Berry College’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.
Berry rose in the service ranking to #14, tied with Brown University, Loyola University Chicago, Northeastern University, Loyola University Maryland and Agnes Scott College.
In service-learning programs, volunteering in the community is an instructional strategy – and a requirement of a student’s coursework. The service relates to what happens in class, and in turn, the coursework plays off of the volunteering. In spring and summer 2021, U.S. News invited college presidents, chief academic officers, deans of students and deans of admissions from more than 1,500 schools to nominate up to 15 institutions with stellar examples of service learning.
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. The “best undergraduate teaching” ranking asks college administrators and top professors to name schools they believe have above-average faculty resources. U.S. News focuses on schools where faculty and administrators are committed to teaching undergraduates effectively. Berry is known for its 11:1 student to faculty ratio. The institution also focuses on providing a wide network of lifelong mentors and advisors to students.
“Berry consistently attracts students and faculty who embrace our unique educational mission, which encourages academic excellence through intellectual exploration, as well as practical learning experiences and spiritual growth. Not only are students attracted to this education, but they increasingly recognize the value it provides both here and after they graduate. I’m excited that Berry is being recognized for what we’ve known on campus all along,” said Berry Vice President for Enrollment Management Andrew Bressette.
To see the rankings, visit https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/berry-college-1554/overall-rankings