This school was started six years before the Civil War. It was to be both integrated and coeducational. And the poor students became part of the mission. The small college town, Berea, is right at the edge of the Bluegrass region. Theres a rise of mountains to the east. Its where Appalachia begins. By 1931, University of Chicago President Robert Hutchins was able to say Berea was in a "different class."
"It does what no other college can do; what it does must be done," he said.This year, the Washington Monthly ranking of 100 liberal arts colleges has Berea at No. 1.