Gate of Opportunity Scholars are chosen through a competitive application and interview process.

To be eligible for consideration, interested high school seniors should complete the following steps:  

  1. Apply for freshman admission and be admitted to Berry College before February 1, 2015.
  2. Submit the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Application for freshman candidates by Friday, February 13, 2015 at 5:00pm ET.
  3. Complete the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have the official results sent to Berry College by Friday ,February 13, 2015*. Berry College’s Title IV code is 001554.

* Please note, families who are not able to file the FAFSA with 2014 tax information by the deadline may file the 2015-16 FAFSA using 2013 tax information to meet the Gate of Opportunity deadline. Families who use this option should update their 2015-16 FAFSA results with 2014 tax information by late March 2015 (for students who have completed the interview process).

A selection committee will review complete applications and select students to participate in the interview process. We will notify all applicants in late February (by email) if they have been selected to interview or not. 

Interviews will be held on the Berry College campus on Saturday, March 7, 2015 and Saturday, March 21, 2015. Invited students will be asked to register for and attend one of these interview days in its entirety.   

Up to 20 students will be selected from the interview process and offered the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship as incoming freshmen. All interview candidates will be notified in early April 2015 if they have been selected or not.

Selected students will have through Friday, May 1, 2015  to accept the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship offer and pay the deposit to attend Berry College.


Mid-December 2014

Scholarship application becomes available (to admitted students) online at Viking Web – be sure to select “Gate of Opportunity” when submitting the application.

January 1, 2015

2015-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) available to complete at

Friday, February 13, 2015 by 5:00pm ET
Deadline to submit the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Application and 2015-2016 FAFSA

In Late February 2015
Interview decisions announced (all applicants will receive a decision by email)

Saturday, March 7, 2015*
Gate Interview Day (held on the Berry College campus) - morning through mid-afternoon

Saturday, March 21, 2015*
Gate Interview Day (held on the Berry College campus) - morning to mid-afternoon
*Selected interview candidates will be invited to register for one Gate Interview Day (March 7 or March 21); all interview candidates will receive equal consideration regardless of the date they attend.

Early April 2015
Gate of Opportunity Scholarship decisions announced

Friday, May 1, 2015
Deadline to accept Gate of Opportunity Scholarship (for those offered the scholarship) and pay enrollment deposit to attend Berry

Mid to Late June 2015
Attend one of five Student Orientation, Advising and Orientation (SOAR) sessions (required of all incoming Berry freshmen, including Gate Scholars). Each SOAR session takes place during weekdays and involves an overnight stay at Berry. Registration for SOAR will begin in mid-March (for those admitted students who have paid the enrollment deposit to attend Berry) and the five SOAR session dates are listed here.

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Move-in Day for all New Gate Scholars

Monday-Tuesday, June 29-June 30, 2015
Gate Orientation for all new Gate Scholars

Monday, June 29, 2015 - Friday, August 7, 2015
Six-week class for all Freshman Gate Scholars (COM 203, Introduction to Public Speaking)
Freshman Gate Scholars are in class 8 hours per week (2 hours for 4 days a week) and work 32 hours per week.

Monday, August 10, 2015 - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 
Freshman Gate Scholars work full time (typically 8 hours per weekday)

Wednesday - Sunday, August 19-23, 2015
Viking Venture (second part of orientation for all Berry freshmen)
Freshman Gate Scholars are excused from work to fully participate in Viking Venture activities

Monday, August 24, 2015
Fall Semester begins for all Berry College students