Berea College

Undergraduates: 1623
Setting: Small four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $22,100.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $22,100.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1669 / 24 / 3.42
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 44:56
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: N/A
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 33%

Berea College is a liberal arts work college in Berea (south of Lexington), in the U.S. state of Kentucky, founded in 1855. Berea College is distinctive among post-secondary institutions for providing free education to students and for having been the first college in the Southern United States to be coeducational and racially integrated. Berea College charges no tuition; every admitted student is provided the equivalent of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship (currently worth $83,600; $20,900 per year)

Berea College, founded by ardent abolitionists and radical reformers, continues today as an educational institution still firmly rooted in its historic purpose �to promote the cause of Christ.� Adherence to the College�s scriptural foundation, �God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,� shapes the College�s culture and programs so that students and staff alike can work toward both personal goals and a vision of a world shaped by Christian values, such as the power of love over hate, human dignity and equality, and peace with justice. This environment frees persons to be active learners, workers, and servers as members of the academic community and as citizens of the world. The Berea experience nurtures intellectual, physical, aesthetic, emotional, and spiritual potentials and with those the power to make meaningful commitments and translate them into action.

Founded in 1855 by the abolitionist John Gregg Fee (1816�1901), Berea College admitted both black and white students in a fully integrated curriculum, making it the first non-segregated, coeducational college in the South and one of a handful of institutions of higher learning to admit both male and female students in the mid-19th century. The college began as a one-room schoolhouse that also served as a church on Sundays on land that was granted to Fee by politician and abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay. Fee named the new community after the biblical Berea. Although the school's first articles of incorporation were adopted in 1859, founder John Gregg Fee and the teachers were forced out of the area by pro-slavery supporters in that same year. Fee spent the Civil War years raising funds for the school, trying to provide for his family in Cincinnati, Ohio, and working at Camp Nelson. He returned afterward to continue his work at Berea. He spent nearly 18 months working mostly at Camp Nelson, where he helped provide facilities for the freedmen and their families, as well as teaching and preaching. He helped get funds for barracks, a hospital, school and church In 1866, Berea's first full year after the war, it had 187 students, of whom 96 were black and 91 white. It began with preparatory classes to ready students for advanced study at the college level. In 1869, the first college students were admitted, and the first bachelor's degrees were awarded in 1873 In 1904, the Kentucky state legislature's passage of the "Day Law" disrupted Berea's interracial education by prohibiting education of black and white students together. The college challenged the law in state court and further appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in Berea College v. Kentucky. When the challenge failed, the college had to become a segregated school, but it set aside funds to help establish the Lincoln Institute near Louisville to educate black students. In 1925 famed advertiser Bruce Barton, a future congressman, sent a letter to 24 wealthy men in America to raise funds for the college. Every single letter was returned with a minimum of $1,000 in donation. In 1950, when the law was amended to allow integration of schools at the college level, Berea promptly resumed its integrated policies. During World War II, Berea was one of 131 colleges nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a navy commission. Up until the 1960s, Berea provided pre-college education in addition to college level curriculum. In 1968, the elementary and secondary schools (Foundation School) were discontinued in favor of focusing on undergraduate college education

Rural (140 acres)

John "Bam" Carney - educator; member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from Campbellsville James Bond - educator, grandfather of Civil Rights Movement activist Julian Bond William H. Danforth - creator of Purina Dog Chow, author of I Dare you! John B. Fenn - winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in chemistry Rodney Griffin - award-winning songwriter and baritone with Southern gospel group Greater Vision Sam Hurst - inventor of the first touch screen Finley Hamilton - United States Representative from Kentucky. Julia Britton Hooks - second African-American woman in the United States to graduate from college and paternal grandmother of Benjamin Hooks Juanita M. Kreps - U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President Jimmy Carter Keven McQueen, author of several books chronicling violent crime in pre-20th century Kentucky C.E. Morgan - author of "All the Living Harold "Hal" Moses, M.D. - Director Emeritus, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center; Professor of Cancer Biology Tharon Musser - Tony Award-winning lighting designer known especially for her work on A Chorus Line Jeffrey Reddick - American screenwriter, best known for creating the Final Destination series Jack Roush - founder, CEO, and owner of Roush Fenway Racing, a NASCAR team Helen Maynor Scheirbeck - Assistant Director for Public Programs at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian Miss B Hollywood - National Pop Rap Recording Artist James Thindwa - community activist with Chicago's "Jobs with Justice" Rocky S. Tuan - Director of Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Naomi Tutu (Nontombi Naomi Tutu) - daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and activist Paul S. Peercy - Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Djuan Trent - Miss Kentucky 2010 Muse Watson - American actor Billy Edd Wheeler - songwriter, performer and writer Cleophus Charles - Former holder of the Carter G. Woodson Chair of African American Studies and Co-founder of the Cleo and Rosa Charles Student Development Fund. Carter G. Woodson - African-American historian, author, and journalist. Often considered the father of African-American history. Co-founder of Black History Month Silas House - NEH Chair in Appalachian Studies, author and activist. Bell Hooks - Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies, author of over thirty books. Dean W. Colvard - Former president of Mississippi State University, notable for his role in a 1963 controversy surrounding the participation of the university's basketball team in the NCAA Tournament..

Chief_administrator: Lyle D. Roelofs (President)
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Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): No
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): No
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): No
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No