Berry College seeks to admit those students who could be academically
successful at the institution while meeting their personal educational goals.
Each applicant’s record should reflect promise of growth, seriousness of purpose
and a sense of responsibility.
The college reserves the right to admit
only those applicants whose general records indicate potential for success in a
college environment. The college also reserves the right to examine further any
applicant by the use of psychological, achievement or aptitude tests and
Berry College admits students of any race, creed,
color, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, or qualified handicap to all the
rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available
to its students. Berry does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color,
sex, age, national or ethnic origin, or handicap in administration of its
educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs,
athletic and other college administered programs. Under the provisions of the
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, Berry College
permits the student access to educational information maintained on her or him
by the institution.
Admission to the college does not guarantee entry
into or successful completion of any particular course of study.
College reserves the right to change admission requirements.
Undergraduate Application Procedures
The prospective student should
accomplish these tasks in a timely fashion:
- Complete and return application. Applications for admission should be filed
no later than 30 days before the beginning of the semester for which admission
- Ask the high-school counselor to send a transcript to the college’s office
of admissions. A student transferring from another college must submit official
transcripts from each college or university previously attended.
- Include Berry among the colleges to receive the SAT I or ACT scores (or
TOEFL scores if the applicant is a graduate of a high school in a
- Notify the admissions office immediately of any change in status or address.
- If granted admission, the applicant will be given instructions about payment
of the enrollment deposit, the room-reservation deposit (if applicable),
completion of a self reported health history and required immunizations.
- All transcripts and scores must be in the admissions office at least 10 days
prior to the beginning of the semester for which admission is
Candidates for Readmission
Former Berry College students must submit an
application for readmission by the stated deadline. In addition to the
application for readmission, the student who has been enrolled elsewhere since
attending Berry College must submit an official transcript from the other
college or university.
The student must submit satisfactory scores on the
Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT I) of the College Entrance Examination Board
(CEEB) or the American College Testing Program (ACT). Students who choose to
take the ACT are encouraged to submit scores from the optional essay portion of
the exam. In addition, other minimum scores on standardized tests may be
necessary. An international student from a non-English-speaking country should
take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
information about the SAT I or TOEFL is available from the student’s high-school
principal or counselor or from the College Entrance Examination Board, P. O. Box
592, Princeton, New Jersey 08540. Information on the ACT is available from the
American College Testing Program, P. O. Box 414, Iowa City, Iowa
52240.Supplying information, administering and grading the tests and
reporting the scores to the college are functions and services of the CEEB or
Admission to the freshman class is based upon probable success
determined from high-school grades and college-entrance test scores combined to
derive a predicted grade-point average for the first year.
prospective student is a high-school graduate with at least 20 units of
high-school work. Adequate academic preparation for college should include these
Mathematics(Algebra I and II and either Geometry or
Trigonometry and the fourth unit higher than Algebra II) ............4
sciences .................................................... 3 units
language................................................... 2 units
High School Equivalency Certificate
An applicant who presents a valid
High School Equivalency Certificate and General Education Development test
scores in lieu of a high-school diploma may be considered for admission. Such
applicants must also before submit the results of either the American College
Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT I).
Early admission is granted only to those academically
talented students whose high-school averages through grade 11 and SAT I or ACT
scores are notably above average. The maturity of the applicant also will be
considered. The student must have a recommendation for early admission from a
teacher, a high-school counselor and the principal.
Summer Honors and Joint-Enrollment Programs
A rising high-school senior
may study during the regular academic year or the summer session at Berry
College and receive credit for successfully completed work if he or she
- is in the upper 10 percent of the high-school class or has a B+ average in
- is recommended by the senior counselor, high-school principal and a
- submits SAT (or PSAT) critical reading and math scores totaling 1100 (or
110) or better, or an ACT composite score of at least 23;
- agrees to abide by the regular policies of the college;
- takes no more than six semester hours per term.
A student who desires to enroll for a course without receiving
academic credit may enroll as an auditor. The student must have the approval of
the instructor prior to registering.
Auditors will not be permitted to
change to credit status after the add/drop period begins. A student under
suspension may not enroll in any course as an auditor without having been
An applicant who desire to take courses for credit, but who do
not intend to pursue a degree, may be admitted as a nondegree seeking student.
Without the special permission of the provost, no one will be permitted to
enroll as a nondegree student after earning 24 semester hours.
earned as a nondegree student will be evaluated for degree applicability when
the student meets the regular admission criteria and after he or she applies for
admission as a degree seeking student.
Nondegree students must meet
course prerequisites or obtain the consent of the instructor to enroll in a
course. Successful completion of course work as a nondegree student does
not ensure admission to degree-seeking status.
Former students who have enrolled elsewhere since attending
- have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all course
work attempted at the other institution;
- be in good standing, academically and socially, at the other institution.
Applications for readmission from students who withdrew or who were withdrawn
from Berry while on disciplinary or academic probation or suspension must be
approved by a majority vote of the admissions subcommittee, composed of the vice
president for student affairs, the provost or associate provost, the registrar
and, if the leave was due to psychological reasons, the director of the
Counseling Center. Students who have been suspended for academic or disciplinary
reasons and are applying for readmission may be readmitted only after the
suspension period has been served.
To qualify for admission to Berry, a transfer student
- be eligible to return to the college or university last attended;
- have earned a grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale at the last college
or university attended;
- have an overall cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;
- submit a transfer recommendation form signed by the dean of students at the
last college or university attended.
Transfer applicants must arrange
to have sent to the dean of admissions of Berry College an official transcript
directly from each college or university previously attended. A transfer student
is considered for admission after all required papers are received by the
college admissions office. Prior college work, about which Berry College is
uninformed at the time of the student’s application for admission, will not be
later accepted for transfer credit. Failure to report such work also may be
grounds for dismissal.
These policies apply to students transferring work from
another institution to Berry:
- In the computation of a student’s grade-point average (GPA) at another
school, all course work except developmental or other remedial-type courses
enters into the computation. Pluses and minuses are calculated using the Berry
- Berry does not accept D grades in transfer.
- Once a student is enrolled at Berry, her or his Berry cumulative GPA
reflects Berry work only, except for determining Phi Kappa Phi membership, class
rank and graduation with honors when the combined GPA is used.
- For students transferring to Berry, 3.33 semester hours will be granted for
a five-quarter-hour course; 2.66 semester hours, for a four-quarter-hour course;
2.00 semester hours, for a three-quarter-hour course; 1.33 semester hours, for a
two-quarter-hour course; and 0.67 semester hours will be granted for a
- A maximum of 62 semester hours of credit is transferable from accredited
colleges and universities and
- Developmental, orientation, student-assembly and cultural-events credits are
- Generally, credit is not given for course work unrelated to Berry’s
offerings (e.g., auto mechanics and other terminal vocational, technical and
- Transfer credit will not be granted by Berry College for course work from
nonaccredited institutions or for prior experiential learning. Students who wish
to demonstrate proficiency in an area covered by specific Berry courses may do
so by applying for Credit by Examination (CBE). See the section on Credit by
Examination for further details.
- Only official transcripts sent directly from the colleges attended will be
An applicant who has been attending another institution and
desires to enroll for a course(s) at Berry must
- have a collegiate grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale at the last
- be in good standing at the last institution attended, and
- obtain permission from the last institution attended to take a course(s) at
Admission as a transient student is granted for only one
semester. Successful completion of course work as a transient student does not
ensure admission as a degree-seeking student.
In addition to the requirements for a specific
admissions category, an applicant from a non-English-speaking country must
submit satisfactory TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores, and
international transcripts that have been evaluated by World Educational
Admission to Graduate Study
For information on admission to graduate
study for the Master of Business Administration degree, Master of Education
degree or Education Specialist degree, see the Graduate Catalog.
Veterans Administration — Information for Veterans
Berry College has
been approved by the Georgia Department of Veterans
Affairs for study and
veteran’s assistance. The veteran seeking admission to the college should
promptly notify the associate registrar so that applications for educational
benefits may be filed. All applications for benefits are subject to the approval
of the Department of Veterans Affairs.