Berry Quick Facts

Founded:

1902


Type:

Private, coeducational 


Location: Rome, Ga.

On U.S. Hwy. 27 in Northwest Georgia, 72 miles northwest of Atlanta and 75 miles south of Chattanooga, Tenn.


Campus and Facilities:

Berry has the world’s largest contiguous college campus, spanning more than 27,000 acres of woodlands, meadows and streams. There are 47 primary buildings on campus, including 15 classroom facilities and 10 residence halls. The newest halls, Audrey B. Morgan and Deerfield, house approximately 350 students and feature beautiful vistas, spacious common areas and outdoor fireplaces. The 131,000 square-foot Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center offers students a state-of-the-art home for Berry's thriving intercollegiate and intramural sports programs. Highlights include a 2,000-seat intercollegiate sports arena, two racquetball courts, an eight-lane pool, and fitness center. The Kilpatrick Commons area, adjacent to campus dining, provides a serene and peaceful respite in the heart of the campus with waterfalls and an outdoor seating area.


Student Body:

(Enrollment data for 2014-2015 academic year)

2,085 undergraduate

     92 graduate

69.7 percent of undergraduates from Georgia

     35 states

     13 foreign countries


Faculty:

95 percent of ranked faculty hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree 


Student to Faculty Ratio:

11.8:1 


Distinctions:

Berry College has been recognized nationally for quality and value by numerous publications and accrediting bodies. Berry’s reputation as a national leader in higher education has been affirmed by admission to the Annapolis Group, an organization of top-tier national liberal arts colleges.

Berry’s commitment to financial aid and meaningful work experience is outlined by President Steve Briggs in an editorial published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The college’s growing media presence includes coverage by CNN, National Geographic, ABC World News Tonight, USA Today, New York Times, National Public Radio, Associated Press, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Slate Magazine. Berry is also earning positive recognition for sustainability efforts on campus from the Princeton Review produced in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

As our students and alumni well know, Berry is consistently found among the rankings of the country’s most beautiful colleges by Travel+Leisure, Buzzfeed, Thrillist and Southern Living. Filmmakers use our stunning vistas as well. Movies shot at Berry include “Remember the Titans” “Sweet Home Alabama” and network TV series such as “The Following” and “Constantine.”

 


Accreditation:

Berry College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and education-specialist degrees. Berry College is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Berry’s music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and Berry’s programs in business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Accreditation information is given in order for interested constituents to (1) learn about the accreditation status of Berry College; (2) file a third-party comment at the time of the institution's decennial review; or (3) file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 or visit www.sacscoc.org for questions about the accreditation of Berry College.  Complaints may be submitted using the SACSCOC complaint form.  Normal inquiries about the institution, such as those concerning admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc. should be addressed directly to Berry College and not to the SACSCOC Office.

Berry College is authorized to operate educational programs beyond secondary education in the state of Georgia.  That authorization designates the Office of Inspector General as the state agency responsible for receiving complaints made by students enrolled at Berry College.  Students may contact the Office of Inspector General to file a complaint.  Contact Information: Office of the State Inspector General, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive, S.W., 1102 West Tower, Atlanta, Georgia 30334, Email: inspector.general@oig.ga.gov, Telephone: 404-656-7924.

Schools/Divisions: 


Degrees: 

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Education Specialist
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing


Dual-Degree Programs: 

  • Engineering with Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Nursing with Emory University School of Nursing


Pre-Professional Options: 

  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy 


Library Assets:

  • Approximately 614,349 print and microform holdings
  • More than 400 journal subscriptions
  • Access to 224 research databases
  • Full-text access to more than 37,000 journals and newspapers


Financial Aid:

During the 2013-2014 academic year, Berry awarded more than $31.5 million in institutional financial aid, up more than $3 million from the previous year.

Scholarships: Both merit and need-based scholarships are offered.

Undergraduates receiving Berry financial aid: 98 percent 


Financial Aid Web Site


Work Experience:

For more than a century, Berry has emphasized meaningful work experience as a key component of its educational experience. Today, the nation’s premier on-campus Work Experience Program guarantees all students a paid, on-campus work position every semester, regardless of academic major or financial situation. There are more than 300 different types of jobs available. Though participation in the program is voluntary, more than 90 percent of Berry students choose to work on campus at some point during their academic careers. 


Athletics:

Berry is a founding member of the Southern Athletic Association, Division III of the NCAA. Other members include Birmingham-Southern College, Centre College, Hendrix College, Oglethorpe University, Millsaps College, Sewanee: The University of the South and Rhodes College. The SAA was formed in 2011 and began league play in 2012. The University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis are affiliate SAA football members beginning in 2015.

Berry fields competitive teams in 21 intercollegiate sports including football, men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, tennis, cross country, outdoor track, lacrosse, swimming and diving and golf, as well as men’s baseball and women’s volleyball, softball and equestrian.  

Berry Athletics Web Site 


Endowment: 

$925 million 


Current Tuition & Fee Schedule


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