Berea College: Narrative Description

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Berea, KY 40404
Tel: (859)985-3000
Free: 800-326-5948
Admissions: (859)985-3500
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1855. Setting: 140-acre small town campus. Endowment: $795 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8572 per student. Total enrollment: 1,556. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 2,108 applied, 27% were admitted. 27% from top 10% of their high school class, 64% from top quarter, 92% from top half. Full-time: 1,516 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 40 students, 48% women, 53% men. Students come from 42 states and territories, 71 other countries, 64% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 19% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% international, 6% 25 or older, 84% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; home economics/vocational home economics; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, internships. Off campus study at Hastings College, Salem College, Austin College, Birmingham-Southern College, Eckerd College, Whitworth College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: electronic application. Required: essay, high school transcript, interview, financial aid application, SAT or ACT. Recommended: 2 recommendations. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: 4/30. Preference given to Appalachian residents with high ability and limited economic resources.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $5264 includes full-time tuition ($0), mandatory fees ($516), and college room and board ($4748). Financial aid is provided to all students for tuition costs.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 77 open to all. Most popular organizations: Campus Activities Board, Cosmopolitan Club, Students for Appalachia, flag football and basketball intramurals, Baptist Student Union. Major annual events: Mountain Day Eve, Graduation, Labor Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, crime prevention programs. 1,370 college housing spaces available; 1,265 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Hutchins Library plus 2 others with 358,556 books, 132,888 microform titles, 1,918 serials, 11,593 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $869,669. 260 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Nestled in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains, Berea draws 80% of its students from the Appalachian regions of nine southern states. Excellent motels are found in the community as well as the college hotel. The Churchill Weavers, one of the largest hand-weaving companies in the country, is located here.

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