Berry College’s Enrollment Continues To Increase

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Berry College welcomed its largest freshman class ever this year, leading to an official total enrollment of 2,223. 

Berry’s continued growth has been the result of increased retention of existing students as well as large incoming classes, college officials said. With the board of trustees’ enrollment goal of approximately 2,100, future enrollment numbers are expected to stabilize.

The official enrollment is 2,141 undergraduate and non-degree students and 82 graduate students.  The undergraduate population is made up of 789 freshmen, 484 sophomores, 392 juniors, 457 seniors and 19 non-degree students.

Looking ahead to next year, Vice President of Enrollment Management Gary Waters said that the college expects to maintain enrollment at approximately 2,100 students which will require recruiting slightly fewer freshmen. 

“This is a good enrollment number for Berry as we value our low student-to-teacher ratio and intimate setting.  Being at a smaller liberal arts school like Berry allows our students to experience everything firsthand,” Mr. Waters said.

This year’s new students hail from 26 different states and 14 countries. Women make up 55 percent of the incoming class, while 45 percent are men. 22% of the new students were in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. The majority of the freshmen were involved in community service in high school; proving that this class shares Martha Berry's  belief of using the "Head, the Heart and the Hands."

"Students come to Berry by many paths and for different reasons, but you were admitted to Berry because you are talented, hard-working, lively and exceptionally mature," Berry President Steve Briggs told the freshmen and their parents. "My first expectation, therefore, is that you make the most of college - that you make the most of Berry!  This place is incredibly rich in opportunity… You must now Be Berry."


Student Honors And Award Recipients At Bryan College

Bryan College dedicated the April 27 Chapel service to recognizing the outstanding achievements of students, faculty, and staff. Numerous honors and awards were announced for the 2015-2016 academic year.  SENIOR AWARDS Daniel Cadiz, Outstanding Senior in Business Award Christiane Kent, F.R. Rogers Senior Award in Bible – This award is made to a senior who has had ... (click for more)

Hiwassee College Says New Program Provides Safety Net For Students, Helping Graduates Repay Student Loans

Hiwassee College officials said they are so confident in the preparedness of their graduates to enter the workforce that they are further supporting student success after graduation. Beginning in the Fall of 2016, Hiwassee College will provide their new loan repayment assistance program, the Hiwassee College Advantage, to all incoming freshmen students. "Hiwassee College is ... (click for more)

County Commission Told To Fully Fund County Schools Improvement Request Would Take 28 1/2-Cent Property Tax Increase; 78 School Personnel Would Be Added

County Mayor Jim Coppinger told members of the County Commission at a budget workshop on Tuesday that it would take a 28 1/2-cent property tax increase to fully fund the county school budget request. The county schools are asking for $24,218,919 in new money for a focus on workforce readiness, literacy and low-performing schools. County Mayor Coppinger did not say whether ... (click for more)

Judge Poole Rules In Favor Of State On Billy Hawk Murder Cold Case Motions

Criminal Court Judge Don Poole has ruled that the state can introduce at the murder trial of Billy Hawk testimony about his alleged drug involvement with the victim in the case, Johnny Mack Salyer. Hawk is charged in the 1981 murder of Salyer, whose body was found in a 55-gallon drum in the Tennessee River. The witnesses indicated that Salyer was cooperating in the drug case ... (click for more)

Marvelous News From Central High School

To Roy Exum:     With all the recent news of major dysfunctions within our educational system, I thought I might alert you to something better. About a year ago you ventured up Highway 58 to Central High School to represent your late grandfather, Roy McDonald, as he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus during the annual Senior Day festivities. I sort of expected ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Yes, A Social Experiment

JoeySalads, his screen name, is widely known for his funny pranks except for the fact he calls them “social experiments.” So while we are still on the transgender-restroom issue, our boy JoeySalads got a transgender friend to approve his attire before he tried his luck at entering women’s restrooms. I don’t think you’ll be real surprised at what really happened in this video. Click ... (click for more)