How to apply


first-year APPLICATION PROCESS

Where do I start?

  1. Submit an application via the Common Application or the Berry Application.
  2. Submit the following:
    • High School Transcript(s)
    • Official scores (SAT and/or ACT)
      • Berry SAT Code: 5059
      • Berry ACT Code: 0798
    • Counselor Recommendation Form
    • Personal Essay (instructions are included on the application)
    • (Optional) “Why Berry” Essay (instructions are included on the application)
  3. Check on VikingWeb to see the status of your application.

My application is submitted! What’s next?

The first step towards becoming a Berry Viking is done! Check out what else you can do!

Experience Berry "firsthand" with a tour and information session!

Give us a call or send us an email. Find your counselor here!

Check VikingWeb for your application status.

How much does the application cost?

Both the Common Application and the Berry Application are free, and both are treated equally in the application process.

I’m done applying! When should I hear back?

You will receive a decision depending on which application plan you selected. Descriptions for each of these timelines are listed below.

Admission Option Type Application Deadline Notification*
Early Decision Binding November 1 Begins December 1
Early Action Non-binding November 1 Begins December 15
Regular Decision Non-binding January 15 Begins February 15

*Due to recent changes in the federal financial aid application process and the early availability of aid eligibility information, we hope to better serve our prospective students and families by releasing admission decisions and financial aid offers as early as November 1.

What are my options?

Berry College offers three options for undergraduate students to apply for admission - Early Decision (ED), Early Action (EA) and Regular Decision (RD).

Early Decision (ED) is intended for candidates for whom Berry is their first choice and are prepared to make a binding commitment to attend Berry if offered admission. Please note you may only apply Early Decision to one college or university, and a signed Early Decision Agreement is required for consideration of your application to Berry under the ED plan. Early Decision also requires submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE by the November 1 deadline. For more information about the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, please see our FAQ page. The submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is preferential to the submission of the CSS Profile. 

Early Action (EA) represents a non-binding option where applicants will be notified of their admission decision beginning in mid-December. Early Action is most appropriate for candidates applying in the fall. Early Action students should submit the FAFSA or CSS Profile by November 1 to receive early notification of scholarships and aid.

Regular Decision (RD) represents a non-binding option where applicants will be notified of their admission decision beginning in mid-February. Regular Decision is most appropriate for candidates applying in the spring. Regular Decision students should submit the FAFSA by January 15 to receive full consideration for scholarships and aid.

for more information, please see "applying as a first-year student" Frequently Asked questions.