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

Step 1:
Apply to Brenau!

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

Apply Today

Step 2:
Register for Winter Weekend

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.

Register for Winter Weekend

Step 3:
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.

Parent Consent Form
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!

Winter Weekend Schedule: Tentative (check often)

Friday, Feb. 16

Open: Bookstore (10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) 10 Washington St. & Tea Room (3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) 220 Sorority Circle

  • 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, Feb. 17

Open: Tea Room (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)

  • 8:30 a.m. – Brunch: Hopkins Dining Hall
  • 10 a.m. – Greek Sing: Pearce Auditorium
  • 11 a.m. – Academic Showcase A: Pearce Auditorium
  • 12:15 p.m. – Academic Showcase B: Pearce Auditorium
  • 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: 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

Academic Showcase A

(Note: List subject to change)

  • Business (Healthcare Admin, Risk Mgmt/Insurance, Finance, Marketing, Hospitality Mgmt, Accounting, Human Resource Mgmt.): Jacobs Building Lobby
  • Dance: East Campus (Catch Bus at Daniel Pavilion)
  • Education: Jewell Building, Room 4
  • Envisioning Yourself @ College: (Undecided/Undeclared)Banks
  • Exercise Science:Science Building Room 30
  • Nursing: Science Building Room 21
  • Theatre: Burd – Bobbit
  • Studio Art (Drawing/Painting, Graphic & Digital Arts, Museum Studies, Sculpture): Simmons Visual Arts 202 Mac Lab

Academic Showcase B

(Note: List subject to change)

  • Interior Design: Simmons Visual Arts, Room L3
  • Psychology: Darby School (Catch Bus at Daniel Pavilion)
  • Biology, Pre-Med, Health Science: Science Building Room 13
  • 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: (Undecided/Undeclared)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, February 16th

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

Saturday, February 17th

  • 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

Parents, need a place to stay for the night?

Things to do in Gainesville

Gainesville Theatre Alliance

Gainesville Theatre Alliance is a one-of-a-kind, nationally-recognized collaboration between the University of North Georgia and Brenau University.

The Crucible

by Arthur Miller
Recommended for ages 15+

Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. This captivating drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society.

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

Learn More

Escape the Clock

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

Learn More

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

Learn More

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

Learn More

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

Learn More

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

Learn More

The Spa on Green Street

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

Learn More

Sweet Acre Farms Winery

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

Learn More

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

Learn More
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!


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Winter Weekend FAQs

Winter Weekend

This is up to you! Please check the weather and dress accordingly. We recommend wearing comfortable and warm clothing. Attendees also usually bring a change of clothes for the party, but doing so is totally your call!

Winter Weekend

Winter Weekend is a sleepover. So, make sure to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, towel, floor padding (optional), pajamas, toiletries, etc. Shower facilities may be limited due to the amount of attendees. Please stick to bringing only one overnight bag, sleeping bag and pillow. Also, make sure your belongings are easily portable because you’ll be carrying them across campus!

Winter Weekend

Yes. Winter Weekend is open to all active high school senior and transfer applicants. If you’re thinking about attending Brenau, we’d love for you to visit and tour our beautiful campus! You can register at or contact the Office of Admissions at 770-534-6100 or

Winter Weekend

Most of our attendees will stay in a sorority house or a residence hall. Don’t forget that this is a sleepover. So, if you’re wanting to be extra comfortable when you sleep, we recommend bringing padding for the floor to go under your sleeping bag!

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

Our academic showcases give you the opportunity to meet your potential future professors and get a closer look at the academic departments that interest you the most. You’ll be able to choose two different showcases, allowing you to explore the programs you’re most curious about!

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

Parents do not have to attend, but are welcome to join you for Friday’s activities up until 8 p.m. They are also welcome to attend all of Saturday’s activities!

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.