Berry College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 490159
Mount Berry, GA 30149-0159
Tel: (706)232-5374
Free: 800-237-7942
Admissions: (706)236-2215
Fax: (706)236-2248
E-mail: admiss[email protected]
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Independent interdenominational, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1902. Setting: 28,000-acre suburban campus with easy access to Atlanta. Endowment: $581.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $439,963. Educational spending 2003-04: $8154 per student. Total enrollment: 2,008. Faculty: 167 (133 full-time, 34 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,864 applied, 76% were admitted. 37% from top 10% of their high school class, 69% from top quarter, 96% from top half. 7 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,827 students, 65% women, 35% men. Part-time: 51 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 18 other countries, 18% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 0.02% 25 or older, 72% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 76% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/22. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $22,690 includes full-time tuition ($16,240) and college room and board ($6450). College room only: $3650. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $540 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 75 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Baptist Student Union, equestrian sports, Campus Outreach, Viking crew team. Major annual events: Mountain Day, fall outdoor movie, Welcome Back Dance. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access, lighted pathways. 1,414 college housing spaces available; 1,334 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Memorial Library plus 1 other with 321,335 books, 722,840 microform titles, 1,792 serials, 4,249 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.6 million. 134 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located on Highway 27 between Chattanooga and Atlanta, Mount Berry is in the mountains of North Georgia in Floyd County, adjoining Rome. Recreation, cultural facilities and transportation are found in Rome.

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