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Academics

While this small Georgia school known for its performing arts program just went co-ed, students still see this former all-women’s college as a “historic college that empowers and shapes young women into leaders,” and students say “Brenau is all about traditions, sisterhood, and being the best you can be.” The “small, close-knit campus” offers generous scholarship opportunities, as well as online and a “part time and weekend option,” which drew one Nursing major to the school because it allows students to work and attend school concurrently. The professors at Brenau are “very supportive and understanding and are always available when you need them,” and “they care about their students and want to help them succeed.” Students praise the “accessibility of [facilities] and staff [and the] ability to form close professional relationships with professors” and stress that the school is “a place of comfort with an emphasis [on] a well-rounded education.” Some students wish Brenau could “be more modern” and “bring computers into the courses.” In addition to the traditional college student, “Brenau offers education to adults who have been out of school for a long time with assistance to excel.” Some students lament that Brenau’s teaching style is “‘know this’ or ‘know that’ [with] little discussion” and say that the “math we have is strictly on our own.”

Student Body

The typical Brenau student has “a sense of hunger for learning and an ability to get along with others.” The sense of community is underscored by one psychology major who says, “We are really big on getting to know people especially incoming freshmen.” With the online, part-time, and commuter options, many students, like this business accounting major, say, “I take my classes online, therefore I am not on campus or anywhere near campus.” Many students would describe their fellow Brenau students as “working adults,” though for others “Brenau [students] love to study together, hang in the tearoom, go to Mule Camp on karaoke night and have adventures in the bamboo forest.” The “housing could improve” on campus and some students would like to see “leniency” in the alcohol policy (Brenau is a dry campus) for “legal adults.”

Campus Life

On campus, sororities and sports are popular, and students say that weekday activities usually involve “homework, [going] to the mall, and [hanging out] with friends.” “For fun [we] might go to the Gainesville Square, which is just a few blocks from campus,” says one biology major. An international relations major says that it’s common to “hang out with . . . friends [and] people talk a lot about politics.” For a nursing student who’s a self-described “artist at heart,” free time is spent drawing, painting, reading, and taking photographs. Volunteerism is common—“My life is about serving others,” says one pre-nursing student—with another student highlighting time spent at a local animal shelter. For students who want to travel beyond the school’s small hometown of Gainesville, the University of Georgia in Athens is a popular destination, as is Atlanta, which is only an hour away by car.

Overview

Applicants
1,975
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average HS GPA
3.35

GPA Breakdown

18%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99
8%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 560
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
420 - 530
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
17 - 23

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

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Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
284
with Terminal Degree
184

201
Women
83
Men
59
Minority

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
31%
Graduate in 5 years
39%
Graduate in 6 years
42%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Fashion Merchandising.
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other.
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other.
  • Nursing Practice.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Legal Professions and Studies, Other.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Acting.
  • Costume Design.
  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other.
  • Fashion/Apparel Design.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Interior Design.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Dr. Gale Allen
BU '91 - Acting Chief Scientist at NASA

Janie Bryant
A '85 - Emmy award-winning costume designer

Captain Christopher Culp, M.D.
BU '14 - Commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Hospital at Bremerton, Washington

Emmie Howard
WC '01 - ?Founder? of Southern Proper

Ashley Longshore
A '93? - Artist

Claudia Porter
BU '84 - Retired Atlanta police ?responsible for solving the Julie Love case

Rhonda Rich
WC '83 - Author

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
31%
Graduate in 5 years
39%
Graduate in 6 years
42%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,648

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$13,418

Average Need-Based Loan
$8,830

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
79%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,375

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$20,641

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$28,650
Required Fees
$400
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,270
Transportation for Commuters
$1,800

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,418
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,736
Foreign Countries Represented
17

Demographics

1.80%
Asian
32.23%
African-American
8.36%
Hispanic
45.99%
Caucasian
4.24%
Unknown
4.07%
International

91% female
9% male
7% are out of state
62% are full time
38% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
27%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
62%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Learning Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jennifer Loggins

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Psychological evaluation and/or psycho-educational testing and/or IEP or 504 Plan.

Documentation Required for ADHD

A letter from the treating physician with diagnosis and recommendations and/or a psychological evaluation.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
46
Number of Honor Societies
5

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
2

9% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

10% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (NA)
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Golden Tigers)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: LEO

Minority Support Groups: Black Student Association, HOPE (Hispanic Outreach Program & Enrichment), and International Student Association

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
ScholarBuys, Gov Connection, AT&T

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Julie Bingham
Admissions Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
500 Washington Street, SE
Gainesville, GA 30501

Phone
7705346100

Email
jbingham@brenau.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Pearce Auditorium
Burd Center for Performing Arts
Fitness Center
Dining Hall and Tea Room
Northeast Georgia History Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Gainesville Square
Mall of Georgia
North Georgia Mountains
Lake Lanier

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday or by appointment
8:30AM-5:00PM
7705346100

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8:30AM-5:00PM Monday through Friday
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@brenau.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Atlanta is closest airport and Shuttle Service is available to the Campus through Atlanta Airport Superior Shuttle & Limo.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Atlanta GA and points South: Take I-85 north to I-985 north. Take exit 22 off I-985 and turn left onto hwy 129. Turn right at eighth traffic light onto Academy Street, which will take you to the Burd Center. From Chattanooga TN and points North West: Take I-75 south to exit 125, which is marked hwy 20, in Cartersville, GA. Follow hwy 20 east through Canton and toward Cumming. Before you reach Cumming, turn left onto hwy 369. Stay on hwy 369 for about 40 minutes; it will take you into Gainesville. In Gainesville, turn left onto E.E. Butler Parkway, and at the third light turn right onto Academy Street, which will take you to the Burd Center. From Greenville, SC and points North East: Take I-85 south to Georgia (you will stay on I-85 for about an hour). Take the Gainesville/Jefferson, GA (hwy 129) exit, and head west on hwy 129. After passing over 985, turn right at eight traffic light onto Academy Street which will take you to the Burd Center. From Dahlonega, GA 400: Follow GA Route 60 to Gainesville. When the street forks, go left (E.E. Butler Parkway). Shortly after the fork, turn left onto Brenau Avenue. Park in the parking lot on your left. Burd Center is the next street over on Academy Street.

Local Accommodations
Places to Stay: Holiday Inn 770.531.0907 Hilton Garden Inn 770.532.3396 Hampton Inn 770.503.0300 *Recommended


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