How to Apply

Ready to choose a different path so that you get different (and better!) results? Start your application to Berry College today. Here you can have your education and keep it, too. We will make sure that your studies, experiences, and personal growth will be thoughtfully related and deepened through reflection giving them context and making them last. 


Where do I start?

  1. Bring your full self to this community by submitting an application via the Common Application  or the  Berry Application Both the Common Application and the Berry Application are free, and both are treated equally in the application process.
    Both applications will ask you for an essay. Our tip -> approach your essay like we hope you will approach life at Berry -> with conviction, confidently advancing your ideas, and showing us who you are. We can’t wait to get to know you!
  2. In addition to your application and essay, we also ask that you submit the following:
    • High School Transcript(s).
    • Standardized Test Scores (SAT and/or ACT).
      • Berry SAT Code: 5059
      • Berry ACT Code: 0798
      • We will accept a PDF of your score report 
  3. Want to share more with us? We welcome the following optional items:
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

*Highly qualified students who complete the application file by October 15 may receive decisions as early as November 1.

Early Decision (ED)
is for you if you are completely committed to Berry and promise to attend Berry if offered admission. 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. Early Decision also requires submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the November 1 deadline. If you’re only 90% sure you want to be here (not 100%), then we recommend you apply Early Action. 

Early Action (EA) is the decision timeline most of our students choose and will ensure that you are considered for the full range of Berry’s scholarships. If you are excited about Berry and want to be notified of your admission decision beginning in mid-December, apply by November 1 under Early Action. We highly highly highly (did we say highly? J) recommend that you submit the FAFSA by November 1 as well so that we can guide you through the financial planning for your college education. 

Regular Decision (RD) is for you if you need a bit more time to decide where you’d like to end up. Perhaps you’d like for us to see your first semester senior grades before we make an admissions decision. If you meet our Regular Decision deadline, you will be notified of your admission decision beginning in mid-February. Just like the other decision rounds, we strongly encourage you to submit a FAFSA by the application deadline to receive full consideration for scholarships and financial aid.

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

My application is submitted! What’s next?

We know that waiting to hear from us can be hard. Since we know you put a lot of effort into your application, we want to make sure that we review it carefully. So, while you wait, we encourage you to take advantage of this exciting time in your life and to engage fully in your community. Our other recommendations would be any of the following:

Visit Campus for a Tour, Information Session, Class Observation, and/or Overnight.

Get to know your counselor by calling us or sending us an email, especially if you’ve received a special recognition, honor, or award since submitting your application. Find your counselor!

Familiarize yourself with VikingWeb. VikingWeb is a great resource for you to check in on your application status. The more you use it now, the better prepared you will be for your Berry student experience. Berry community members use VikingWeb all the time.