Discover the Most Beautiful College Campus in Georgia

Written by Alyssa Shea
Published: September 17, 2023
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The most beautiful college in Georgia is Berry College, located near the bustling downtown area of Rome. Initially founded by Martha Berry as the Boys Industrial School in 1902, Berry College has grown into something spectacular. Her generosity regarding the acreage she inherited from her father, her premise was one of cooperation. Berry wanted to see students helping to maintain and run the school in exchange for a high-quality education.

To this day, students give back to the school through mentorship and partnership with the families. This independent, private liberal arts college of nearly 2100 students is recognized for its academic excellence and values. Recently, Travel and Leisure ranked Berry College as number two overall, just behind Stanford University in California. Due to its size, there is a wealth of opportunities for locals, including over 1,000 jobs on the campus alone.

Rome, Georgia, USA Downtown Historic Cityscape

Located only 2 miles from downtown Rome, Berry College sits on 27,000 acres of land and is the world’s largest campus.

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A Brief History of Berry College

Berry College was only made possible due to the efforts of Martha McChesney Berry. Her desire to provide an education for academically able but economically poor children put this school on the map. She traveled across the state, seeking support for her schools, and was very successful at fundraising. Berry opened the Boys Industrial School in 1902 with five boarding students, later known as the Mount Berry School for Boys. Later, she opened the Martha Berry School for Girls a mile from the boy’s school. These high schools became known for their vocational, agricultural, and mechanical studies. Berry’s motto for her schools still endures: “Not to be ministered unto, but to minister.”

Life on Berry College Campus

Are you curious about the lifestyle you can expect on the Berry College campus? The community here is a big draw for many students, creating a home-away-from-home atmosphere where your well-being and safety are at the top of the administration’s priorities. Professional healthcare, including mental health, is located on the campus through the Health Center and Counseling Center. There are numerous activities and organizations to join, as well as team sports and other student programs. Events are a big part of student life, including cultural events and the ever-popular Mountain Day. This day is held either the first or second weekend of October and is a celebration of Martha Berry’s birthday. The tradition dates back over 100 years and is marked with activities such as a Grand March, athletic events, and more.

Old Mill in North Georgia

Old Mill at Berry College is operated on special occasions, including Mountain Day.

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Flora and Fauna Found on Campus

Berry College is most famous for the vast array of deer frequenting the campus. They’ve kept tabs on the deer community, with a ratio of students to deer on campus at 1:7! You will also see plenty of birds, including bald eagles, waterfowl, and wild turkeys. Many students also see coyotes roaming the woods, too. Most of the animals stay within the WMA (Wildlife Management Area), and there are several controlled hunts in the area to maintain the population. The campus also invites you to view the famous Berry Bald Eagles on their live camera!

The campus is located on the Gulf Slope section of the forest region. This means you will see loads of oak, pine, and hickory trees across the landscape. You will find one of the last remaining stands of longleaf pine near the Old Mill. There’s a reason why this college is designated as a “Tree Campus USA.” The project to inventory the numerous trees on Berry College’s campus began in 2014.


Whitetail fawns found on Berry College campus.

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I'm a 36-year-old mother of 2 and military wife. I have 2 dogs and a cat that I'm thoroughly obsessed with. When I'm not writing for work, I'm writing as a hobby. You can find me knee deep in a pile of books or way too invested in a video game.

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