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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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The 2Class of 2018014-15 academic year is only a few weeks old, but Berry’s newest students – more than 600 in all – have already made themselves right at home.

The fun began in late August with move-in day and Viking Venture, followed closely by First-Year Service Day and the usual flurry of athletic competitions, arts events and other student activities that dot the calendar each September. (Check out this crowd at a recent concert!)

Full-time undergraduate enrollment for fall is 2,060. There are also 92 graduate students. The new arrivals – 568 first-year students and 36 transfers – fit perfectly among their returning classmates, reflecting the standard of excellence we expect of Berry students. Here’s a quick snapshot of the Class of 2018:

  • 28 states represented (including Georgia)
  • 8 countries (including the U.S.)
  • 7 high school valedictorians
  • 7 salutatorians
  • 21% finished in the top 10% of their high school class
  • 47% have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement
  • 39% were members of the National Honor Society and/or Beta Club
  • 57% boast leadership experience
  • 69% were involved in community service as high school students
  • 25% gained work experience during high school
  • 31 have family members who attended Berry

If their prior accomplishments are any indication, you can expect to read a lot more about this group in the years to come. Stay tuned!

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Times may change, but SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) remains a summer rite of passage for Berry’s newest students.

Throughout the month of June, upperclass SOAR leaders welcomed new students (more than 650 in all) for two days of orientation activities designed to help them make a successful transition to college life. As many alumni no doubt recall, there were forms to sign, class schedules to finalize and job assignments to receive. In the process, connections were made and the first bonds of lifelong friendships formed.

“I was really nervous about meeting people,” said incoming freshman Garrett Miller of Duluth, Ga., “but SOAR was so fun and informative that I am now confident in my decision to come here.”

One more group of students will complete the SOAR process Aug. 22, after which one of the largest incoming classes in Berry history will gather together for the second half of summer orientation, Viking Venture. Classes start Aug. 27.

More coverage.

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