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Reviews 383 total reviews with an average rating of 3.1

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have yet to live in one. I am planning on staying over the summer and the options are hard to apply to, or too expensive or unreasonable in lease options.

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.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: I like to make my own fun, but sometimes I wish we had one of those huge parties you see in movies. If not one a week, then maybe once a month.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It has it's good and bad days. Even if I wasn't a very particular eater, I would have trouble enjoying the food.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I believe it's the best. It's newly renovated. It's spacious and clean, especially compared to some of the other dorms.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's pretty cheap to live in Berea off campus. Usually, people can save money if they have roommates and get on food stamps.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some gems but Berea is a small town.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Although strict with certain things, they tend to be very understanding. Even if you get caught and get a violation you can go to J-Board and explain the whole situation and get off with just making an informative poster or something. However, they are very strict with labor and academics.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: If you are from a low-income family then it is as simple as, you will get everything covered. Even if you still have a term bill it will usually be under 1000 dollars. I just got through my first year and I am still debt free.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: If it's not a party being held by the wanna-be fraternity then a party consists of some people in a dorm room drinking. Berea is not a school for partying.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Most days are very hit or miss. When all else fails though, you can go to the cafe and get something else if food service wasn't that great. There are nice festive days when a holiday or cultural thing is going on and usually the food will be bomb. Regular days do get old pretty fast though.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are not too crowded and most of the people are friendly. There are FA's (facilities assistant) that clean daily. Relatively nice dorms, maybe not the nicest but nice. No co-ed dorms though, so if that is what you're looking for, keep on looking.

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.


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Seabury Center
Seabury Center
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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