Brenau University

Brenau University

Brenau University was established in 1878, and is a private women's university situated in Gainesville, Georgia. The campus is spread across an area of 50 acres. It was initially called the Georgia Baptist Female Seminary, and changed to its current name in the year 1992. The university offers associate's, baccalaureate's, and master's degrees in various fields of study includig art and design, humanities, and interior design among others. The institution is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • Brenau Academy
  • Evening & Weekend College
  • The Online College
  • The Women's College

Brenau University's athletics department fields a number of women's sports teams. They compete in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Southern States Athletic Conference. They are nicknamed as the Golden Tigers. They participate in sports including basketball, soccer, crew, and cross country.

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Brenau University
500 Washington Street SE
Gainesville , GA 30501-3668
General Phone: (770) 534-6299

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Brenau Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management226business, business management, accounting, business communications, human resources, organizational behavior, marketing, fashion merchandising
Education and Teaching222education, education of emotionally disturbed, mental retardation education, education of learning disabled, special education, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher education, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine86registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse practitioner, various nursing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy39occupational therapy
Design18fashion design, interior design, graphic design
Medical Administration16health care facilities management, health and medical administrative
Liberal Arts16English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, international relations, history
Therapy and Counseling16psychology, psychology courses
Drama and Performing Arts15dance, dance courses, drama, stagecraft
Family and Social Work6public administration
Art Studies5arts management
Security and Law Enforcement4criminal justice and administration
Fine Arts4fine arts
Media4mass communication
Law3legal studies
Music1music, music performance
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies, environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for Brenau in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree41040
Master's degree27618
Post-master's certificate02
Associate's degree51

Brenau Student Body

In 2007-2008, Brenau had a total enrollment of 2,577 students (2,218 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 2%
Women 98%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 72%
Graduate 28%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 57%
Black 21%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 13%
20-21 11%
22-24 13%
25-29 16%
30-34 13%
35-39 12%
40-49 16%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Carolina2%
(International Students)2%
North Carolina1%

Brenau Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 60 %

Brenau Room and Board (2007)

Brenau offers campus housing for 559 of its 2,218 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Gainesville, Georgia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Georgia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Brenau Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460560
SAT Math450520

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT81%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Brenau Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 18,800
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,800
Room and board $ 9,487
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,250

Financial Aid:
Brenau participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 155600)

Brenau Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2757

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*0*
Associate professorcalendar year0*2*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*4$75,882

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year7$53,14713$65,390
Associate professoracademic year7$58,87018$55,483
Assistant professoracademic year11$50,65119$47,085
Instructoracademic year0*3$45,178
All faculty totalacademic year25$53,65153$54,319

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Brenau Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference
Track Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports04949

Brenau Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Corporate Communications
Fashion Merchandising
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Fashion/Apparel Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Dance, Other
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Family And Social Work
Public Administration

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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What Sets Brenau Apart:

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