College leaders from across the country chose Berry College as the nation's number one "Up-And-Coming" liberal arts college, according to the 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings released Sept. 10.
"We are delighted that our peers recognized Berry for its innovative and creative approaches," said Berry President Stephen Briggs. "Berry deliberately fuses challenging academics and practical work experience in the context of a residential campus community. This combination offers a solution and way forward for those who are concerned about the value of a college education. Berry's model allows us to cultivate in students a robust work ethic, a set of core values and a sense of direction and purpose."
As a complement to its strong academic programs, Berry is known nationally for its premier Work Experience Program in which every student, regardless of income, has the opportunity to compete for jobs of increasing responsibility. Students select from more than 300 types of jobs on campus, as they explore their interests and strengths. Every office and program on campus - from accounting to public relations to the water treatment plant - employs students. With the world's largest campus, Berry also offers a wide range of academic and work opportunities through its farm, forestry and environmental operations.
Berry's peers were surveyed in the spring of 2013 for the 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings and were asked to nominate institutions they think have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities. The colleges are ranked based on the number of nominations they received. The country's 248 private and public liberal arts colleges emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the arts and sciences.