Transfer FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions for Transfer Students

How does a transfer student begin the application process? Simply fill out the admissions application at Check to see if your major is offered in the Women’s College or the University format and choose the appropriate campus.

Request for official transcripts to be sent to Brenau University from all prior schools attended.

If you have less than 30 semester hours of college credit, then we will also need official high school transcripts and if you have been out of high school less than seven years we will also need official standardized test scores (SAT or ACT).

All transcripts must be official and arrive at the admission office in a sealed envelope.

What are the application deadlines? Brenau offers rolling admissions so you can apply anytime. Keep in mind that it generally takes 7-10 business days to determine admissibility once a file is complete. Allow enough time to complete this process before the beginning of the semester in which you intend to enroll.

What do I need to do to be considered for admission to Brenau? All applications are reviewed for admissions based on a number of factors including but not limited to the following:

A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 is needed to be considered for general admissions to Brenau.

If you have less than 30 semester hours of college credit, then appropriate SAT or ACT scores are needed. SAT scores are typically at least a 900 and ACT scores are typically at least an 18.

Keep in mind, all applicants are considered on an individual basis and will be reviewed as such.

Can I transfer credits from another school to Brenau? A grade of “C” or better is required for transfer. Transfer credit is awarded for courses taken at regionally accredited institutions and can not be awarded based on placement tests or non-class credit awarded at other institutions.

Do certain majors require a higher GPA to be considered for general admissions? Yes, certain majors require higher GPAs to be considered for general admissions.

Pre-Physician Assistant majors must have a GPA of at least a 2.8.

Nursing majors must have a GPA of at least a 2.5.

Education majors must have a GPA of at least a 2.75.

Are transfer students eligible for academic awards?

Yes, undergraduate transfer students are eligible for academic awards as long as they have not attained a prior Bachelor’s degree.

These are merit based awards and are not dependent on financial aid.

Can I transfer Brenau credits to other colleges? Yes, Brenau is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges so courses taken at Brenau should transfer to other colleges.

Can my CLEP exam scores transfer into Brenau credits? Yes, if you have taken a CLEP exam, you may be eligible to have your score reviewed for transfer credit. CLEP scores are evaluated on an individual basis according to the subject matter of each exam. To find out which of your courses will be accepted as transfer credits, please send an official transcript to The Office of Admissions at 500 Washington Street, SE, Gainesville, GA 30501. Be sure to include your full name, address, phone number, and email address. Once you receive general admissions, your program plan will reflect if CLEP credit has been granted. Should you have any questions regarding CLEP credit, you can contact your academic advisor to discuss.

How old can courses be and still transfer in for credit?

The university will accept ALL liberal education courses regardless of the date of satisfactory completion unless the liberal education course is also a major course.

The university will accept major courses taken within 15 years unless listed below.

The university will accept major courses taken within 5 years for the specific courses listed below.

Exceptions to any policy above will go to the dean of the appropriate school for a final decision.

Courses with technical content (e.g. computer programming/applications, etc.) taken over five years prior to admission may not be eligible for transfer.

Changing majors after an admissions decision has been made may alter the eligibility of courses that have been already designated on a previous program plan.

Five Year Exception Rule Applies to the following Courses:

Business and Mass Communication

MM 250 Intro to Radio/TV

MM 251 Radio Production

MM 302 Television Production/Editing

MM 402 Convergent Media News

MM 450 Communication Law


Acceptance of Education Coursework from other institutions will be determined by the School of Education based upon the content knowledge required by the state teacher’s examination(s).

Fine Arts and Humanities

ID 233/233L CADD & Lab

ID 333/333L Advanced CADD & Lab

GR 207/207L Digital Graphic Design & Lab

GR 213/213L Typography Design & Lab

GR 314/314L Printing Prod & Publication Des

GR 410 Digital Media Design

FD 320 Computer Design in Fashion

Health Sciences

PY 202 Human Growth & Development

PY 301 Research Methods

OT 320 Neuroscience

BY 209 Anatomy & Physiology I

BY 210 Anatomy & Physiology II

BY 301 Genetics

BY 302 Ecology

CY 305 Biochemistry

CS 100 Integrated Computer Comp.

What courses will not transfer to Brenau University? Developmental Studies and English as a Second Language Courses do not transfer.

How many transfer hours of credit can be transferred in from prior institutions?

In no case will a student be permitted to transfer more than 65 semester hours of credit (97 quarter hours) from two year institutions to a Brenau program. This 65-hour limit represents the total of all credit taken at all 2 year colleges the student might have attended before applying for admission to Brenau.

This 65-hour maximum does not affect Brenau’s minimal residency requirement.

Departments reserve the right to require a student to take a prerequisite course for a Brenau course at a four year institution.

Do certain majors have a separate admissions process? Yes, the nursing major has a separate admissions process.

What is the nursing admissions process? The nursing admissions process is a two-fold admissions process. Nursing candidates must fill out the general admissions application and provide official college transcripts to be mailed to the Office of Admissions.

If general admission is received, nursing majors receive a general admissions packet consisting of the general admissions letter, program plan of study, nursing application and nursing test application. Nursing majors are to complete the nursing application which is a form listing the required pre-nursing courses and the nursing test application and mail/fax these forms to the Department of Nursing.

Please note, the transcript evaluator will fill out the nursing application form with the courses that transfer into Brenau AND meet degree requirements for the BSN.

The applicant will on the right hand side of the form indicate which semester (fall, spring, or summer), year and institution you will complete the remaining courses.

Fax the completed form to the department of nursing at 770.538.4666

Should you fail to do so you will not be considered for application into the nursing program

Deadline for the Full-time track is November 15. The deadline for the Part-time track is June 30.

A blank copy of the Nursing Course Completion form may be found online at

The Department of Nursing’s Admission and Progression Committee will review files for admission in late January for the full-time track and late summer for the part-time track.