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."


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