first year. It is hard to onto an off campus living as well. The housing system could be much better.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: We make the best of what we have. We're not a party school but when we do it's fun.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Nothing is relatively that close enough to campus. You can walk but it's far.

3 College Senior

Administration: A lot of things go unseen and unheard.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Financial Aid did what they could for me, they helped me pay for books when I couldn't. I also had my braces paid for. I never thought that I could get braces until I myself got a decent job after graduation. My parents could not afford them and I was okay with that. Being chosen by FA to receive financial assistance with getting braces was the best day of my life. They even helped me get a loan to pay for my surgery, which I needed before I could get braces.

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2 College Senior

Campus Food: The new kitchen appliances should help this situation we have some pretty good cooks.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great, some dorms are old but within the next five to ten years everything on campus will be updated. The process has already began, and I've seen several floor plans the new renovations will make the college even better!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I've only been to a few of the off campus restaurants. One was a really delicious and decently priced hometown sort of place. Yummy catfish! But other than that, it's been mostly fast food stuff: McDonalds, Arby's, Taco Bell, etc. Oh! And they just opened up this great Italian place that's pretty affordable (especially compared to other Italian places in other towns) and SUPER delicious! The Mexican place was okay, but I've had way better. I'm not vegan or vegetarian and I'm not overly concerned with organic foods and stuff, so I don't much pay attention to those options when I'm out.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus does a good job of sticking to their word and enforcing the law, so to speak.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't participate in parties. This school is very low-party life generally. The students probably go out and I just don't know it. It's a dry county. I'm just not into all that anyway.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I don't like food service, simply because their hours aren't convenient for me and because I ate so much my first semester that I grew sick of it. But honestly, they have a great variety of lines, including Sandwhich/Wrap, Soup, Pizza, Burger/Grilled or Fried Chicken Sandwhiches, Salad, Hot Line, Dessert, Breakfast, Pasta, and "Fire and Ice" which is a nice Asian on rice line. There are abundant drink options and very efficient cleaning up processes. The main cafe takes meal plan dollars and serves some very popular items. I prefer to eat there or cook my own food. There are also a few other cafe's small restaurants on the corner of the campus that many people eat at, but they aren't on the meal plan.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's a tight-knit community, which is really nice. The dorms are currently being renovated, one at a time, so things are a little cramped in the meantime, but the renovations are very nice and eco-friendly. My dorm is literally right next to the building that most of my classes and secondary labor position are in, which is awesome. The rooms are small, but hey, it's a dorm room. The "janitors" are all students, so it depends on who you get as to how well they do. Usually freshman aren't as enthusiastic, and I can see why, but the dorm coordinators do a great job of motivating them kindly. Then, everyone is happy! The housing processes is done by lottery number. Since I'm staying in the same room next year, I got the choice before the lottery ran, and it was super easy since they've converted it to an online process.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There could be more options available. Also, a student dscount would be tremendously helpful.

3 College Freshman

Administration: It really depends on what dorm you stay in and how sneaky you are or how much you abide by the rules. Basically, don't do bad things, or don't get caught doing them.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I am in debt 1000s of dollars when I thought I would be debt free. I will have to take out loans every year. If I had gone to a different school, I wouldn't have had to pay anything and would have received 1000s of dollars every semester.


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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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