Learn what it means to be a Golden Tiger at Winter Weekend!

Want to know if Brenau is right for you? Join us for an action-packed Winter Weekend and experience what it’s like to be a Golden Tiger! You’ll get to spend the night on campus, attend fun events and get to know current students and learn what Brenau life is all about.

At Winter Weekend, you will:

  • Stay overnight in one of our residence halls or sorority houses
  • Hang out with current Brenau students and learn what Brenau is really like 
  • Cheer on students as they compete in Brenau’s Got Talent
  • Attend our party and dance the night away 
  • Meet Brenau professors and find more about the majors you’re interested in

Learn More About Winter Weekend

See what all the fun is about with this video highlighting Winter Weekend at Brenau!

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Winter Weekend is only available for students who have applied to Brenau University. Apply now so you don't miss out on the fun!

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Register for Winter Weekend and secure your spot for the most fun way to get to know what it means to be a Brenau student this winter.

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Parent Consent Form

We must have a Parent Consent Form on file for you to attend Winter Weekend. Please have your parent or legal guardian complete this form.

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Ariana Long dances at Winter Weekend
Winter Weekend is when I really got a feel for the student life on campus. I saw the vibrant personality of the student body and immediately felt at home. I was randomly assigned to stay the night at the Tri Delta house, and I loved it so much that I became a member there a year later. Winter Weekend is when I realized that Brenau is where I belonged.
Sarah Nolan cheers at Winter Weekend
Attending Winter Weekend helped me see what the culture is and what it would really be like attending Brenau. Getting the inside experience solidified my decision to come to Brenau, and I learned so much more about the school. I met some amazing people that really wanted to get to know me, and I am still friends with them!
Payton Hicks in basketball jersey
Attending Winter Weekend was a pivotal experience that ultimately helped me make my decision to attend Brenau. Interacting with college students is a great opportunity to see how you can fit in the atmosphere here at Brenau, and see if this is a place you can thrive in. If you’re a potential student, I highly recommend attending Winter Weekend and fully embracing the Golden Tiger experience!

View the tentative schedule for Winter Weekend

Friday, January 27th

  • 4 p.m. – Earlybird Tour: Brenau Trustee Library
  • 4:30 p.m. – Check-in: Brenau Trustee Library
  • 5:30 p.m. – Welcome and Opening Session: Thurmond McRae
  • 6 p.m. – Dinner: Hopkins Dining Hall
  • 7 p.m. – Brenau’s Got Talent: Pearce Auditorium
  • 8 p.m. – Down Time: Get to know your housemates and freshen up for the Party!
  • 8:30 p.m. – Dance Party: Hopkins Dining Hall
  • 10 p.m. – Return to housing for the evening

Map of Friday’s Events

Saturday, January 28th

  • 8:30 a.m. – Brunch: Hopkins Dining Hall
  • 10 a.m. – Greek Sing: Hopkins Dining Hall
  • 11 a.m. – Academic Showcase A: Yonah Lobby
  • 12:15 p.m. – Academic Showcase B: Yonah Lobby
  • 1 p.m. – Check Out/Food Truck: Yonah Lobby/Golden Tiger Way
    • 1 p.m. *Optional Campus Tour: Yonah Porch
    • 1 – 3 p.m. *Optional Tour of Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling: 106 Spring St SW, 2nd floor – Free parking in the deck.

Map of Saturday’s Events

Academic Showcase Selections

Showcase Options

Academic Showcase A

  • Business: Jacobs Building Lobby
  • Envisioning Yourself @ College: Banks
  • Theatre: Pearce Auditorium
  • Psychology: Darby School (Catch Bus at Daniel Pavilion)
  • Studio Art (Drawing/Painting, Graphic & Digital Arts, Museum Studies, Sculpture): Simmons Visual Arts 202 Mac Lab
  • Nursing: Science Building Room 21
  • Occupational Therapy: Science Building Room 13
  • Physician Assistant: Science Building Room 20
  • Physical Therapy: Science Building Room 10

Academic Showcase B

  • Dance: East Campus (Catch Bus at Wheeler House)
  • Education: Jewell Building, Room 4
  • Interior Design: Simmons Visual Arts, Room L3
  • Psychology: Darby School (Catch Bus at Daniel Pavilion)
  • Biology, Pre-Med, Health Science: Science Building Room 23
  • Humanities (English, History/Political Science, Conflict Resolution/Legal Studies, Undecided and Honors Program): Burd Center Disque Lecture Hall
  • Fashion Merchandising & Fashion Design: Burd Center Room 302 Fashion Lab
  • Envisioning Yourself @ College: Banks
  • Music: Burd Center Room 345
  • Mass Communication (PR/Journalism, Radio/TV, Social Media): Jacobs Building TV Studio

Parent Resources and Information

Parent Events Schedule

Friday, January 27th

  • 6:00 p.m. – Parent Meet & Greet: Brenau Trustee Library
  • 7:00 p.m. – Brenau’s Got Talent: Pearce Auditorium Balcony

Saturday, January 28th

  • 11 a.m. – Parent Q&A Session: Sellers Gallery
  • 12 – 2 p.m. Auxiliary Offices will be available for questions: Yonah Lobby
  • 12:30 p.m. – Financial Aid info Session: Sellars Gallery

Map of Parent Events

Need a place to stay for the night?

Check out our Alumni Benefits page for a discount on hotels around Gainesville

Things to do in Gainesville

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

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Escape the Clock

4 different escape room scenarios
119 Green Street NE, Gainesville, GA 30501; ~2 min drive from campus
Cost: $30-54

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Spa on Green Street

Massage, facials, body treatments
635 Green Street NW, Gainesville, GA 30501 ~4 min drive from campus

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Sweet Acre Farms Winery

Wine tasting
7584 Bill Wilson Rd. Alto, GA 30510; ~20 min drive from campus

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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

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Eleanor Lee moves into her dorm room
I really like how everyone was so kind when they welcomed me even though I was really nervous. I was able to make great friends, and I also had a great time!

Winter Weekend FAQs

Winter Weekend

While Winter Weekend is only open to high school seniors. If you are a high school junior, we would love to have you come to campus for one of our special tours. Please contact the Admissions office to schedule a Private Tour. 770-534-6100

Winter Weekend

In a sorority house or residence hall with current students.

Winter Weekend

Make sure you have opted-in to texting so you will receive all notifications regarding Winter Weekend.

Winter Weekend

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

Winter Weekend

Academic showcases are the different department’s time to show you what their students learn in their major classes. You get to choose two showcases to attend so you can explore different major options.

Winter Weekend

Yes! As long as they are a senior in high school, they are welcome to attend. Just share the registration link on this page with them.

Winter Weekend

We would love for your parents to attend on Friday for the Welcome. They are welcome to attend all activities on Saturday.

Winter Weekend

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

Winter Weekend

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.

Winter Weekend

For the daytime activities comfortable, warm 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.

Winter Weekend

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 ARE VERY LIMITED.