Both Eastern Kentucky University and Berea College attract young and vibrant scholars regionally as well as all over the world.
Eastern Kentucky University is a coeducational, public institution of higher education offering general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional training in education and various other fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This beautiful campus sprawls over 892 acres and lies in the heart of our community. With an enrollment over 16,000, EKU offers a premier education to students from all 50 states and 36 counties. EKU has nearly 100 programs of study with dozens of concentrations and 230 student organizations.
Berea College resides within the county and is a nationally known, tuition fee (no kidding) liberal arts college. Approximately, 1600 students are on campus each year. Berea College is academically competitive, the average ACT score is 25 and
more than half of the first-year students rank in the top fifth of their high school class.
Berea College is operated primarily on generosity. A century ago, estate gifts to the College were deposited into an endowment. Over time, this has grown to more than $1 billion. The interest earned covers 74% of the operating budget, 18% from state and federal aid and the remaining 8% is from fund raising.
Washington Monthly magazine has ranked Berea College the No. 2 liberal arts college in the nation in its 2023 College Guide and Rankings. Berea College is one of only 34 colleges nationwide and the only Kentucky college to receive Money Magazine’s highest ranking. The magazine rated 736 colleges with above average graduation rates on quality, affordability, and future earning potential.
Madison County Public Schools is an above average, public school district. Madison County Kentucky contains twenty public schools and 11,000 students. There are seven preschools and thirteen elementary schools within Madison County. Four of those seven preschools are in Richmond and two within Richmond Proper. Eight of the thirteen elementary schools are in Richmond Proper. Three of the five middle schools and two of the three high schools are in Richmond Proper. Richmond also has two private schools for grades 5th and under and two alternative schools. Madison County has two new vocational schools, one at each end of the county. The Ignite Academy provides top notch trades training for those who may be interested in quickly enter the workforce. Ignite works closely with local businesses and industry to provide a variety of work-based opportunities outside the classroom such as internships, Co-ops and job shadowing.