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  • 08/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 out of 23 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 1 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Most students come to Berry with knowledge of their major and a definite plan for their life. However, students may come without this knowledge. Berry has many EXTRACIRRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES for students to explore outside of the classroom, while completing general education requirements inside of the classroom (so you do not acquire any obsolete credits in the process of choosing a major). Berry welcomes all students!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to Berry with and open mind, heart and tolerance of others. Students from all walks of life attend Berry. Come with a positive attitude and your ecstatic Viking spirit!

    Bang for the buck

    Berry is extremely expensive and almost everything is included in your tuition, its in the fine print. A lot of thing on campus are free, this is not true your tuition pays for it! When you hear of free events, run to participate in them!

    Am enjoying being here

    Berry offers many educational and recreational activities. Students can participate in both by managing time wisely.

    Am learning a lot

    Students can learn a lot, because professors are more than willing to teach the students. Just come with an willingness to learn in different methods, styles, etc.

  • 07/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 out of 15 people found this review useful. 2 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are determined, driven, fun-loving and willing to work hard this is a great school for you. If you think that college is all about partying and you will be okay scraping by with the skin of your teeth, then you probably shouldn't come here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are coming here, you should probably have a good idea of what you want to do with your life. It doesn't mesh well with the type of institution it is for you to be indecisve and not driven towards a goal. Get to know your advisor. Become their friend. It is not uncommon for students to go to professor's houses for dinner or just a chat. Make sure that they know you, know your personality, and know what your goals are. This will let them help you as much as possible. If you are confused about anything, just ask! Most people are willing to help you, they want to see you succeed, and they are more than willing to answer your questions. Do not be afraid to speak out in class. Mind your manners, but do not be shy. Free thinking and the flow of ideas is what a Liberal Arts school like this is all about. If you are intolerant of others, you need not apply. We try to keep this campus as open-minded and free thinking as possible. We do not tolerate teasing, harrassment, or just plain bullying here. But, if you do have different beliefs, you must be prepared for this to happen. Not everyone is going to love you for who you are and respect your opinions right off the bat. I am a gay student, and I feel that Berry could have done a better job of accepting and welcoming me as a gay student. We do not have an organization yet for GLBT or allied students, but we few who are passionate about it are working on the problem. Make sure you work on campus! Even if you don't need the money, and come one-- who doesn't need extra cash?-- you should do it for the experience. An added bonus is that you can list this when you start applying for real world jobs as previous experience! You also gain many friends, and life-long connections this way. Please do not shirk you homework duties. This school is all about high standards. You need to be well prepared and know what your doing if you want to succeed here. Don't get me wrong. It is not all work and no play...there are plenty of ways to have fun here.

    Bang for the buck

    For as much as I do pay, I would say that it is a pretty good deal. The professors are amazing, they really do care. I have personalized attention. The ladies in the business office know my name. I get to live on the world's largest (and most scenic, in my opinion) campus. I also have a lot of free events sponsored by different campus organizations that I can go to. It is really not that bad.

    Am enjoying being here

    I do love the campus, but there are a few things that frustrate me. Right now, they are doing some major renovations and expansion, and the enitre campus, it seems, is covered in construction. It makes it difficult to get around, or enjoy the once beautiful scenery. Also, the administration is not open to having a GLBT group on campus to represent the interests of the GLBT students on campus. This upsets me, because it seems as if they are discriminating against homosexuals and those who choose to be supportive of them.

    Am learning a lot

    So far, I have only been taking Gen Ed. courses, which are basically high school review classes. As I advance in my coursework, however, I believe that I will be immersed in learning opportunities.

  • 12/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 3 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Pre-vet, Animal Science, Biology, Chemistry, Education, Mathematics, Business, Accounting, Computers, Music (anything in Musics), Art(again .. anything in this department.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your GPA up, this will increase you student aid opportunities. If you have any problems with money, talk to the President. He will make sure you don't fall in deep with debt and still complete your four years. Don't fall behind in you classes, this isn't High School where your school days stop on weekends, the prof's expect you to as well versed in you notes as you were on Friday. Your exams will pile up and you will probably have 2-3 on the same day. This is the same where ever you go so you are just going to have to learn to study all the time and never wait till the last minute.. you will get into trouble with that, trust me. Remember the professors are there to help you. You pay them to teach you, thus there is no stupid question. Ask. They may have been waiting for someone to ask that specific question! Just a p.s. This is college not High School. No one is going to wake you up and make you breakfast. Get up yourself and go to class. You are paying the money and no one can have the same notes as you. You will lose your professor's respect if you skip classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Again, you will be hard pressed to find anything like this anywhere else. Sure this college is expensive because it's a private school and doesn't get the same kind of aid as states schools but they have something better. The school has the student work program that gives additional aid to students to pay for school. Your classes hold more weight and work never gets in the way. You can work anywhere on campus ie in the dairy, food services, secretaries, accounting, day cares, police.. anything.

    Am enjoying being here

    The is the largest campus in the world and when you need to get away there is nowhere you can't go. Play in streams, hike, bike ride, or explorer Broad St and the snow-cone store. The professors are always willing to help you with anything. If you have a question on something in class the prof's will find the answer if they don't know or turn it into a research project you the two of you can work on. The Prof' check their emails all the time so they can constantly help you and the students hold their own tutoring program. There really isn't anything lacking at this school other than the no pets rule in the dorms, but that's the same everywhere.. not to mention that people do it anyway!

    Am learning a lot

    I am applying what I learn in my animal sciences classes directly into the Dairy where I work. Everything from their nutrition, calving, vaccinations, and surgeries are done first hand by the students. We learn the way things are done in the room then around 4am/3pm we go to work and apply everything and then some. You really won't get anything like this anywhere else.

  • 07/29/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 4 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    In-state students looking for a large campus and small school, and that will stay focused on their work, and like the feeling of a secluded place rather than a large city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure the campus doesn't overwhelm you. Make sure you go in very focused on school, this is not a state university and doesn't have the greek system. It's not a party school but there are activities. But keep your focus mainly on your work.

    Bang for the buck

    Berry is very expensive and private but its very easy to find ajob on campus so I cant complain about that.

    Will enjoy being here

    I love the campus, I will be a counselor at Winshape camps (Mountain campus) next year, it is beautiful. I've been to the HOBY leadership seminar on the newer part of the campus but stayed in the dorms at Morton Hall. The dorms were very small, no restrooms except the public ones down the hall. It was very dated and needs a bit of work but keep in mind these are one of the older female dorms on campus. The campus is very large and seems like a pain to walk so far to different classes. The college(student wise) itself is about the size of my high school. Don't get me wrong the campus is beautiful but needs a lot of construction work to keep it looking that way.

    Will learn a lot

    From what I've heard, Berry is a great school for just about any academic.

  • 05/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 5 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Berry is a great fit for students who prefer a traditional and small college, though ironically it has the largest campus in the world. Berry isn't far from Atlanta or Chattanooga, but Rome, Georgia remains a fairly open place with plenty of elbow room. The school is also great for students who are interested in the sciences as a whole. Berry has an outstanding science curriculum and facilities for this purpose. Lastly, Berry is a great fit for students who are academically ambitious, but still honor tradition. Berry is strongly academic, but it places an emphasis on many activities that occur from year to year. If you want to feel like you are a part of a community, Berry just might be the right choice for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips? Try to immerse yourself in all different kinds of activities. Berry sets the stage for you to experience all kinds of things, so take advantage of it. The more you expose yourself, the more satisfied and certain you will be about the direction in which you want to go during the latter part of your time at Berry and especially after college. Not only so, but exposure to a number of activities will give you many, many opportunities to meet others with similar interests and develop lasting relationships. For students who known for certain their direction, Berry provides an insurmountable number of opportunities for you to pursue your goals. This includes student teaching, research, outdoor adventures, theatrics, job experience, so on, and so on. Don’t just take my word for it. See for yourself! Visit Berry. Here’s a great place to start: www.berry.edu

    Bang for the buck

    Well, to be fair, Berry isn’t the cheapest option out there. For instance, because I am a resident of Alabama, I could have gone to Auburn or Alabama and saved $10,000 a year. Yet, there were two critical things I had to consider. First, what was the quality of the education? Second, where could I get the most scholarships? I encourage you to consider these and give them thought. I feel like Berry provides a greater educational experience than does Auburn or Alabama. I have developed many lasting relationships with some of the faculty and have been able to learn more as a direct result of relationships like these. At Berry, you’re a person, not a number. So while it isn’t the cheapest option, it’s the cheapest of its kind. Look around! Many schools similar to Berry cost about time and a half what Berry does. For college of its kind, it’s the number one choice! Not only is Berry significantly cheaper than its similar peers, but it also offers many scholarships. That’s why I am able to attend Berry at all. While state schools like Auburn and Alabama were cheaper to begin with, I would not have received nearly as much money from areas such as academics or athletics. That being said, be sure to continually look for scholarships! So is Berry worth it? Every penny.

    Am enjoying being here

    Berry has a student population of close to 2,000 students and is located in Rome, Georgia. This being said, if you enjoy nature and all of its wonders it has to offer, Berry’s 26,000 acres provides opportunities including mountain biking, hiking, mud wrestling, hunting, and more. On the flip side, if you fancy the city, both Atlanta and Chattanooga are only about an hour and a half away, providing all kinds of fun ideas for a Friday night (As they say, “Gotta get down on Friday”). I have personally enjoyed my time at Berry thus far. I have mostly been involved as a part of the cross country and track team and as a part of the Winshape College Program (www.winshape.org). Berry boasts an excellent running program and is known for hosting the Clara Bowl annually. The Winshape College Program is a scholarship program developed and funded by Truitt Cathy, owner of Chick-Fil-A, and cultivates college students to develop disciples, create community, and launch leaders to impact every generation. Beyond these include an integrated work system which allows students to obtain all kinds of jobs, particularly ones involved in their field of interest. Enjoy conducting research about certain organic compounds? Work for a professor in the Chemistry department! Enjoy writing? Write for the Campus Carrier (news paper)! The opportunities are endless.

    Am learning a lot

    Let’s not kid ourselves. How much you learn depends on how much you apply yourself. The school you choose to attend, however, does matter. This is because the quantity and quality of opportunities to learn varies from school to school. Does Berry College facilitate learning? Most certainly! While it offers a particularly strong program for science majors in general, it facilitates learning for students of all majors through a unique experience encompassing a small student to staff ratio, dedicated staff members who go beyond the ordinary to ensure a quality education, and the world’s largest campus (26,000 acres!) on which students can find an overwhelmingly large number of extracurricular activities ranging from theatrics to rock climbing. As a Biology major having completed my third year at Berry, I can honestly say that my professors have not only provided a quality education through both lectures and laboratory classes, but also have expressed high expectations for myself and all other students. This has encouraged me to work hard and to develop analytical skills necessary not only in further education, but also in day to day life.

  • 12/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 9 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 6 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ones who work hard and set goals to achieve them. Students who like the outdoors and walking will fit very well within the student population.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are from the city then this school probably isn't in your best interest. The school is really pretty on the outside and the academics are amazing. I would suggest contacting the school to plan a trip and you can even spend the night in the dorms with a Berry College Student. There is not a lot to do around the college so if you get stressed out easily and need to do something to take a break - then this is not the right college for you. Do not allow the pretty sights to determine your love for the college. If you want to work hard (pull many all nighters in the library) and love the outdoors then this college is just the one for you.

    Bang for the buck

    WAYYYYY TOOOOOOOOO EXPENSIVE for out of state students. Food is gross and you pay over $2000 for the required meal plan. Dorm rooms are not in good shape. The academics are amazing, so basically the money is worth it for the classes:)

    Am enjoying being here

    I am a very family oriented person and it is hard being 9 hours away from home. However, I do not let my feelings get in the way of my studies. The residence hall people are really nice and they try their best to suit everyone. The dorm rooms need some work since mine is practically falling apart. I just really miss home and it is a hard adjustment if you are so used to being around your family. There is also not a lot to do around the college, therefore it forces you to pay close attention to your classes. Not much to do when you need an academic relief:(

    Am learning a lot

    These classes are hard and it requires students to study excessively and be able learn new material in a few days. Overall, if you put your mind to a certain goal and work for it, you will be successful here at Berry College.

  • 01/04/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 7 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who like smaller classes, outdoors, and a laidback lifestyle.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and keep talking to your admissions counselor. Rock out your essay and keep in-touch.

    Bang for the buck

    Berry is private, but they offer a lot of financial aid. I have applied to several schools, but no one has helped me like Berry has with my financial issues. I did not qualify for FASFA, so Berry continued to help me and ended up giving me money. Also every student is guaranteed a job, which earns about 2,000 a year.

    Will enjoy being here

    Even though this campus is pretty much in the middle of no where, there is so much to do on campus. Berry is the site of the famous Winshape Camp, so you can always get involved there. Also, there is a lot of space to have fun and do indoor and outdoor activities.

    Will learn a lot

    Berry has smaller classes and their professors really make sure that you understand what is going on. They will help you during their office hours and extra hours if you need that. At Berry their professors want you to succeed and they are your biggest fans!

  • 10/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 7 people found this review useful. 8 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outdoors enthusiasts (Berry gives students access to miles and miles of hiking trails, camping, and horseback riding... just to name a few), those interested in education (although I am not an education major, this school has a great ed program).

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a prospective student looking at applying to Berry I would recommend having volunteer experience, good grades and SAT/ACT scores, and writing a good essay for your application.

    Bang for the buck

    Because Berry is a private school, it is expensive (about $30,000 a school year). However, Berry does offer a number of different merit and need-based scholarships and grants to students.

    Am enjoying being here

    Berry, I think, has something for everyone.

    Am learning a lot

    One of the great things about Berry College is that it is a small school (fewer than 2,000 students), and the student/teacher ratio is great. Students have the opportunity to get to know their professors, which is important to making the most of one's education and future.

  • 08/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 6 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 1 person found this inaccurate. 9 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Men who take being surrounded by women over manly activity. Women who like to socialize very little with other women, because the girl's hallway is always barren. Lesbians Outdoors-men/women socialites

    Tips for prospective students

    Professors make the classes at Berry. Ask as many upperclassmen as you can about your prospective instructors. the Government department is almost full of great Profs. while the English department is almost full of snobs. We have visitation hours between men and women and it is stupid because all the main campus dorms are co ed. Berry is a dry campus, but half the campus drinks Thursday through Saturday.

    Bang for the buck

    Berry is extremely expensive without lots of financial aid to all but the upper middle class and above. all it takes is on bad semester of school to kill your funding. I have to have a month long process with the Financial aid department every year.

    Am enjoying being here

    Berry is wonderful place and the campus is a beautiful experience. The biggest problem however is that the campus lacks any and all manliness. No full contact sports are sponsored by the school and with 28000 acres of wooded campus they have no Rifle club. to suggest the idea of anything remotely involving testosterone is instantly denied by Berry's powers that be.

    Am learning a lot

    After two years at Berry I have learned a lot and have already used some of my knowledge gained at the school in social and work situations, however some classes are taught by professors who want a reputation for being difficult and therefore make their classes way to complicated for a basic entry level class. Berry is an extremely academically challenging school, and is not for slackers who want to sleep through class.

  • 02/26/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 10 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Rich, scholars who want to study first and play second

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware that the administration is often on one side with the faculty and students on the other side. Bad things that happened while I was there or after graduation: 1. Sink holes everywhere--there was always a debate as to whether or not this was due to the quarry blasting, 2. We got a women's studies minor--one of my profs (who is no longer there) said the comment of one dean was 'aren't we getting a little peripheral now?,' and 3. They used to have a handicrafts shop where you could learn to weave--This was part of the on campus work program and started when the school began. It was a MAJOR part of what made me enjoy Berry as a student. Originally, the weaving room was in the Ford buildings in a space SPECIFICALLY BUILT for the weavers. The administration kicked us out of there and destroyed the beauty of the space by putting in the admissions office complete with cubicles. While going in search of the almighty dollar and trying to turn Berry into something it never will be, the administration is slowly destroying the college's charm and unique legacy. Such a shame!

    Bang for the buck

    When I went, tuition was about half what it is now. That means it has doubled in a little over a decade. Ouch! I thought it was expensive enough to begin with. In fact, I was afraid I wouldn't get to go. I did not get a scholarship I had been counting on, I think because it couldn't go to students attending a private school like Berry, but I didn't know that at the time. I cried all day in class as a high school senior. My favorite high school teacher went to Berry, which was the main reason I wanted to go there too. He tried to make me feel better by saying 'yes, Berry's a great school but there's others out there too.' At the time, I didn't believe what he was saying. Now that I'm older and wiser, I have to agree with him. Berry is great--but don't bankrupt yourself or your parents just to go there. My mom had to sell her '69 GTO to pay tuition one semester. I just went home and it was gone. She didn't tell me the truth of where it went until years later. I'll always carry the guilt of knowing that, and I had a half scholarship when the school cost half as much as it does now. You do the math.

    Did enjoy being here

    For the most part, yes, I liked Berry. Now that I've been away for a little over 10 years, I appreciate it even more. However, I know it is not for everyone. If you go to Berry, you just have to accept that your life will be on campus and (at least while I went there) lots of people disappear on the weekends to go home--a suitcase campus. There isn't a lot to Rome, but you have what you really need and can drive to Atlanta if needed. (Plus, if you love Chinese, Golden China is the best. Just be sure to order off the menu instead of doing the lunch buffet). I should say that out of my graduating high school class, 5 of us started out at Berry. After the first year, 3 decided they wanted more of a party school, large university environment so they left. If that is what you want, Berry is certainly NOT for you. Berry is where you go to study first, have fun second. But 2 of us did graduate, so it is possible.

    Did learn a lot

    The classes were great. While I had a fairly steep learning curve, it wasn't too challenging. In fact, after I adjusted to the college environment and being on my own, I managed to pull down a 4.0 my first semester. Though, the other students in my intro to psychology course were mad at me. The prof refused to curve the grades since I got a 100 on the test plus maxed out all extra credit points. She didn't name me specifically, but everyone knew it was me since I was outspoken so much in class. Class sizes were small, so with the exception of a couple gen ed science courses, speaking up in class was possible even before getting into your major courses. If they're still there, you should take a class with Dr Tenger and Dr Trolander. They're awesome. Dr Trolander wrote me into a class that was full even when I told him at the time I was planning to major in psych. He commented that 'those aren't psych books you're carrying.' In the end, he won me over and I was an English major. I'd certainly recommend double majors--one you just like and one that is more career oriented. After all, you only do undergrad once.

  • 06/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Berry is a good school for students who want to be well-rounded and deeply involved with their community. Also, the animal science and education programs are among the best of their discipline.

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't have to know what you want to do with your life your first year, but you will do better at Berry if you know what major you want to pursue before going in. Go tour the campus and talk to current students, that's your best way to learn about the school.

    Bang for the buck

    There are certain aspects of campus life that you would expect to be better than they are for the price you're paying (like residence life), but for the most part you get what you pay for.

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE Berry College. The campus is gorgeous. The students are friendly and outgoing, for the most part. The residence halls and student center are very nice. There are plenty of events on campus, its extremely easy to get involved.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are harder than I was prepared for, honestly, but I could feel myself learning and growing as I worked in each class. If you are prepared to take your academics seriously, you will do well at Berry.

  • 12/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    social, outgoing, religious, conservative

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to explore the different dorms on campus!!

    Bang for the buck

    Make sure to save your FlexBucks for finals week!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the close knit atmosphere on campus! Definitely wouldn't be able to find it anywhere else!

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are hard but definitely worth it considering how much you learn

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety, in my opinion, does their job very well. Make sure you do not park in faculty/staff on day or hours where it is not permitted and do not stay in a 30min parking space for longer than 30 minutes, because you will receive a ticket.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life at Berry College.

    Great for these types of students

    Berry college is great for students who are highly motivated in succeeding. They offer great opportunities for students to get involved in anything they could imagine.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mountain Day is a tradition that pays tribute to Martha Berry, the founder of Berry College. Students participate in this event every fall, along with Marthapalooza, a fair held on Berry's main campus. There are many ghost stories that have been told, and supposedly the ghost of Martha Berry still haunts the campus. Many high school students as well as newly married couples come to Berry in order to take pictures or get married on the beautiful campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Berry definitely does not have the cheapest tuition, it is a private school with a small population of students. The small class sizes make it easier to get to know professors on a closer level, which benefits a student's grade. I have heard that an education and degree from Berry means a lot when employers look at applications.

    What to do for fun

    Broad Street is a cute little downtown area with many restaurants and shops. Anything involving the outdoors is always a fun thing to do around the Berry campus. There are three rivers conveniently located within a 10 mile radius where students and visitors can go swimming, fishing, tubing, and many more activities. Horseback riding is always an option if students make a trip to Mountain Campus and visit the Gunby Equine Center. Periodically the rock climbing walls are open as well.

    Food and Dining

    Let's be real, any time of cafeteria food is not going to be five star. There are certain things that d-hall serves that are delicious and others that are not so tasty.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the freshman dorms are strictly all girls or all boys dorms, but as you become an upperclassmen dorms become co-ed, separated by floor. The majority of the student live on campus, which is convenient for students to walk to all of their classes and even to the dining hall.

    Academic Rigor

    Unlike high school, there is no homework, AT ALL. Most of the classes have 3 to 4 exams and then a final, so all studying must be taken seriously. Receiving a degree from Berry is actually extremely important, so even general education classes are top notch. All of the major classes provide hands on experience, which prepare you for your intended career.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students applying to Berry, make sure you take a tour of the campus first. You are guaranteed to fall in love with it. Like any other college, make sure you apply early so you can get notification on any academic scholarships you may receive.

    In three sentences

    Berry has a beautiful campus. There is not very many students, which is nice. They have high academic standards.

  • 02/06/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who don't know what they want to do in life. The school guides students towards what their passion is while giving them the best education possible and they help write resumes for later in life.

    Bang for the buck

    It seems that a person attending the college would have a rounded education even if they already have chosen a major in their first year.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus had a friendly environment. Everyone said hello and smiled and seemed to be friends with everyone else.

    Will learn a lot

    The school had up to date class rooms that catered for most every type of person and type of degree being sought after.

  • 04/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 15 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Berry is great for all types of students! Our business major as well as our science majors are excellent. In fact, the animal science program has the highest rate of acceptance into vet schools. But, we love having all types of majors and all types of students! It increases the diversity of our community and we love it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't rule anything out if you haven't decided on your major yet or even if you have. Classes can and will change your mind so be flexible if needed. Also pay attention in class, no matter how boring the professor maybe, they are talking for a reason. Many of Berry's professors only assign suggested homework, do it anyway and your grades will improve drastically. Always go to class and take notes and if you feel like you are going to have difficulties in the class, get a tutor and go talk to the professor. Berry's professor like meeting their students and helping you out, contrary to some people's belief they really do want you to excel in their class.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Berry is quite expensive, being a private college, you definitely get your worth out of it. I know that especially as an animal science major I am getting more hands on experience here than I would in any other undergrad program and even some veterinary schools.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love it here! I wouldn't transfer to a different college for anything!

    Academic Rigor

    Not a day goes by where I am not astounded by some new tidbit of information that blows my mind.

  • 07/09/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 16 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Although Berry is expensive, it is one of the better private schools to attend in Georgia.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is vast and the people are friendly. There is a lot to do here, and if not, you can always create something new.

    Will learn a lot

    The college provides a vast amount of knowledge and the professors are willing to help you.

  • 12/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are interested in the medical field, animal science students, people considering majoring in education, smaller scale classes with more personal attention, students who like smaller schools (although there are not a huge number of students, there is plenty of space because the school is the largest college campus in the world).

    Tips for prospective students

    You may want to consider having some form of transportation if you come to Berry. Many students walk to class, but biking makes it much faster to get to your classes. I have even seen a few skateboards and scooters being used as well.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is pretty high, but the education I am getting from Berry is extremely useful and relevant. Total tuition covers a lot, including an unlimited meal plan for all freshmen and free concerts and events that often give out free t-shirts.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are usually enough events on the weekends to keep me busy without making me feel overwhelmed about what events I should go to. The atmosphere is great, and it feels like a true family at Berry.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learnt a lot during my first semester here. I have been challenged academically while learning real life job skills from my on campus job (which all students can receive).

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 66

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. Love the enclosed campus and having a 24 hour security rich entrance. Biggest hazard is probably the deer crossings.

    Greek Life

    None... Which is great :)

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and even more activities.

    Great for these types of students

    The Socially ackward Men Nature lovers Relaxers Runners

    Bang for the buck

    So so so expensive. It is lovely and beautiful but i, personally, have spent every penny for the first year. There are a lot of free events, but doesn't seem to make up for the spiked tuition. It kinda seems like they care more about the outer appearance and spend buttloads of money on landscaping

    What to do for fun

    Check out the stall wall, there is usually a ton of things going on everyday and the stall wall and weekly emails tell you what's going on.

    Food and Dining

    Very conscientious about allergy prone people. Food is pretty good. Valhalla is pretty expensive.

    Dorm Life

    My hall is pretty quiet most of the time, but there is usually an activity at least once a month where the whole dorm participates and has fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The content is not especially hard, at least in the gen eds, but it can pile up if you let it. Professors are pretty willing to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Walk walk walk, everything is basically really close so save your gas and time that you would spend looking for a parking spot. The castles are beautiful, but there is the drawback of being so far away and living in a pretty old building. Find an upperclassman mentor to help you out, doesn't have to be your freshman mentor but just a random person who can help you out and give you,advice.

    In three sentences

    Berry is an amazing school and has so many unique opportunities. If you have plenty of cash flow, come... At least for one year. I'm really glad I was able to go for a year (though it would have been smarter to go maybe junior or senior year because of the unique, hands on experiences Berry gives)

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 66

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own campus police that constantly patrol the campus.

    Greek Life

    none

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, adventureous, fun, friendly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year we have mountain day, in which all of the students gather on top of this large hill mountain and we take a torch down and walk up and down the hill holding hands with others. We do this as a tradition that ou rfounder, Martha Berry, started. As you go down the hill, you take coins to throw in a basket at the bottom, and the money collected goes towards a scholarship for other students.

    Bang for the buck

    Berry College is pricey, but you really do get a lot for your money. Once you pay tuition, there really are no other expenses. There is a new gym that is very large and is filled with the latest equipment, there are running trails, mail service, computers, cameras, and kindles available to be checked out. Laundry is included and printing in the computer labs.

    What to do for fun

    The student activities office puts together fun opportunities like bowling, dances, carnivals, sports, socials, and trips. The campus is the largest in the world, so there are always places to explore, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is not open all of the time like other bigger schools, but we do have four restaurants on campus, and the dining hall food is decent. The seletion is farely good, and the food is fresh.

    Dorm Life

    The freshamn dorms are not that nice, and they all have community bathrooms. The upperclassman housing is farely new and nice though. They clean the dorms regularly, and the rooms are not tterribly small. Laundry facilities, a kitchen, and common areaas with tv's are provided.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors assign work that forces you to read the material, rto ask questions, and to do research and practice problems. if you are looking to gain a quality education, then Berry is right for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend Berry College only if you are serious about wanting an education. there is so much that the college has to offer, but it is only beneficial if you are willing to try different programs and clubs and be involved.

    In three sentences

    Berry College is a rigorous learning environment in which students learn a vast amount of material and are fully engaged in class. The college environment is relaxed and there are always opportunities to participate in. It is an extremely friednly environment in which you are able to grow not only as a student but also as a person.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 66

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    Campus Safety

    Wonderful. The Gatehouse is right across the street so they can be at the scene within 1 minute. I ALWAYS feel safe. People leave their backpacks, laptops, wallets, phones, etc. at tables in the library, Valhalla, study rooms, etc. all the time and no one every steals anything! Totally awesome.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    This is the heart of Berry. People are known for what they do. If you don't recognize a name while conversing with someone, you just ask what that person does on campus and with a short oh he is part of KCAB (Krannert Center Activities Board), you will know exactly who that person is now.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working for sure. Athletes who want to be challenged on and off the field. People who enjoy the outdoors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wow, too many to talk about! We have a dairy and lots of cow fields, 26,000 acres covering all of Mount Berry, and historic sites all over. The original water wheel that supplied the early campus all of its water, the old brick factory that was originally used to start the school, and the old chapels and school buildings from the early 1900's. Marthapolooza is a giant fair on campus once a year in order to honor our founder, Martha Berry's, birthday. We do a grand march and parade and we get out of classes that day. It is so much fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Berry is VERY expensive, but it has been totally worth it. Even though I am 5 and half hours away from home, I will stay the whole 4 years. I have learned and grown so much all due to Berry's environment and persistent encouragement for me to succeed. A+

    What to do for fun

    The downtown in Rome is so much fun. Lots of restaurants and bars are down there. We've had singers come to The Brewhouse downtown. I've seen Florida Georgia Line, Chris Lane, and Tyler Farr. I was right on the stage all three times and received picks from all three bands. It's a small place with a big reputation. Also, Berry has something going on EVERY night. It's really awesome.

    Food and Dining

    There is the Din ing Hall which serves pizza, salad, burgers, grilled chicken, and sandwiches every day along with different foods at the home cooked and two international food stations. Also there is the upstairs dining called Valhalla and it contains Chick-fil-a, Burger Studio, a mexican place, sushi and chicken and rice bowls, and then a small grocery like area. It's all pretty good! Also, we have a Starbucks in the same building and another coffee place in the library.

    Dorm Life

    I've only lived the the Ford buildings (built by an Italian family and funded for by Henry Ford himself) but there are cottages, townhouses, and apartment style living and they are so awesome! Traditional dorms are just like every other college.

    Academic Rigor

    Berry is VERY difficult; especially the science department. But if you're looking to get into a grad school or medical school of any sort, having an undergrad degree from Berry boosts your acceptance chances by almost 50%. It's like a small Harvard with no greek life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure you visit campus before you say yes or no. I knew as soon as we drove into the front drive that I would be attending Berry College. However, the small school life is not for everyone. We did however just get a football team this year!

    In three sentences

    Berry is a large, outdoorsy campus with a student to deer ratio of 1:3 Classes are very difficult but you learn a lot and you are challenged every day which will help you out in the long run. Every student is offered a job on campus and you can get promoted as well; an RA is a level four job but the head RA is a level 5 job.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 66

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    Great for these types of students

    berry is great for those students who do not want to get lost in the crowd. your class sizes are small (at most 30 students; at the least 5). eventually it gets to the point where you know of just about everybody and whenever you walk around you will be able to say to at least 10 people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one of our largest events and tradition on campus is a weekend called mountain day. this is the celebration of our founder's birthday and homecoming all rolled into one. we have mountain day olympics where the dorms compete against each other and against the faculty-staff team. the grand march, up on mountain campus, is a huge deal. the alumni come back and watch the current students carry on the 100 year old tradition of marching up and down the mountain. and our headliner event- marthapoolza, a mini-fair on campus. the whole weekend is always is themed and all the students are super involved.

    What to do for fun

    our student planning committee is amazing! they plan themed weekends at least six times a semester (vegas weekend is coming up). and on un-themed weekends there is always something- a movie, a dance, a game show, bowling....there is always something. berry also offers a lot of discounts for certain tickets, like to the movies and to the museums in atlanta as well.

    Food and Dining

    there are two places to eat on campus- d-hall, the traditional dining hall and valhalla, the food court. both places have a quite a bit to choose from, and we just recently built a chick-fil-a in the food court, along with a customized burger studio. just be prepared for the end of the semester- choices dwindle quickly. it is mandatory that you have the unlimited plan your freshmen year- just a heads up.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms on campus are all fairly nice- obviously some are newer others. overall though they are kept clean and comfortable. and there are always little programs going on for the different halls to encourage you to get out of your room.

    Academic Rigor

    berry is definitely an academically rigorous school. a lot of times your general education classes will require as much work as your major class. however, the point is that you will learn, and that you will have plenty of work to keep you busy. all of the professors are always willing to help, if you go to them. they are all required to have ten office hours a week, which is such a great benefit.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are considering coming here, please realize now that this is not your typical college. iif you are not willing to put in the work and go to class then you will struggle academically. we do have an attendance policy, so just be aware before you commit to coming.

    In three sentences

    berry college is a tight-knit community of college kids who are wanting to exceed in life. everyday you are challenged to think beyond what you know. plus, there are so many opportunities to be involved in on campus activities and off campus programs in the area.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus of berry college is extremely safe. seeing as it is its own city, berry has its own police force that patrols the campus at all hours of the day. moreover, in the evening, around 8 p.m., the campus gates are locked, and only cars bearing the student/faculty security decals are allowed to enter onto the campus.

    Greek Life

    there are no sororities and fraternities that currently exist, aside from greek clubs surrounding educators and musicians. berry college prefers not to separate its students into cliques, but rather immerse them all together to foster a stronger sense of community.

    Clubs and Activities

    berry college offers plenty of various clubs that satisfy the interests and needs of all its students. additionally, the student activities board succeeds at providing students with a wide array of activities to do throughout the weeks. cultural events, which are required in order to graduate, are often very interesting and fun to attend.

    Great for these types of students

    berry college is great for students interested in a rural-type setting. berry, in rome, ga, is a quiet campus that remains distant from any form of city life. berry college is also suitable for students who are looking for a big beauteous campus with a small college feel. students who value their educations above the typical college experience, enjoy the outdoors, prefer smaller class sizes, and are in search of their perfect small college fit should make berry their primary selection.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the most unusual tradition at berry college is the celebration of mountain day, where students walk hand-in-hand up and down the mountain in celebration of martha berry's founding of the school. following mountain day evening, students celebrate marthapalooza, when a huge field on campus becomes a fairground. there are ferris wheels, carousels, games, and other rides/activities for students to enjoy until the early ours of the next morning.

    Bang for the buck

    being a private school, the tuition at berry college is fairly high. this is also in part due to the fact that the hope scholarship does not provide as much coverage as those of public colleges and universities. however, despite its expensiveness, the value of the education that berry college students receive far exceeds the costly tuition. in georgia, students are more likely to find employment as berry college graduates than others, and their education continues to contribute to their success in their future endeavors.

    What to do for fun

    for fun, the berry college students activities board offers plenty of various activities, from cosmic bowling, movie nights, outdoor scavenger hunts, improv, and other events throughout the week. in addition, many students enjoy going downtown (a mere 10 minutes away) to broad street, a long street lined with old restaurants, stores, and bakeries.

    Food and Dining

    the berry college dining hall is its own restaurant, and non-students often visit to eat on campus. there are plenty of fresh, healthy foods offered, along with more interesting choices in the international line and foods for those who need comfort. incoming freshman are required to be on the unlimited plan, meaning that they can visit the dining hall with no limits. the dining hall also allows students the option of taking a to-go box to fill with food and take to their dorms/classes. berry college also has a dining area, known as valhalla, where students can eat from chick-fil-a, starbucks, build your own burger, and a deli line. valhalla also offers groceries to save students a trip off campus to buy essentials.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life at berry college is adequate. seeing as berry college is a dry campus, there are rarely any parties in dorm rooms, leaving things quiet and calm. the facilities are clean, and the buildings all have a homey feel to them.

    Academic Rigor

    the academics are not nearly as rigorous as those of ivy league schools, but the professors do not tend to tolerate slackers. berry college expects the most from its students and works hard to make sure that their students are doing all that they can to achieve success. there are plenty of readings, homework, and papers to complete, but they only strengthen the individual and his or her skills, ultimately preparing them well for their future jobs.

    Tips for prospective students

    prospective students should make sure that berry college offers their specific major/field of interest. berry does not offer every field in existence. they should also make sure that they are not looking for a party school, because berry is a small, quiet college that focuses more on education than the typical college experience.

    In three sentences

    berry college is a perfect fit for anyone searching for a nature-based, expansive campus that somehow manages to have a small college feel to it. the faculty and staff at berry college dedicate their lives to helping students achieve success and prepare for what they will encounter in the real world, making the transition much easier. it is a highly acclaimed school that ensures a strong sense of community and belonging to almost all who attend.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe. Of course, no college campus is perfect and there are rare instances of assault, for the most part it is very safe. We students even have dubbed our college The Berry Bubble because of the safety compared to other colleges.

    Greek Life

    Greek life? There is no Greek life at Berry College. Alcohol is not allowed on campus, so partying is rare and hushed. If you plan on attending Berry with the expectation of partying all of the time, then Berry is not the school for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are huge number of clubs that are offered to students and most have free activities with your paid dues. There are also a huge number of activities that encourage students to take part in the college's atmosphere.

    Great for these types of students

    Berry College is great for those students who want a small school environment with beautiful scenery. It is also great for students who are extremely hard workers that want a great atmosphere with professors that actually want to help those who want help.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most important tradition, though not really that unusual, is Mountain Day, the Mountain Day Olympics, and Marthapalooza that occurs each year. These events are connected with the celebration of Martha Berry's birthday and occur within the first two weeks of October. For these events, the entire Berry Community comes together to celebrate. This includes faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and others who simply live on the Berry College Campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I cannot really give a detailed bang for the buck review, because I have not graduated. However, I have seen that a great number of students who graduate from Berry move on to either amazing graduate programs or begin working at a successful company.

    What to do for fun

    There is a ton of activities that go on throughout the year that are fun. Even if there are no activities going on, there is plenty to do. For example, there is a hiking trail that many people walk that is completely free.

    Food and Dining

    The food for the most part is decent. The Dining Hall (or as students refer to it, D-Hall) is an all you can eat buffet with different menu items each day. There is also Val Halla, which a has the structure of a convenience store and food court that contains several quick serve restaurants as well as items that one would find in a gas station.

    Dorm Life

    Since I live at home I do not really know what dorm life is like at Berry. Being a commuter does not exclude you from the activities that occur on campus throughout the year.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a very rigorous school, so prepare yourself. Though the classes are tough, in general, most are extremely fun and interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do decide to come to Berry make sure that you have some sort of vehicle, whether it be car or bike. Berry is not tiny at all, and in many cases you have to walk a quarter of a mile or more to get from class to class.

    In three sentences

    It is the biggest college campus in the world. It is one of the most beautiful college campuses you will ever see. It has an excellent work ethic that is not limited to a job, but extends to everything that you do in life.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I could walk across campus at 2am and feel safe.

    Greek Life

    There is none and we do not need it.

    Clubs and Activities

    They are neverending. There is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to make a difference in the world will be at home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have Mountain Day where we dress up and it is tradition. We also have Marthapalooza (named after Martha Berry) where we have a carnival on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Berry is expensive, it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    If you get involved on campus, you will not have a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. There is a wide variety.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is good. RA's go out of their way to help you.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very challenging, but not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should apply here if you want a small environment.

    In three sentences

    Berry is the most beautiful campus in the world. Students and professors are kind and go out of their way. It is a truly inspirational place.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is excellent on campus! Officers regularly patrol the roads and parking lots, and have an excellent respond time. Many emergency booths are found on the main campus and the mountain campus where a button can be pushed and and officer will dispatch to the location.

    Greek Life

    There are few on campus, but they are available to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    If there is not a club to suit a students interest, they are encouraged to start their own!

    Great for these types of students

    Although all students are welcome and encouraged to tour/attend the college, environmentally conscious students in particular will find Berry appealing for the sustainability projects hosted by the college and the closeness felt to nature.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The college features a castle, built in the 1930s, which serves as classrooms, offices, and dorms for the students. Many other old stone-built structures can be found on the mountain campus, which was the original location of the college. The college greatly honors the founder, Martha Berry, and a yearly Mountain Day is held in honor of her where family is encouraged to attend and feel the family atmosphere and participate in fun events with the students. Marthapalooza is also an annual event that features carnival rides and gives students a break from their hectic college year.

    Bang for the buck

    Many people will look at the hefty price tag of the private college and decide against it, when in fact, after all the financial aid and scholarships offered, many students end up paying less than they would at a local community college! Academic scholarships and need based scholarships are offered, and their are many work opportunities to help support students and their tuition bill. The investment is definitely worth the education received!

    What to do for fun

    The campus spans over 26,000 acres so there is no limit to outdoor fun! There are numerous bike, hiking, and horse trails. Hiking to the House of Dreams is a must for any student; the House of Dreams was built by Berry students as a vacation home for the college founder, Martha Berry, at the very plateau of the mountain and features beautiful gardens and views. The 52 acre reservoir that sustains Berry's water needs is also within hiking distance, and although no fishing or swimming is allowed, students can relish the beauty of the environment and even camp in certain locations. Aside from the outdoors, the student activity board plans parties, dances, and other fun campus events weekly. The college is a short distance from downtown Rome where many shops and restaurants are open daily.

    Food and Dining

    Berry's dining hall features healthy and hearty meals. Students with all tastes will find something to their liking, and allergy warnings are posted at every station. Berry has three other dining locations where breakfast, coffee, and lunch can be purchased along with grocery items. A Chic-fil-A restaurant, burger studio, deli, and southwestern style grill are featured too.

    Dorm Life

    As a commuter, I do not have personal experience in the dorms. There are many dorm and townhouse options available and they are continuously updated and renovated. Singles, doubles, and even cottages are used for student housing.

    Academic Rigor

    The toughness of courses really depends on the professor. Although Berry holds academic standards, professors are free to decide grading scales and curriculum. Peer learning is encouraged, and the college will always have tutoring options available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be scared of being in an unfamiliar environment with people you don't know! Being a part of the Berry Bubble means that you will interact regularly with faculty and students and in the process meet great people and friends; the campus really feels like home. The student activity board plans and holds events regularly for the students to have fun on campus and off, so there is never a dull moment.

    In three sentences

    The beautiful Berry College campus is nestled at the foot of Lavender Mountain and spans over 26000 acres. The liberal arts college provides an excellent array of degree programs, scholarship/grant opportunities, and has one of the nation's top student work programs. With only around 2000 students, class sizes are able to remain small so students can work closely with their peers and advisers relevant to their majors.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. There's a police force just for the campus.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Berry has a very involved student activities office that oversees student clubs/organizations. There's a club for everything.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to recognize faces across campus & get to know their professors, students that enjoy outdoor activities (26,000 acres to enjoy), students interested in veterinary science (on-campus dairy, equestrian team, tons of deer, 100% acceptance rate to vet schools, etc.), students interested in early childhood education (on-campus child development center, elementary and middle schools), students that love volunteering/ service-learning

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the founder, Martha Berry's, birthday, there's a campus-wide field day-like competition between the residence halls. Then a campus-wide picnic followed by an on-campus carnival. It's pretty awesome.

    Bang for the buck

    Berry offers invaluable experiences through its student-work program. Students start with entry level positions, but can advance to managerial and other high-responsibility positions. There are also plenty of research, leadership and volunteer opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    A student-led Activities Board plans TONS of weeknight & weekend activities like outdoor movies, casino night, cosmic bowling, dances, concerts, etc. There's always something fun to do on campus!

    Food and Dining

    Berry has a variety of meal plans. The campus has a cafeteria that offers several hot station as well as a sandwich and salad bar. And it has a soft serve ice cream machine. There is also a mini mart and restaurant options like Chik-fil-A and a burrito place like Moe's.

    Dorm Life

    Berry has tradition dorm rooms to suite-style apartments on campus. On such a beautiful campus, you wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Residence halls have modern lounge spaces with kitchens, tvs, game systems, study rooms, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    Berry challenges its students and wants to see them succeed. Professors are readily available to students. There are also free student tutors and the writing center.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a first year student, you should try many new things to see what fits you best. Berry offers opportunities to work, volunteer and lead from your freshman year.

    In three sentences

    Berry College is an intimate community on a beautiful campus that offers endless opportunities to succeed. Berry College has small classes with engaging professors. Berry provides the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in your area of interest as well as opportunities to volunteer, lead and have fun.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You will always feel very safe at Berry. The campus police are on patrol at all times. If you ever feel afraid or unsure, you can call the campus police from your phone or one of the alert boxes in the parking lots.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 100 clubs and organizations at Berry. There is a club for just about anything you can think of. And if they don't have the club you want, you can always create a new one.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that enjoy the outdoors would love this campus. Even if you're an air-conditioner dweller, there are still tons of activities for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mountain Day/ Marthapalooza is an event every year to celebrate the founder's, Martha Berry, birthday. There are all sorts of fun activities including the Mountain Day Olympics and the giant Ferris wheel.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is very expensive, but it is worth the price. The benefits outweigh the cost.

    What to do for fun

    Berry is a very outdoorsy school. There are many trails and outdoor activities to do. There are also fun events planned every week. They have everything from concerts, to scavenger hunts, to dances. There is something for everyone to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are always lots of choices in the dining hall. They have food for whatever you are craving that day. They have vegetarian dishes, international food, and they always have pizza. There is also a Chick-fil-a on campus which is perfect for hungry college kids.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are very nice and, depending on the way you arrange the furniture, are spacious and comfortable. There are always events to go to and always fun activities to do as a hall. You get to know your dorm mates very well and think of them as a family.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, but being able to go to your professors and get help is very useful. The smaller class sizes make it easier to learn and easier to get the one on one help you may need to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is so much to do around the beautiful campus, but don't forget about your classes. Your professors get to know you one on one and genuinely care about their students. Do your best to get involved as much as you can through clubs, organizations, volunteering, and student work.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and inviting. Emphasis is not only on academics, but on becoming a better person as a whole. The faculty and students are all very friendly, caring, and enjoy being at Berry.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Berry is one of the safest campuses I could possibly imagine. Students often refer to Berry as the Berry Bubble because we all feel extremely safe there.

    Greek Life

    No Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Berry has a variety of different clubs, as well as intramural and club sports teams.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who love community and small class sizes. Almost all students live on campus, making it a lot easier to connect to all your peers. Also great for students who love doing things outdoors. Berry has the perfect campus for hiking, camping, and hammocking.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every August, we have a tradition called Mountain Day. Students will gather on a specific hill on campus dressed in either pink, white, or blue. Pink for underclassmen girls, blue for underclassmen boys, blue for senior girls, and white for senior boys. Students then hold hands and march up and down the hill, dropping pennies in a basket at the bottom of the hill. At the end of the Grand March, the pennies are all donated to charity. Later that night, Berry hosts a Carnival on campus and all students get in for free.

    Bang for the buck

    Berry is quite an expensive college, but I'd say that the experience of coming to Berry is well worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    Berry always has events over the weekend that are free for students. Some of the past events that Berry has hosted are: concerts, skate nights, cosmic bowling, and dances.

    Food and Dining

    Berry's dining hall is quite good for a college dining hall. My only complaint is that it often lacks variety. We also have coffee shops, a sandwich shop, Chik Fil-A Express, a Mexican take-out stand, and a Burger Stand to offer more options.

    Dorm Life

    Berry College is a residential school, with almost all students living on campus. Berry offers a variety of dorm styles, including traditional dorms and apartment style housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Berry College is a challenging school and if you are looking for a place where you can get easy A's, then Berry is not the school for you. General Education courses, as well as Major Courses, will be challenging, but will offer opportunities for you to learn new and exiting things.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like small schools where you can really get to know your peers and professors, then Berry is the school for you. I would recommend that you take advantage of your professor's office hours, as Berry professor's are always willing to help and like students who ask questions. Also, I would recommend staying the weekends, as the Student Activities Board always puts on cool events over the weekends.

    In three sentences

    Berry College is a private liberal arts college with a massive campus and a small student body. As soon as you step on campus you feel as if you have arrived home. The class sizes are small and the students are incredibly friendly.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 66

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is VERY safe. Berry has its own police force that are very helpful. The parking lots have emergency button that call for help.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are SO many possibilities at Berry College to be a part of a club or other activities. KCAB, Colleges Against Cancer, Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, Religion-in-life, Berry College Volunteer Services, H.H.O.P.E, RISE, Viking Fusion, and the Marthapalooza committee are a few clubs out of many that one can be a part of.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Berry College has Marthapalooza, Mountain Day Olympics, Mountain Day, Lessons and Carols, and many other unusual but fantastic traditions.

    What to do for fun

    KCAB throws many fun events such as late night cosmic bowling, skate nights, dances, magic night, Arabian night, Berry Busters, Cash Attack, and many other events. There are a lot of clubs and organizations to take part in that also throw many events. Bike rides and other outdoor activities are fun on this beautiful campus. There is never a dull moment at Berry.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Hall (DHALL) at Krannert has a variety of different food choices for one to choose from. One can choose from a comfort food station, pizza station, salad bar, grill, deli, desert, breakfast bar, international foods, and an Expo station. If one is in a hurry, they can grab food in Valhalla, which has Chick-fil-A, a deli similar to Subway, a Tex-Mex station equivalent to Moe's, a Burger Joint, excellent, Oriental food bowls and sushi, and a miniature food mart.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great,. One usually meets some of his or her closest friends on his or her dorm hall. there are many different and fun events that happen within a dorm hall.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic work is challenging, but the professors and courses leave you fully prepared to pass finals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live college life to the fullest, but do not go too crazy. Do not focus solely on grades and studying, but make time for extracurricular activities and quality time with friends.

    In three sentences

    Berry College is a phenomenal school because all of the teachers and staff are friendly, the campus is beautiful, and the financial staff will gladly work with you in order to help you attend Berry. There are many extracurricular programs that will keep you involved in campus life and the community. The courses are rigorous, but one is well-prepared to pass with flying colors.

  • 12/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 66

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    Campus Safety

    The only thing you have to worry about is the deer.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of great activities and (social/academic) clubs on campus, but not a lot of club sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Animal Science Majors Early Childhood Education Majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You have to have/ attend CE (Cultural Events) credits to graduate. Every week Berry will notify you of different CE on campus. It can be anything from a guest speaker to a band concert or poetry reading.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a little pricey, but for a small, private school with a beautiful campus and excellent opportunities, it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are activities and events planned every week and weekend. Do NOT worry about being bored in college, and do not worry about having too much free time. If you're not studying, you can go to the gym and play racquetball, take a stroll, go on a hike, visit mountain campus, watch a movie, attend sports events, and more.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall offers a lot of variety, but since I'm accustomed to a more asian selection, the food was a slight disappointment. You will find ways to be creative with your meals.

    Dorm Life

    My personal experience in the dorms has been excellent so far. I stay in an all girls dorm and it is generally pretty quiet. The RA's do their best to plan fun activities for each floor. You will become very close with your neighbors on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    I've heard the science classes at Berry are more rigorous than they are at other institutions. Different professors have different teaching methods. One of my professors taught a lecture class but did not lecture at all, which made learning the material much more challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should definitely do their research on any college. Berry is known for their Animal Science Program and their Early Childhood Education Program. Berry has a small student population but has a huge campus and most students are from in-state.

    In three sentences

    Berry College provides excellent opportunities for those looking for an institution focused on academics. The professors are generally very helpful because they are required to hold office hours for students that need their assistance. The transition form high school to college is more drastic academically than it is socially.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 66

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    Campus Safety

    Berry is extremely safe. The campus is big enough for its own zip code, and thus we have police patrolling the campus at all hours and the police station is housed right outside the main entrance. The gatehouse is attended at all hours. You can call them at any time if you feel unsafe walking around on campus. The dorm rooms are also regulated by ID cards, so certain people will not be able to get into certain building at specific times (e.g. guys' key cards will not work on girls' hallways after visiting hours).

    Greek Life

    Berry does not have a Greek system.

    Clubs and Activities

    Berry offers a wide variety of clubs and activities to encourage a community atmosphere. Students are also required to go to a certain number of Cultural Events to graduate, which are always fun and interesting. There are endless things to do on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Berry College is great for any student who care to work hard for a better education and not seeking a party-school environment. If you love the outdoors, that's even better (though not required; there are still plenty of other things to do on campus). The most hands-on majors would be Animal Science and Education, since we have our own livestocks and farm, etc, on campus, along with a pre-school and elementary school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The biggest tradition on campus is Mountain Day, which is similar to homecoming. The day before is the Mountain Day Olympics, where afternoon classes are cancelled and dorms play against each other. During Mountain Day, parents and alumni are invited back on campus to watch the current students' march down the hill. Each gender in different class years wear different colors and drop pennies based on their age into a basket at the foot of the hill. They go down first in ones, march back up and join hands to march down in twos, then fours, then eights, then sixteens. That night, there will be a carnival called Marthapalooza held in the Clara bowl about six rides or so with various games.

    Bang for the buck

    Given how much you pay, Berry College does make sure you get your worth in education and student life. They really take care of you and provide a lot of great opportunities for after college.

    What to do for fun

    Berry offers a lot of opportunity for outdoors activities like hiking and camping and other off-campus activities. Student activity (called KCAB) has something planned almost every week, and it's hard to miss the events because reminders are everywhere (on the Stall Wall and via email). Activities include Day Glow, movie nights, bowling, haunted trail, cultural film weeks, Mountain day Olympics, karaoke night, theatre plays, coffeehouses, pageants, concerts. Downtown and the movie theatre is also fairly close, but they're not the greatest. Berry also gives students plenty of opportunities for volunteering on and off campus. Student clubs are pretty open to sit-ins if you're not an executive member (e.g. SGA). There are also sporting events every week, including many intermural ones to participate if you're not an athlete.

    Food and Dining

    D-hall is great; I've not eaten at a better dining hall. They have a very wide and healthy variety and some of their recipes are even from parents'. Of course, there are still always those salads and pizza that are there everyday. Besides the dining hall, there are a few fast food options and coffee shops, including Starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    Almost all students are required to live on campus, so dorm life can be pretty fun. Genders are separated by floors and an underclassman can choose to room with an upperclassman if they want. Besides the traditional dorm rooms, there are also townhouses and cabins and suites. Berry is technically a dry campus so you won't get too much racket in the hallways. RAs are always friendly and willing to help.

    Academic Rigor

    Berry prioritizes learning so academics rigor is fair. You WILL be graded according to your work input but professors are more than willing to help (not to mention student tutors and writing centers to also aid you).

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't like the idea of learning, Berry College is definitely not a place for you. Since it's a liberal arts college, the general education is heavier than other schools. Also, Berry College's mission statement centers around the hand, heart, head, so expect to embrace volunteering along with learning.

    In three sentences

    Berry encourages a very solid liberal arts learning. I think the campus is amazing and perfect for college students, whether studying or relaxing, and all the staffs and students are super-friendly. Moreover, their work study program provides so much opportunities and experiences; my job is perfect and I love it.

  • 12/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students interested in the Animal Sciences, but there are also strong programs in Psychology, Education, and Biological Sciences.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest being very proactive with regard to Financial Aid. There are many professionals that are available to assist with applying for federal, state and Berry College aid.

    Bang for the buck

    I must admit that Berry College is quite expensive. However, for a private liberal arts college, the opportunities available to the students make the cost seem more bearable. There are also ample opportunities to investigate in order to lower the cost of attending Berry College.

    Am enjoying being here

    The natural atmosphere and Christian-based environment create a comfortable arena in which I can attend college. There are many fun activities that are organized each semester on campus, but I love that I can also just go for a walk or study outside and have just as great a time.

    Am learning a lot

    There are many different learning experiences available on campus. The 26,000 acres allow science majors to have a large area for research and exploration. There are many cultural event activities that take place each semester, which allow students to expand their knowledge of many subjects that may not be taught in their courses.

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 66

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    Food and Dining

    the food is pretty good compared to most places. it has its good days and bad days but there is always chick-fil-a!

    Dorm Life

    most students at berry live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    berry's academics are tough; you have to work hard for your grade. the professors are really willing to work with you though so that you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    even though berry is expensive and you are not sure if you can afford it, apply anyway. if you are accepted they will automatically check and see what scholarships you are eligible for.

    In three sentences

    berry is an amazing school for students who are really invested in their academics and want to be involved with campus life. berry promotes on-campus living, strong student involvement, and working on campus which all creates a comfortable community.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 2 people found this inaccurate. 34 of 66

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    Clubs and Activities

    ROTC

    Great for these types of students

    BAND

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    LIBARARY

    What to do for fun

    BAND PARTY AND STUDY

    Academic Rigor

    EXECELLENT

    Tips for prospective students

    SMART

    In three sentences

    GOOD MONEY RELIABLE

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety officers are really great people and understanding. In my experience, they are quick to respond (my experience only extends as far as the fire alarm going off due to smoke from the oven). At the entrance to campus, we have an automatic gate and gatehouse where there is always someone and after about seven p.m. the gate is shut and people have to have the gate opened to be let in and if they don't have a Berry sticker they have to explain why they're coming in, who they know, etc. There are very few incidences of violence on campus.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life. Period.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a large selection of clubs and activities to choose from. I am always learning of a new one on campus that I had no idea existed. There is likely to be something to suit your interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students dedicated to their studies and want to attend a college that has a really supportive and engaging community. Though it is rigorous, it tends not to be stressful.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well, we actually have the largest campus in the world (26,000 acres) so that in itself is unusual, I suppose. That being the case, we have a lot of interesting locations, including an old mill, a beautiful old chapel where people often come to get married, a reservoir, innumerable trails, and too many things to name that I can't even think of right now so visiting and exploring is the best option. Every year for Martha Berry's (our founder) birthday we celebrate Mountain Day which is a bit hard to explain but it's a weekend where we have Olympics in which the different dorms compete against each other, then a very...strange...tradition of walking up and down the mountain.

    Bang for the buck

    I guess it depends who you are and what you value in terms of bang for the buck. For me, it's wildly expensive, but I really value my education but I really think I am getting the most out of my educational experience because the one-on-one relationships I have with my professors are great since the classes are small compared to most schools. They know who I am and I feel comfortable with them and I feel like I am really learning and I know that Berry is a highly respected institution, so I feel like the degree I am getting is going to really serve me well.

    What to do for fun

    The college often sponsors a lot of events; well, different groups and organizations across campus do. So usually on weekends there will be a random event of some variety to do, not always that exciting, depending on your interest, but some of them can be really cool. Other than that you really need to make your own fun. If you're looking for parties, you have to find them on your own because they are very hush-hush because it is technically a dry campus, so you'll have to know someone or ask around. Parties aren't a huge part of campus life.

    Food and Dining

    Eh. People complain a lot about the food here, but they don't realize how good they have it compared to many other places. Valhalla, upstairs, offers a couple options for a break from the regular dining hall with a burger place, Chick-Fil-A, & taco place. The dining hall itself does a decent job of trying to offer a variety of things to please people of different tastes, including a salad bar and pizza every day. I think they could do a better job, but at the same time the food itself isn't bad.

    Dorm Life

    It's crap. Honestly. I haven't been here long, as I am a transfer, but truly Res Life tries to put things together and sometimes it can be fun, but you have to make it fun and go in groups otherwise it can be a fail. I never had to live in the freshman dorms, but from what I've seen and visited in them, they're not five-star quality. They are manageable and really probably typical of most colleges, honestly, so I shouldn't be too harsh. Res Life really does try to make things as enjoyable as possible, though.

    Academic Rigor

    You will absolutely have to change your study habits. If you skated by in high school because you were ahead of everyone (which typically everyone here was), that won't be enough to get you through here. You have to study and work hard here. Your professors really do expect a lot from you and you have to perform well to get that A that we all want, but the professors are always (typically) there to help you and are very supportive. But you really do have to do the work and put in the hours outside of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect a raging and overly exciting campus life. You will often have to make your own fun, but do explore. If you don't allow yourself to enjoy it, you won't. This holds true with really any school, but you have to get involved to enjoy your experience otherwise you will be miserable; push yourself outside your comfort zone.

    In three sentences

    Berry is a close-knit community where the professors are really supportive of their students. The campus is beautiful and it's generally a peaceful environment with deer roaming freely, as in you will likely see dozens on your way to class in the morning. Unfortunately, some things seem to be going downhill and though it tends to be hidden, there are often people that can be very closed-minded.

  • 08/11/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's just outside of a small town, so it is just about the safest it can possibly be.

    What to do for fun

    They have an event just about every weekend, or so I hear.

    Food and Dining

    They had a little of everything.

    Dorm Life

    The room the showed us was kinda dusty.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are all taught by well-maintained professionals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Berry is a place for anyone with a healthy outlook on life and a desire to enjoy scenery.

    In three sentences

    The campus is clean and friendly.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel incredibly safe here and the Campus Safety works incredibly hard to maintain campus safety.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs here.

    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in small class sizes, a beautiful campus in a rural area.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ford Complex is a beautiful building that most people call a castle, or Hogwarts. It is an incredibly beautiful place to live.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, Berry is expensive but it is so incredibly worth it.

    What to do for fun

    KCAB is constantly doing things on weekends and there is also something going on during the week from Zumba to Swing and Ballroom Dance Club, you name it seems to be here.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is pretty good, especially the chocolate chip cookies in the Dining Hall.

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely love my RA and we have a fantastic hall. It's nice to just be able to hang out and chat with these girls.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be hard and keep you on your toes depending on your ability and major related classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. And ladies, choose to live in Ford! (Ford is the castle and it is incredibly beautiful). Also go into your classes with an open mind, the teaching style is not the same as it was in high school.

    In three sentences

    Berry College is a beautiful and fun environment to learn in. The professors here truly care about you, whether or not you are currently in their class. I fall more and more in love with Berry every moment I am here.

  • 12/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    I encouraged propestic students to schedule a campus visit.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Berry College's dining hall is in a buffet style. But you also have the option of chik fil a and a burger place.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean. They get cleaned everyday so you don't really have to worry about cleanliness. Depending on the dorm you get it is pretty spacious and you get your own closets. The Roommate change policy is very good and flexible.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need a car! Make sure you are ready for college level work, if you are not you may not make it past the first semester.

    In three sentences

    Berry College is challenging, but it is worth it because it prepares you for your career. The Campus is beautiful!

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The deer outnumber the students. They think they are people at this point, and they will walk right into your class with you if you let them. The college is not for those who have a fear or deer, squirrels, or any other adorable woodland creatures.

    Bang for the buck

    Berry College sells a quality education as a private school and a somewhat lofty price. You get what you pay for. You pay to have the ability to meet one on one with your professor whenever you don't understand a topic, you pay to have free tutoring with another student whenever you need it, free writing support, and classes that are intellectually rigorous. Above all, you can have as many campus jobs as you want to meet your spending needs. I have three great jobs right now with bosses that will work with my schedule and test dates. Berry really is the gate of opportunity for people who want to aspire, and that really is priceless.

    What to do for fun

    Berry College has very tightly-knit athletic communities with several sports, and they also offer intramural sports. The student activities board is very active, and they provide free concerts, movies, or some other activity every weekend. The college is an ideal fit for the outdoorsy type, with numerous bike and hiking trails. Mountain campus provides beautiful scenery just minutes away when you need a breath of fresh air by the waterfall or one of the beautiful chapels. There are lots of options for outdoor classes, like kayaking, horseback riding, and skiing for those that like to travel. The college also endorses study abroad and makes it possible for any student to have the opportunity.

    Food and Dining

    As far as meal plans go, there are two options. A very inexpensive plan will buy you a few meals a week in the food court section, which includes a number of quick food options (burger joints, taco bar, sub sandwich bar, Chick-fil-A, teriyaki bowls, a grocery section, etc.) which is the ideal plan for those living in housing with kitchens or commuter students. The other, standard meal plan offers different levels of plans for the Dining Hall, or real food on campus. The food in the dining hall has been going steadily downhill in recent years. A change in supplier companies or nutrition requirements, perhaps, but nonetheless it is not the most appetizing thing in the world. There is plenty of variety, and the food may be better than some of the other college food I've tasted. However, eating it every day makes one very thankful for the nearby off-campus restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    As with many schools, the dorms are a work your way up deal. The freshman have the older buildings with traditional style dorms, and there are a fair amount of complaints about them, as the buildings are several years old. For the upperclassmen, architecturally complex and beautiful new buildings are called home. Some of these new dorms for sophomores are traditional style, but the upperclassmen tend to choose the townhouse or apartment style dorms, which are both very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Berry College was a breath of fresh air for me, academically. After being bogged down by high school and the tone of requirement behind every piece of curriculum, I was astounded by the academic atmosphere that I was met with in college. The professors are both passionate and empathetic, but the work is no walk through the park. It's not an easy A school, but getting that 4.0 is not impossible, either. The work is fair, and you truly get what you put into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    From an unbiased standpoint, the opportunities that are waiting for every student that attends Berry College may not be what every student is looking for. The campus tours are given by student workers, just like the thousands of other jobs that are held by current students, and what you see is what you get. It's not a large school, with classes usually filled with 30 people or less. Your professors all want to know you on a personal level, and they want to see you succeed and thrive academically. The sports teams are at the top of their game, and scholarships are offered readily, especially for the football team that is in the works. The college is in Rome, Georgia, which is not a small town, but it's not featuring big on night life and clubbing, either.

    In three sentences

    Berry College is a school for academic, goal-driven students. Often called the Gate of Opportunity, that is precisely what you'll find there. The student work opportunities are the path to getting your foot in the door that leads to your future.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, but over run by a large amount of deer.

    Greek Life

    There is none.

    Clubs and Activities

    KCAB, SGA, Forensics, Intramural sports, study abroad, Viking Fusion.

    Great for these types of students

    Friendly, social, athletic, outdoorsy, studious, Christian, and curious.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The House of Dreams, Swan Lake, Mountain Campus, The Old Mill.

    Bang for the buck

    For the high price you pay for, you really do get a lot out of Berry.

    What to do for fun

    Hanging out with friends is the most popular pastime around campus along with outdoor activities like hiking, camping, hammocking, and running and attending student run events around campus on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    The main dining hall has decently fresh food, but is very repetitive and unoriginal after a while. There are two coffee shops around campus, which are both very good.

    Dorm Life

    There are several different dorms to choose from and some are more socially distracting than others.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are fairly challenging and should not be underestimated.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is for you if you prefer a one on one professor relationship, a small student population, and educationally challenging courses.

    In three sentences

    Berry College is settled on a beautiful 27,000 acre campus. The students are all determined, ambitious, and intelligent. It is a small, liberal arts college that is personable and caring.

  • 02/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    we have our own actual policemen. Our campus's only gate closes at dark unless you have an ID or you talk to the gatehouse people and they let you in

    Greek Life

    No frats or sororities

    Clubs and Activities

    there are clubs for just about everything, and KCAB (our activitiy board) plans events like every weekend with their huge funding. All their events are free

    Great for these types of students

    Willing to study, willing to work, athletes who don't have to have athletic grants to come (its DIII)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a Mountain Day celebration where we celebrate the colleges founding person. We have a big march and lots of festivities. then we have Marthapalooza, a carnival that comes on campus.

    What to do for fun

    I like to just hang out outside, play frisbe or whatever, I also enjoy mountain biking, hiking, working out etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as many scholarships as possible!

    In three sentences

    Berry is a great college with rigorous academics. The work program is the top student work program in the world. The campus is absolutely beautiful.

  • 02/18/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Berry has a lot of extracurricular activities which include sports. They also have a theatre, music and art program. There is also another activity called the WinShape Program. It is a program sponsored by Chic-fil-a and is a Christian and Leadership outreach and program.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I could tell by the visit they do put a lot of emphasis on academics. However they have a lot of extracurricular activities. They are looking for well rounded people and students. Be prepared to manage many things at once.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have a bike for getting around the giant campus. If you go for a visit dress up and look your best. Make sure to explore a lot about the school before you visit.

    In three sentences

    Berry has a beautiful but very large campus. It's very prestigious looking and feeling but everyone is very nice. They have a lot of different pathways and classes that would fit anyone.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is probably one of the safest colleges I have ever heard of. The campus police are continuously patrolling, there are plenty of lights in the parking lots as well as call posts to signal the police, and overall there is little to no crime.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a multitude of campus clubs and activities. At the beginning of the year there is a fair to promote all the different ones on campus and it is often hard to choose between them there are so many. Often times if a student does not find a club at the fair, they will stumble upon one during the year.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who like the outdoors or a country setting, do not mind the quiet, and are willing to work hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During the fall semester, Berry hosts Marthapalooza in celebration of the founder, Martha Berry's, birthday. There is a fair on campus with a Ferris Wheel, other rides, food, and games, which lasts until well past midnight. It is a fun celebration that all students can enjoy with no charge.

    Bang for the buck

    Berry College is definitely worth the price students pay. The school offers many different resources in all different areas and each student is guaranteed an on-campus job. There are also many scholarships offered to the students.

    What to do for fun

    The college definitely is not lacking in the activities area. There are multiple things going on almost every weekend both on and off campus, provided by our activities board. It is good, clean fun where everyone gets to hang out and create new friendships.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not great in the dining hall and is pretty good in Valhalla. I wish there was more variety in the dining hall and that the food was better quality. There are not many food options on a daily basis.

    Dorm Life

    Berry dorm life is great and I love living on campus. I wish they were a bit more updated though, especially the one kitchen shared by the entire building and the bathrooms. The relationships students build with one another in the dorms is fun and makes it easy to find friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Berry College has a challenging curriculum, but professors are always willing to help. There are tutors readily available and other resources on campus to help students succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend always going to professor's offices to ask for help or just to talk because these connections will not only help in their classes, but in other areas as well.

    In three sentences

    Berry College is a great place to attend college. The faculty and staff are great and always willing to help students succeed. It is a fun, challenging, unique place to get a degree.

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very secluded and has the police station right across the street. I would never feel threatened at Berry.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    So much to do, only four years to do it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mountain Day is really advertised and I cant wait to experience it as a Viking.

    Bang for the buck

    Berry is really expensive, but I fully believe that it is totally worth it.

    Food and Dining

    Food is done by Armark, which does a lot of the campus food around the country.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman girls get to live in a castle. Yes please.

    Academic Rigor

    Berry has a great Animal Science program. I am going for Communications and Spanish. The study abroad program is great and the Communications is one of the top majors there.

    In three sentences

    I found out about Berry from my middle school and I have been in love with it ever since. Once I stepped on campus I knew that Berry was the only college for me.

  • 04/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Berry College is the only place where I can leave my $2000 computer, wallet, and iPhone sitting on a table unattended for over a half hour and not worry that someone will take it. Every building has scanners to get into them (including scanners on each hallway).

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for almost anything at Berry and if you can't find one you like, you can make one yourself!

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy people, students that enjoy having a relationship with their professors, and people that like a quieter atmosphere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every student has the ability to choose a job on campus and they are guaranteed a paid position somewhere.

    Bang for the buck

    Berry is extremely expensive and tuition increases each year. There is no doubt that the quality of education is leaps and bounds beyond many other places, but sometimes we wonder where all our money is going.

    What to do for fun

    Athletic events are great at Berry as athletes and non-athletes are always great friends (something you don't find at the larger schools). There are also dances and raves to go to, skate nights and the local skate club, and even midnight bowling throughout the semester to keep students doing fun things! Berry may not have the party atmosphere a big university has, but there is always something fun to do with the school.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Berry College is great. The buffet style dining hall is always full of fresh new recipes and keeps the stomach yearning for more. Parents can even submit their own recipes to the dining services to make for the entire college!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is average at Berry College. Many of the buildings are old and the ones that are new are occupied by all upperclassmen. There is always a friend down the hall but events are sometimes few and far between.

    Academic Rigor

    People do not come to Berry looking for a free ride because they know they won't get one here. Class attendance is a must to stay on top of the material and more nights are spent studying the massive amounts of information than out drinking like at many other schools. The rigorous course load seems like a lot, but in the end it's worth it to get the degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Berry College is the best school to come to if you're looking to have a relationship with your professors that you cannot get at a big University. At Berry you're not just another number, you're a student, a colleague, and a friend to almost everyone.

    In three sentences

    Berry College is a great school that offers challenging courses with professors that want nothing in the world but to help you succeed. The small class size and overall atmosphere creates a sense of security within the school that makes anyone feel welcome and comfortable. Berry has open doors for every student and is there to lead students through the right one.

  • 04/13/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never any safety problems on campus

    Greek Life

    None

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mountain Day

    What to do for fun

    hang out with friends

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall is ok. Cafe area is pretty good it has a chick flia

    Dorm Life

    Underclassman dorms do not have very many options where the buildings are nicer and newer. Great upperclassman dorms and appartments

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes harder than other but overall they are not too bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a car

  • 05/25/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Besides academic, Berry has a great outdoors program where there is not just trails but mountains and horseback riding. For Decision Berry, I was able to hike one of the mountains and wished I could do it again, I had a blast. Berry has a wonderful exercise gym where you can go with friends to exercise. Besides the campus, there is downtown Rome where there is shopping and movie theaters and tons of opportunities to have fun on your days off.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Berry College is fantastic, the cafeteria is filled with all different types of food. There is a salad bar and a cereal buffet where freshman especially with the unlimited meal plan can get as much seconds as they wish. Besides the cafeteria, there is a fountain right outside the dining hall where people can eat and enjoy the fresh air.

    Dorm Life

    Based on my tours of the dorms, they are kept tidy and their is enough space for both me and a roommate. The community bathrooms are always clean and their is never a line because, all the girls on my hall will have different class schedules with different hours. The people on my hall will from my guides become good friends and can be there for you like a family.

    Academic Rigor

    From my tours around Berry, I have learned that the teachers really do care about their students. The professors encourage their students as much as they can to ensure that they get the best out of the class. The guides have encouraged me to try my best and to pay attention in class because the professors are given a certain amount of time to learn so much.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan early at Berry College, try to apply for every scholarship because, you never know what financial aid you can get. When you start to look into Berry, take a tour and go to one of the Decision Berry days where you get a hands on type of prospective for Berry. The most important thing is to make sure that Berry is a right fit for you, get involved and make a difference in any way you can.

    In three sentences

    Berry is a school that not only excels in academics but also in sports, and activities. I know that Berry is the right choice for me because, I am able to adventure out and be a part of something larger there. The students and staff have welcomed me with open arms and are dedicated to what they do and how they can leave their mark on the largest campus in the nation.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great. The gates to the campus close at dusk and you can only enter if you have a parking pass, show your Berry ID or are called onto campus by another resident already on campus. Berry cops are very respectful and polite and keep us safe.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life. Martha did not believe in greek life. Fall 2014 is the inaugural year for Football!

    Clubs and Activities

    All clubs are available. It's your college experience, make what you want to out of it.

    Great for these types of students

    All students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    First weekend of October, we celebrate Mountain Day (Martha Berry's Birthday). That Friday there is olympics between the 7 dorm areas. Saturday is the traditional walk up the mountain with your fellow classmates, following that night is Marthapalooza, a theme park brought into the Clara Bowl. There are many great locations on campus. On main campus, I would recommend the Ford Buildings. It is very pretty. Remember the Titans was filmed there. The entire campus is beautiful. You can't beat it.

    Bang for the buck

    Berry is a very unique campus but a rich history. Freshman orientation is not like any other school either. Viking Venture is the week before school starts; meeting your classmates and dormmates; learning the campus before chaos starts. It's a lot of fun!

    What to do for fun

    If you are into athletics, there are Varsity sports as long as Intramurals. There is beach volleyball on campus, tennis courts, and a 18 hole disc golf. There are hiking trails, a reservoir, House of Dreams; lots of activities to do outside if you just enjoy nature. The downtown area (Rome, Ga) is only but 5 minutes away from campus with restaurants and shopping.

    Food and Dining

    Dhall is alright. They honestly try to lure you and make it seem amazing the first time you visit, but no one can ever beat home cooked meals. You make whatever you want to out of it.

    Dorm Life

    Most students live on-campus, which creates a community environment within the dorms. There is housing separate for guys and girls as well as co-ed. Halls have programs once a month and there are other events within the dorms, so that you are meeting new people everyday. It's your college experience though.

    Academic Rigor

    Berry is known for hard classes, but they are helping you in the long run. Professors want to see you succeed in what you hope to accomplish after you graduate from Berry.

    Tips for prospective students

    Everyone knows times are rough and money is tight. Berry is expensive but being a big fish in a little pond at Berry is great! You get to know your professors, build a community and get the first-hand experience with your future career that you may not be given at another school around.

    In three sentences

    If you are looking for a small, private college, but the biggest campus, Berry College is for you. The work program, endless hours of community service, rigor of academics, deer, eagles, family, the berry bubble; We have it all!

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Berry college makes sure to keep every student safe to the best of their ability. We have on campus police and gates keeping us in the safe berry bubble at night so people who do not attend cannot get in.

    Greek Life

    No greek life is offered at berry college.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities are the best part of berry college because there are always fun things to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Every type of student is welcome to berry college, we do not discriminate.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unusual traditions would be the walk they do at the beginning of the year where everyone puts a penny into a basket and we all join together as one community. Locations on campus are awesome we have everything from our own lakes and campsites to graveyards.

    Bang for the buck

    The one thing that you can get out of berry is some real opportunities and berry offers some cool things. There is free wifi, an unlimited food plan and an endless supply of deer.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many opportunities for things that are fun; in fact, flyers are given out at the beginning of the year with the dates of the events.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great for the first couple of weeks, but it gets old and sometimes people get sick.

    Dorm Life

    Campus dorm life varies: some dorms are extremely nice while others have mold problems. While the RA's are nice, it is probably better to try to live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically the standards are high for berry college but they really just want the best for everyone and honestly it is worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    For someone wanting to go to this school, people are free to visit and sit in with classes to see what everything is about.

    In three sentences

    I would rate Berry college a 4 out of 5 stars because it is a great school; however, its only downfall is not being able to think about its students when it comes to making decisions about tuition rates. If you want a hands on school that gives you great opportunities, then berry college is the place for you. Just keep in mind that tuition will probably get higher for each year for not so important things.

  • 06/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus

    Bang for the buck

    expensive is an understatement

    What to do for fun

    hike, play sports, tv, chase deer, sunbath, tour Rome

    Food and Dining

    Its dining hall food, don't expect much. But its edible and there are generally a decent amount of options at a given meal.

    Dorm Life

    Sometimes the campus seems a little lonely because most people go home for the weekends. The newer dorms are great and the older ones are not bad.

    Academic Rigor

    Very very academic. Most teachers are very difficult yet are willing to help. Don't be afraid to ask for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with a willingness to get involved in things you didn't know you were interested in. Be prepared for serious academic work.

    In three sentences

    Berry College has an amazing campus and a close knit feel. It has a great connect between the students and staff, but can feel a bit too small at times.

  • 07/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a police station specifically for the college across from the entrance, they have multiple officers patrol around the campus everyday. They also have a gate keeper that will not allow entrance after a certain time without the correct tags.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs on campus, they want everyone to be involved. If you can't find one for yourself you have the opportunity to create one.

    What to do for fun

    They have a festival every year held on the campus it looks beautiful. Many students also go to the surrounding town, to hang and study with friends, very college friendly. Also just sitting outside and enjoying the view is really great. The gym opens early and closes late, they have exercise classes too.

    Food and Dining

    Freshman are required to have a unlimited meal plan, the dinning hall is very nice and if there are any weather issues workers will make sure that food is available. There is only one dining hall that is not open 24 hours, but they have a small fast food area that stays open late.

    Dorm Life

    Small rooms, some are very old, with large windows and beautiful views. Not many Coeds. (2013 should be the last year of all female dorms).

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are great, a lot of one on one time if needed with the professors. If your having trouble in class you can get a tutor for free.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is huge so you will need transportation, a car is not necessary but most students have a bike. Also because of the amount of incoming students, parking is a bit hard to find.

    In three sentences

    Berry college is a beautiful campus, very peaceful. Everyone wants you to be involved, they have plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. The teachers want you to succeed, the classes are small so you can receive great one on one time.

  • 07/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Literally EVERYTHING. The campus has wide open spaces, and I have seen almost every type of sport played either competitively or just for fun -- Quidditch and live Mario Kart seems to be the favorites!

    Food and Dining

    Food in the Dining Hall is always great...at the beginning of each semester. Rarely does the staff incorporate organic, healthy, non-over ripened food during the school year. I have known days where half the fruit is almost rotten. Sometimes, the food tastes plastic or different from what would be considered standard quality. If and when you encounter these days, go to Valhalla -- for us, Chik-fil-A is in every way HEAVEN compared to beef stroganoff from D-Hall.

    Dorm Life

    As much as I admire the beautiful, hotel-like dorms of upperclassmen, I wish that Berry upgraded their freshman and sophomore dorms. Most of the dorms were founded in the early 1900's, while the newer halls such as Centennial are only reserved for Juniors and Seniors. I guess I have to wait for comfort and better wi-fi.

    Academic Rigor

    As explained above, Berry can be challenging, and only the truly devoted can hope to succeed in the most difficult classrooms. Expect for your brain to be boggled over and over again -- however, by learning your professor's teaching style, it is much easier to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    One thing I discovered about Berry: though it doesn't have the funding of Harvard or nearly the prestige of Princeton, but it has every bit the rigorousness of education as an ivy league college. However, don't let this intimidate you -- embrace it. Your professors love students who strive for success in their classroom and pay close attention to their lectures. If you give them your attention, they'll give back to you. They may even raise your grade because of your participation in class.

    In three sentences

    4.5 Stars -- it is full of opportunities through your work, academics, extracurricular activities and social life to become a leader. However, the price tag can be a problem for a lot of students; unless you have a full ride, an ample college fund, or are a knock-out at snagging scholarships, your guarantee of coming back to Berry is not set in stone. I love it, it is my home, and I definitely will recommend it to everyone -- just be prepared to fight for your place there, because it is a much-loved college and isn't able to support the weight of all of its students.

  • 07/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own campus police that are available at any time, day or night. The gate is watched 24/7 and anyone who comes in after 7pm is checked to make sure that they should be there. If at any time a student feels uncomfortable on campus, the Berry police are the people to call.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Marthapalooza, Martha Berry's birthday celebration day, is one of the most looked forward to days of the year. There's a lot of food and fun to be had. Don't miss it!

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities available on campus for all students to take a part in. At the beginning of the year every student is given an activity schedule and emails are sent before they start. There are also some local activities in Rome that notices for will be sent by email that are also fun to be a part of.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria, or as Berry students call it: D-Hall, includes all sorts of different foods. It has a salad, pizza, sandwich or burger, desert, and a mystery bar to choose from every day. There is also a Chick fil a, a burger joint, and a sandwich/taco place to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are like living in your own apartment accept you have a room mate. Your room mate can make or break you for a good dorm life. Make sure you fill out the form for finding a room mate that matches up with your personality and tastes.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but can be managed easily with the correct study habits. Keeping up with all assignments and readings will make good grades become commonplace. If any student does have problems in class, the teaching staff is always available to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Beware of the Berry bubble! The campus can start to feel like it's separated from the rest of the world. Make sure to get out a little. Call a friend and schedule a study date at one of the local coffee shops (Swift and Finch).

    In three sentences

    Berry is beautiful and a great place to expand your horizons and figure out who you want to be. The staff is accommodating and willing to help all students whether inside the class room or out. The surrounding area of Rome is very student friendly, offering a variety of activities and shopping options that allow students study areas and places to relax and have fun.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    they have their own security 24/7

    Greek Life

    No Greek life, but you won't want it

    Clubs and Activities

    CIRCLE K is where it's at!! KCAB has you covered.

    Great for these types of students

    students who want to exscape their small towns, yet want to go to school in a small town

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there's a kissing cabin in a random open field

    Bang for the buck

    it's expensive, but with the right scholarships, you'll pay little to nothing

    What to do for fun

    KCAB always has your plans for the weekend

    Food and Dining

    The food is good when you plan a visit, but when it's a spontaneous visit, it's okayish.

    Dorm Life

    Morton has the largest closets.

    Academic Rigor

    If you get into Berry, expect hard classes. Berry attracts certain people for a reason.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure it's the school for you

    In three sentences

    Berry is the most beautiful campus I have ever visited. Its campus has a community feel with so many friendly faces. Everyone apart of the staff is helpful and friendly, and want you to succeed.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Berry is great for outdoorsy people and animal lovers! Theres a ton of acres to explore through forest paths etc. and a ton of sheep and cows!

    Bang for the buck

    I think it is worth the money if I am able to get enough scholarships to ease the load. But if I would have to take a loan, I don't think its worth having debt. It's 35-40,000 so I would need 20-25,000 worth of scholarships or loans.... ouch.

    Food and Dining

    When I visited the food area was nice and clean. They even have a Starbucks there. But I didn't have any of the food so I can't really give a good review on that.

    Dorm Life

    They have washing machines that text you when its done... enough said! But the room I saw when I visited was small and had a bunk bed, but they said most of the rooms are bigger than it and you don't have to have bunk beds.

    Academic Rigor

    I love that Berry has small classes. I do not attend yet, so I can't say how hard the classes are. But Berry is a liberal arts school so you will take the normal classes like in high school as well as your major specific classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to go to Berry, you should probably love some aspect of the outdoors. If you aren't an outdoorsy person or animal lover, just go to a normal university and save your money. Because if you go to Berry, you will need a lot of money. So start applying for scholarships NOW. That's something you can do before you are accepted to a college. There are a ton of random little scholarships out there so try everything.

    In three sentences

    I love Berry because it is perfect for a pre-vet student; there are so many animals on campus! Also it is beautiful, historical, and has small classes. Unfortunately it is super expensive; I'll need a ton of scholarships or go to another college because I don't want to use a loan.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Those who are outdoorsy, interested in volunteering, or looking to be an animal science major should definitely take a look at Berry.

    Dorm Life

    I'll be staying in East Mary, which is an all girls dorm. It looks just like a castle from the outside, and the common room is lovely as well. The rooms are reasonably sized. There are two bathrooms per hall, so you do have to share with others on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are committed to teaching, and are passionate about their subjects and students.

    In three sentences

    The campus is absolutely gorgeous. The people are amazingly friendly. If you're looking of a small, engaged group of people, Berry is your school.

  • 09/08/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Berry is probably one of the most beautiful campuses I've ever visited.

  • 09/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    If this school didnt cost so much it would be my number 1 choice.

  • 09/19/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has a gate house entrance that begins checking for ID's & Car tags beginning at 7pm. I felt perfectly safe walking to & from dorms, dances, D-hall, the library ect.

    Greek Life

    There isn't any there currently but with the introduction of football it could be a possibility in the future.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are TONS of activities put on by KCAB. (Krannert Campus Activities Board) From a huge water slide at the beginning of the year to concerts, athletic events with pep rallies, to skate nights and bowling nights, cookouts and musical coffee houses- there was never a dull weekend at Berry.

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for students without cars. I didn't have money for a car or gas but it really wasn't necessary- plus I could always find a ride to Walmart, Church, ect off campus if I wanted to. A bike was the best fit for me- I could travel across campus in 15 min.s and I got the exercise!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mountain Day March was amazing to watch. Looking back I wish I had taken part but at the time I thought it was odd.

    Bang for the buck

    I couldn't afford to stay but I was at a pretty tough economic disadvantage paying for school by myself. Considering the activities & the campus environment I would say it was definitely worth it. I would recommend getting the cheapest meal plan you can though- the food wasn't really worth the price, unless there was a tour or it was thanksgiving- but I think that's common across the board.

    What to do for fun

    The first thing you are going to notice are the deer. You are going to take pictures of the deer, count the deer, chase the deer, get in trouble for chasing the deer- go home for a break- come back & be awed once again by the deer- It happens - However also try going for a run/walk on Viking Trail, workout at the Cage, study, or even organize a competition for the latest trend (cough Harlem Shake Video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW744KnaXV8 - I'm the one on the right half with the Monarch Butterfly Kite popping up & in & out of view)... Possibilities are endless when you've got a bunch of talented people in one bubble.

    Food and Dining

    It was average- great when there were tours or it was a holiday. Sunday is nugget night- DON'T miss nugget night!!

    Dorm Life

    They were running out of space when I left. The upperclassmen dorms were very nice. Dana however was overrun & kind of destroyed by freshmen boys the past few years (The Dana Funk) & Morton Lemely was kind of falling apart- but you'll come to love it. Plus, you don't spend that much time in your dorms anyway!

    Academic Rigor

    Tough. Study. Especially Music Theory and Biology classes- they are TOUGH.

    Tips for prospective students

    Scholarship search. Scholarship search. Scholarship search. I can't stress it enough. This school was very generous in financial aid but loans and grants and scholarship can still leave a pretty big bill you'll need to have paid off each semester to be able to register for classes and for your housing arrangements in the spring. Don't be me- I didn't weigh what other financial necessities there would be beyond tuition & found myself in love with a college I had to leave due to draining my financial resources by the end of freshman year.

    In three sentences

    It was definitely an interesting transition into The Berry Bubble, a name given to denote the small and closed off nature of the campus. I however can testify being a student who transferred to a larger university to the fact that though it may seem odd and strict at times the rules and size of the campus do have their benefits that you'll more than likely miss if you decide to leave. The people are interesting and the teachers a lot harder than other public colleges but being it's in Rome you'll have plenty of free time to study unless you're involved on campus because there is so much to do inside the bubble!

  • 09/20/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Berry has a beautiful campus. I loved my visit!

  • 10/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    A student must have a good idea of what they want to major in and be focused on accomplishing that goal.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    26,000 acres very historic numerous deer on campus beautiful campus

    What to do for fun

    Lots of Student Government activities Inaugural football team, hammocks, hiking, community involvement, rope course

    Food and Dining

    Unlimited meal plan. Food is good.

    Dorm Life

    I live in a WinShape dorm. There are many activities and many leadership opportunities.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very challenging. The professors are very helpful, committed, and dedicated to providing an excellent education.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is very important to do your best in high school and make good grades. Score high on the ACT/SAT Be involved in clubs, organizations, sports, etc. in high school. Visit the school Speak with Administration and Financial Aid Apply for Scholarships Talk with current Berry College students

    In three sentences

    On a scale from 1-10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I would rate Berry College at a 10. It is highly rated as an up and coming liberal arts school and will provide an excellent education. It offers many opportunities for educational, leadership, and social growth.

  • 11/21/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    It has a beautiful campus!! The cost is pretty hefty though :( But has a great vet program!

  • 12/10/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Berry is a gated community, and I can't even remember the last time I heard about an assault of any kind. One of the things the school prides itself on is being such a safe place, and really handles safety issues quickly.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The types of clubs and activities at Berry are pretty limited, compared to other schools. It's easy to get into a group though, because people are really nice here.

    Great for these types of students

    Berry is great for the more studious, quiet person who is not looking to go to many parties. They seem to enjoy Berry the most, out of all the students I know who have attended. In my experience, the loud, outgoing, party-type person who loves to drink alcohol has left by the end of the year, sometimes even the first semester.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Berry has this tradition called Mountain Day that has been around since the school was created. It is the founder Martha Berry's birthday and all the students who want to participate wear white, pink and blue, march up and down a hill about 6 or 7 times, and put pennies in a basket. Soooooo.... yeah.

    Bang for the buck

    Berry is SUPER expensive. They give out many scholarships, but in relation to the overall price of the school, sometimes it's just not worth it. You will definitely come out of Berry with substantial knowledge and understanding of your particular field, but just make sure you are thinking of your future loan debts.

    What to do for fun

    At Berry College, you have to get creative to find fun things to do. There is a student activities board that tries to plan fun activities, and hosts about one per weekend that include things like hosting a concert featuring an artist no one has ever heard of, trivia nights, coffeeshop nights where they serve coffee and feature students and their various musical talents, roller skating, and bowling. However, since most people leave on the weekend, many of these events had pretty low attendance in relation to the size of the student body. I felt like I was back at high school, with school sponsored events being the only thing going on on campus. So, like I said, get creative, and find a really great group of friends.

    Food and Dining

    This is not the place to be if you want variety. Berry College has one main dining hall, 3 fast food counters, and two coffee shops, one located in the student center and one in the library. The dining hall is usually fairly good, serving things such as comfort food, pizza, burgers, salad, and a rotating menu of international choices. However, after about the first month the students are desperate for a change. Since Berry is a gated community, you have to have a car to access the slim options in the surrounding Rome area.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at Berry is not the most exciting thing ever. It is a mostly laid back student body, but the Residence Life rules on campus can be strict. There is a curfew on how late members of the opposite sex can be in your room (1am on weekdays, and 2am on weekends) and you are not allowed to have alcohol or drugs anywhere on campus. These rules are regularly and strictly enforced by the RAs. The Residence Life program really tries to put on fun things to do, though, like themed parties, and lots of hall programs. If you are looking for the typical college atmosphere, with lots of drunken parties and craziness, look elsewhere.

    Academic Rigor

    Many incoming students complain about how hard Berry is, but I believe it is only because the students in question aren't used to being challenged as much as they are. Yes, the academics at Berry require some work, but if you are willing to put time and effort into your studying, you will be fine, especially if the subject is something you are passionate about. One great thing about Berry is that the professors are very accessible and the class sizes are very small, which makes it easier to get one-on-one help.

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest tip I have for you is to spend more than just one day on campus before deciding if Berry College is right for you. There are many things about Berry that they don't show prospective students during the visit day, and while some of these things are good, some unfortunately are things that may make a student reconsider. Register to stay with a current Berry student that shares your same major so they can show you around, and show you what an average day is like for them so you will know if it is a place you would enjoy. This is something that I really wish I had done when visiting Berry College.

    In three sentences

    Berry College is a small, but very closely knit community of highly unique individuals. The opportunities present at Berry are there for those who search for them, but you will have to work hard. It takes a certain type of person to enjoy the small town feel of the surrounding area, as well as the laid back atmosphere of the campus.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are friendly and are always willing to help. If you need anything, from helping change a flat tire to wanting to be escorted back to your dorm, they're willing to help.

    Greek Life

    Berry doesn't have greek life and doesn't look to change.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're outdoorsy, you'll never be bored around here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Berry College is rather old and has many traditions. The most memorable being Mountain Day Weekend. Between marthapalooza, Mountain Day Olympics, and Mountain Day itself, it's a fun weekend.

    What to do for fun

    KCAB does a decent job bringing activities to campus. On a campus of 27,000 acres there's plenty to see and do.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent at first, but after so amny meals at dhall you'll want to adventure out a bit. I'd say that's the case anywhere you go.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorming isn't the best on campus, but it's not bad either. Just know that by the time your a sophomore, junior, or senior the housing options are better.

    Academic Rigor

    You get out of the classes what you put in. The professors I've had are all amazing.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a college where large scale parties are the thing to look forward to on a Friday night, this isn't your school.

    In three sentences

    Berry College is for the open minded. Even though it's not a classic college party scene on the weekends, there is still fun to be had. Everyone I know is proud to call it home.

  • 05/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our campus police officers are extremely friendly, and they work very hard to keep everyone safe and happy. One time my bike was stolen, and one of the police officers went on a scavenger hunt for it, found it, and brought it back to me the next day.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Name a club and Berry probably has it. Every year we have a club fair at the beginning of the semester where students can go to booths and visit and sign up for any club that Berry offers. There is such a variety to choose from. We also have several intramural sports that students can participate in if they don't wish to do so at the varsity level. Every weekend our activities committee has fun events planned for the students on campus and sometimes off campus.

    Great for these types of students

    If you want to get some work experience in while attending college, Berry is the place for you. The school offers a job for every single student that enrolls if they desire to have one. If you want, you can have more than one job on campus. You also get to chose if you want the money to go straight to your tuition, your bank account, or into your hands.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year we have Mountain Day where all of the Berry students, alumni, and parents gather together on Mountain campus and have a huge celebration to honor the founder of the institution, Martha Berry. We end the night with a carnival called, Martha Paloosa. We have fair rides, foods, and games on campus for everyone and their families to enjoy.

    What to do for fun

    There are always sports events to attend, and they are always fun, as Berry allows the students to have opportunities to win prizes for attending the sporting events. There is always a special event that is going on every weekend on campus like: dances, huge slip and slides, concerts, and game shows. Berry also likes to host fun events off of campus like free skate nights and bowling nights.

    Food and Dining

    In my opinion, the food in the dining hall is below average. The food doesn't taste bad, but I think that it would be more satisfying if we had more of a variety of foods to choose from, and if they would change what they served throughout the year from time to time.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice. They are always kept up very well for the most part, and residence life always works hard to plan activities for the students within the different dorms. I would recommend that more housing could be built for the students in the future, but for the moment, things are manageable.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are pretty rigorous, but they prepare you well in your field of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should be willing to come in ready with the mindset to work extremely hard. A lot of the courses at Berry very rigorous and challenge us a lot, but they provide us with a lot of beneficial information, allowing us to be well prepared in our field of study for when we graduate. If you are having trouble in a class, never hesitate to ask a professor for help. All the professors are more than willing to take the time during their office hours to further explain any concept that may be confusing.

    In three sentences

    Berry provides it's students with the best working experiences. This allows for the students attending, to be well prepared for working out in the real word outside of college. This school is also really big on community service and giving back to others.