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Brenau University


Founded as a private institution for the education of women, Brenau began life in 1878 as Georgia Baptist Female Seminary. W.C. Wilkes, the institution’s first administrator, is credited with building many of the historic buildings that still stand today. In 1900 H. J. Pearce purchased the institution and renamed it Brenau, a linguistic blend formed from the German word brennen, “to burn”, and the Latin aurum, “gold”. Its motto is “As Gold Refined by Fire”.

Brenau College remained privately owned until 1911 when a board of trustees assumed stewardship of the college, as remains the case today. In 1928, Brenau created a female, residential, college-preparatory school serving grades 9 through 12, and in the late 1960s, Brenau began offering evening and weekend classes to both men and women through what was known as The Evening And Weekend College.

Brenau College became Brenau University in 1992 by a vote of the Board of Trustees, a name change that reflected the comprehensive programs of study, the diverse student body, new and stricter employment criteria for professors, and the scope of available graduate programs.


Recent honors

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The Chronicle, Great Colleges to Work For 2011

Princeton Review 2012 A Best College in the Southeast

Fast Facts

Founded: 1878

Main campus: Gainesville, Georgia (45 miles northeast of Atlanta, Georgia)

Type: Private; Non-sectarian Liberal Arts

Total Student Enrollment 2012/2013: 2,777

Undergraduate Enrollment 2012/2013: 1,723

Graduate Enrollment 2012/2013: 1054

Programs Offered: view programs here.

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Campus locations: Undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs in Gainesville and North Atlanta / Norcross, South Atlanta / Fairburn, Augusta and Kings Bay.

Athletics (Women’s College):  Brenau Golden Tigers

Affiliations: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA); Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC)


Mailing addresses:

North Atlanta Campus
3139 Campus Drive, Ste 300
Norcross, GA 30071
770-263-8810 Fax
South Atlanta Campus
314 W. Broad St.
Fairburn, GA 30213
678-827-7301 Fax
Augusta Campus
111 Davis Road
Martinez, GA 30907
706-210-2620 Fax
Gainesville Campus
500 Washington St. SE
Gainesville, GA 30501
770-538-4701 Fax
Kings Bay Campus
P.O. Box 47148
Kings Bay, GA 31547
912-882-1637 Fax

In 2002, Brenau’s Online College was formed using internet technology to reach students who because of professional or personal responsibilities are unable to attend classes on campus.

Today, Brenau’s vibrant structure continues to attract students from a large number of venues: Brenau Women’s College remains the cornerstone of the university. The unique single-gender undergraduate experience provides residential, commuter and supplemental online course options.

Undergraduate programs for men and women in multiple majors exist online and at regional campusesaround Georgia in North AtlantaSouth AtlantaAugusta, Gainesville and Kings Bay.

Brenau’s graduate programs are offered Online and on campus: masters-level programs in business,education, nursinggerontology, occupational therapy, health care administrationpsychologyinterior designeducation specialist, doctoral-level interior design M.F.A.

Online courses at Brenau lead to both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students use online courses as a supplement to regular classes, but Brenau also offers completely online tracks in business,nursinggerontologyaccountingorganizational leadership and human resources management.

Brenau Academy, founded in 1928, and now known as the Early College Program, challenges high school students to live extraordinary lives of personal and professional fulfillment by providing the opportunity to accelerate through their high school curriculum and begin their undergraduate college experience early in a unique and nurturing dual enrollment program.

One University, Four Colleges

  • College of Business & Mass Communication
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts & Humanities
  • College of Health Sciences