Berea College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (4)
Great school for students in low-income families because every student who is accepted is granted a $100,000 scholarship. This is a liberal arts college designed to give you perspective on multiple subjects. Beyond education, you will also participate in a labor program.
Berea College is an amazing place that truly made me a better person. As the first college in the south to accept both women and men and black and white students, Berea has a long history of progressive ideals and forward thinking educators. It is one of the most affordable colleges in the United States with every student accepted being awarded a full tuition scholarship for all four years. The price of room and board is based upon your family's income and many students pay nothing at all. To offset the cost all students work a minimum of ten hours per week in departments and facilities all over campus. That was actually a very rewarding experience, and when I graduated I already had 4 years of relevant work history. I graduated with a well rounded education, very little debt, and a resume that put me above my peers who went to other universities. I loved my time at Berea College, and I cannot imagine the person I would be had I not gone there.
It was a very inclusive environment, where I was able to meet many people from different backgrounds to help me expand my world view. The Liberal Arts curriculum was flexible and offered a lot of ways to allow students to meet the course requirements. I was able to take all of the pre-med courses on top of an unrelated degree, while taking several electives just for fun! The faculty were caring and knowledgeable, and took a personal interest in helping students grow.
Berea College supports its students tremendously. If it were not for their "tuition free" policy, I would not have attend college. Berea has a premiere academic standard. The professors are very well-qualified and dedicated. They care about the quality of their teaching and the students' learning very much. Since the class size is small, every student has a chance to interact with their teachers and approach them during their office hours. The college also has a work-study program which helps students support themselves and learns professional skills. By the time a student graduates, he/she will have on his/her resume not only some extra-curricular or volunteer activities, but professional jobs on campus as well. This is a big plus to bridge out of college. There are a lot of programs on campus to prepare students for life after graduation. The Center for Transformative Learning will train students with skills such networking, writing resume, interviewing, etc. They also support financially for students to do internships and other academic opportunities: visiting Grad school. taking the GRE, travelling to conferences, etc.