Brenau ROAR

Get Ready to ROAR!

It’s time to begin your transition to a Brenau Golden Tiger! During this fun-filled overnight event, you will register for classes, get valuable college tips, meet your administrative and academic support teams, learn about the excitement and challenges you’ll encounter during your first semester, and begin building friendships with your fellow classmates.

Students walking on campus during orientation

ROAR is filled with activities.

  • Have dinner at the Beach Bash on beautiful Lake Lanier
  • Get an introduction to our available campus resources
  • Participate in workshops to prepare for college life and hear from alumni 
  • Hang out in the Brenau Trustee Library for a game night and ice cream bar
  • And of course, most importantly, register for your classes

Parent Consent Form

We must have a Parent Consent Form on file for you to attend ROAR. Please have your parent or legal guardian complete this form, and you will be good to go.

Parent Consent Form


Friday, July 15

1 p.m. Check-in: Brenau Downtown Center
2 p.m. Welcome and Opening Ceremony: Walters Theater
2:30 p.m. Hidden Curriculum Workshop: Walters Theater
Getting ahead of the learning curve: setting yourself up for success before classes even start.
3:30 p.m. Advising and Registration: Downtown Center Meeting Rooms
After Registration, drop off your belongings at Main Campus. Then meet on the Front Lawn between 5:30 and 6 p.m. to take the Brenau Golden Tiger Express (bus) to dinner.
6 p.m. Dinner at the Beach Bash: Lake Lanier Olympic Rowing Venue
8 p.m. Games and ice cream: Brenau Trustee Library
9:45 p.m. Return to residence hall
HJ Photo Booth

Saturday, July 16

Time Event/Location
9 a.m. Brunch: Hopkins Dining Hall
10:15 a.m. Activity: Scavenger Hunt at the Front Lawn
11:30 a.m. Guest Speaker: More details coming soon
12:15 p.m. Lunch: Cookout on the Front Lawn
1:30 p.m. Activity: Marshmallow Power Towers at Burd Lobby
2:45 p.m. Closing Ceremony: Hosch
3 p.m. Check out: Residence Hall


What should I bring?

Sleeping bag and pillow, towel, pj’s or other comfy clothes for sleeping, toiletries, a change of clothes for Saturday morning. Please limit your belongings to one overnight bag, plus sleeping bag and pillow. Rain is always a possibility, so please be prepared with an umbrella, rain jacket, etc. SHOWER FACILITIES MAY BE LIMITED.


Where will I stay on campus?

In a residence hall.


What do I do if I need special accommodations/assistance?

If you need special accommodations/assistance, please contact your admissions counselor as soon as possible so that we can make appropriate arrangements for you.


What if I have food allergies or other dietary requirements?

If you have any dietary restrictions, please let your admissions counselor know as soon as possible so our dining hall can be prepared.


What does ROAR cost?

NOTHING! The event is totally free. You may want to bring some extra spending money if you wish to purchase anything from the Campus Bookstore or the vending machines around campus.


What should I wear?

For the daytime activities, comfortable, cool clothing is appropriate. For dinner, it’s ok to wear what you had on during the day, but it’s also fine to dress up little – it’s your choice.


Parent Resources

Need a place to stay?

Check out our Hotels page to get a discounted rate on hotel rooms near campus.

Things to do around the Gainesville area on Saturday

For Adults and Children
NE Georgia History Center
10 AM-5 PM
Exhibits and historic structures, kid-friendly interactive exhibits
On campus (322 Academy Street)
Cost: $6 adults; $4 students
Escape the Clock
4 different escape room scenarios
119 Green Street NE, Gainesville, GA 30501; ~2 min drive from campus
Cost: $30-54
Atlanta Botanical Gardens Gainesville
Saturday 9:00 am-6:00 pm
1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville, GA ~7 min drive from campus
Cost: $14/adult, 3-12 years $12
Station 300 Gainesville Bowling Center
12 PM-12 AM
Bowling and arcade
2317 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA; ~7 min drive from campus
Chicopee Woods Golf Course
2515 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville, GA 30504; ~12 min drive from campus
Elachee Nature Center
hiking trails, live animal room, outdoor aviary
2125 Elachee Drive Gainesville, GA 30504 ~ 14 min drive from campus
Cost: $5/vehicle
Gainesville Botanical Gardens
Frances Meadows Aquatic Center
Oaks Miniature Golf
11AM-6:30 PM
Mini-golf, snack bar, ice cream
3709 Whiting Road, Gainesville, GA 30504; ~14 min drive from campus
Cost: 2-4 years free, 5-13 years $5, 14 years and up $6
Don Carter State Park
daily 7:00 am- 10:00 pm
Walking and bike trials, boat ramps, swimming at lake beach
5000 N Browning Bridge Road, Gainesville 30506; ~20 min drive from campus
Cost: $5 entrance fee
Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center
trails open sunrise-sunset; exhibits Monday-Saturday 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Walking trails, interactive exhibits, Treetop Quest
2020 Clean Water Drive Buford, GA 30519 ~25 min drive from campus
Cost: trails and exhibits free, Treetop Quest price by age; up to $57
North Georgia Premium Outlets
Friday and Saturday 10 AM-9 PM
(candy store and playground)
800 Highway 400 S Dawsonville, GA 30534; ~25 min drive from campus
Lanier Islands
waterpark Friday 11:00 am- 7:00 pm; Saturday 11:00 AM-9:00 pm
golf, ziplines, waterpark, hiking and walking trails, spa
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA 30518; ~30 min drive from campus
Cost: $20/car entrance; waterpark and other activities additional cost
Amicalola Falls Lodge and State Park
8:30 am-5:00 pm daily
hiking trails, guided hikes, zip lines, 3-D archery, GPS scavenger hunt
418 AMicalola Falls Road, Dawsonville, GA ~45 min drive from campus
Cost: $5 entrance fee, trails are free, costs for different activities
For Adults and Children
Geared to Children (but adults can have fun too!)
I.N.K. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
Monday through Saturday with 2-hour play time blocks: 10am-12pm, 12:30pm-2:30pm, and 3pm-5pm hands on museum/play center for kids
Adjacent to Brenau East Campus (nursing, OT, dance)
Cost: $9/person
Frances Meadows Aquatic Center
10 AM-6 PM
indoor pool, water slides, kids spray area etc.
1545 Community Way Gainesville, GA 30501 ~2 min drive from campus
Cost: $7 in county ages 3-59; $9 out of county
Get Air Trampoline Park
10AM-7 PM
Trampolines, dodgeball, ninja activities,slackline, slamball, foam pit
2283 Browns Bridge Rd Gainesville, GA ~7 min drive from campus
Cost: $14.99 for 1 hour, $22.00 for 2 hours, $25.99 for 3 hours
Babyland General Hospital
(birthplace of Cabbage Patch dolls) 9AM-6PM
300 N.O.K. Drive Cleveland, GA 30528; ~35 min drive from campus
Cost: Admission is free, but there are “adoption fees” if you chose to take a baby home with you
North Georgia Wildlife and Safari Park
10 AM-5 PM
Petting farm, Guided wildlife walk (~1 hour), several different add on activities
2912 Paradise Valley Rd Cleveland, GA 30528; ~40 min drive from campus
Cost: park admission $24.99 adult; $22.99 ages 2-11; Safari tickets vary **July 16 3:00 PM Behind the Scenes Tour $99 includes admission
History Center
Yonah Mountain Winery
Geared to Adults
The Spa on Green Street
Massage, facials, body treatments
635 Green Street NW, Gainesville, GA 30501 ~4 min drive from campus
Sweet Acre Farms Winery
Wine tasting
7584 Bill Wilson Rd. Alto, GA 30510; ~20 min drive from campus
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
wine tasting 11AM-8PM; spa 8:30 AM-7:00 PM
Wine tasting, spa, golf
100 Rue Charlemagne Drive Braselton, GA 30517 ~25 min drive from campus
Cost: golf $120 for 18 holes 2-4 golfers
Yonah Mountain Vineyards
tasting room Friday 12-6 PM; Saturday 11 AM-7:30 PM
Wine tasting, cave tours
1717 Highway 255 South Cleveland, GA 30528; ~40 min drive from campus