Gate of Opportunity Scholars are chosen through a competitive application and interview process. They must also be financially eligible based on official, verified Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results. 

To be eligible for consideration, interested high school seniors should complete the following steps: 

      1. Apply for freshman admission to Berry College (submitting all items to complete an application file) before January 15: Students must be admitted to Berry for the fall term in order to be eligible for Gate of Opportunity consideration.

      2. Submit the Common Scholarship Application, which is available online by logging into Viking Web. The deadline is January 17, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The selection committee reserves the right to receive late applications through late January 2018, but interested students are encouraged to submit the application by the priority deadline.

      3. Complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have the official results sent to Berry College by January 17, 2018. Berry’s Title IV code is 001554. Families should file the 2018-19 FAFSA using 2016 tax information.

A selection committee will review complete applications and select students to participate in an interview process. We will notify all applicants in late January (by email) if they have been selected to interview or not.

Interviews will be held on the Berry College campus on Saturday, February 3, 2018 and Saturday, February 17, 2018. Invited students be asked to register for and attend one of these interview days in its entirety. 

At least 10 students will be selected from the interview process and offered the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship as incoming freshmen. All interview candidates will be notified by in mid-March if they have been selected or not.

Selected students will have until May 1, 2018 to accept the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship offer and pay the enrollment deposit to attend Berry College.


October 1, 2017
2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available to complete at Families should file the 2018-19 FAFSA using 2016 tax information. Berry’s Title IV code for filing the FAFSA is 001554. Please note, it typically takes 5-7 business days for colleges to receive FAFSA results once submitted by families.

Mid October 2017
The Common Scholarship Application becomes available online at Viking Web – be sure to select “Gate of Opportunity” when submitting the application.

January 17, 2018
Deadline to submit the Common Scholarship Application and FAFSA.
Latest date to submit all application for admission materials to the Office of Admissions. We encourage all interested students to complete their applications with the Office of Admissions well before this deadline. To learn more about applying to Berry, click here

Mid to Late January 2018
Selection committee members review applications and FAFSA results for interview selection decisions.

Late January 2018
Interview decisions announced (all applicants will receive a decision by email).

Saturday, February 3, 2018*
Saturday, February 17, 2018*
Gate Interview Days (held on the Berry College campus) – morning through mid-afternoon.
*Selected Interview candidates will be invited to pick one Gate Interview Day (February 3 or 17). They will be given a link to register online for their preferred date. All interview candidates will receive equal consideration regardless of which date they attend.

Mid-March 2018
Gate of Opportunity Scholarship decisions announced.

May 1, 2018
Deadline to accept Gate of Opportunity Scholarship (for those offered the scholarship) and pay enrollment deposit to attend Berry. Selected students may also be asked to provide additional paperwork for the Office of Financial Aid by this deadline.

Early to Mid-June 2018
Attend one of the Student Orientation, Advising and Orientation (SOAR) sessions (required of all incoming Berry freshmen, including Gate Scholars). Each SOAR session takes place during weekdays and involves an overnight stay at Berry. Registration for SOAR typically begins in March (for those admitted students who have paid the enrollment deposit to attend Berry). Additional information about SOAR is available here

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Move-in Day for all New Gate Scholars.

Monday-Tuesday, June 25-26, 2018
Two-day Gate Orientation for all new Gate Scholars.
New Gate Scholars receive work hours for participation in Gate Orientation (training).

Monday, June 25, 2018 - Friday, July 27, 2018
Summer Class for all new Gate Scholars (Rhetoric & Public Address, COM 203).
Class meets for 5 weeks, 4 hours per week.
Freshmen Gate Scholars work 30 hours per week (instead of 40) while taking the class.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
First day of work in campus jobs for freshman Gate Scholars. 

Monday, July 30, 2018 - Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Freshman Gate Scholars work full time (typically 8 hours per weekday).

Wednesday-Sunday, August 15-19, 2018
Viking Venture (second part of orientation for all Berry freshmen). 
Freshman Gate Scholars are excused from work to fully participate in Viking Venture activities.

Monday, August 20, 2018
Fall Semester begins for all Berry College students.
Freshman Gate Scholars begin working 16 hours per academic week.
Berry’s full academic calendar (which includes the dates of college holidays and semester breaks) is available here: