Berry College

2014 Quick Stats
PO Box 490279

Mount Berry, GA 30149

Phone: (706) 232-5374
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jul. 26
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Berry College is a private institution that was founded in 1902. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,041, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 27,000 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Berry College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 126. Its tuition and fees are $29,090 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Berry College challenges students to embrace a firsthand education uniting strong academic programs with opportunities for meaningful work experience, spiritual and moral growth, and significant service to others. One of Berry's many distinguishing features is its campus, which spans more than 27,000 acres of meadows, woodlands, hills and watersheds in Northwest Georgia. This amazing environment provides endless opportunities for study and research, relevant work experience, recreation and exploration, and nurturing one's spirit. A member of the Annapolis Group of leading liberal arts colleges, Berry offers programs in the sciences, humanities, arts and social sciences as well as the professional areas of business and teacher education. All are characterized by high academic expectations and extraordinary mentoring relationships between faculty and students. Science students, for example, conduct sophisticated research projects alongside faculty members in first-rate laboratories; in field projects involving the wildlife and forests of Berry's ecosystem; and in on-campus equine, dairy and beef facilities. As a result, opportunities for those studying animal science and environmental science are among the nation's best. Students in the humanities and social sciences also flourish, working closely with faculty to complete major projects while distinguishing themselves though participation in Berry's highly accomplished forensics, Model U.N., College Bowl, communication and fine arts programs. Education students have the opportunity to hone their teaching skills at Berry's on-campus elementary/middle school and child development center, while business students apply what they have learned through collaborative research projects and other relevant activities. As a result of the unique blend of conceptual and practical learning that Berry offers, students who wish to do so regularly gain admission to graduate programs and professional schools nationwide. Students also benefit from the experience they gain through voluntary participation in the nation's premier Work Experience Program. Every student is eligible for a paid position on campus, regardless of family income. First-year work opportunities often involve service to the campus community. Upper-level positions offer increased levels of responsibility involving supervision, project management and technical expertise. There are more than 300 different types of jobs available, including positions in research laboratories, information technology, business offices, facilities and land resources, the equine and dairy centers, residence life and campus leadership, recreation and fitness, campus communications, public relations and marketing, and outdoor adventure. In addition, Berry offers a vibrant program of campus activities and intramural sports, many of which are student initiated and managed, as well as a successful intercollegiate athletic program that is currently transitioning to NCAA Division III. A new initiative, Student-Operated Campus Enterprises, has earned national acclaim by providing participants from various majors with the opportunity to work together in support of a specific product or service. The college also supports and encourages student entrepreneurship and community service. From the first semester they arrive on campus, students are asked to consider what it means to live a worthy life, one that makes a difference, through a structured planning process and an ongoing schedule of campus speakers, concerts and events. An independent, coeducational college of more than 2,000 students, Berry is grounded in Christian values and a Christian perspective. Our belief is that a college education should involve the whole person, and we invite students from all backgrounds to enjoy the benefits of an educational experience that is both comprehensive and purposeful.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1902
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $821,977,154


When applying to Berry College, it's important to note the application deadline is July 26. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 26. The application fee at Berry College is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 66.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 66.1%
Application deadline July 26
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 26

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Berry College is 13:1, and the school has 58 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Berry College include: Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Social Sciences; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 52%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 11%
Psychology 11%
Social Sciences 11%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%

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Student Life

Berry College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,041, with a gender distribution of 33.4 percent male students and 66.6 percent female students. At this school, 86 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 14 percent of students live off campus. Berry College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,166
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Berry College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Berry College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Berry College, 95 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Berry College.

Students who have cars on campus 95%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Berry College, 72.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,578.

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Tuition and fees $29,090 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,164 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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