For Homeschoolers Only:
An Insider’s Guide to the Private College Admission Process
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
10:00am - 4:00pm
Registration will be available here soon!
Please read our event FAQs:
Q. Who should attend the
homeschool workshop at Berry College?
A. Homeschool students and parents who are
interested in selective liberal arts colleges will benefit greatly from this
Q. What will we learn about
during the homeschool workshop?
A. During the workshop, we will offer
information sessions on the college search process and the application process.
We will also address common myths about the cost of private college education
and provide insights on scholarship and aid opportunities with private colleges
in general. There will also be a panel discussion on college life lead by
current Berry students, plus an interactive session designed to give parents
and students insight on how admission decisions are made. We also plan to offer
students the opportunity to attend a mock class taught by a Berry professor.
During this time, parents will participate in a panel discussion about the
transition to being the parent of a college student. The workshop will also
include a complimentary lunch for all guests, plus the option of a guided
walking tour of Berry’s Main Campus (for those interested). Click here to view a tentative complete schedule of the day's activities.
Q. I attended last year’s
homeschool workshop. Will this be different?
A. While much of the content will be similar due
to the nature of the event, we are incorporating fresh topics and information
to the sessions, plus the mock class experience (for students) is new to this
year’s workshop. We always welcome repeat guests!
Q. What are the hours of
A. The workshop will start at 10:00am and
conclude by 3:00pm. Those who stay for the optional campus tour will be done by
Q. How much does it cost to
attend this event?
A. There is no cost for attending our homeschool
workshop! We just ask you to register in advance so we know how many guests to
expect for the sessions, lunch and the tour.
Q. Is this workshop only
intended for students and parents interested in Berry College?
A. While you will certainly have the opportunity
to learn a great deal about Berry College simply by being on our campus, this
workshop is intended for students interested in applying to any selective
liberal arts colleges, and their parents. While our expertise is Berry College,
the advice given is applicable across colleges.
Q. I am specifically
interested in Berry College. Is this event going to answer all of my questions
A. You will learn a great deal about Berry’s
admission and enrollment process, plus you’ll hear from members of the Berry
community and have the option of touring our Main Campus. However students
interested in applying specifically to Berry are encouraged to schedule an individual campus visit for another time to learn more about specific academic
programs and campus offerings. The homeschool workshop is not intended to
replace a personalized campus visit experience. In addition to week day campus
visit options, we also offer open house events for high school juniors and
seniors, called Discover Berry, each fall and spring semester. Most students
who apply to Berry will visit with us more than once. We encourage you to
participate in an open house and/or schedule an individual campus visit for
another time, in addition to participating in our homeschool workshop. We will
be happy to provide interested students and parents with more information on
our campus visit options during the workshop.
Q. Will we get to take a
tour of Berry’s campus?
A. Yes, we will offer the option of a Main
Campus tour to all workshop participants, which will allow you to see primary
academic and campus life buildings and areas. The tour will take place after
the last workshop session. If you stay for a tour you should plan to be done by
4:00pm. Please note, we will have some limitations on what we’re able to show
during the tour due to summer camps using our facilities and various projects taking
place on the campus.
Q. What will we see on the
A. The campus tour will focus on Berry’s Main
Campus and will highlight the student center, dining facilities, the athletic
center, a residence hall, a classroom and lab room, the library and an overview
of the primary academic buildings. Please note, we will have some limitations
on what we’re able to show during the tour due to summer camps using our
facilities and various projects taking place on the campus.
Q. What if we wish to see
other areas of the campus that are not part of the tour?
A. All workshop participants will receive a
campus map and will be able to explore other areas of interest at their own
pace. Berry’s campus is the largest land campus in the world, so for the sake
of time the campus tour will focus primarily on the areas that any Berry
student might use on a regular basis. We will not be showing areas of
specialized interest such as the Mountain Campus, the equestrian center, the
fine arts facilities, the WinShape Centre or historic landmarks, but you may
certainly explore these areas on your own or plan to visit us again at another
Q. I’m a parent and my
children are not high school age yet. Should I consider attending?
A. We welcome all interested parents to attend
the homeschool workshop. We will share information that may help the parents of
middle school students plan ahead for the college admission and enrollment
process. However, the sessions will be best suited for those who are applying
to colleges in the next few years. The panel for students is intended for
rising high school students, so younger students may not find the information
to be relevant just yet. We recommend this panel for students who are age 12 or
Q. I’m planning out high
school curriculum. Will this workshop help me?
A. We will address the kind of high school
courses selective liberal arts colleges like to see from freshman applicants as
a preparation for college. This workshop, however, is not intended to offer
recommendations for specific curriculum providers. We will not be selling or
promoting a particular curriculum provider during this event.
Q. I have specific
questions about Berry’s homeschool admission process. Will this workshop
address my questions?
A. Yes, you will learn how Berry handles
freshman applications from homeschool students. To help you prepare, please click here for basicinformation on our admission process for homeschooled students.
Q. I’m a high school
student. Do I have to bring a parent to participate in the homeschool workshop?
A. High school students are welcome to
participate in this event on their own. However, please note that there will be
a parent panel that is intended for parents only (and children who are 11 or
younger). Students (who are 12 or older) are invited to attend a separate
student session. We will be happy to provide you with information to take home
to your parents, and you’re also welcome to schedule a visit with the Berry
College Office of Admissions for another time when your parent(s) can join you.
Q. I’m a parent. Do I have
to bring a student to participate in the homeschool workshop?
A. Parents are welcome to attend without a
student. However, please note there will be a session intended for students
only (age 12 or older). Parents are invited to attend a parent panel designed
specifically for them (and children 11 or younger should plan to stay with
their parents for this session). We will be happy to provide you with
information to take home to your student(s), and you’re also welcome to
schedule a visit with the Berry College Office of Admissions for another time
when your student(s) can join you.
Q. What if I have a
question that hasn't been answered here?
A. For questions about program content, please
contact Wendy Dahlgren, Associate Director of Admissions and homeschool representative,
at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800)
237-7942. For questions about event registration, please contact Kinsey Stout,
Assistant Director of Operations, at email@example.com or