Berea College

Berea College. Applicants to the college are chosen on three criteria. One is geographic. We take about 80% of our students from the Appalachian Mountains because we do have a mission to serve the Appalachian region.

Berea College is a four year liberal arts school. It was ranked number one academically for the South by US News & World Report. It is also the best bargain in education because there is no tuition and every student works their way through school. There are about 1500 students and around 10% of them work in traditional arts and crafts like blacksmithing, wood working, broom making, pottery and weaving.


Applicants to the college are chosen on three criteria. One is geographic. We take about 80% of our students from the Appalachian Mountains because we do have a mission to serve the Appalachian region. The second is academic. We do not necessarily take the top in the class. We take that second tier of the top of the class, students that would probably not be offered a full scholarship at a major university, but may have been working in high school to help the family or just support themselves. The third criteria is financial need. You must show that you could not afford to go to school anywhere else. So basically what you have is a school for young people from Appalachia who could not afford to go any place else. The school's website is www.berea.edu if you'd like more information. It's a pretty interesting place and I think the college's mission to preserve traditional Appalachian culture is why we have such arts and crafts community here.




Berea is one of the few viable art communities. An artist can actually come here and make some sort of living. They are art communities like Santa Fe or Salsalido and we are certainly not in that realm, but we are one of the top art communities in the US. We have been named as one of the top 100 art communities in the United States.

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