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Academics

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Strong Academics. Helpful professors. They are great, Gorgeous campus. Just no life after exploring natural beauty.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: tough classes but great offerings and lots of teacher assistance

3 College Freshman

Academics: I think some of the curriculum is flawed. I understand it is a liberal arts college so they want us to be well rounded, but I don't think it is necessary that I take all of the classes that are required outside of my major. Registration is tough, especially as a freshman. The workload is tough, but as long as students manage their time wisely, it is doable.

3 College Freshman

Academics: the courses are difficult but not impossible. don't expect straight As

4 College Freshman

Academics: Classes are hard but worth it

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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
  • Animal Sciences: 4%
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Psychology: 4%
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 50 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 31 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 31 responses

  • 42% This was my dream school.
  • 45% This was one of my top choices.
  • 13% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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