Barry University is a private Catholic liberal arts school. It was founded in June 1940 when a group of Adrian Dominican sisters came together with the goal of providing a setting designed for the pursuit of higher education. Since that time, Barry has become one of the leading institutions of post secondary education in Florida and the country.
Located just 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and nestled on 122 acres of prime real estate, this school has a clear advantage when it comes to scenery and beautiful ambient surroundings. The main campus is only 7 miles from Miami and 14 miles outside of Ft. Lauderdale. Its beautiful campus is not its only or best feature the University offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate, professional, and doctoral programs, populated by people of all ages, cultures, faiths and perspectives. As a result, the diverse population of students at various stages of their educational experience adds to an atmosphere geared toward learning, leadership, community service, and academic achievement.
There are two colleges, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Health Sciences that students may enroll in. Currently there are more than 100 degrees that are offered in many fields of interest, with liberal arts infused into each course of study to help students obtain a comprehensive education.
Furthermore, the University has several specialty schools:
- Frank J. Rooney School of Professional Career Education
- D. Inez School of Business
- Adrian Dominican School of Education
- School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences
- Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
- School of Podiatric Medicine
- Ellen Whiteside McDonnell School of Social Work
The University provides over 50 graduate and professional programs with students earning either a master’s, specialist, doctoral, or professional degree. The graduate program is geared towards people who are already working professionals, so there are a lot of evening and Saturday classes to enroll in to help balance school and a career.
The Honor’s Program is geared towards students who are more academically advanced than the average college student and who thrive on being extremely challenged in their path of study. There is an emphasis on individual study, with small classes of 10 to 15 students, a senior honors thesis, and those that are admitted into this prestigious program are qualified for the Honors Program Scholarship.
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Financial aid is available to students who have a need for outside monies to fund their education. Applicants needs to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible to make sure they receive the aid they need in terms of federal loans. The school also participates in the Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) which gives students the opportunity to work to offset the cost of tuition.
The alumni association offers 3 scholarships to students of the university:
- The Sr. Dorothy Browne (SDB) scholarship is a legacy grant given to incoming students who have parents that graduated from Barry University. This scholarship is offered for 1 year, and potential applicants have to fill out an application form, and have a 3.0 grade point average. In addition, the applying student must have full time status and write a short essay as to why they feel deserving of the scholarship.
- The Future Alumni of Barry (FAB) scholarship has similar requirements as the SBD scholarship and is open to any student not related to an alumni.
- The Ingrid Hoffman Hope for the Future scholarship is earmarked for young female students of Hispanic decent. The goal of this scholarship is to encourage these young women to continue in their commitment to education and to the university.
All three of these scholarships are worth $5,000 each with applications due by early spring. The University offers additional scholarships, grants, and athletic scholarships to students based on academic achievement and athletic ability. Students are asked to apply for federal financial aid via the FAFSA. In addition, the school maintains a work study program that provides student the opportunity to work to defray the cost of university study.
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The intercollegiate sports programs are second to none in the State of Florida and they are a divisional II leader and member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association or NCAA. The University is also a member of the Sunshine State Conference. The school mascot is the Buccaneer and their teams have won many championships, awards and recognitions for its athletes and teams.
Men’s and Women’s tennis have always been competitive in the NCAA tournament for the past 17 years. Over the years, their athletes have won eight NCAA championships, produced 203 All-Americans, fostered 222 Scholar All-Americans, and six NCAA Women of the Year finalists; which is the second highest of any college or university. This level of achievement is possible due to the emphasis placed on training the whole student, as well as creating a balance between athletics and academics. There are men’s and women teams for tennis, golf, soccer and basketball. Women have additional teams in rowing, softball and volleyball. There is also a male baseball team. Each team member is proud to wear the red, black and silver. Intramural or sporting activities participated in within the college include basketball, football, golf, skin diving, soccer, softball and volleyball.
The Alumni Association is focused on two main goals: It wishes to maintain relationships between those who have graduated and it also wants to help the university with the current student body by raising funds for scholarships, getting mentors for the students, creating volunteer opportunities for students and alumni, and by setting up chapters throughout the country to promote the school’s ideals and accomplishments.
The Alumni Association also sponsors annual events such as the Reunion Weekend, the Distinguished Alumni Awards and the Barry Special Christmas celebration, to foster camaraderie and a sense of family on and off campus.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is a special honor presented to the most prestigious graduates for their support of the university, contributions to society at large, and professional and academic achievements. Recipients of these awards are in diverse fields and occupations. Some of the past recipients represent the diversity of candidates honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award include Steve Stowe, class of 2003 who is a member of the Miami Heat; and chairpersons, CEOs, lawyers, educators like Alberto M Carvalho (class of 1990 and superintendent of Miami-Dade county public schools); and CFOs like Javier Polit, who obtained a MS degree in 1990 and is the chief financial officer of the Coca Cola company bottling investments group.
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