About Berea College

Since its founding in 1855, Berea College’s spiritual foundation, "God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth," has shaped the institution’s culture and programs. Berea’s founders held fast to their radical vision of a college and a community committed to interracial education, to the Appalachian region, and to the equality of all women and men from all "nations and climes." This spiritual heritage compelled Berea College to serve all persons regardless of race, creed, color, gender, or class and led the College to draw its students from two immediate constituencies: African-Americans freed by the American Civil War and "loyal" white mountaineers.

Guided by a self-help philosophy, Berea’s distinctive character has long been its commitment to seek out promising low-income people in the mountains of Central and Southern Appalachia and provide them a tuition-free education. That’s right; our students come from economic need and receive a full scholarship to attend Berea College. Our student population includes 20% African American students, 9% international students and a mix of rural and urban students.

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