The mind's journey is the soul's destination.
for participation in the Honors Program become members of
an intellectually stimulating community of peers and instructors who pursue excellence in academics,
service and leadership.
Admission to the Honors
Program brings not more work but work that is more engaging,
challenging and rewarding.
Honors students can expect small classes organized like seminars, with more emphasis on
discussion and critical thinking and less emphasis on
lecture and memorization.
In the Honors Program, students are encouraged to examine issues and themes from multiple and contrasting perspectives. All honors courses are
taught as seminars, providing an ideal environment for developing effective
communication and critical-thinking skills. Emphasis is
placed on student initiative in discussion, research and presentation;
class size is normally limited
to 15-20 students. A minimum of five Honors courses and
the honors thesis project are required to graduate
with an honors degree. Most Honors
coursework also satisfies general education or major requirements.
Opportunities for Involvement and Leadership Development
The Honors Program offers a diverse
array of academic, social and community service activities that can help participants
develop their intellectual and leadership potential as well as establish new friendships. Study-abroad opportunities
add to the in-depth cultural
and educational benefits.
• The Honors Student Union, the largest student organization on campus. Elected by their peers, HSU officers plan social and cultural events for both Honors
students and the campus community. These events range from trivia nights in the Honors Commons to faculty panel discussions on
current events that are
open to the public.
• Participation in the annual National
Collegiate Honors Council Conference.
Honors students are eligible to present
panels and attend sessions on issues germane to campus leadership and service in the Honors context while making connections with other Honors student scholars and leaders from colleges across the nation.
• Mentor Opportunities. Each spring, a
small number of Honors
students are selected to act as mentors for incoming Honors students. Honors mentors help new students
adjust to life at Berry and act as a resource for issues related to academics and student life.
• Community Service. In addition
to participating in service events
by the Berry community, such as Relay for Life and First-Year Service Day,
Honors students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with local
public school students in need of tutoring. This program, in partnership with a
local church, connects Honors student volunteers with local students for regular weekly sessions for the academic year, so that
tutors can develop
a relationship with their
tutee over time, acting as mentors as well as providing
• Study Abroad at University
of Glasgow. Berry College partners
with the University of Glasgow
and a select consortium of Honors Programs at other U.S. institutions to provide a study abroad opportunity like no other, open only to Honors students. Students may attend a
full semester abroad in either the fall or spring and select
from the full slate of
undergraduate courses, providing a unique opportunity to interact with students from all over the world and to take advantage of educational travel both within
the United Kingdom
and further afield.
Admission to the Honors Program
Admission to the Honors
Program is competitive. Approximately 60 students are admitted each year, representing those who have the highest academic credentials among all who meet the basic
Honors eligibility requirements. To be considered for the Honors
Program, a student must have achieved an overall high school GPA of 3.5
or higher and a combined SAT Critical Reading
and Math minimum score of 1300 (not
including the Writing score) or a 29 (composite score) for the ACT. Those who meet the criteria will be invited to apply via submission of a
writing sample. Decisions
regarding admission to the Honors Program are
typically finalized by mid-April.
Students who are admitted to the program will have Honors courses in
their prepared schedule
when they arrive for their summer orientation (SOAR) session, and an Honors
Program representative will be available to answer questions and provide orientation materials.
For more information, contact
Honors Director Dr. Lara Whelan at 706.238.5876 or email@example.com, or visit www.berry.edu/academics/honors/prospective/.
“The Honors Program at Berry has been a wonderful way to take my
college education to the next level.
The courses within the Honors
Program have challenged me and allowed me to grow
intellectually in critical
and analytical thinking skills.
My Honors courses have
definitely been the most rewarding thus
far at Berry.”
Honors Program Student