Brenau University

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Established in 1878, Brenau University is a private, nonprofit institution located in Gainesville, Georgia in the United States. The school, offering programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level, spans multiple campuses and also provides online degree programs and courses. Approximately 2,800 students are enrolled at Brenau, pursuing degrees from the school’s four colleges: Health and Science, Fine Arts and Humanities, Education, and Mass Communication. Brenau also includes an institution for women, Brenau Women’s College.

Brenau University focuses its curriculum on the liberal arts, but also prepares students for professional life. Brenau’s “early college” program provides the opportunity for ambitious high school students to earn college credit while completing their high school diploma. Students can choose from programs that range from associates to doctorates in a broad variety of fields, including interior design and nursing. While Brenau’s main campus is in Gainesville, the school has branch campuses in Kings Bay, Augusta, Fairburn, and Norcross.

As of 2012, the U.S. News & World Report has rated Brenau as one of the top fifteen colleges in the Southeast six years in a row. Brenau has also been selected by the Princeton Review as one of the Southeast’s best universities. In addition, Brenau’s online programs and graduate programs received high rankings in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Guidebook in 2012.

General Information

Admission Office
500 Washington Street SE
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 534-6100
(800) 252-5119
Fax: (770) 538-4701

Contact: Christina White
Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management
Main Address
500 Washington Street SE
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 534-6299

Total undergrads: 836
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 173
Degree-seeking undergrads: 805
Graduate enrollment: 57

Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:


Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Online application fee: $35
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 42%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 74%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Arts Management B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fashion Design B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Interior Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Fashion Merchandising B
Marketing Management B
Organizational Behavior Studies B

Communications & Journalism

Mass Communications/Media Studies B


Art Teacher Education B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Education of Mentally Handicapped B
Elementary Education B
Junior High Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Special Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health Services – General B
Nursing (RN) B
Physician Assistance B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

International Relations B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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