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A quick 90-minute drive north of Atlanta and nestled in the rolling mountains of northwest Georgia, Berry offers you an education nationally recognized for its quality and value. U.S. News & World Report has previously ranked Berry as the nation's #1 "Up-and-Coming" liberal arts college, as well as the #3 best value school in the South.

Berry has delivered much more than exceptional rankings since our founding in 1902. Berry seeks to educate the entire you: through an education of your mind, the practical experience of hands-on work and fostering of your commitment to service. Berry prepares you to embrace the world. Students who strive to improve the places where they work and live, every day, will find a welcoming home here.

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Overview

Applicants
3,883
Acceptance Rate
62%
Average HS GPA
3.74

GPA Breakdown

54%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 640
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — November 1

Regular — July 20


Other Admission Factors

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Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11.1:1
Total Faculty
230
with Terminal Degree
183

123
Men
107
Women
15
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Zoology/Animal Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Engineering Technology, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Pre-Nursing Studies.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, Other.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Sustainability Studies.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, General.
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.
  • Physics, Other.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Music Management.
  • Music, General.
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management.


Students Say

A rigorous liberal arts school in northwest Georgia, Berry College offers undergraduates a "community" in which they can easily flourish. Student say Berry is well known for its Student Work Program, which provides valuable work experience and "enables students to earn money to contribute to [their] tuition or [for] personal spending." No matter what they do with their earnings, the program certainly provides valuable work experience. When it comes to academics, classroom standards are "high" though "not impossible" to meet. Of course, the college has many "renowned programs" including "business, animal science and nursing." Undergraduates also happily share that most professors at Berry "are invested in their students and care about their success." They are also "highly knowledgeable about their subjects and are able to convey that knowledge to their students." Even better, professors strive "to present the material in an engaging way and look to find new ways to help students do their best." And when undergrads do find themselves struggling, they can easily turn to the "incredible" Academic Success Center which "offers several different forms of tutoring." All in all, students find Berry to be a "community that is committed to developing the minds, hearts, and hands of students through impeccable faculty with a passion for learning…[and] incredible…programs [that provide] students [with] hands on experience in almost any area of study."

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Mr. J. Barry Griswell
retired CEO and Chair, Principal Financial Group

Ret. Col. Jack I. Gregory Jr.
Director, Mission Support, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center; U.S. Senior Executive Service

Mr. Collin Alexander McHugh
American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros

Mr. Steven J. Cage
President, RPM Collection LLC

Ms. Brin Enterkin
Founder, The African SOUP

Rear Admiral Vincent L. Griffith
retired Director, Logistics Operations (J-3), Defense Logistics Agency, U.S. Navy

Rep. Raymond W. Rodrigues
Majority Leader, Florida House of Representatives

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Nov 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,165

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,949

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,110

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
65%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,378

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$25,794

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$34,950
Required Fees
$226
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,442
Transportation for Commuters
$1,980

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,260
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,978
Foreign Countries Represented
9

Demographics

2.09%
Asian
5.15%
African-American
6.62%
Hispanic
79.88%
Caucasian
1.99%
Unknown

61% female
39% male
32% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Students Say

All it takes is a few minutes with some Berry students to discover that they're "some of the nicest [individuals]" you'll ever meet. As one senior immediately boasts, "In all my four years of Berry I have yet to meet a single student who wasn't kind, compassionate, and eager to learn and make a difference." Additionally, most are "academically driven." Indeed, Berry undergrads are often "serious about their school work and tend to aim high in their goals." Students here also report that their peers are "slightly preppy" and that "longboards, Enos, Chacos, frisbees, L. L. Bean duck boots, and Patagonia sweaters are everywhere." Plus, "the majority of students are from Georgia and the surrounding states." However, fear not! You'll still find "people from various backgrounds, creeds, and religions." Perhaps most importantly, Berry undergrads describe their peers as "very trustworthy" and make a point of mentioning that they "value integrity." As this impressed student concludes, "While we do not have an official Berry honor code, we don't really find that our community needs one. Students can leave their computer or laptop or purse lying around the library or dining hall and it will be untouched thirty minutes later. It really is a special community."

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
89%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Undergrads at Berry are hardworking. Indeed, "nearly everyone works on campus" so students say the majority of their time "is spent either in class or at our jobs." Nevertheless, this diligent bunch still manages to kick back and relax every now and again. For starters, many Berry undergrads are active and athletic. Therefore, a lot of people love to take advantage of the college's "rock wall and rock wall room, zip lining, indoor and outdoor pool, basketball courts, volleyball courts [and] hiking [trails]." "Intramural sports are very popular," as well. And students also "do a lot of outdoorsy things like camping and fishing deeper into campus and off campus." Fortunately, there are plenty of arts and culture options as well. For example, "the music department hosts a professional musician every Thursday." And a student organization called KCAB "plans multiple events every week [including activities like] pajama movie night, African storytelling, [a] welcome back dance, prayer breakfast [and] MLK Service Day." Finally, hometown Rome also offers a nice respite from academic stress. While it's "definitely a small town…it's [also] peaceful [and] fulfilling" with "a local theatre, a nice park, used bookstores [and] a nice selection of restaurants."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Academic Success Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Anna Sharpe

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Educational Psychological Evaluation that includes a diagnosis, listed accommodation suggestions, and/or documentation from a physician or psychologist.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Educational Psychological Evaluation that includes a diagnosis, listed accommodation suggestions, and/or documentation from a physician or psychologist.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
75
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations
9

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

39% participate in intramural sports
26% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Vikings)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Vikings)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Listen

Minority Support Groups: International Club, Black Student Association, Orgullo, Goizueta Scholarship program http://www.berry.edu/stulife/activities/

Sustainability

Stretching across more than 27,000 gorgeous acres, Berry College holds the record for the largest college campus in the world. Home to acre upon acre of wetlands, pastures, streams, and forests, and Georgia’s Lavender Mountain serving as backdrop, it is a virtual no brainer that this campus is a green leader. Berry’s Office of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability ensures compliance with EPA regulations to protect the campus’ Carbon Reserve, wetland banking, wetland management, and other natural resources. Campus grounds are maintained organically where possible, and active ongoing research and use in biodiesel fuels, Longleaf Yellow Pine, the American Chestnut, Agroforestry, CSA natural vegetable, and recycling give students on campus ample experiential learning opportunities. The college continues its commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by over 10 percent by the year 2020. In addition to S.A.V.E. (Students Against Violating the Earth) and Berry’s Student Government Association, the college has an eight-member Green Team responsible for educating students and planning programs to lead the college in Reducing, Reusing and Recycling. The campus has hosted special events to highlight environmental careers, and administrators have recently established an environmental science major. Berry has a comprehensive recycling program (successfully diverting more than one-third of its waste from landfills) that includes electronics. Dining services has eliminated the use of polystyrene to-go boxes and switched to tray-less dining. In addition, all yard waste is composted or converted to biomass fuel. In 2011, Berry’s Morgan and Deerfield residence halls both achieved LEED Gold. That same year, the Residence Life staff partnered with students to implement a small-scale pilot program called the Berry Environmental Living and Learning (BELL) house, an opportunity for a living project that could be beneficial from a big picture environmental perspective, emphasizing action on or near campus. The college has committed to seeking LEED certification whenever possible in all construction projects.

77/99

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Berry College Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 490159
Mount Berry, GA 30149-0159

Phone
706-236-2215

Email
admissions@berry.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
131,000 sq ft Athletic and Recreation Center
Historic Old Mill with 34 foot overshot waterwheel
Krannert Student Center with Starbucks and Chick-fil-A
Berry Reservoir, Lavender Mountain, foothills of Appalachian Mountains
English Gothic Ford Complex "the castles"
Berry offers an unusually beautiful environment for leaning on its 27,000-acre campus, one of the world's largest. Fields, forests, lakes and mountains provide scenic beauty in a protected natural setting. 100 miles of hiking, running, horseback riding and biking trails with student-only camp sites.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Restaurants and shops in historic downtown Rome
60-court Rome Tennis Center at Berry College
Rome Braves Minor League Baseball
Kayaking and paddleboarding the three rivers
Day trips to Atlanta and Chattanooga

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Saturdays-- Sept. thru April

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@berry.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
H. S. seniors only. Select weeknights only.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Air transportation from Atlanta, GA Airport or Chattanooga, TN Airport. Bus Transportation available from Atlanta.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Atlanta: Approx. 1 hr., 20 min. 72 mi. Take I-75 N to Rome-Canton Exit 290. Take left off exit, drive 2.5 mi., then road ends at a light. Turn left, then take an immediate right onto Highway 41 North. Drive 2.8 mi., then turn right onto Highway 411 exit. Drive 17.3 mi., then turn right at light onto East Rome Bypass (Rome Loop 1). Drive 8.4 mi., then take right at light (see The Martha Berry Museum) onto Martha Berry Highway (U.S. Highway 27 North) Drive 0.7 mi., then turn left into Berry College main entrance. From Birmingham, Alabama: Approx. 2 hrs., 15 min. 128 mi.Take I-59 North to I-759 at Gadsden Take I-759 to 411 N Take 411 North from Gadsden to Centre At Centre, take Alabama 9 to Georgia At the Georgia state line Alabama 9 will turn into Georgia State 20 Take Georgia State 20 to Rome At Floyd Medical Center in Rome, turn left onto Highway 27 (Martha Berry Highway) Drive on U.S. Highway 27 until you reach the main entrance to Berry College (on left). From Chattanooga, Tennessee: Approx. 1 hr., 30 min. 75 mi. Take I-75 South to Exit 312, Highway 53 Take Highway 53 West through Calhoun to Rome (approximately 25 mi.) Turn right onto Rome Loop 1 at the light (see Calvary Baptist Church) Turn right at the 3rd light (see The Martha Berry Museum) onto Martha Berry Hwy (U.S. Highway 27 North) Drive 0.7 mi., then turn left into Berry College main entrance

Local Accommodations
Rome, GA offers accommodations in a variety of price ranges.


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