Berry College’s tagline is “Experience it Firsthand.” As a comprehensive liberal arts college with Christian values, the college prides itself in advancing students intellectually, morally, as well as spiritually. It offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, and Education Specialist degrees and is ranked among the “Top Liberal Arts colleges” by U.S. News and World Report. High academic standards, Christian principles, real-world experience, and giving back to the community set the school apart from other institutions.
Founded in 1902 as a rural school for boys, Berry College arose out of the goodwill of Martha McChesney Berry. Martha Berry took it upon herself to educate the poor, mountain children of the region and raise their potential to have a more prosperous life. She began teaching Bible stories and emphasized the empowering aspect of disciplined employment. In the early days, Martha even put the children to work at the school for two days each week and established “Not to be ministered unto, but to minister,” as Berry College’s motto. The early academic curriculum promoted an education of “the head, the heart and the hands” and continues to do so in the 21st Century.
This historic institution is located in Rome, Georgia and spans more than 26,000 acres making it the world’s largest college campus. Visitors to the campus can enjoy an abundance of open fields and forests as well as Lavender Mountain. Activities open to the public include hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and deer hunting. Other interesting sites in the surrounding area include several museums, historic areas, and the Appalachian Mountains.
The liberal arts education at Berry College combines engaged thinking, community service, and actual involvement in the workforce. The summer reading program for first-year students provides an opportunity for students to socialize with both their peers and the faculty in addition to developing skills in public discussion and debate. Every August, freshmen are encouraged to volunteer in the surrounding area by participating in local water resource restoration and public facilities maintenance projects. The Berry Work Experience Program offers on-campus jobs to students.
Programs of study in the Campbell School of Business include accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketing. Bachelor’s programs of study in early childhood education, psychology, health and physical education, exercise science, and middle grades education are made available through the Charter School of Education and Human Sciences. Students who desire a more liberal education can enroll in art, communication, English, French, German, government, history, international studies, music, philosophy, or religion at the Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. For those who are more inclined to empirical studies, the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences offers degrees in animal science, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, mathematics, and physics.
Admissions, course registration, and transcripts are all available through VikingWeb- the online portal of Berry College. With an increasingly high-tech online presence with such advancements as a mobile/iPhone version of their website, distance learning options are also expected in the future.