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Student Malikye Lacey works on a robot as part of an engineering course.

INNOVATIVE LEARNING: Student Malikye Lacey works on a computer-automated robot as part of an engineering course taught by Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics Zachary Lindsey.

We know we don’t have to convince you of the quality and value of a Berry education, but it’s always exciting to hear others bragging about us. The most recent source of praise is U.S. News and World Report, which included the following distinctions for Berry in its annual “best colleges” issue:

No. 1 – Best Value Schools (academic quality vs. net cost of attendance)

No. 2 – Best Undergraduate Teaching

No. 4 – Regional Universities in the South

No. 10 – Most Innovative Schools

This recognition – much of it peer-driven – comes on the heels of similar praise from the likes of The Princeton Review and College Factual (highlighted in our previous issue).

The evidence remains clear – Berry is a fantastic institution of higher learning (and beautiful too!).

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Students Form Berry "B"

Berry’s newest students show their school spirit by forming a giant “B” on the Ford quad.

Fresh recognition for the quality of Berry’s education and – of course – the beauty of its campus greeted the more than 600 first-year students and transfers who reported for the beginning of the new academic year.

Once again, The Princeton Review has tapped Berry for inclusion in its annual guidebook, The Best 385 Colleges, which features less than 13 percent of America’s 3,000 four-year colleges. Praised editor-in-chief and lead author Robert Franek: “We salute Berry College for its outstanding academics, and we are truly pleased to recommend it to prospective applicants searching for their personal ‘best-fit’ college.”

Berry made numerous “best of” lists in the book, including “Most Beautiful Campus” (No. 6) and “Most Engaged in Community Service” (No. 14).

Other recent distinctions include a “best for the money” designation by College Factual – an honor made possible by the generous scholarship donations of alumni and friends – and recognition for campus beauty by the likes of Travel Channel, MSN and Trip Trivia.

We are also proud of the economics faculty’s top-30 national ranking for research productivity among liberal arts colleges. Like their colleagues in other departments across campus, these talented researchers are also dedicated teachers and mentors, often involving students in their work. Great job!

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Photo by student Hayden Sloan.

In news that should come as a surprise to no one in the alumni community, Berry has once again earned national recognition for the quality of its educational experience and the incredible beauty of its campus.

College leaders from across the country have chosen Berry as the nation’s No. 1 “up-and-coming” liberal arts college, according to the U.S. News 2014 Best Colleges edition. The distinction stems from a spring 2013 survey in which liberal arts college officials were asked to nominate institutions making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty or student life. More details.

Also this summer, Berry was included on a Buzzfeed list of 41 Scenic College Campuses that were made for Instagram. Berry ranked 25th on a list that also included such notable institutions as Yale, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame. While the recognition is exciting, the ranking seems a bit low. Speaking for Berry alumni everywhere, we demand a recount! Berry on Instagram.

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