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First-Year Application Process

Thank you for your interest in applying to Berry! We’re excited to work with you and your family throughout the admission process. This page is your resource for more information on process and timelines. And if you ever feel lost, don’t hesitate to reach out!

First Step: Pick Your Application

The Berry Application

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The Common Application

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Both applications are free and treated equally in the application process. First-year, transfer, and International students may use either application. Non-degree, auditor, transient, and readmission candidates should use the Berry Application.

Additional Steps

  1. In addition to your application, we also ask that you submit the following to complete your application file:

    • High School Transcript(s)
    • Personal Essay - Both of our application types require a personal essay. Our advice: instead of trying to impress us with your accomplishments (the rest of your application does that), use your essay as a chance to show us who you are, how you think and what you value. Your academic record tells us what kind of student you are. Your essay tells us what kind of person we’d be inviting to join our community.
  2. The following items are not required (but are more than welcome):

    • SAT and/or ACT results (we will accept a PDF of your score report)
      • Berry’s SAT Code: 5059
      • Berry’s ACT Code: 0798
    • Counselor/Teacher Recommendation (available within the application)
    • "Why Berry” essay 
    • Resume (recommended length: 1 or 2 pages)

Standardized Testing is Optional

ACT or SAT scores are not required as part of the admission process*. Why? Our data indicate that SAT and ACT scores are not the best measures of potential student success. In fact, our holistic review process has always centered on getting to know you as an individual through: your admission application, your academic performance as indicated by your school transcripts, your extra-curricular engagement and a personal essay. These four factors will continue to matter most while helping us fulfill our historical mission to provide access to a world-class education for students from all backgrounds.

If you have taken the ACT or SAT, we still encourage you to submit your scores to Berry. Submitted test scores (or a lack of test scores) will not negatively impact your admission and will not be used in awarding merit-based scholarships.

*Some external or state-funded scholarship programs (like Georgia’s HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarships) may require scores for consideration, so make sure you’re aware of any limitations before you decide not to test.

Fall Application Information

Most new first-year students enroll at Berry beginning in the fall semester after they graduate from high school. Use the information below to help you determine the timeline that makes sense for you!

Early Action (EA): Completing your application file by the November 1 early action deadline means you will hear our admission decision before the end of the fall semester and ensures that you are considered for the full range of Berry’s scholarships. Early Action admission offers are non-binding, which means you can be admitted and still choose to go elsewhere (though this would be illogical, in our opinion).

If you plan to apply for aid, we highly, highly, highly (repetition deliberate and heartfelt) recommend that you also submit the FAFSA by the December 1 financial aid priority date so that we have as much time as possible to help you figure out how to make a Berry education affordable for your family.

Regular Decision (RD): Still need some time to figure out where you want to apply? Or maybe you’d like us to consider your first semester grades before we make an admission decision? No problem. Apply by January 15 for our regular decision option. We (strongly) encourage you to submit your FAFSA by the February 15 financial aid deadline to receive full consideration for scholarships and financial aid. Please note that we may not be able to consider you for admission or need-based aid if you miss the application deadlines. 


Admission Option Type Application Deadline Financial Aid Deadline Notification Date Deposit Deadline
Early Action Non-binding Nov. 1 Dec. 1* Begins Dec. 1 May 1
Regular Decision Non-binding Jan. 15 Feb. 15 Begins Mar. 1 May 1

*priority date for submitting the FAFSA and applying for signature scholarship programs. The final deadline to apply for signature scholarship programs is January 15, and the institutional aid deadline for filing the FAFSA is February 15.

Need more information? Please see frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Spring Application Information

If you choose to enroll in the spring semester, you’ll need to follow the timeline below. We recommend working closely with your admission counselor to determine whether a spring start makes the most sense for you as a new first-year student. Deferral of admission or a gap term during which you take courses for college credit may change your eligibility for admission or financial aid.

Admission Option Type Application Deadline Financial Aid Deadline Notification Date Deposit Deadline
Regular Decision Non-binding Nov. 1 Nov. 15 Rolling Dec. 2

My application is submitted! What’s next?

Waiting is one of life’s less pleasant occupations. Please know that while you’re sitting mournfully by the mailbox, we’re reviewing your application, reading your essay, taking our time to get to know you and imagining you as a member of this community.

We take this work seriously and do it carefully. Which takes time.

While you wait, keep busy, keep working hard, do good in your community (these are the things that Berry students do every day).

If you just can’t keep Berry off your mind (it’s a challenge, we realize), you are welcome to come see us.

We also welcome you to get to know your admission counselor by calling the office or sending an email. We’re especially interested to hear if you have received an honor, award or recognition since submitting your application.

You might also spend some time on MyBerry. It’s an easy way to check on the status of your application, check on your requirements and learn more about Berry.

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