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Berea is a great school for undergrad biology.BrightBiology
Berea is a great school for undergrad biology. The faculty is wonderful, about half & half male & female. Lab classes are very good, especially invert.zoo., parasitology, micro, developmental, and genetics. Independent research is fully supported, faculty is knowledgable and only a couple are a bit too arrogant or crotchety. The campus is beautiful. Definitely small town but a very international student body.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2005
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: C
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I had a lot of issues with BereaLanguage - French/Spanish/etc.
I had a lot of issues with Berea College while I was there. The administration has a lot of flaws and it comes off as if none of the departments communicate with each other. You tend to get the runaround as a student and are not treated with any respect when going to financial aid, health services, student services, etc.

However, it is an incredible school. Yes, it is INCREDIBLY hard to stay in the college with the lack of communication and struggling to fill out the copious amounts of paperwork last minute (because of the lack of understanding and constant changing of the way things work), but it is incredible. I complained the entire time I was in that school, but I made sure to give credit where credit was due.

The professors, classes offered, and the labor program are the only thing holding this college up at the moment. Luckily, these are the things that are important. Most of the professors have their doctorate degree and the classes are (for the most part) interesting and I enjoyed going to my classes. The class sizes are small (with the exception of the general studies requirements) and it becomes very easy to have a professional, but also personal relationship with your professors or advisors. In turn, your professors become some of your best references and I left with multiple great references.

The labor program is great in the sense that the college wouldn't run without the students. The positions are underpaid and if you do not fulfill your labor hour requirements it can become an issue, but I loved the program. It was hard to be a full time student and still have a job, but it was on campus and everyone is required to have a job. Even if it is not a well paid position, you have at least SOME money coming. We all know Berea, KY doesn't have enough jobs for all the students.

My biggest issues were with administration and the (what I find) silly things that can get you kicked out of Berea College. It makes sense to kick someone out of the college for repeatedly doing poorly, having weapons on campus, selling hard drugs on campus, or doing anything illegal, but having someone of the opposite sex in your room more than 3 times (in your entire career at Berea College) or having multiple parking tickets should not be reasons to have to leave the school. Transferring into or out of Berea College is also a nightmare. Most of your credits will not transfer because Berea College has a different credit hour system and offers classes other colleges do not.

There are many rules at Berea College and there were many times I asked myself if all this stress, grief, and disrespect is worth it. Now that I've got the degree in my hand and it's over with, I guess I have nothing to say except "yes." It could have been worse, but I think the college could be a really great place with a change of staff. The "where else would you have gone if we didn't accept you" mentality gets old really quickly and pissed me off on more than one occasion.

It was also more comfortable knowing that all of your classmates received the same scholarship as you and that most (there are some exceptions) of the students have a similar background (lower to middle class). It was oddly comforting (for me, at least) and there wasn't that difference to deal with.

There are departments on campus that need to get off their high horse and stop perpetuating stereotypes, but for the most part the departments have a sturdy foundation and at least one amazing, worthwhile professor. I especially recommend Berea College for language majors because Berea College has a GREAT study abroad program (also with its own flaws, but those issues are all attributed to financial aid).All in all, Berea College is an all right place to go, but once you separate the administration from the professors, labor, and courses it looks a lot more inviting.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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While I was a student at Berea College,Psychology
While I was a student at Berea College, I did complain a lot and felt very frustrated by the seemingly outdated rules (ie. visitation, no car policy, all students being required to live in the dorms, no co-ed dorms, etc)... I also found the small town of Berea to be seriously boring and I wanted more variety. Even so.... Now that I have been out of school for one year, I can look back at Berea with a real sense of thankfulness and respect for the outstanding education I recieved there. This school is not for everyone- and I don't even know if it was the right "fit" for me- but I do appreciate my experience there. The professors are amazing, the labor system (annoying at times) is really good for exploring different types of jobs, and the overall atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. I never thought I would say these things- because while I was there, I didn't feel this way, but I am so glad I went there and stuck through to graduation.
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