Brenau University at a Glance

500 Washington Street SE, Gainesville, GA 30501
phone: +1-800-252-5119

BRENAU UNIVERSITY FAST FACTS

Founded in 1878 in Gainesville, Georgia.

Independent board of trustees oversees this not-for-profit, nonsectarian comprehensive university.

Bren+AU
The name Brenau, adopted circa 1900, combines the German word brennen, “to burn,” with the atomic symbol for gold, AU, from the Latin aurum.

Motto: As gold refined by fire.

Brenau Women’s College represents about 1/4 of the enrollment of the coeducational undergraduate and graduate university.

32% of Brenau students study online in full degree programs at all academic levels.

Brenau comprises 4 academic college units:
Education
Fine Arts & Humanities
Health Sciences
Business & Mass Communication

Jean Westmacott's statue Brenau Woman #2 in the evening sun on Brenau's front lawn.
Anne A. Skleder
Anne A. Skleder

Anne A. Skleder, Ph.D., became the tenth president of Brenau University July 1, 2019. Previously Skleder served as senior vice president, provost, and professor of psychology at Wilkes University.

Rankings and Recognitions

More than 60 independent media measure or rank Brenau academic operations and reputation among hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities. These include:

  • U.S. News and World Report:
    • No. 30 Best Value Regional University,
    • No. 52 Regional University,
    • No. 8 Campus Ethnic Diversity,
    • Best Online Graduate Education Programs,
    • No. 32 and No. 58 Occupational Therapy, Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • Princeton Review: Best Colleges in the Southeast
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle: No. 1 MBA in Georgia
  • Money Magazine: Best Colleges for Your Money 2017-18
  • Washington Monthly: “Best Bang for the Buck” college value
  • College Choice:
    • No. 11 Best Women’s College,
    • No. 34 Best Bachelor’s in Accounting,
    • No. 24 Best Southern Regional University

Accreditation & Licensure

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education • Collegiate Commission for Nursing Education • Council for Interior Design Accreditation • Georgia Professional Standards Commission • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs • Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council • Project Management Institute • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education • Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education

Degrees

Brenau offers doctoral and a range of master’s, specialist, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as professional certifications in more than 50 areas of study. Degrees and certificates include A.A., B.A., B.M., B.S., BBA, BFA, BSN, CERT, DNP, DPT, Ed.S., M.A., M.S., M.Acc., MAT, MBA, M.Ed., MFA, MID, MSN, MSOT and OTD.

Tuition

Women’s College: $28,110 annually • Coeducational per credit hour: $441-$624 undergraduate, $462-$1,025 graduate, $250 military

3,280+ Total students, unduplicated 12-month headcount
female 87.4%, male 23.6%, African-American: 35.6%, Asian: 2.4%, Caucasian: 16.9%, Hispanic/Latino: 6.9%
Women's College: 915, Residential: 451, Day: 464. Student origins: 32 states, 22 countries
59% undergraduate, average age: 27, 41% graduate, average age: 31.

$17,537
Average financial aid package

85.4%
Undergraduates receiving financial aid from any source

60%
HOPE Scholarship-eligible freshmen

11:1 student : faculty ratio.
Average undergraduate GPA: 3.14

4.7%
Percentage of students with veteran benefits

University jobs, faculty (full- and part-time): 148, adjunct faculty: 512, staff: 306, total jobs: 966, Best workplaces: Chronicle of Higher Education, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Brenau boasts one of the finest permanent art collections held by a university in the Southeast, with more than 7,000 pieces.

COMMUNITY ECONOMIC IMPACT
$147,495,000

125,000 Annual visitors to galleries, theater and other performances, including 7,000 schoolchildren

400+ Members of Brenau University Learning & Leisure Institute (BULLI) for senior adult learning

SORORITIES

SORORITIES ΑΔΠ ΦΜ ΖΤΑ ΑΧΩ Alpha Delta Pi Phi Mu Zeta Tau Alpha Alpha Chi Omega Alpha Gamma Delta Delta Delta Delta Alpha Kappa Alpha Delta Sigma Theta ΑΓΔ ΔΔΔ ΑΚΑ ΔΣθ

20,000+
LIVING ALUMNI

15,000+
ALUMNI LIVING IN GEORGIA

BRENAU CAMPUSES

Brenau operates undergraduate and graduate programs at three Gainesville locations, on other Georgia campuses in Augusta, Fairburn and Norcross, and in Jacksonville, Florida.

Student Population Dispersal: Women's College - Gainesville, 30.14%, All Other Gainesville, 16.92%, Online, 31.78%, Other Locations, 21.16%

DEGREES AWARDED IN PAST ACADEMIC YEAR

  • 352
    undergraduate
  • 474
    graduate
  • 826total
Lucile, Brenau's golden tiger statue.

LUCILE

World’s largest bronze sculpture of a golden tiger

ATHLETICS

12 Varsity Sports
15 Teams

Brenau Golden Tigers Primary Mark logo

COMPETING IN THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS AND IN THE APPALACHIAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

  • Basketball
  • Basketball JV
  • Cheer
  • Cross Country
  • Dance
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Softball JV
  • Spirit Cheer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
Golden Tigers wordmark logo
  • Student-athletes:
    218
  • Average GPA:
    3.20
  • NAIA Scholar-Athletes:
    20
Pearce Auditorium and the Daniel Pavilion on the Front Lawn.
General inquiries: info@brenau.edu, +1-770-534-6299 or +1-800-252-5119 | Admissions: admissions@brenau.edu, +1-770-534-6100 or +1-800-252-5119 ext. 6100