Berry Welcomes New Students for 2014-15 Academic Year
Release Date: August 21, 2014
More than 600
new students arrived at Berry College this week in preparation for the new
semester that starts Monday.
The freshman class totals
573 and they are joined by 36 transfer students. In addition to those who hail
from Georgia. Berry welcomed students from 27 states and 10 countries including
Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines,
Serbia, Sweden and Vietnam.
percent of the new students are members of the National Honor Society or Beta
Club and 57 percent have already had at least one leadership experience,
leading organizations in high schools, churches, and communities. In this
year’s class, 69 percent have been involved in a community service activity as
a high school student. Students traveled on mission trips to a myriad of places
within the United States but also to Costa Rica, Haiti, Jamaica, Australia,
Bolivia, South Africa, and Peru to name just a few.
College Dean of Students Debbie Heida offered some inspirational words to start
the school year.
Berry wanted spires on all of our buildings so that we would be inspired to
look up. I ask you to do the same today: look up, look to each
other, become friends and friendly, make a difference here and in Rome,” Heida
told students and parents who gathered for the welcome ceremony
Wednesday. “You have had inspiring histories to date—we look for more to