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.