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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are like maybe four houses that throw parties off-campus. IF you hear about one, just go. BYOB. If you want to party, you can always find one. If you're not a partier, you're not alone, so don't fret. Most of the parties are pretty small compared to frat parties at other schools. But they're pretty welcoming and fun. If you don't want to be around weed, don't even go. There is no pressure to partake, but it's gonna be happening. There are only a couple clubs in town, and students don't usually go unless they know a lot of Berry students will be there. If pre-gaming is an option, just do it.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a strong multicultural group, and there are clubs and organizations for all kinds of diverse groups, but most of them are pretty small. The majority of the college is well-off and white. LGBTQ scene is very, very quiet. Nobody complains too much but I don't think "open arms" would be an appropriate term for them. The conservative scene is pretty strong, but there are enough liberals to make it comfortable to discuss politics without feeling outnumbered in one way or the other. Last, the college is so expensive that you're either filthy rich, have an amazing scholarship, or will be drowning in debt. If there's one thing most students have in common, it's the financial burden.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a saying at Berry. Being a girl, it's somewhat offensive, but I feel that I should share it because it's pretty accurate. For any given guy on campus, "The odds are good, but the goods are odd." There are more girls than guys (that ratio is becoming more equal... possibly?) but a lot of the girls are somewhat eccentric. There's a diverse array of females here, to say the least. The guys say that, but from a girls perspective, the odds are bad and so are the goods. There are plenty of nice guys, but they all have girlfriends. Berry is the kind of campus that students date to marry, so relationships are often very serious. Graduating and getting married on campus shortly after is a trend.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: As a marketing student, they definitely put you on a set path. This is true for any business degree at Berry. You have your beginning business courses (pre-core), some more in-dept courses (core), and then you specialize in your particular business major (so mine would be upper-level marketing courses). The workload is definitely manageable-- they have it down to a science. It almost feels like you're being turned out like cattle, but the personal connections you form keep it from becoming too monotonous. The career center always has a ton of internship opportunities for business majors. The business building is also pretty nice.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are awesome. They want to work with you, but they don't baby you. You're expected to do your part, but if you need anything at all, they're always willing to help you out. Registration is pretty easy, especially if you're chummy with professors. Your first few semesters of registration can be stressful due to limited options at a small school, but you'll get on the right track. They won't let you fall between the cracks.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Rome has plenty of restaurants, and a few nightlife options, but they're only "fun" if you know a lot of people are going. They have an odd shortage of ice cream options, much to my dismay, but frozen yogurt places abound. The mall is a very sad place, but it has a few good choices (American Eagle, Victoria's Secret, Rue21, Express, Buckle coming soon). Not really a whole lot else to do outside of that, in my opinion. Rome has some gorgeous spots if you know where to look.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Berry students are required to live on campus. Recently, upperclassmen have been given the option to live off campus by application, but only because of shortages on campus. We currently have more students than we have housing. Otherwise, Berry would have us all on-campus. However, campus housing is especially nice for upperclassmen anyway, and most Berry students appreciate being so close to campus options.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Gorgeous campus. Plenty of spots to hang out and/or study. Hammocks and rocking chairs abound. Nice, modern facilities. Dorms are the one thing that could use improvement, especially underclassmen options.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: It is pretty strict. Because it is a dry campus, alcohol is prohibited anywhere on campus. Visitation hours is also strict. During the week, opposite sex is not allowed past 1am and on the weekends, they are not allowed past 2am.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Most students live off campus. They do not help you with finding a house or apartment off campus. They hope to house everyone on campus but ask students to live off campus due to lack of dorms and spaces.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms are community style until you are a Junior or Senior and at that point have shown that you are more than capable of cleaning and taking care of your own kitchen and bathroom. It is a privilege.

College Senior

Greek Life: We do not have Greek Life. Martha Berry did not believe in that being an important aspect of college.

4 College Senior

Athletics: This past year was an inaugural year for football. It was exciting to see how the campus and community all came together to cheer on our new football team. They may not have been the worst or won a game the entire season but our encouragement helped them along the way.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: It is a gated campus and campus is closed to vistors after sunset. Dorms are also only open to students who have access and past 1am on the weekdays, others cannot enter.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I played soccer on the varsity team the first year. I was pleased with the experiences and friends I made. Everyone is super friendly and the traditions we have at our school to honor Martha Berry, the founder of Berry, is an amazing community experience as well. It brings everyone together from all classes. I also like the small lecture classes because it gives us, students an easier way to connect with our professors one on one.

4 College Senior

Majors: Very gifted faculty and a great environment for students.

4 College Senior

Majors: We have a very gifted faculty and a great environment for students.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The school is not very strict, but they give out tickets like it's nothing.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Tyrone's chicken is the bomb.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Most of the athletic teams place very well in our division. We're just not a D1or2 school.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Definitely a different kind of college experience. Most people figure out in a semester if they like it here or not.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: No one will bother you if you're quiet. Just don't be loud and drunk at the same time

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Rain then sun then snow then rain then cold as ice

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1 College Freshman

Nightlife: What is this nightlife you speak of? This is Berry!

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Chauncey Brown
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First and foremost, Berry is not for everyone. People who realize this do so early on and typically end up transferring; however, for the students Berry is for, it can become a second home and one of the most amazing times in students' lives. Berry has a community feel, which is unique when compared to a large school. The professors, students, faculty, and staff all strive to make Berry an experience many want to relive. The leadership opportunities are unparalled to other schools because many students have created the positions they currently hold. Questions like, "Are you involved?" don't come up; rather "How many clubs and organizations are you in?" and "What job(s) do you have?" are conversation-starters for many students. 

In addition, Berry is not a party school. Of course, there is the occasional off-campus party, that is usually busted for underage drinking, but because Berry comes with a $33,000 price tag, many students are not willing to waste that type of money and put their academics before anything else. All transitions into college are difficult, but Berry offers many different support systems throughout campus to maximize your potential. One complaint heard campus-wide is about how strict the campus can be. For instance, there is an attendance policy at Berry that you won't find at other schools. If you miss more than three unexcused absences, your grade is subject to being docked. While the complaint is a valid one, it's not likely to change and is something that is heavily enforced. In some departments, missing one class may mean your grade is in jeopardy, so make sure an absence is absolutely needed and cannot be held, or that there is communication with your professors to make other arrangements (e.g., sitting in on an earlier section of the same class). They are very flexible and willing to work with you; after all, they are there to see their students succeed. 

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