Forbes ranks Berry among top colleges

October 12, 2021–10:10 a.m.


Forbes has named Berry College No. 249 among private colleges in the nation based on student outcomes, alumni salary, student debt, and a number of other factors.

“Berry consistently attracts students and faculty who embrace our mission, which encourages academic excellence through intellectual exploration, as well as practical learning experiences and spiritual growth. Students increasingly recognize the value it provides both here and after they graduate,” said Berry Vice President for Enrollment Management Andrew Bressette.

The Forbes Top Colleges list chooses a slice of America’s colleges and universities, just 600 four-year schools drawn from the nearly 2,700 such degree-granting institutions in the U.S. 

Berry was ranked No. 469 nationally (in the top 17 %). 

This year’s ranking used a new methodology that better evaluates net price after scholarships, counts low-income student outcomes, and incorporates the earnings of graduates as part of the evaluation of each school. At Berry, 97 percent of students receive financial aid, the student to professor ratio is 11:1 and 99 percent of ranked faculty hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree. For more information, .

Forbes selected colleges based on their Carnegie Classification, a higher education framework that categorizes schools by their degree offerings, research output and specialty focus. Two federal databases, The College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System as well as PayScale, a salary reporting and comparison company, were also used.

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