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Reviews 398 total reviews with an average rating of 3.1

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't really know that much about the Athletics here.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Its pretty good academic wise but socially Berea is a little confusing. Since it's in a small town it can be hard to find stuff to do so most students get drunk and stuff but if that is not your idea of a good time then its hard to have "fun".

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: This is a small campus with virtually no safety issues found in the community. The only issue is the lack of quality safety officers.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Courses are vigorous and professors are great mentors, friends, and teachers.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Jobs on campus don't pay much and there isn't much room for upward movement. There aren't a lot of pre-proffessional related jobs either.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Rules are too strict on visitation, cleanliness is an issue.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: We have no real greek life recognized by the college.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are simply not a priority at Berea.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have loved my professors and classes but Berea is very controlling and not always efficient.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: At Berea, academic success and development are what is most important. Sports do not play a central part in the school or school life. The dance teams are just as important as the basketball or baseball teams. Athletics are simply viewed as extracurricular activities that are healthy and fun to be involved in. They provide many beneficial physical and social experiences for athletes.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: While extremely challenging academically, I am so very grateful that I decided to go to Berea College. Some of my favorite experiences include the labor program, my undergraduate study I did this summer, and joining Berea College Country Dancers. To be completely honest, it is a dash from beginning to end. It can become very stressful and overwhelming, but the opportunities available to students are abundant, so it's definitely worth the struggle. Berea has an atmosphere of progress and deep concern. I am thankful for my academic adviser and my labor supervisor, they have given me encouragement to follow my dreams and are always there when I need them. If I had it to do over, I would definitely choose Berea again.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Berea College! The administrators and academic advisers really care about the students. They are involved in their students' lives and get to know them. To them we are not just a number on a piece of paper, we are people. Out of all of the schools I read about and visited, only Berea College made me feel as though not only my education but my personal well-being also mattered to them!

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Berea college is a very good college. However, it is very difficult. The people here make up for that though; it is really easy to make friends because everyone here knows that this college is hard.

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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.

5 people found this useful Report
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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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