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Brenau University

Brenau University is more than just a place to earn your degree. It’s a place where you’ll discover new things about yourself and the world around you, explore your passions and meet people you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.

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Brenau University was founded in 1878 as the Georgia Baptist Female Seminary by Dr. W.C. Wilkes. In 1900, H.J. Pearce, who was the institution's president at the time, named it Brenau, which is a linguistic blend of the German word "brennen," meaning "to burn," and the Latin "aurum", which translates to "gold." This combination embodies our motto, "As gold refined by fire."


  • As students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees or non-degree programs at Brenau campuses and online, each prepares for a lifetime of intellectual accomplishment and appreciation of artistic expression through a curriculum enriched by the liberal arts, scientific inquiry and global awareness.
  • Brenau University will become a nationally recognized leader by empowering individuals from diverse backgrounds and equipping them for success through transformative experiences. With an enduring commitment to serve each student, Brenau will continue to pursue excellence while meeting the changing needs of our community and the world.


  • More and more employers tell us every year that they of course, want college graduates who have good GPA’s and have participated in extracurricular activities. 
  • And, they say they want them to have some experience in their field of study as well. Internships are an excellent way to get that experience. 
  • We highly recommend that as a first step you visit the Office of Career Services so we can assist you in developing a powerful, effective and targeted resume.


Student services

  • Brenau’s faculty and staff work everyday to make your college experience the best it can be. Sometimes navigating college can seem difficult, and we encourage you to reach out to any of these offices if you have questions or need support. 
  • Each of these offices are full of dedicated professionals who are here to help.

Medical services

  • Brenau’s Center for Health and Well-being offers a holistic approach toward health with a focus on physical, mental and emotional well-being. All enrolled students and employees have access to medical care through the center. 
  • Brenau’s counselors provide free, confidential services to enrolled students, including group and individual sessions.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Brenau University has four campuses, three located in Gainesville, Georgia, and one in North Atlanta.
  • For more information on where your major of interest is offered, please visit the page for your specific program.
  • Since 1878, the Brenau historic Gainesville campus has been a fixture in the North Georgia community. 
  • This campus is home to most programs for The Women’s College and coeducational undergraduate school, and offers some graduate programs.

Sports facilities

The Brenau University Fitness Center features aerobic exercise machines, Cybex weight equipment, gymnasium and swimming pool with showers, dressing and locker rooms for women and men.  

  • Allen Creek Soccer Complex
  • Brenau University Basketball Gymnasium
  • Brenau University Swimming Pool
  • Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park


  • Brenau University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associates, baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctoral degrees.

Gainesville, Georgia, United States

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