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.
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