Brenau University

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500 Washington Street SE

Gainesville, GA 30501

Phone: (770) 534-6299
2013-2014 Tuition
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rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#49 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Brenau University is a private institution that was founded in 1878. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 745, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 43 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Brenau University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 49. Its tuition and fees are $23,350 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

With a renowned 130-year liberal arts tradition, The Brenau Women's College offers a traditional campus life, rich with student activities and leadership opportunities ranging from rowing club to radio reporting. Brenau also boasts a strong intervarsity athletic program and prides itself in promoting women in leadership roles. Brenau students find energizing learning communities on campus as well as engaging programs off-campus -- ranging from hands-on experiences at international sites to service learning opportunities closer to campus.

General Information

School type private, women's college
Year founded 1878
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $29,323,374


When applying to Brenau University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due September 1. The application fee at Brenau University is $35. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 30.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 30.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by September 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Brenau University is 8:1, and the school has 81.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Brenau University include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Visual and Performing Arts; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Education; and Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 8:1
4-year graduation rate 33%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 46%
Visual and Performing Arts 18%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 8%
Education 7%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 5%

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Student Life

Brenau University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 745, with a gender distribution of 0 percent male students and 100 percent female students. At this school, 51 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 50 percent of students live off campus. Brenau University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 822
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Brenau University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, and health service. Brenau University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Brenau University, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Brenau University.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Brenau University, 81.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,490.

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Tuition and fees $23,350 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,428 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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