A Residential College

To benefit fully from Berea’s curricular and co-curricular programs, students are expected to live in College residence halls and eat in the College’s dining facilities. In the residence halls, students learn to live comfortably with others from a spectrum of the world’s cultures. Because Berea values the learning that comes from daily living with those different from oneself, initial room assignments for first-year students may be changed only with special approval. Each spring, continuing students make their own choices of rooms and roommates through a lottery system.

Berea students are offered a variety of living spaces within the College’s residence halls, many of which have undergone renovation through an ambitious program to modernize campus facilities while retaining their distinctive character. Halls vary in architecture, size, room arrangement, atmosphere, and tradition. Some residences feature suites with common living room-like spaces, while others offer traditional single- or double-occupancy rooms opening onto conventional hallways. Some halls are reserved for first-year students while others house upper-classification students. There also are family-housing and Ecovillage apartments for qualifying student families.

The Collegium is a team of student-life professionals who live in the residence halls and oversee day-to-day life, program implementation, and hall-wide activities. Many upper-classification students serve as Hall Coordinators, Monitors, and Residence Assistants through the Labor Program.

Because campus facilities and the adjoining town are within comfortable walking distance, there is little need for students to use a car. A College-operated shuttle van runs on a regular schedule to local shopping areas and to nearby cities on weekends. For these reasons, in keeping with the College’s commitment to sustainable-living practices, and in recognition of the benefits of a residential education, most students are not permitted to have cars on campus or in the Berea community. Freshmen are not permitted to have vehicles. Parking spaces are limited, so seniors are permitted to have vehicles as long as the students are in good standing with the College (not on probation), then juniors and sophomores in good standing may apply for remaining parking permits on a first-come, first-served basis once the senior quota has been reached. Some special exceptions are made only for the following circumstances: student’s home residence is an eight-hour or longer drive from campus, “independent” student status (based on FAFSA definition), or in some situations that require personal medical appointments outside of the area. The Office of Public Safety monitors and administers the Motor Vehicle Policy.