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Berea College

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Motto God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth.
Established 1855
Type Private Undergraduate Liberal Arts
Endowment $1 Billion
President Dr. Larry D. Shinn
Faculty 131
Undergraduates 1,514
Postgraduates 0
Location Berea, KY, USA
Campus Rural
Athletics Mountaineers
Colors Blue and White
Affiliations Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Website www.berea.edu

Berea College is a small liberal arts work college in Berea, Kentucky, south of Lexington, Kentucky with a full-time enrollment of 1514 students. Founded on the abolitionist principles of John Gregg Fee (1816-1901), Berea College admitted, from its beginning in 1855, both black and white students in a fully-integrated curriculum, making it the first non-segregated, co-educational college in the South, one of a handful of institutions of higher learning to admit both male and female students in the mid-1800s. A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... 1855 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Private schools, or independent schools, are schools not administered by local, state, or national government, which retain the right to select their student body and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition rather than with public (state) funds. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... A liberal arts college is an institution of higher education found in the United States, offering programs in the liberal arts at the post-secondary level. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Berea is a city in Madison County, Kentucky, United States. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... The Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) is an collegiate athletic conference with membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... A liberal arts college is an institution of higher education found in the United States, offering programs in the liberal arts at the post-secondary level. ... A work college is a type of institution of higher learning where student work is an integral and mandatory part of the educational process, as opposed to being an appended requirement. ... Berea is a city in Madison County, Kentucky, United States. ... Nickname: Athens of the West Horse Capital of the World Location in the Commonwealth of Kentucky Coordinates: Country United States State Kentucky Counties Fayette  - Mayor Jim Newberry (D) Area    - City 739. ... Abolition is the act of formally destroying something through legal means, either by making it illegal, or simply no longer allowing it to exist in any form. ... John Gregg Fee was the founder of Berea College. ... 1816 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1855 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... In education, a curriculum (plural curricula) is the set of courses and their contents offered by an institution such as a school or university. ... Historic Southern United States. ...

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History

The College began first in 1855 as a one room schoolhouse, that also served as a church on Sundays. While the school's first articles of incorporation were adopted in 1859, founder John Gregg Fee and the teachers were forced out of the area by pro-slavery supporters in that same year. Fee spent the Civil War years raising funds for the school, and returned afterward to continue his work. In 1869, the first college students were admitted, and the first bachelors degrees awarded in 1873. John Gregg Fee was the founder of Berea College. ...


In 1904, the state legislature's passage of the "Day Law" disrupted Berea's interracial education by prohibiting education of black and white students together. The college challenged the law in state court, and further appealed to the Supreme Court in Berea College v. Kentucky. When the challenge failed, the college had to become a segregated school and set aside funds to help establish the Lincoln Institute near Louisville to educate black students. In 1950, when the law was amended to allow integration of schools at the college level, Berea promptly resumed its integrated policies. Berea College v. ...


In addition to college level education, Berea also provided pre-college education until the 1960s. In 1968, the elementary and secondary schools (Foundation School) were discontinued in favor of focusing on undergraduate college education.


Academics and student life

For the past decade, Berea College has been consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the number one comprehensive college in the South. A high percentage of Berea graduates go on to graduate and professional schools, and the College is also active in international programs, with over 40% of Berea students studying abroad before graduation. The college provides significant funding to assist students in studying abroad. Berea students are also eligible to win the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship which provides funding for a year of study abroad following graduation. Like many private colleges, Berea does not enroll students based upon semester hours. Berea College utilizes a course credit system, which has the following equivalencies: U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ... The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is a grant that enables graduating seniors to pursue a year of independent study outside the United States. ...


-A .25 credit course is the equivalent of 1 semester hour.


-A .50 credit course is the equivalent of 2 semester hours.


-A .75 credit course is equivalent to 3 semester hours.


-A 1.00 credit course is the equivalent to 4 semester hours.


All students are required to attend the college on a full-time basis, which is 3.00 course credits of enrollment, or 12 semester hours. Students must be enrolled in at least 4.00 course credits to be considered for the Dean's list. Enrollment in 5.00 or more course credits requires the approval of the Academic Provost, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Part-time enrollment is not permitted except during Summer term. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required in all majors in order to graduate with a Bachelor's degree. National surveys show that the stress level of Berea students is higher than the national average.[citation needed]


Scholarships and work program

Berea College provides all students with full tuition scholarships (valued at $21,000), and many receive support for room and board as well. Historically, the cost of admission to Berea College has varied from "a desire to learn" to "the price of one head of livestock." Admission to the College is granted only to students who need financial assistance (as determined by the FAFSA); in general, applications are not accepted from those whose family income does not fall within the bottom 40% of US households. By policy, at least 80% of the College's incoming class is drawn from the Appalachian region of the South and some adjoining areas, while about 7% are international students from the developing world--Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Europe, and Central and South America--with generally no more than one student admitted from a given country in a single year (with the exception of countries in distress such as Tibet and Liberia). This policy ensures that 70 or more nationalities are usually represented in the student body of Berea College. All international students are admitted on full scholarships with the same regard for financial need as American students. FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a form that must be filled out annually by college students and their parents in the United States to determine their eligibility for federal financial aid (including grants, loans, and work-study programs). ... Tibet (older spelling Thibet; Tibetan: བོད་; Wylie: Bod; Lhasa dialect IPA: [; Simplified and Traditional Chinese: 西藏, Hanyu Pinyin: XÄ«zàng; also referred to as 藏区 (Simplified Chinese), 藏區 (Traditional Chinese), ZàngqÅ« (Hanyu Pinyin), see Name section below) is a plateau region in Central Asia and the indigenous home to the Tibetan people. ...


In order to support its extensive scholarship program, Berea College has one of the largest financial reserves of any American college when measured on a per-student basis. The endowment stands at $862 million. The base of Berea College's finances is dependent on substantial contributions from individuals who support the mission of the College and donations from alumni, who have been the beneficiaries of Berea's largesse. A solid investment strategy lifted the endowment size from $150 million in 1985 to its current height.[1]


As a work college, Berea has a labor program in which every entering student is assigned a job on campus, from busing tables at the Boone Tavern Hotel, a historic business, which is owned by the College, to managing the hanging and focusing of lights for the productions at the Theatre Lab. Other job duties include janitorial labor, building management, resident assistance, gardening and groundskeeping, computer consulting, information technology, woodworking, and secretarial work. Every student agrees to work 10-15 hours per week for the College in return for their full-tuition scholarship. Students are currently paid an hourly wage at or below $3.00 per hour by the College. The college regularly increases student pay on a yearly basis. Students are prohibited from having off-campus jobs, and face permanent expulsion if off-campus employment during Fall or Spring semesters is discovered. Students are also not allowed to have cars on campus without a special permit. Student permits for cars are rarely granted. The College generally uses a shuttle bus system to provide students with supplemental transport. Many students either walk or bike to their classes. This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


Campus life

Technology is an important part of life at Berea College. Starting in 2000, Berea started a program to provide students with laptops. In 2002, all students received a laptop. All freshmen are given a laptop and at the end of their second year, are given a brand new laptop that they can take with them when they graduate. Students are required to pay for the computers. There are over 4,000 data ports on campus and they are working to establish a campus-wide wireless network.


Unlike many colleges, Berea does not offer 'flex dollars' in its meal plan, instead one is given a choice of signing up for 21, 14, or 10 meals per week in the cafeteria food service. The advantage to signing up for less than 21 meals is one gets more 'Berea Bucks' usable at the college Cafe. The company supplying the food for food service is Sodexho. Sodexho Marriott is also in charge of the services at Boone Tavern hotel. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


Berea's sports teams are called the "Mountaineers." They compete in the NAIA's Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (better known as the NAIA) traces its roots to the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball. ... The Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) is an collegiate athletic conference with membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ...


Berea has not had a football team since 1904.


Christian identity

Berea was founded by progressive, non-sectarian Christians, and it still maintains a Christian identity separate from any particular denomination. Using as its scriptural foundation "God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth" (Acts 17:26), the college does not limit enrollment to Christians. While this policy is maintained, many General Studies courses are focused on Christian faith, and every student is required to take a Contemporary Christianity course in their Senior year regardless of what their religious beliefs are. Berea College accepts people who support its values of "impartial love" regardless of faith tradition.[2] A sect is generally a small religious or political group that has branched off from a larger established group. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Christianity. ... A denomination, in the Christian sense of the word, is an identifiable religious body under a common name, structure, and/or doctrine. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... The Acts of the Apostles (Greek Praxeis Apostolon) is a book of the Bible, which now stands fifth in the New Testament. ...


Notable alumni

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References

  1. ^ Brull, Steven. (September 2005). "Appalachian spring". Institutional Investor, p. 35.
  2. ^ The Christian Identity of Berea College. Berea College (2002-05-11). Retrieved on 2006-12-08.

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External links

  • http://www.berea.edu/

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