Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Four (4) units of English (including composition, rhetoric, and literature)
  • Three (3) units of Mathematics (at least Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry)
  • Two (2) units of Laboratory Science
  • Two (2) units of Social Science/History (including World History)
  • Two (2) units of a foreign language

Test Score Requirements

Most of our students score between 20 and 30 on the ACT (1410 – 1980 SAT) and have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.0 in a strong college prep curriculum. Students may take either the ACT or SAT.

For high school seniors and non-traditional students wishing to apply:

  • Complete the Berea College Application for Admission and Scholarship (online formor PDF). There is no fee to apply to Berea.
  • Schedule an appointment for your personal interview.
  • Two Evaluation and Endorsement Forms (online form or PDF), each from a current/former teacher, principal, or other school administrator or community leader (unless applicant has not recently been enrolled, in which case, Evaluation and Endorsement Forms from professionals in non-educational fields and/or other community leaders will be accepted). Please note that general recommendations submitted on letterhead or in other forms WILL NOT fulfill this requirement, but will be included in the student’s application file.
  • Guidance Counselor Evaluation Form
  • Financial information in the form of the 2016-2017 FAFSA
  • Official High School Transcript (Home School Students must use the Home School Supplement Form)
  • Official ACT or SAT I scores
  • The personal statement and/or resume is optional for all applicants, but we strongly encourage those who have experienced obstacles or adversity to submit this document (please be sure to include your name and date of birth on each page). If you choose to submit a personal statement, please write an essay (approximately 250-500 words) on a topic of your choice that describes significant accomplishments and/or challenges you have overcome and your motivations to do so. Please remember this statement allows us to better understand you as a student and as a person, apart from your grades, test scores, and other quantitative data.