Tag Archives: Campus Beauty

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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Students Playing Frisbee at Ford
IN THE SHADOW OF AN ICON: The Ford Buildings have been a center of student life on the Berry campus since their construction in the 1920s. The English Gothic design of these gifts from Henry and Clara Ford have helped Berry earn wide acclaim as one of the most beautiful college campuses in America. Photo by student Alex Killingsworth.

The Ford Buildings have been drawing audible gasps from prospective students and other campus visitors since the days of Martha Berry herself, so it should come as no surprise that these breathtaking structures turned up on USA Today’s list of America’s “51 most amazing university and college buildings.” The list features one campus building from all 50 states (as well as the District of Columbia), and wouldn’t you know it, the Ford Buildings were chosen to represent Georgia.

Click here to view the entire list, which also includes buildings on the campuses of Stanford University, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Princeton, Duke and Yale, among others.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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What do Princeton, Yale, Berry and Stanford have in common (besides being great schools, of course)? All were ranked among the top five most beautiful campuses in America by Architectural Digest. Berry came in at No. 3 on the list, trailing only Yale and Princeton.

“When it comes to a beautiful setting, Berry College can’t be beat,” wrote Stefanie Waldeck, noting the natural beauty of the 27,000-acre campus and the English Gothic architecture of the Ford Buildings.

Berry was the only school from Georgia to crack the top 50. View complete list.

This is the latest in a series of distinctions for Berry, including praise from U.S. News and World Report for the college’s commitment to undergraduate teaching and penchant for innovation, among other notable honors.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Ford BuildingsMere weeks after being featured in The Best 382 Colleges, a new book by The Princeton Review, Berry is back in the spotlight as the headliner on Times Higher Education’s list of the Ten Most Beautiful Universities in the U.S. Besting the likes of Stanford, Cornell and Princeton, Berry was lauded for its “eye-catching Gothic-style architecture, rolling green spaces, and impressive natural backdrops which attract students and tourists alike.”

The folks at Southern Living were similarly impressed, placing Berry on their list of the South’s Most Beautiful Colleges.

By student writer Katherine Edmonds

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Morgan Hall Jewel Box

A deer pauses in front of the Morgan Hall “jewel box.” Scenes such as this have made Berry a “go-to” for writers and editors wishing to showcase the most beautiful colleges nationally and around the world.

Berry once again has earned high marks from The Princeton Review, with campus beauty, academic rigor and a strong sense of community all contributing to the college’s inclusion in a new book highlighting The Best 382 Colleges. Only 15 percent of all four-year colleges nationally (along with two outside the United States) are featured in this year’s publication.

Remarks about Berry included: “All in all, students find Berry to be ‘a community that is committed to developing the minds, hearts and hands of students through impeccable faculty with a passion for learning … [and] incredible … programs [that provide] students [with] hands-on experience in almost any area of study.’”

By student writer Katherine Edmonds

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Travel and Leisure Rankings GraphicBerry’s beauty is once again in the news, this time thanks to a new list of The Most Beautiful Colleges in Every State published by Travel and Leisure. In making their determination, editors considered such factors as setting and scenery, architecture, and upkeep of the campus grounds. Of Berry, the article noted:

“If you’re looking for a college that could double as the setting of Downton Abbey, Berry College runs away with the award – and the campus actually has been used as a filming site for movies including Remember the Titans and Sweet Home Alabama. Though the student body is quite small, Berry boasts 27,000 acres of hills, streams, meadows, and beautiful architecture, making it the largest contiguous campus on Earth.”

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Berry College EaglesSocial media users (and media in general) are chirping (or is that tweeting?) about the inhabitants of Berry’s famed bald eagle nest. A March 7 Facebook post featuring a screen capture of the two new eaglets earned more than 14,000 likes and 7,800 shares while achieving an estimated reach of 750,000 viewers worldwide! The Berry College Eagles community on Facebook is now 119,000 strong, and more are joining every day. Excitement (and interest) will continue to build as the eaglets prepare to test their wings – literally – later this spring. Visit our live Eagle Cam to track their progress 24 hours a day.

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Outdoor AdventureAre you tired of all the negativity in politics? Ready for a platform we can all get behind? We’ve got the perfect candidate … BERRY!

BuzzFeed has already declared us to be the world’s most beautiful college campus, while America Unraveled recently ranked us the No. 1 up-and-coming liberal arts college. Now we have our sights set on the title of Top Adventure College, to be determined by readers of Blue Ridge Mountain Outdoors. Berry is one of eight remaining colleges and universities in a March Madness-style online competition culminating April 18-25 with a “David-meets-Goliath” showdown matching the winners of the small-school (enrollment less than 5,000) and large-school brackets. Berry knocked out Washington and Lee University in the opening round, then defeated Montreat College in the “Sweet 16.” Now we’re facing off against Emory & Henry.

Click here to cast your once-per-day vote for Berry, and don’t forget to share with your friends.

Photo by Jason Huynh (15C)

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Old MillBerry’s reputation for campus beauty received further affirmation this summer with a No. 2 national ranking on Great Value Colleges’  list of “30 Great Small Colleges for Nature Lovers.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and Chattanooga Times-Free Press were among those sharing news of this latest distinction, which highlighted outdoor recreation on Berry’s 27,000-acre campus as well as learning and research opportunities for students and faculty.

Berry was one of only two institutions in the Southeast to make the top 10, joining Sewanee: The University of the South (which checked in at No. 4). Topping the list was California’s Humboldt State University.

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Berry FarmsBerry has proved itself a powerhouse in terms of natural beauty – ranking No. 3 in the South according to one recent compilation – but a new list of America’s top 20 college farms reminds us that our 27,000-acre campus is more than just a photographer’s playground.

Best College Reviews used a number of criteria in making its selections, including farm size, sustainability, course offerings, student involvement, and integration with the main campus and community at large. The authors cited opportunities available through Berry’s farm-centered student-operated enterprises in ranking the college among the likes of Michigan State, Clemson, Yale and other notable institutions ranging geographically from the Deep South to California.

By Maxine Donnelly, philanthropic communications student assistant

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Berry BeautyNational lawn care blog LawnStarter has affirmed Berry’s scenic reputation with the No. 1 ranking on its list of the 10 Best-Landscaped Colleges in the South. Other schools making the cut included the University of Georgia, Florida State University, Texas A&M and Emory University. The criteria included amount of green space, prevalence and uniqueness of landscape installations, and attention given to lawns and landscapes. Lauding its size, natural beauty and ornate landscaping, the writer concluded that “Berry College is well deserving of the No. 1 best landscaped college in the South.” We heartily agree!

By Maxine Donnelly, philanthropic communications student assistant

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Old MillIn the most recent edition of the Alumni Accent poll, we asked you to weigh in on your favorite outdoor activities at Berry. The No. 1 answer was hiking to the reservoir with 35% of the vote. Next with 22% was taking it easy (you’ll get no argument from us!), followed by walking/jogging on the Viking Trail and horseback riding (each with 11%). Intramural sports (8%), mountain biking (5%), ropes courses (5%) and disc golf (3%) rounded out the list.

For our first poll of 2015, we’ve decided to focus on the iconic landmarks of the Berry campus, one of which recently showed up on the cover of  Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s budget report. The photo, taken by Georgia artist George Hernandez, was selected to hang in the Office of the Governor as part of “The Art of Georgia” rotating exhibit. Visit www.gaarts.org for more information.

Scroll to the blog footer to vote for your favorite Berry landmark.

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