Enrollment Status and Registration Procedures

Enrollment Status

Student Classification

Student classification is determined as follows:

Credits Earned Classification
fewer than 7 Freshman
from 7 to fewer than 15 Sophomore
from 15 to fewer than 24 Junior
24 or more Senior

Student Categories

Full-time Student

A student must register for at least three credits during a regular term to be considered full-time. To maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (see SAP Chart in the Academic Performance Standards section), students should average 8 credits per academic year. No student may register for more than four and one-half credits without obtaining approval from the Academic Advisor for an overload. (See “Overloads” in Registration Information section to follow.) Registration for less than three credits must be pre-approved by the Student Admissions and Academic Standing Committee (SAAS) (saas@berea.edu). (See “Request for Part-time Status (Underload)” in this section.)

Part-time Status

All Berea College students are expected to be enrolled full time. To register for fewer than three credits or to drop below three credits, a degree candidate must have the approval of the Student Admissions and Academic Standing Committee (SAAS) (saas@berea.edu). Ordinarily, degree-seeking students are only approved part-time status one time during their enrollment at Berea College and only if it does not result in a need for an extension of terms.

Requests for part-time status must not result in the student being enrolled in less than 1.5 credits. Exceptions to this policy are approved only for debilitating illness or other issues beyond the student’s control. The financial aid of part-time students may be affected, as well as health insurance, car insurance, scholarships, food stamps and/or tax deductions.  The term in which a student is registered for less than three credits is counted towards the 8-term expectations, except when the reasons for part-time status are beyond the student’s control. Part-time students may not participate in intercollegiate sports. Applications for part-time status must be signed by the advisor and submitted to SAAS (saas@berea.edu) for consideration and approval.

In general, applications for part-time status, other than those related to debilitating illness or other issues beyond the student’s control, are not considered until after mid-term grades are submitted and are only approved when the student has demonstrated a good-faith effort (attendance, engagement, completed assignments, etc.) within the course. Students who are failing a course as a result of lack of attendance or engagement in the course will not be approved to withdraw from the course if it results in part-time status.

Degree Candidate

A Degree Candidate is a student working toward the baccalaureate degree at Berea College. Degree candidates normally are full-time students. Part-time status is approved only in exceptional cases.

Domestic Exchange Student

A domestic exchange student is one enrolled at Berea full-time for a regular term under an exchange agreement with another domestic institution. (Also see "Domestic and International Exchange Programs")

Non-Degree Student

Berea College provides classes to a limited number of non-degree students by application. Non-degree student applications are available from and should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

The course load of a non-degree student may not exceed 2.25 course credits per regular term without permission of the Enrollment Policies Committee.  Appeals may be submitted to the Registrar.

No more than six course credits earned as a non-degree student may be applied toward a Berea College degree.  Non-degree students are not subject to the same financial restrictions for admission that apply to degree-seeking students; however, such restrictions are applicable if the student applies to be a degree candidate.

To remain eligible for the non-degree program at Berea College, a student must earn a C or higher in all courses.

The following courses are not available to non-degree students:

  • Applied music lessons,
  • Internships,
  • Independent/Team Initiated Studies,
  • Directed Studies and
  • General Studies Required (GSTR) Courses.

High School Non-Degree Student

High school non-degree students must be a junior or senior enrolled at Berea Community High School, Madison Southern High School, have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, and the recommendation of the guidance counselor.  Home-school students must meet the minimum SAT/ACT score for degree-seeking students. 

Community Non-Degree Student

To be eligible to attend Berea College as a community non-degree student, an individual must, at the time of application, reside in Madison, Garrard, Jackson, or Rockcastle counties; be 18 years or older; and hold at least a high-school diploma or the equivalent at the time of enrollment.  

Berea College graduates or former degree-seeking students who did not complete a degree are eligible to enroll as non-degree students in on-campus courses. Work taken as a non-degree student in these circumstances may not count toward a degree at Berea College.

Regular full-time and part-time Berea College employees, with permission of their supervisor and the Director of Human Resources, may take one (1) course per term. College employees must be in good standing if they are former Berea College students.

International Exchange Student

An international exchange student is one who attends Berea College as a non-degree student for a term or academic year through a reciprocal exchange program. Reciprocal exchange relationships between Berea College and institutions abroad are based on signed agreements that define the conditions of the exchange for the international students attending Berea College through the exchange and for the Berea College students who attend the partner institution abroad. Exchange students are selected by their home institution to participate in the exchange and meet the admission requirements established for international degree students at Berea College, including evidence of sufficient proficiency in English to have a successful academic experience at Berea. International exchange students are enrolled as full-time, non-degree students at Berea College and transfer credit to their home institutions. Exchange students are required to participate in the College’s Labor Program. Applications for international exchange students are provided to the international office at their home institution by the Exchange Coordinator in the Francis and Louise Hutchins Center for International Education. (Also see Domestic and International Exchange Programs.)

Transient Students

Currently matriculated students in a degree program at another college may apply to take courses at Berea College. With the exception of students whose permanent address is in Madison, Jackson, Rockcastle, or Garrard counties in Kentucky, these students are subject to the same financial restrictions for admission that apply to Berea’s degree-seeking students. Transient students are restricted to two-and-one-quarter (2-1/4) course credits per term of enrollment, not to exceed three consecutive terms. Transient students are accommodated on a space-available basis and may register after degree seekers have completed registration. Ordinarily, transient students are not eligible for off-campus courses, independent studies, team-initiated studies, internships, directed studies, and any other credit-bearing exercise pursued outside of the traditional classroom setting.


Individuals who wish to audit a course are permitted to do so with approval of the instructor and completion of appropriate forms available in the Office of the Registrar. Course credit is not earned when auditing. A nominal fee is charged to audit a course. Ordinarily, participation courses (i.e. Art Studio, Foreign Languages) may not be audited. 

Domestic and International Exchange Programs

Students interested in experiencing a culture and a learning environment outside the United States have the opportunity to study abroad through one of Berea College’s exchange agreements or another approved academic program abroad. Students should consult with the Education Abroad Advisor in the Francis and Louise Hutchins Center for International Education for the current list of programs and the regulations governing those opportunities.

In addition, Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) permit qualified students to participate in a limited tuition exchange program through which undergraduate courses may be taken by visiting students. Participation is limited to students needing courses required for graduation that are not available at the home institution during their remaining terms.  The only exception is made for students needing minimal courses to be eligible for the CPA exam. Applications for the exchange are available from the Office of the Registrar.


Readmission of Previously Enrolled Students

Previously enrolled students who wish to return to Berea College must reapply through the Office of Admissions. All materials relative to requests for readmission for Summer or Fall terms, including internal processing, must be received by February 1 for Summer or Fall terms and by October 1 for the Spring term. Applications for readmission cannot be processed until all outstanding account balances are paid and loans are current. There is a $50 entrance fee required of returning students. Degree requirements for readmitted students are based on the Catalog of the readmission term. 

Previously withdrawn students may not be enrolled at Berea until one full regular term of attendance has passed after the term in which the withdrawal occurred. Unless otherwise designated at the time of suspension, a student who has been suspended cannot be considered for readmission until the passage of two (2) regular terms of absence.

Readmitted students will return to the College with the same academic, social, and labor standing assigned at the time of departure. If, at the time of withdrawal, the student is not in good standing for financial-aid purposes, said student will be required to submit an appeal in order to be considered for Title IV and state financial-aid programs. Ordinarily, an application for readmission will not be considered in the case of a pending on-campus disciplinary charge and/or hearing until such a case has been adjudicated. (Also see “Financial Aid and Student Accounts” for more information.)

Readmission of Service Members (Veterans)

Students who voluntarily or by order of the U.S. Department of Defense, leave the College prior to earning a degree, spend more than 30 consecutive days in the uniformed services of the United States, and are honorably discharged, are not required to compete for readmission to the College on the basis of academic, financial, or other qualifications—provided they return within a five-year period of time, not longer than three years from the last date of active service, and provided they have left Berea in good academic, social, and labor standing. Furthermore, such students will return to the College with the same academic, social, and labor status assigned at the time of departure. Readmission is not assured in the case of a rule violation charge or pending judicial hearing or when a student has not made satisfactory academic or labor progress toward a degree.

Eligible applicants must provide documentation that confirms dates of service along with readmission application materials. They are entitled to return to the institution as soon as feasible following the date of their completed application for readmission. Service members are not exempt from the requirement that they must resolve any financial obligations prior to the consideration of their application for readmission.

Readmission of Suspended Students

Unless otherwise specified at the time of suspension, suspended students are ineligible to be considered for readmission to Berea College before the passage of two (2) regular terms of absence. During this time, suspended students may not participate in campus activities and should not be on College property except to conduct official business. Students should be aware that readmission is a very competitive process and successful applicants for readmission almost always leave Berea in good standing. However, previously suspended students can improve their chances for readmission by attending another regionally accredited institution and addressing the area of academic challenge encountered at Berea and/or by demonstrating overall academic proficiency or significant achievement in community service or employment.

Courses that have been failed previously at Berea are not eligible for transfer credit back to Berea. All outstanding Student Account balances must be resolved in order to be considered for readmission.

Withdrawals from the College

A student who intends to discontinue enrollment at Berea College should first discuss the plans with the Academic Advisor. If the student still wishes to withdraw, the student should contact the Office of Student Success and Transition (SST) to begin the withdrawal process by obtaining a College Clearance Form and consulting with an SST team member. (See “Voluntary Withdrawal” under Types of Withdrawal for important advice.)

It is very important to notify the College of any change in enrollment status to ensure that records are current and all processes are completed correctly and in a timely fashion. Once the withdrawal process is completed, the student is expected to leave campus within 48 hours, unless special permission has been granted.

If a student has registered for courses in a current or future term, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the Registrar of any change in enrollment status as soon as possible. Otherwise, the student might be charged with a term of attendance and receive grades of “F” for courses from which the student has not officially withdrawn.

Types of Withdrawal

Listed below are different ways in which students may terminate their enrollment status.

Voluntary Withdrawal

Students who are considering withdrawal from the College should discuss the decision with their advisor(s), the staff in the Office of Student Success and Transition, and/or other College staff who are familiar with their situation to explore all available options. When the decision to withdraw has been reached, the withdrawal process should be initiated at the Office of Student Success and Transition as described in “Withdrawals from the College.”

College-Initiated Withdrawal or Administrative Withdrawal

Students may be withdrawn administratively by the College through the Student Admissions and Academic Standing (SAAS) Committee due to failure to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (see SAP chart in “Financial Aid and Student Accounts” section of this publication), for Academic Difficulty, and/or for failure to engage and function in courses. Policies concerning these matters are contained in the “Financial Aid and Student Accounts” and “Academic Difficulty” sections of this College Catalog. Students may be withdrawn administratively from the College by the Labor Program Council for failure to function adequately in the Labor Program or for falsification of labor records. Students also may be suspended or expelled through processes of the Community Judicial Code. In addition, students may be withdrawn administratively by the College for other problems not under scholarship or general social regulations, such as:

  • Failure to function or unexplained extended absence.
  • Failure to meet administrative deadlines, including failure to register or confirm registration or to take care of administrative record needs.
  • Failure to respond to notices or appointments including mandatory meeting requests made by College personnel.

Medical Withdrawal

Most cases of a medical nature are handled in consultation with the Berea Student Health Services physicians, counselors, and/or other consulting specialists concerned with health and safety of the student and others.  Issues to be considered are the ability to function in all aspects of the College programs, the availability of appropriate medical care, and the College’s overall responsibility to the whole community.

In all of the above situations, students are informed by letter that they have been suspended or withdrawn. This letter informs them of their right to appeal, and details the specific contact office for the individual appeal option. Appeals of medical judgments are limited to review of procedures and circumstances, evidence of consultation, and College responsibilities, rather than the questioning of a medical diagnosis. When proper withdrawal procedures have been followed, the appropriate room and board refund, if applicable, is credited.

Dates of Withdrawal

A regular term is considered complete on the last day of regular classes and final grades for the term will be entered for students who withdraw from the College after that date. During regular terms, students must withdraw before Reading Day in order to avoid having grades posted for course(s) taken in that term. During Summer, students must withdraw before the last day of class to avoid having grades posted. Only when a student withdraws from the College prior to the last day to withdraw without final grades being recorded does that term not count as a term of attendance. (See the Academic Calendar for these dates each term.)

Students who withdraw from school during a regular term will not be permitted to re-enroll at Berea before the passage of at least one regular term. These students also will be required to go through the Readmission process. (See “Readmission” and “Leaves of Absence” in this publication.)

A term of attendance will be counted and grades recorded for any student who withdraws from school in a regular term after the last day to withdraw without final grades being recorded. This will apply to both regular withdrawals and to leaves of absence. If the withdrawal is due to situations beyond the control of the student, the student will be able to request an additional term beyond the eight-term rule.

NOTE: Any student-initiated withdrawal should be considered carefully with respect to the loss of financial aid and potential repayment requirements. Withdrawn students also must reapply for admission to the College.

Leaves of Absence

On occasion, students may be well advised to take temporary leave of the College community. Leaves of absence may be granted for a variety of reasons: personal, medical, educational, occupational, or family related. Procedures and eligibility for applying for a personal or medical leave of absence can be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Student Life at this email address (lsl@berea.edu) and an academic leave can be requested at the Office of Student Success &Transition (sst@berea.edu).  The term in which a student is on leave of absence does not count towards total terms of attendance.

Please note that students who plan to study abroad in a regular term (fall or spring) must be on campus for the fall or spring term prior to the one of their study abroad experience.  Students who plan to study abroad in the summer term must be on campus the prior spring term.

Academic Leaves

Academic Leaves of Absence are designed to allow students to explore educational or occupational opportunities not available through the formal educational program and should be planned as early as possible for a subsequent term. Requests for academic leaves must be submitted to the Office of Student Success & Transition (sst@berea.edu) no later than the last day of registration for the next term.

Personal and Medical Leaves

Personal Leaves of Absence are appropriate during a current term of enrollment for extenuating personal circumstances that require absence for the remainder of the term. Requests for personal leaves should be directed to the Assistant Vice President for Student Life not later than the last day to withdraw from a course for that term. Normally, leaves will not be granted beyond this date except in rare circumstances beyond the student’s control, e.g., for medical reasons.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a Leave of Absence, a student must have completed at least one regular term of attendance, may not be on any type of probation, and may not have financial obligations that cannot be reasonably met by the end of the current term. Students normally are not eligible for more than one Leave of Absence. Final approval and consideration beyond the parameters of this policy rests with the Enrollment Policies Committee.

Leave Conditions

A Leave of Absence may be no longer than one regular term. College credit earned while on leave is transferable to Berea under the stipulations for transfer credit set forth in the Berea College Catalog. Students on leave may not work in the Labor Program nor use some College services. Should a student for whom a leave has been approved fail to meet the eligibility guidelines, the leave will be revoked and the student must either enroll in the term for which the leave was approved or withdraw. Students who do not return at the end of the leave period will be withdrawn and must apply for readmission. Additionally, Title IV grant and loan aid may require repayment. Students approved for Leave of Absence are not subject to readmission policies unless the leave has been revoked or they fail to return as scheduled. (See “Readmission” in the Enrollment and Registration section of the Catalog.)

Leave of Absence Request Forms are available from the Office of Student Success & Transition (sst@berea.edu) and from the Student Life Office (lsl@berea.edu). Forms must be signed by the Academic Advisor and submitted to the appropriate office (see above) after completion.  Terms approved for a Leave of Absence are not counted towards total terms of attendance (see Eight-Term Rule and Extension of Terms). 

Registration Procedures


Course Registration takes place on the Web using the myBerea Web portal. For up-to-date Registration information, please see the Schedule of Classes in myBerea or on the Registrar's Home Page. Current students also should watch for important announcements in their myBerea e-mail account.

Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) are required before students may register for the Fall and Spring terms.  Students obtain their PINs from their academic advisor.  PINs are unique to each Fall and Spring term so students must contact their advisor before registering for any regular term.  PINs are not required for summer terms.

Class Attendance

Each faculty member is responsible for establishing a clear policy on class attendance for each course, which should be included in the course syllabus. 

Each student is responsible for being aware of and adhering to the attendance policy for each of their classes.  If a student must miss a class for legitimate reasons, the student should follow the procedures outlined in the Attendance Policy for Students.

Each student is responsible for creating and maintaining their schedule of classes for each term. 

At the beginning of the term, faculty may drop a student from their course if the student does not attend the first class session for which the student is enrolled. Students should not assume that they will automatically be dropped from a course if they are absent for a class period. Students who do not attend a class in which they are registered will receive a failing grade for that class if they do not withdraw following college policies and procedures.

Change of Course Schedule

The student's schedule on file at the end of each registration period will be considered official and final. The student is responsible for seeing that the tracking of the academic program is accurate at all times. Refer to the Academic Calendar for deadlines and procedures concerning adding, dropping, or withdrawing from courses. Approval of the Office of Academic Affairs or the Registrar will be needed if the change involves an exception to academic regulations.

Course Withdrawal Policy and the Academic Record

The Academic Calendar outlines important dates related to registration and withdrawal from courses.  Policy below refers to regular terms and equivalent dates for Summer terms are published in the Academic Calendar.

  • Classes dropped during the Add/Drop period (the first week for regular terms) are not recorded on the academic transcript.
  • All courses for which the student is registered after the first week of classes in a regular term will appear on the academic transcript.
  • A grade of “W” (Withdrawn) will be recorded to indicate courses from which students withdraw during the next two weeks.
  • A grade of "WP" (Withdrawn Passing) or "WF" (Withdrawn Failing) will be recorded to indicate courses from which students withdraw during the next 5 weeks. 
  • Students may not withdraw from courses during the final eight (8) weeks of a term. In exceptional cases, e.g. serious illness of a student, permission to withdraw from one or more courses after the tenth (10th) week of a regular term (or equivalent in Summer terms) may be given by the Student Admissions and Academic Standing (SAAS) Committee.
  • Grades of “W,” “WP,” and “WF” are not used in computing the GPA.
  • Final grades will be recorded for students who withdraw from the College after the last day of regular classes (and equivalent dates)

Classroom Removal and Administrative Course Withdrawal Policy

Instructors are responsible for ensuring a positive learning environment for all students enrolled in their courses (including travel courses). An instructor has the right to make decisions regarding one’s own daily classroom dynamics and define disruptive classroom behavior.

In cases where an individual student’s behavior significantly and negatively inhibits the learning of other students or creates an unsafe environment, the instructor may ask a student to leave the classroom immediately. The professor should document the incident in writing either by emailing a Department or Division Chair, or by using the performance checks system. A one-time removal from a classroom may or may not eventually lead to administrative course withdrawal depending on the circumstances.

If a particular student’s disruptive behavior is either ongoing or particularly egregious, the instructor may request approval for the student to be withdrawn from the course, after other measures have been exhausted, from the Provost. The student’s behavior may also be referred to the Vice President for Student Life under the Student Judicial Code for further review and action as necessary.

“Withdrawn” refers to the removal of a student from the course and the assignment of a W, WP/WF, or final grade on their academic transcript. The specific grade received will be based on the date the formal request for withdrawal is initiated. If the action is taken after the last day to withdraw from an individual course, the student will receive a final grade as reported by the instructor.

“Student behavior significantly, negatively inhibiting the learning of other students” is intentionally left to the instructor’s prerogative to be defined within the context of the course. Instructors are encouraged but not required to include statements about behavioral expectations in their syllabus and to make use of campus resources, including the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Student Life, the Office of Student Success and Transition, the Title IX Office, and the Center for Teaching and Learning to proactively address behaviors prior to reaching the point of requesting a student’s withdrawal.

Berea College will provide reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities in order to make all learning experiences accessible. 

Approved by the College Faculty Assembly, April 23, 2019. Updated titles and office names, July 2021.




To qualify for an overload, a student should:

  1. Have an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher. (This provision does not apply to students who are within two (2) regular terms of graduation.)
  2. Have completed at least four full course credits in the immediate preceding term and earned a minimum 3.3 GPA for all courses completed in that term.
  3. Have a consistent record of completing courses.
  4. Have a labor assignment of no more than 10 hours per week for first-year students, or 15 hours per week for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, during the term in which a course overload is requested.
  5. Request a total load of no more than five course credits.
  6. Have the approval signature of the Academic Advisor.

Requests for overloads are submitted to the Registrar's Office using the Course Registration Form available on the Registrar's webpage (www.berea.edu/registrar/forms). Students seeking exceptions to the above criteria should attach a rationale statement explaining any special circumstances to be taken into consideration by the Registrar, who must approve any exception. The rationale statement should be signed by the Academic Advisor if the advisor supports the student being granted an exception.

Registration Confirmation

All student accounts must be paid in full by August 1st for Fall and January 1st for Spring.  

Students who fail to confirm before the deadline will: 

  • be dropped from all classes,
  • not be be permitted to work in their labor position, and
  • be withdrawn from the college.

By the beginning of Fall and Spring Terms, all students must:

  • ensure all HOLDS are cleared,
  • pay all previous term accounts, and
  • verify that the current term bill is paid in full or
  • submit an acceptable payment arrangement, which may include payroll deduction or student loans.

Then all students must confirm their enrollment by:

  • logging into myBerea and completing the instructions in the confirmation link or
  • going to Student Accounts, making payment arrangements, and making sure that their registration is confirmed.

For each Summer Term (May-term or Seven-week session) students must:

  1. be in attendance beginning with the first day of class (or have received approval from the instructor to be absent) and
  2. have an account balance
    1. that is paid in full before the first day of class for off-campus classes or
    2. that will be resolved with a 40% summer paycheck deduction and expected labor hours for on-campus classes.

Students who are administratively dropped from summer classes for failure to confirm will be charged a $50 drop fee.