Ready to make their mark!

One of our favorite new traditions – the forming of the “B” by first-year students – heralded the arrival of fall semester on the Berry campus. More than 600 new faces flowed through the Gate of Opportunity for the Aug. 24 kickoff to the 2015-16 academic year, among them approximately 575 freshmen.

Fully one-third of the new students hail from outside Georgia. Representing more than 30 states and 12 foreign countries, these students reflect Berry’s growing regional and national stature.

While final numbers won’t be available for several weeks, preliminary statistics cited by Dean of Students Debbie Heida during opening convocation are impressive, to say the least.

Here are some of the highlights:

38 percent of the new arrivals graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school classes, including seven valedictorians and nine salutatorians

51 percent have been recognized for extraordinary academic achievement

60 percent have had at least one leadership experience, including seven student council presidents

68 percent have been involved in a community service activity

31 percent held jobs during high school

In addition, 65 of the new arrivals have family members who attended Berry

Please join us in welcoming all the newcomers to the Berry family. You’ll be hearing much more about them in the coming years.

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