Founded in 1878, Brenau University is a private, not-for-profit comprehensive institution of higher education that enrolls students in graduate and undergraduate studies on campuses and online. Based in Gainesville, Georgia, we include a residential Women’s College, which represents the academic and philosophical underpinnings of our liberal arts university. Brenau also provides coeducational opportunities through the doctoral level, including on-ground programs in Georgia locales Gainesville, Augusta, Norcross, Fairburn and Jacksonville, Florida.
Brenau offers doctorates in nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy, a terminal M.F.A. in interior design, specialist in education, master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees as well as professional certifications. The Women’s College boasts 14 nationally competitive intercollegiate Golden Tigers sports teams, national honor societies and national sororities with dedicated residential facilities on campus. The university provides outlets for artistic expression and community service for all students. Brenau possesses an extensive and distinctive permanent collection of art and presents year-round programming that includes art exhibitions, lectures, debates and literary readings, and theatrical and musical performances.
The Front Campus
The most recognizable and iconic part of Brenau University is Front Campus. Bordered by Yonah and Bailey Halls and Pearce Auditorium, Front Campus is the heart of Brenau’s Historic Gainesville Campus and where many of her traditions evolved. Notable locations on Front Campus include the Crow’s Nest, the Grace Hooten Moore Fountain and Daniel Pavilion. Front Campus is also the site of Brenau’s commencement ceremonies each May.
The Brenau Downtown Center
Brenau’s newest facility, the Downtown Center, is home to the Department of Physical Therapy, the most modern Human Anatomy Lab in the State of Georgia, 2 floors of classrooms and the Brenau Theatre on the Square. The facility also serves as a living gallery. The Manhattan Gallery of Modern Art is built around pieces from The Andy Warhol Foundation and the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel collection. The university’s permanent art collection includes the largest number of works by Robert Rauschenberg of any college or university. The large ballroom can be sub divided for meetings or small luncheons and dinners.
Brenau East campus, housed in the Featherbone Communiversity, is home to the schools of nursing and occupational therapy. In addition to classroom spaces and faculty offices, Brenau East facilities include an extensive human patient simulator laboratory, the Whalen Auditorium, and theater and dance studios.
A welcoming community atmosphere, Residence Life adds to the Women’s College experience. There are RAs (Residence Assistants) available to help students and offer guidance. The newest residence hall is under construction and set to open in 2016.
- 7 residence halls
- 8 sorority houses, 4 of which opened in 2015
- A general resident hall scheduled for opening in 2016
- Apartments for upperclass and graduate male and female students
The Athletics Complex is headquarters for 14 Brenau Golden Tiger intercollegiate athletic teams in 10 sports: soccer, volleyball, swimming, cross country, track and field, tennis, basketball, cheerleading, softball and golf.
The complex includes the Fitness Center, which has classrooms for physical education, dance studios, aerobics studios, weight rooms, training room, basketball court, and an AAU-size swimming pool; the Smithgall Tennis Center; and office for Athletics Department personnel and coaches. The Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park, scheduled for initial opening in 2016, will be the home field for track and field, softball, and soccer.
John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts
The 51,000-square-foot John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts offers modern, spacious facilities for dance, music, theater, and other performing arts productions. The Leo Castelli Gallery, one of three dedicated art gallery spaces on the historic campus, supplies space for exhibits, meetings and classes. The largest performance space in the center is the Hosch Theatre. The Burd Center also houses various music and theater classrooms and rehearsal spaces, a photography and print-making lab, and a fashion design studio.
Named for longtime trustee and benefactor John W. Jacobs, Jr., the Jacobs Building is home to the College of Business & Mass Communication. It includes classrooms, a lecture hall, faculty offices, and production facilities and studios for television and radio, including 89.1, WBCX-FM, an around-the-clock broadcasting entity that serves northeast Georgia. The large atrium is often the locale for a variety of educational events, public gatherings and informal musical performances for students and the public throughout the year.
Built in the 1960s, the Science Building houses faculty offices, classrooms, and laboratories, many of which have been renovated in the recent past. Many of the classes for the College of Health Sciences biomedical concentration are held in this facility.
The Brenau Trustee Library sustains and enhances the university’s academic learning environment with a welcoming environment that offers a rich variety of resources for all users. The Trustee Library also houses Redwine Technology Center, the Language Bistro and the Writing Center.
Library resources include:
- 85,000 print volumes;
- more than 60,000 ebooks;
- a core selection of journals and a media collection of DVDs, videos and CDs;
- access to more than 200 databases;
- Special Collections, which includes the Bentley Rare Books room, the Tom Watson Collection, and the Dian Fossey exhibition;
- classes and personalized instruction in research techniques.
Owens Student Center
Named for alumna Louise Hancock Owens, the Owens Student Center houses the offices of Student Services, which include Career Services, International and Study Abroad programs, Residence Life, Center for Traditions and Greek Life, Student Activities, Dean of Students, Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the switchboard. Also in this building are the campus post office, a computer lab, and a lounge for nonresidential students.