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Not a very progressive school in action inQuite BrightArt & Design Department
Not a very progressive school in action in terms of diversity. Few Black Students, Few Gay Students, Few Jewish Students. The teachers in my department were not very up to date in their field. I attended graduate school and had to do a lot of catch up of material never covered. No co-ed dorms and you are pretty much treated as a kid. I moved to a large city after this and it was like starting over again getting used to diversity. There is very little alumni outreach other than asking for money and trying to engage is not really appreciated. Very insulated to itself. The people I met after college from the North East really showed me what a quality education can do in terms of thought and diverse thinking. Most students go there because the tuition is cheap but the life experience is backwards. If you can afford a college with a more liberal administration go there. All the presidents have been white heterosexual married men so that tells you everything. If you are a white heterosexual male this place thinks like that. Warren Wilson would be a much better choice and if I had been better informed I would have sought a more liberal college experience for undergraduate studies.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Manager; Preparedness: D+ Reputation: C-
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Students are numbers.Quite BrightArt & Design Department
Students are numbers. berea is a cash cow for the bureacrats. teachers and students are squeezed while bureacrats rake in the bucks. quality of education was disappointing. they give a lot of busy work. they force you to juggle a lot of, convos, classes,none of which is terribly stimulating. the department i was in was very disappointing. lack of professionalism. lack of high standards for art majors. very non supportive. for a college department it felt more like high school. a waste of time and money.
4th Year Female -- Class 2010
Perceived Campus Safety: A, Education Quality: F
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To me, the professors and a few specificBrightArt & Design Department
To me, the professors and a few specific departments, such as the Computer Maintenance and distribution center (IS&S) here and there are holding up the rest of this school. Campus policies are excessively strict, ie. $75 fines for propping doors open and social probation for just 2 drinking offenses (possessing alcohol or being intoxicated on campus even if over 21.)There is *NOTHING* (no exaggeration) to do in the town, but you will not be permitted to have a car unless you live at least 8 hours away, and even then its difficult. If you are not Christian, i highly recommend that you look elsewhere. The institution itself is pretty open minded about such things, the student body is not. Also, if you accept and understand evolution and that kind of thing, class discussions may frustrate you as 90% of your classmates argue "but the bible says..."

Housing is mediocre, and so is the food. You're required to have both though, unless you're married or a parent. The most difficult thing is that you're not allowed to work anywhere outside of the college, but the paychecks you receive from your mandatory labor position at the school typically only bring in about $120 to $145 per MONTH.

Bottom line: if you want to go here, there will be NO fun parties, no ridiculous nights of booze fueled fun. If you want fun, freedom, and life experiences in addition to classes, look elsewhere. The most exciting thing to do here is study, and that's about all you'll be able to afford. Chances for better paying jobs etc. are minimal. You'll graduate with almost no debt though! Oh yeah, and if you're transferring from another school be prepared to become a freshman all over again. Berea is horrible about transfer credits.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2012
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Individual Value: F
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