Academics

Location
Mount Berry, GA
Undergrads
2,007
Tuition
$27,650
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Academics: Difficult academics will put you to the test here

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Pretty much any subject matter you want is here in some fashion

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The rigor is what you should expect of a private liberal arts school, but classes and optional work experience help to prepare you for the work force once you graduate.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Small class size + great professors= perfect education!

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Berry's Animal Science program is arguably the best in the nation and continues to boast a >90% acceptance rate to veterinary school. Animal Science classes are taught by extremely intelligent and interesting professors dedicated to teaching and helping students. The hands-on labs are particularly impressive, and the ability to work an on campus job in an animal related field (dairy, beef, sheep, horse barn) while using what you've learned in class in a real world business setting is unmatched by any other school.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 18th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 53rd
    Most Caring Professors
  • 66th
    Smartest Professors
  • 108th
    Most Manageable Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chauncey Brown
Hometown
Hermitage,PA
Major
Middle Grades Education
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With a $33,000 price tag, students at Berry College are aware that academics come first and foremost. The large price tag does come with many perks; for instance, the class sizes have remained small, even with the recent increase of more than 700 students. Classes can be as small as four people or as large as 40 (generally science courses). Most classes are 15 to 20 people, which allows students to get to know their classmates and professors a lot better than a larger school would allow. The general education requirement is seen as a drawback to some students. It can be difficult to squeeze in major hours and general education credits in four years, but with serious planning and the help of Plan4ward (a program that helps students decide on classes for their entire four years), students should be able to graduate on time. It is best to educate yourself about a prospective major and not leave it up to anyone else. Some students don't realize how important it is to be accountable for your academic career, and they end up having to stay an extra semester, or year, due to carelessness.

The animal science and education programs are some of the best in the state of Georgia. Because Berry raises many of its own animals, including dairy and angus cows, students receive hands-on instruction almost as soon as they enter the program, which is a huge selling point for the school. The education major requires students to do observations as soon as they enter the program, through an "Introduction to Teaching" course. These observations allow prospective education majors to truly see if the major is right for them. This contrasts other schools, where students might not step foot inside of a classroom until their senior year. 

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
150
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
37
Total FT Faculty
150
Faculty with Terminal Degree
96%
Average Faculty Salary
$62,664
Full-Time Retention Rate
75%
Graduation Rate
62%
Programs/Majors Offered
43
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 66%
  • 20 to 49 students: 34%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Campbell School of Business
  • Charter School of Education and Human Sciences
  • Evans School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other: 4%
  • Psychology: 4%
  • Superintendence and Educational System Administration: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Berry does not offer online courses, but it does do directed studies and in some cases accepts online class credits.
Best Places to Study
  • Memorial Library
  • Morgan/Deerfield study rooms
  • Off campus at Cups & Mugs, Great Harvest Bread Company, Panera Bread, and Barnes & Noble
Tips to Succeed
  • Get involved! Students at Berry are encouraged to get involved in various clubs and organizations even before their first classes start. Berry is a much more enjoyable place when you feel you are contributing to the vibrancy and community on campus. Don't try to do too much at one time, though, or you'll burn out quickly. But if you pace yourself throughout freshman year, a leadership position is sure to come your way!
  • Meet people you can hang and study with. This way you can have a great time with great people and still maintain a solid GPA; it's the best of both worlds!

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 22 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 27 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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