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Berea College

Berea College is a liberal arts work college in the city of Berea and is located in Madison County, approximately 35 miles 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 offers Bachelor's degrees in 32 majors. It has a full-participation work-study program where students are required to work at least 10 hours per week in campus and service jobs in over 130 departments. Berea's primary service region is Southern Appalachia, but students come from 46 states in the United States and 58 other countries, with approximately one in three students an ethnic minority or international.

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 spiritual foundation, 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. 

The Great Commitments were formed around the goals of Berea. We acknowledge their challenge and we accept these commitments as our responsibility for generations of Bereans.

The Berea College is a Private university located in Berea.
The Berea College was founded in 1855.
The current president of Berea College is Lyle Roelofs.

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