Monday, November 17, 2008

Berry Named “College of Distinction”

Berry College is one of only six colleges in Georgia featured in the newly-released 2008-09 edition of “Colleges of Distinction,” published by Student Horizons Inc. Unlike traditional numeric-based college guidebooks, this publication appeals to students’ unique interests – recognizing that “the best” college for one student may be vastly different from what is best for another.

“The schools in this group are some of the very best in the country. Some are household names; some are ‘hidden in plain sight’; what they all share is that they are great places to get an education,” said Wesley L. Creel, president and founder of “Colleges of Distinction.”

Approximately 40 colleges in each of the six geographical regions in the U.S. were recognized for meeting four key criteria that make a college truly exceptional: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. These are the “hidden gems” of higher education institutions – as determined by a review board of academicians, guidance counselors and parents. Joining Berry among Georgia colleges and universities are Wesleyan College, Georgia College and State University, Agnes Scott College, Oglethorpe University and LaGrange College.

“A great college experience involves learning by doing as much as learning through classroom study,” said Dr. Stephen R. Briggs, president of Berry College. “This guide is helpful because it focuses on how colleges engage students through great teaching and vibrant campus communities rather than on a superficial ranking by test scores. Berry College is delighted to be included in this guidebook that focuses on the quality of campus experiences and successful outcomes.”

Prospective students can visit “Colleges of Distinction” online at to learn more about featured schools, including Berry College. Furthermore, visitors can read tips from high school guidance counselors and essays from college students, presidents and other members of different campus communities.

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