Diversity

Location
Mount Berry, GA
Undergrads
2,007
Tuition
$27,650
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Majority white but there is no tension between races here

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not very diversified, but there are some minorities.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I would say most students are caucasian, but there are a good number of students from other countries/heritages and religions.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is hardly any diversity here at Berry College. One of the main reasons for that is because we are a small private school in North GA.

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  • 43rd
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  • 1285th
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  • 1352nd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chauncey Brown
Hometown
Hermitage,PA
Major
Middle Grades Education
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Berry is not the most diverse place in the world. Most students tend to be white, conservative, and female. In addition, most people are from Georgia or neighboring states of Tennessee and Alabama; however, there is a growing number of out-of-state and international students on campus. Most students are aware of the homogeneity on campus and would like to see Berry become more diverse in many aspects, including race.

Campus organizations like the Black Student Alliance, Orgullo, and the Berry International Club all use their resources to promote social awareness and the understanding of different cultures on campus. And with the addition of the programming group for multicultural education, students are receiving a consistent stream of information about cultures other than the dominate ones. On the other hand, the economic background of students is varied, although most students come from a similar middle- to upper-middle-class family. There are students in the GLBT community on campus, but there is not much open dialogue about the issues they face at Berry. And even within Berry's homogeneity, students have varied opinions and beliefs about controversial issues, which gives students the opportunity to have open and honest conversations with one another and challenge each other's ideas about the ways in which the world works.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
5%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
83%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
29%
Common States of Residence
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 44%
22-24: 10%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
39%
Male Faculty
61%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 93%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
Due to Berry's conservative nature, GLBT students are not officially supported by the administration. There is a support group, Listen, for the community, but they are not recognized as a club or organization and cannot receive funding.
Political Activity
Overall, students and administration tend to lean toward conservative ideals, but there are both Young Republicans and Young Democrats on campus.
Economic Status
Most students at Berry are middle- to upper-middle class, though all economic backgrounds are represented. It is not uncommon to see students driving a Lexus or BMW around campus. The economic status of Berry students is something that is understood more than talked about, which helps students from all over the spectrum deal with the differences.
Most Common Religions
Most students are Christian, and religion plays a large role in many of their lives. There are numerous on-campus religious groups and organizations that everyone is welcome to join. Religion does come up in conversation often, but if you are not comfortable talking about it in public, assert yourself and students will respect your wishes.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are three major minority groups on campus: the Black Student Alliance, the International Club, and Orgullo. All three clubs have a strong presence on campus and host many events that are open to the entire campus, with the goal of educating and unifying the campus at large.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 26 responses

  • 8% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure
  • 8% Very conservative
  • 42% Conservative
  • 8% Moderate
  • 15% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 19% Very conservative
  • 46% Conservative
  • 19% Moderate
  • 15% Not sure
  • 0% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 26 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 26 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 7% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 56% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 33% Very accepting.
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