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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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First-Year Book Discussion

Dr. Chris Mingone, clinical assistant professor of health professions and pre-health advisor, leads BCC 100 students in a discussion of Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work. The 2018 first-year reading selection was authored by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, who spoke at Berry on Sept. 6.

Recognition from the likes of The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Princeton Review, Forbes and Conde Naste Traveler greeted the 2,014 undergraduate and graduate students who flowed through the Gate of Opportunity for the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year. Among those reporting for fall classes were 509 first-year students and 46 transfers. All began their Berry journeys safe in the knowledge that they are attending one of the best – and most beautiful – colleges in the nation.

Recent Berry accolades include:

Click here for coverage of “opening of school” activities for Berry’s newest students. Photos of First-Year Service Day can be viewed here.

Related: Local media coverage of First-Year Service Day

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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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Rob Franek

Rob Franek of “The Princeton Review” shares insight about selecting a college during interview day for the 2017 Governor’s Honors Program.

More than 1,600 of Georgia’s best and brightest high school sophomores and juniors passed through the Gate of Opportunity on Feb. 25 to interview for the 2017 Governor’s Honors Program. Of those, approximately 650 will return for a four-week residential experience later this summer.

This is Berry’s first year as the host site for the nation’s longest running summer enrichment program. The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement chose Berry from a group of colleges and universities interested in hosting the program, which previously had been held on the campus of Valdosta State University.

Berry’s population swelled by nearly 5,000 as prospective GHP students, parents and volunteer interviewers – many of them teachers from across Georgia – flocked to campus for the daylong interview session. Joining them was Rob Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review, who shared his insights with parents on the college admissions process. Franek’s tips.

Selected students will return to Berry on June 18 to begin the month-long program. Click here to learn more.

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Deer Outside Morgan Hall

Morgan and Deerfield halls made history in 2010 as the first structures on the Berry campus to earn LEED accreditation for green building practices.

The Princeton Review once again has ranked Berry among the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges. This is the fourth year in a row Berry has made the list, produced in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition singles out 330 schools in the U.S. and two in Canada that demonstrate exemplary commitments to sustainability in their academics, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

“Being named to Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges for the fourth year in a row is a testament that Berry’s commitment to sustainability is being recognized on a national level,” said Director of Sustainability Eddie Elsberry.

The publication is available for free download. Berry’s is profiled on page 31.

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Berry’s strategic commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship has once again earned the attention of The Princeton Review, which recently ranked the institution among the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada. Institutions were selected based upon notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Referencing the natural wonder of Berry’s 27,000-acre campus, the publication noted that “it is virtually a no brainer that this campus is a green leader.” Download the Guide to Green Colleges.

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Martin Cipollini

Photo courtesy of Lauren Jones and the Rome News-Tribune

Berry’s ongoing commitment to responsible stewardship practices has once again earned acclaim in the annual guide to green colleges published by The Princeton Review. The online publication, produced in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, profiles 320 colleges and universities in the United States and two in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Download publication.

One of the on-campus initiatives referenced by The Princeton Review – Dana Professor of Biology Martin Cipollini’s effort to restore the American chestnut tree – recently generated headlines from Atlanta to Sacramento. Read more.

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