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Berea College

Berea College is a small college in Berea, Kentucky, south of Lexington, Kentucky. Berea was founded in 1855 on the abolitionist principles of John G. Fee. Berea was the first college to teach integrated college courses to both blacks and whites. Berea was so successful at this integration that it drew the attention of state legislators, who enacted the Day Law[?] to shut down Berea and stop the whole abolitionist movement in the area.

In its current inception, Berea provides all students with a full tuition support, leaving the student to pay only room and board costs. There is additional financial assistance available to help cover these costs based on need. Historically, the price of admission to Berea has varied from 'a desire to learn' to 'the price of one head of livestock'. They only admit students who are in need of financial assistance; applicants who don't need financial assitance are turned away.

As if its history didn't make it unique enough, Berea is unique in another way. Berea is one of just a handful of Colleges which form the Work Colleges Consortium[?], The labor program at Berea is set up such that every student who enters is assigned a job on campus, from bussing tables at the Boone Tavern[?] to managing the hanging and focusing of lights for the Theatre Lab's productions. Each student is paid a wage per hour, but part of the work goes to pay off what is called the 'Labor Grant'. Each student agrees to work a certain number of hours when they enter the college, in return for a full tuition scholarship.

Berea's sports teams are called the Mountaineers. They compete in the NAIA[?]'s Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference[?].

On a last note, Berea has one of the largest financial reserves of any college. Last estimate was exceeding $700 Million



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