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“Historic college hiding in the Kentucky hills”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Berea College

Berea College
Ranked #4 of 20 things to do in Berea
Certificate of Excellence
Cincinnati, Ohio
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40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Historic college hiding in the Kentucky hills”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

If you find yourself driving south of Lexington on I-75 passing through Kentucky, do yourself a favor. Take Exit 76 and visit Berea, Kentucky, a quaint and picturesque artists colony and home to one of America's most historic liberal arts colleges. Berea College, founded in 1855, is distinctive for having been the first college in the Southern United States to be coeducational and racially integrated. And it is well known for providing tuition free study to all its students in exchange for a commitment of 10 hours of work per week on campus. It boasts a generous endowment and a campus situated on 8000 acres, affording plenty of space for classroom buildings, state of the art dormitories, grassy quadrangles and the campus farm operations. The school also owns the historic Boone Tavern Hotel on the town square that has hosted a long list of international dignitaries. While you are visiting the college, be sure to visit the arts and crafts studios in town, the Kentucky crafts center, and enjoy the beautiful gardens maintained by the college. Berea is a very attractive choice for a college education, but it's not easy to get in to. It is ranked as the most selective college in Kentucky, accepting only 17% of its applicants and among the top 50 liberal arts colleges. Call ahead to arrange a tour or stop in at the Visitors' Center for assistance.

Visited April 2014
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Somerset, Kentucky
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133 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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“A great mixture of art, crafts, and education”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

In order to encourage minority students to attend college, we take middle school students to visit several colleges and universities throughout the state. Berea College is probably my favorite. The school is relatively small but very inclusive. They offer a full range of studies including travels to countries world wide. Add to that, opportunities to learn and refine crafts in woodworking, weaving, pottery,art, candy making, jewelry, and even broom making. If you're lucky enough to take a tour of the campus, please ask about the "listening wall". The Appalachian Museum is located next to the campus and has a wide range of exhibits.

Visited October 2013
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Dearborn, Michigan
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37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Homecomming”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014

Great tIme, Great weather, managed to get a tour around the college as well! Everyone is so nice! Be sure to look at the Art for sale!

Visited November 2013
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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 reviews
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“Great School”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2013

There is nothing that we disliked about this institution. My son who generally sleeps the whole trip could not stop talking about his desire to attend Berea College.

Visited December 2013
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Berea, Kentucky
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94 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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“Historic college that demonstrates the value of higher education”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Plan to go by and make an appointment with the College information center and schedule a 45 minute tour of the college, it's history and it's unique contribution to higher education.

Visited November 2013
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