Students in The Women’s College of Brenau University are members of a passionate, driven group of women ready to be the positive change the world needs. For more than 140 years, The Women’s College has prepared women like you to become the accomplished women you are meant to be. Our graduates mold the world as certified teachers, business leaders, health care practitioners, expert scientists, talented musicians, theater professionals, interior designers, fashion merchandisers and so much more.

The Women’s College thrives with a full range of academic and extracurricular experiences, including nationally competitive intercollegiate sports, national residential sororities, honor societies, and outlets for artistic expression and community service. Through our signature programs, each year at The Women’s College of Brenau University focuses on a critical piece of your journey to becoming a Brenau Woman.

The Women’s College of Brenau University prepares you for a life well lived — one that helps to make our world a better place for all.

Features of The Women’s College include:

  • Signature programs exclusively for women
  • Single-gender experiences and residence life
  • Premier student services
  • Life-shaping experiences beyond the classroom
  • Competitive intercollegiate athletics
  • Courses exclusively for women
  • Digital portfolio development tailored for the workplace and graduate school
  • Alumnae networking and personal mentoring
  • Residential Greek life
  • Study abroad and intercultural opportunities
  • Professional preparation

The Women’s College Advantage

11:1 student:faculty

Small Class Size

With a student-faculty ratio of 11:1, the Women’s College offers a truly student-centered education.

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Women-Only Classes

While men are admitted to Brenau University, classes in the Women’s College create an environment specifically for women.

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Over 140 Years of Tradition

While Brenau has been an adaptive leader in educating women, it also prides itself on its century-old defining moments.

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Historic Campus

Women’s College students attend, and many reside, on the beautiful, historic campus in Gainesville, Georgia.


Our innovative signature GOLD Program designed specifically for women focuses on gender awareness, personal and professional development, leadership and service, global perspective and the advancement of women.

The Women’s College provides you the opportunity to pursue and embody these qualities through all four years of your student experience:

  • Gender: a year committed to women’s empowerment
  • Ownership: a year focused on personal responsibility and civic engagement
  • Leadership: a year dedicated to preparing tomorrow’s leaders
  • Diversity: a year concentrating on global citizenship

Learn more about the GOLD Program


The IDEAL Collective is an immersive, living-learning community grounded in the principles of the Brenau Ideal. Focusing on leadership and collaborative, project-based service learning, the IDEAL Collective is open to select juniors and seniors through a competitive application process.

The Women’s College experience means being surrounded by women who are bettering themselves. With this program, The Women’s College students are prepared to go out into the world and be agents of change.

The Brenau Ideal

To find satisfaction in being rather than in seeming;
To find joy in doing rather than in dreaming;
To be prepared for service thereby earning the right to be served;
To be pure in heart; vigorous in mind, discreet in action;
To love deeply, fear nothing, hate never;
To enjoy that freedom which comes from knowledge of the “Truth”;
To be modestly conscious of the limitations of human knowledge
and serenely confident of the limitless reaches of human endeavor —
This is the ideal of Brenau.

— H.J. Pearce, Brenau President, 1900-1943


The Women’s College of Brenau University conscientiously supports sports for female student-athletes, providing opportunity, discipline, status, honor, scholarship and much more. Brenau is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Appalachian Athletic Conference. The Golden Tigers have won national and regional titles in multiple sports and numerous student athletes have been named Academic All-Americans.

Brenau competes in the following varsity sports:

  • Basketball
  • Competitive cheer
  • Competitive dance
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball

Brenau also competes in junior varsity basketball and softball, and spirit cheerleading. Find out more at

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There are eight national sororities in The Women’s College, six of which are members of the National Panhellenic Conference and two are members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc.
Greek life in The Women’s College promotes unity among sorority members and fosters inter-sorority cooperation and understanding. Learn more about Greek Life at Brenau.

The following national sororities have chapters on the Gainesville campus:

Alpha Chi Omega
November 24, 1911

Alpha Delta Pi
April 18, 1910

Alpha Gamma Delta
May 5, 1913

Alpha Kappa Alpha
May 14, 1994

Delta Delta Delta
May 6, 1914

Delta Sigma Theta
April 21, 2000

Phi Mu
October 8, 1910

Zeta Tau Alpha
January 15, 1911


Founded by Dr. W.C. Wilkes in 1878, The Women’s College was named Brenau College in 1900 by then-President H.J. Pearce. The name Brenau is a linguistic combination from the German word “brennen,” meaning “to burn” and the Latin “aurum,” which means “gold.” The name forms the institution’s poetic motto: “As gold refined by fire.” Today, Brenau University consists of The Women’s College of Brenau University, the coeducational Undergraduate School of Brenau University, and the Sidney O. Smith Jr. Graduate School. The Women’s College, located in Gainesville, has provided excellence in single-gender education since 1878. For more than 140 years, Brenau has been known for its rich tradition of providing a rigorous, high-quality education.


The Executive Women’s Master of Business Administration expands upon Brenau’s tradition of educating successful, extraordinary women. This new, graduate degree program through The Women’s College will help women move from mid-management to the CEO suite.

The Executive Women’s MBA is an all-female executive program specifically designed to empower and promote uniquely talented women who are currently successful in the workplace but looking to advance to the next level. The program’s flexible platform combines online experiences with extended weekend residencies at the most significant financial and commercial centers in the world.


The best way to see if Brenau is right for you is to visit our campus. We would love to host you and your family – and maybe a friend or two – during a campus tour or weekend event. Our Golden Guides and admissions counselors are happy to answer your questions as they guide you around our beautiful campus. We offer daily tours on weekdays and on the last Saturday of each month, as well as special weekend visitation days throughout the year. Visit our admissions visit page to see upcoming events and schedule a campus visit. If you are unable to make it to one of our scheduled events, please give us a call and we will be happy to set up something just for you.


Visit our admissions pages to learn more about Brenau University and to get started.

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