Berry College was buzzing with hundreds of new students last week as the class of 2017 moved into the residence halls and participated in ice-breaking activities as part of Viking Venture.
Berry welcomes 719 new students this fall, the largest class in the school's history. The new students hail from 26 different states and 14 countries. Women make up 55 percent of the incoming class, while 45 percent are men. Twenty-two percent of the new students were in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. The majority of the freshmen were involved in community service in high school; proving that this class shares Martha Berry's belief of using the "Head, the Heart and the Hands."
"Students come to Berry by many paths and for different reasons, but you were admitted to Berry because you are talented, hard-working, lively and exceptionally mature," Berry President Steve Briggs told the freshmen and their parents. "My first expectation, therefore, is that you make the most of college - that you make the most of Berry! This place is incredibly rich in opportunity… You must now Be Berry."
Move-in day brought plenty of help for the new freshmen. Berry Bellhops, who are current students, were on hand to help students and their families unload cars, carry boxes and help freshmen get settled into their new homes. Erin Hancock, a sophomore biochemistry major from Talking Rock, Ga., volunteered to be a bellhop because she thought it would be a great experience.
"I really enjoyed meeting upper classmen when I moved in last year and so I thought maybe I could help the freshmen," Hancock said.
Linda Watkins, of Douglas, Ga. said the Berry community has been helpful for her child from the application process to move-in day.
"It has been incredible, nothing like when I moved into college," Watkins said. "The staff has all been wonderful answering every little question that we had."
After move-in, students participated in Viking Venture where they met their Berry College Course (BCC 100) class, their mentors, discussed the freshmen book "Caleb's Crossing" and took part in other fun ice-breakers.
Article by Student Public Relations Assistant Brittni Trollinger and photos by student photographers Blake Childers and Lauren Neumann.