For Homeschoolers Only:


An Insider’s Guide to the Private College Admission Process

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
8:30am - 4:00pm

Registration for this event has closed. Please call 800.237.7942 to inquire about other visit opportunities. 

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 workshop.

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 including transcript preparation. We will address common myths about the cost of private college education and provide insights on scholarship and aid opportunities with private colleges in general. We will offer a panel discussion on college student life and an interactive session designed to give parents and students insight on how admission decisions are made. The workshop will also include a complimentary lunch for all guests, plus the option of a guided walking tour of Berry’s Main Campus. View a tentative schedule here.

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. We always welcome repeat guests!

Q. What are the hours of the workshop?   
A. The workshop will start with the first session at 9:00am (check-in will open at 8:30am) and conclude by 4:00pm.  

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 about Berry?   
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. 

Q. What will we see on the campus tour?   
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 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 time.

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. We recommend this event for students who are age 12 or older.

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 basic information 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. We will be happy to provide you with information to take home to your parent(s), and you’re also welcome to schedule a visit with the Berry College Office of Admission 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. 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 the program or registration, please contact Mrs. Charlotte Ellard, Coordinator of Homeschool Admission, at cellard@berry.edu or (404) 395-3116.