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First-Year Application Process

Where do I start?

  1. Submit an application via the Common Application or the Berry Application.
  2. Submit the following:
    • Official transcripts of the high school years and/or any dual-enrollment transcripts.
    • Official SAT and/or ACT scores.
      • Berry SAT Code: 5059
      • Berry ACT Code: 0798
    • Two Personal Recommendation Forms.
  3. Check on MyBerry to see the status of your application.

My application is submitted! What’s next?

Waiting is one of life’s less pleasant occupations. Please know that while you’re sitting mournfully by the mailbox, we’re reviewing your application, reading your essay, taking our time to get to know you and imagining you as a member of this community.

We take this work seriously and do it carefully. Which takes time.

While you wait, keep busy, keep working hard, do good in your community (these are the things that Berry students do every day).

If you just can’t keep Berry off your mind (it’s a challenge, we realize), you are welcome to come see us.

We also welcome you to get to know your admission counselor by calling the office or sending an email. We’re especially interested to hear if you have received an honor, award or recognition since submitting your application.

You might also spend some time on MyBerry. It’s an easy way to check on the status of your application, check on your requirements and learn more about Berry.

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

This depends on what application timeline you selected. Descriptions for each of these timelines are listed below.

Admission Option Type Application Deadline Notification Date*
Early Decision Binding Nov. 1 Begins Dec. 1
Early Action Non-binding Nov. 1 Begins Dec. 15
Regular Decision Non-binding Jan. 15 Begins Dec. 15

What kind of curriculum are you looking for?

We recommend the following high school courses as the best preparation for students pursuing enrollment at Berry:

  • 4 years of English (grammar, composition, literature, etc.)
  • 4 years of Mathematics (to include Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry or Trigonometry, and a fourth level of math that exceeds Algebra II, such as Algebra III, Advanced Algebra/Trig, PreCalculus, Calculus or Statistics)
  • 3 years of Social Sciences (such as history courses, economics, government, civics, geography, psychology and sociology)
  • 3 years of Natural Sciences (such as biology, chemistry, physical science, physics, environmental science, anatomy, etc.)
  • 2 years of Foreign Languages (we recommend two years of the same language, and we will accept languages such as Spanish, French, German, Latin, American Sign Language, etc.)

Do many homeschool students attend Berry?

We have a wide range of educational backgrounds in our student community. Our students come from public schools, private schools, international schools and other colleges or universities. We currently have more than 100 Berry students who homeschooled during high school. In fact, homeschool often represents the largest “feeder school” in our new, incoming class.

Who should I contact for more information?

Charlotte Ellard, Coordinator for Homeschool Admission at

Need more information? Please see frequently asked questions.

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