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One of The Nation's Best: Berry College

Welcoming record enrollment in 2021, Berry College continues to be ranked top in the nation for undergraduates.

This year has welcomed a number of exciting changes at Berry College. Berry’s new $15.7 million state-of-the-art animal science building, funded entirely by donor support, opened its doors to students in the fall of 2021.

“The animal science major has been a nationally recognized, top- performing program for many years,” said Berry College President Steve Briggs, “and this remarkable facility provides a home that is comparable in excellence.” With animal science being the largest and most distinctive major at Berry, the 23,000-square-foot facility enhances teaching and research in animal health and production, including genetics, microbiology, and physiology.

Berry also welcomed record enrollment in 2021 and purchased a motel adjacent to Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum as a new housing complex for upper-level students. The Oak Hill Residences house 80 male and female students in 2-person units that each include a private bathroom and ample living space.

In 2022, Berry will open the new 80-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott hotel adjacent to the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. The hotel development aligns with the college’s focus on creating new revenue streams to support its educational mission, provide opportunities for student learning and employment, and contribute to the economic vitality of Rome.

“We’re excited for all the ways our community continues to grow,” said Berry President Dr. Steve Briggs, noting the opening of the Mount Berry Trail, the indoor tennis courts, and The Spires (retirement community). “When people come to Rome, we want them to have a memorable experience. We are excited to see how this project builds momentum for the tennis center and community.”

U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Princeton Review, and WSJ/Times Higher Education continued to rank Berry among the top colleges and universities. Berry’s service-learning programs are among the top 20 in the nation, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings released today. U.S. News also named Berry #1 for best value, #1 for its commitment to undergraduate teaching, #5 most innovative schools, and #4 overall for regional universities in the South.

Princeton Review named Berry one of the 387 nation’s best institutions for undergraduates to earn their college degree. In addition, Berry appears on the following lists: “Best Southeastern” and “Green Colleges.”

And the 2021 Governor’s Honors Program, designed for gifted and talented high school students who are rising juniors and seniors, returned to Berry College for the fifth year in 2021. This 4-week program is the longest continuously running Governor’s Honors Program in the nation (57 years.)

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