Berea College

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Berea College is a private liberal arts work college known nationwide for its innovative and outstanding service-learning program. Founded in 1855, Berea is distinctive among post-secondary institutions for providing free education and being the first interracial and co-educational college in the Southern United States. Berea College charges no tuition; every admitted student is provided the equivalent of a four-year scholarship. Their students come from over 46 states in the United States and 58 other countries.

  • Berea is the first interracial and coeducational college in the South and consistently ranks among the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges.
  • Berea College offers a high-quality education to academically promising students with limited economic resources.
  • It has a full-participation work-study program in which students are required to work at least 10 hours per week in campus and service jobs in any of over 130 departments.
  • No student pays tuition; each student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship worth almost $200,000 over four years.