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General Requirements

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 personal interview.

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.

Berry College reserves the right to change admission requirements.

Undergraduate Application Procedures

The prospective student should accomplish these tasks in a timely fashion:

  1. Complete and return application.  Applications for admission should be filed no later than 30 days before the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 non-English-speaking country).
  4. Notify the admissions office immediately of any change in status or address.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 sought.

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.

Test Requirements

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).

Further 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 the ACT.


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.

The prospective student is a high-school graduate with at least 20 units of high-school work. Adequate academic preparation for college should include these minimum requirements:

English .................................................................. 4 units

Mathematics(Algebra I and II and either Geometry or Trigonometry and the fourth unit higher than Algebra II) ............4 units

Social studies .........................................................3 units

Natural sciences .................................................... 3 units

Foreign 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

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

  1. is in the upper 10 percent of the high-school class or has a B+ average in college-preparatory classes;
  2. is recommended by the senior counselor, high-school principal and a high-school teacher;
  3. submits SAT (or PSAT) critical reading and math scores totaling 1100 (or 110) or better, or an ACT composite score of at least 23;
  4. agrees to abide by the regular policies of the college;
  5. 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 reinstated


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.

Credit 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 Berry must

  1. have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all course work attempted at the other institution;
  2. 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.

Transfer Students

To qualify for admission to Berry, a transfer student must

  1. be eligible to return to the college or university last attended;
  2. have earned a grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale at the last college or university attended;
  3. have an overall cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;
  4. 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.

Transfer Credit

These policies apply to students transferring work from another institution to Berry:

  1. 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 grading system.
  2. Berry does not accept D grades in transfer.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 one-quarter-hour course.
  5. A maximum of 62 semester hours of credit is transferable from accredited colleges and universities and
  6. Developmental, orientation, student-assembly and cultural-events credits are not transferable
  7. Generally, credit is not given for course work unrelated to Berry’s offerings (e.g., auto mechanics and other terminal vocational, technical and occupational courses).
  8. 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.
  9. Only official transcripts sent directly from the colleges attended will be evaluated.


An applicant who has been attending another institution and desires to enroll for a course(s) at Berry must

  1. have a collegiate grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale at the last institution attended,
  2. be in good standing at the last institution attended, and
  3. obtain permission from the last institution attended to take a course(s) at Berry.

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.

International Applicants

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 Services.

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.

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