See what students say:


While this small Georgia school known for its performing arts program just went co-ed, students still see this former all-women’s college as a “historic college that empowers and shapes young women into leaders,” and students say “Brenau is all about traditions, sisterhood, and being the best you can be.” The “small, close-knit campus” offers generous scholarship opportunities, as well as online and a “part time and weekend option,” which drew one Nursing major to the school because it allows students to work and attend school concurrently. The professors at Brenau are “very supportive and understanding and are always available when you need them,” and “they care about their students and want to help them succeed.” Students praise the “accessibility of [facilities] and staff [and the] ability to form close professional relationships with professors” and stress that the school is “a place of comfort with an emphasis [on] a well-rounded education.” Some students wish Brenau could “be more modern” and “bring computers into the courses.” In addition to the traditional college student, “Brenau offers education to adults who have been out of school for a long time with assistance to excel.” Some students lament that Brenau’s teaching style is “‘know this’ or ‘know that’ [with] little discussion” and say that the “math we have is strictly on our own.”

Student Body

The typical Brenau student has “a sense of hunger for learning and an ability to get along with others.” The sense of community is underscored by one psychology major who says, “We are really big on getting to know people especially incoming freshmen.” With the online, part-time, and commuter options, many students, like this business accounting major, say, “I take my classes online, therefore I am not on campus or anywhere near campus.” Many students would describe their fellow Brenau students as “working adults,” though for others “Brenau [students] love to study together, hang in the tearoom, go to Mule Camp on karaoke night and have adventures in the bamboo forest.” The “housing could improve” on campus and some students would like to see “leniency” in the alcohol policy (Brenau is a dry campus) for “legal adults.”

Campus Life

On campus, sororities and sports are popular, and students say that weekday activities usually involve “homework, [going] to the mall, and [hanging out] with friends.” “For fun [we] might go to the Gainesville Square, which is just a few blocks from campus,” says one biology major. An international relations major says that it’s common to “hang out with . . . friends [and] people talk a lot about politics.” For a nursing student who’s a self-described “artist at heart,” free time is spent drawing, painting, reading, and taking photographs. Volunteerism is common—“My life is about serving others,” says one pre-nursing student—with another student highlighting time spent at a local animal shelter. For students who want to travel beyond the school’s small hometown of Gainesville, the University of Georgia in Athens is a popular destination, as is Atlanta, which is only an hour away by car.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Paola Benitez-Hernandez
Welcome Center Coordinator

Office of Admissions
500 Washington Street, SE
Gainesville, GA 30501



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Pearce Auditorium
Burd Center for Performing Arts
Fitness Center
Dining Hall and Tea Room
Brenau Trustee Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Gainesville Square
Mall of Georgia
North Georgia Mountains
Lake Lanier

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday or by appointment

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8:30AM-5:00PM Monday through Friday
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

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Advance Notice

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Must be a high school senior in order to stay overnight.


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Atlanta is closest airport and Shuttle Service is available to the Campus through Atlanta Airport Superior Shuttle & Limo.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Atlanta GA and points South: Take I-85 north to I-985 north. Take exit 22 off I-985 and turn left onto hwy 129. Turn right at eighth traffic light onto Academy Street, which will take you to the Burd Center. From Chattanooga TN and points North West: Take I-75 south to exit 125, which is marked hwy 20, in Cartersville, GA. Follow hwy 20 east through Canton and toward Cumming. Before you reach Cumming, turn left onto hwy 369. Stay on hwy 369 for about 40 minutes; it will take you into Gainesville. In Gainesville, turn left onto E.E. Butler Parkway, and at the third light turn right onto Academy Street, which will take you to the Burd Center. From Greenville, SC and points North East: Take I-85 south to Georgia (you will stay on I-85 for about an hour). Take the Gainesville/Jefferson, GA (hwy 129) exit, and head west on hwy 129. After passing over 985, turn right at eight traffic light onto Academy Street which will take you to the Burd Center. From Dahlonega, GA 400: Follow GA Route 60 to Gainesville. When the street forks, go left (E.E. Butler Parkway). Shortly after the fork, turn left onto Brenau Avenue. Park in the parking lot on your left. Burd Center is the next street over on Academy Street.

Local Accommodations
Places to Stay: Holiday Inn 770.531.0907 Hilton Garden Inn 770.532.3396 Hampton Inn 770.503.0300 *Recommended


Applicants: 2,761
Acceptance Rate: 87%
Average HS GPA: 3.32



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