Applying as a Transfer Student

Deadlines for completed applications from transfer students are January 31 (Priority Deadline) and March 31 (Final Deadline).

Berea College accepts a limited number of transfer students. In recent years, most admitted transfer applicants have accumulated no more than 70 credit hours elsewhere, have presented a collegiate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and have been in good academic and disciplinary standing at the college or university they most recently attended.

Transfer applicants with courses currently in progress must submit final transcripts reflecting no less than a 2.5 cumulative GPA in the most recent 24 hours of courses taken.

The admissions process conducts a holistic review of each applicant.  Many factors are considered in the selection of an applicant, including a properly completed application, official academic records, test scores (this requirement is waived for applicants who present an official college transcript showing grades earned in the last ten years for at least 24 semester hours of college credit at a regionally accredited institution) and financial eligibility. In addition to these components, we value recommendations/endorsements, extracurricular and co-curricular activities (e.g. music ensembles, athletics, theatre), community service, character and personal qualities, social maturity and demonstrated interest in the College..

The College maintains an admissions policy where all applicants are considered regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, disabling condition, or service in the uniformed services.  

To be considered for admission to Berea College as a transfer student, an applicant must submit the following materials:

  • A completed Application for Admission and Scholarship form.
  • Official college/university transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • Official high-school transcript (GED holders should submit official GED scores in lieu of high-school transcripts; home-schooled students should submit the Home-School Supplement Form if no transcript is available).
  • Official ACT or SAT I scores (if fewer than 24 transferable college credits have been completed).
  • A completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • A Statement of Good Standing form to be completed by the Dean of Students from each institution previously attended. This form must be sent directly from that office and cannot be turned in by the applicant.
  • One Evaluation & Endorsement Form, from a former professor (unless the applicant has not recently been enrolled, in which case, evaluation and endorsement forms from professionals in non-educational fields and/or other community leaders will be accepted).