Brenau University

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School Overview

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

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Brenau University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (770) 534-6299
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 500 Washington Street SE, Gainesville, GA 30501-3668
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,817
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 47%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,132 (40% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $31,084
Out-of-state Tuition: $31,084
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $20,924

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Brenau University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Brenau University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 101013
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11
Education 2166
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 266
History 1
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 113
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 22
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Psychology 12
Visual and Performing Arts 141
Grand total 1824631

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Brenau University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $31,084
Out-of-state $31,084
Books and supplies $1,300

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $13,254
Out-of-state $13,254

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 227 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 226 97% $20,924
Student loan aid 172 74% $7,439

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,454 83% $12,244
Federal student loans 1,207 69% $8,696

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Brenau University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Brenau University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 2,566 395 2,171
Percent admitted 100% 43% 60%
Percent admitted who enrolled 9% 6% 9%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Brenau University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 2,817
Undergraduate enrollment 1,754
Graduate enrollment 1,063

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Brenau University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
    • Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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