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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.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very safe even at midnight!

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Ladd center (student health center) is very useful for minor things and there is more than one hospital nearby. Students often joke about the "Berry Bubble" - the school is so safe we often forget what its like outside of our 27,000 acre utopia. Extremely safe school.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Berry is an incredibly safe campus due to the community like atmosphere. While we did have a hate crime incident in 2012, the entire campus rallied around the victim. The entire campus offered their support to the victim. In addition, students made signs personally castigating and guilting the attacker and placed them around campus. In addition, the event brought the need for a more accepting and supporting LGBT group on campus. LISTEN, a long time underground student organization aimed simply at lending an ear to listen and a supporting shoulder, was finally given official recognition and full support by the school. The main point of this rant is to illustrate the basis for Berry's incredibly safe campus: our strong community.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have a gate house which monitors each person that comes on and off campus along with campus security officers always on duty and an emergency alert system which texts students if anything is going on.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 83rd
    Safest Campuses
  • 1192nd
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1251st
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chauncey Brown
Middle Grades Education
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Campus police have a strong presence at Berry. They enforce campus-wide rules effectively and are quick to respond when needed. In addition, resident assistants enforce housing rules and address noise problems in a timely manner, even if they are more lax with upperclassmen. When it comes to issues like alcohol, though, the general consensus is that the rules are only enforced when students are overt and loud about its presence. It’s an out-of-sight, out-of-mind issue, but if someone is tipped off that alcohol is present, RAs are expected to follow up on that person. Berry’s community-feel has caused many students to leave their dorm rooms unlocked and to be unafraid to venture around town at 2 a.m. Recently, however, a female student was attacked in a parking lot at night, and the attacker was never caught. Instances like these do not happen very often, being only the second known incident in two years, but students should be more aware of their surroundings. Make sure, when possible, that you travel with friends at night and have Campus Safety’s number in your cell phone; Berry makes sure you memorize it when you first come to campus to make you feel safer at all times.

If students are having health issues, they can go to the Ladd Center, which is the infirmary on campus. Students have complained that they are not the most reliable when calling in prescriptions, but they do offer free flu shots a couple of times per year, and they were able to give students the H1N1 vaccine for free, as well. In addition, there is a doctor and gynecologist on campus; you need to call to make an appointment, and there can be additional costs.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 8
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Berry College Police
490186 Berry College
(706) 236-2262 emergency; (706) 368-6999 non-emergency
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrol
  • Berry Alerts
  • Emergency stations in parking lots throughout campus
Health Center
Health and Wellness Center
Behind the Science Building
Ext. 2262
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Flu injections
  • Medical equipment
  • Prescriptions
  • Referrals
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 25 responses

  • 22% None
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 11% Drugs
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 11% Unlit pathways
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Dorm safety
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 4% Theft/robberies
  • 2% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 42% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 29% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 4% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 62% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 33% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 32% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 68% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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