Welcome students and families! Congratulations on making the decision to follow your dreams and enroll in college. As a first generation college student - meaning that neither of your parents has a college degree - transitioning from high school and navigating college life can be scary. We are here to walk you through new processes, be your biggest cheerleaders and help you succeed. Below are resources, FAQs and other helpful information that will hopefully make your journey to college easier and less frightening. Let's get started!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What supplies do I need?
    Unlike high school there is no supply list, and your text books are not provided. Many students are surprised by the additional cost of books or access codes for online content. Students often purchase used books to save money, and wait until the first class meeting to determine the other items needed for the class. Many items come down to personal preference, but a good planner be it digital or paper is a must!

    How do I file for and accept my Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is available to file on October 1 of each year for the upcoming academic year that begins in August. 
    How do I accept my financial aid?
    Here is a link to the instructions on our web page: How to Accept Financial Aid

    Can I work while going to school?
    You can certainly work while you are taking classes at Brenau. Students often find that it is very important to manage their schedule while taking classes. Some students work on campus while others find jobs outside of Brenau. Both are acceptable. We encourage students to take advantage of the services Brenau offers if they need help in managing both work and college life.

    How will I get my class schedule?
    After you are admitted, you will work with an academic adviser who will introduce you to your program plan. A program plan is a road map of courses that lead to your degree. Your adviser will help you choose classes that create a balanced schedule and make sure you take classed in the proper sequence.

    What do I do if I am sick and can't go to class?
    If you are unable to attend class due to being sick, you will need to notify your professors by email. It is encouraged that you seek medical attention by visiting Health Services. If you anticipate missing several classes or will miss class due to a doctor's appointment, you will need to notify Jessica Bowling in Student Services, and provide her with your doctor's excuse. She will notify your professors of the absence. Her email is jbowling@brenau.edu

    What will a "typical" day be like?
    Depending on your schedule you could be in class for several hours a day or none at all. Some students try to have classes on certain days of the week, while others do better spreading their classes across the week. Unlike high school, however, you are not expected to spend the entire day on campus if you aren't in class. A handy guide is to plan on spending two hours working outside the class for every hour in class.


    Tutoring Services

    Learning Center

    The Learning Center provides a variety of valuable academic support services to all currently enrolled students to help them be successful. Professional tutoring and academic coaching sessions are offered by appointment for all students free of charge. Disability services such as letters of academic accommodations and test proctoring services are available for students who have a diagnosed disability. The center also provides ESL tutoring services for international students and is the university’s official CLEP/DSST testing center. Click here to visit the Learning Center website for additional information.


    The Brenau Trustee Library is your resource for researching papers and assignments, studying, writing, doing group work or just taking a moment to relax. The Library is open Monday-Friday from 7:45 a.m to 6 p.m. Contact them at library@brenau.eduor 770-534-6113

    Math & Science Spa

    The Math Science SPA, or Study Place for Achievement, provides comfortable study areas and networked computers for student use. Tutoring is available for students taking any math or science course. Tutors can also help with scientific research papers. 

    Smarthinking Online Tutoring

    Smarthinking Online Tutoring provides all students with free and easy online access to expert tutors on-demand or by appointment 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Access is quick and simple via your Canvas account. 

    Writing Center

    Trained peer tutors are available to meet with students in one-on-one conferences in the Writing Center. They assist with papers and presentations for any class, across all disciplines. Students can make appointments at brenau.mywconline.com

    Other Resources

    Brenau Bookstore

    We offer both an online bookstore and an on-ground bookstore on the Gainesville campus. Textbook rentals are also available. To find the books needed for your classes have your upcoming course list handy and visit our online bookstore at the link below. Click on the "Textbook" tab on the bookstore page to search for the books you need. We've made it super easy!

    Visit the Bookstore

    Dining Options

    Hopkins Dining Hall is centrally-located on campus for easy access. Residential students’ meal plans are included in their room & board fees, and commuter students have plenty of meal plan options available to them as well. Every student has Flex Bucks options on their student ID card, which can be used in the Tea Room – a coffee-shop and grill on the Gainesville historic campus – and the Brenau East Bistro at East Campus. For more information, visit Brenau Dining Services.


    Brenau Dining

    Health Services

    Brenau Health Services is here to help you with a number of services. Appointments are required. Services include:

    • Examination by the NP when ill or injured
    • Assessment, diagnosis and treatment
    • Assistance with referral for further medical treatment
    • Physical exams 
    • Testing available for COVID-19, Flu, Mono, Pregnancy, Strep, Anemia and UTI

    Brenau's Health Services team works closely with the Hall County Health Department to monitor COVID-19. For more information on Brenau's effort to keep everyone healthy and safe and for a list of Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Brenau Moving Forward page below.

    COVID-19 FAQs



    For students who would like to live on campus, housing is available for daytime students at the Gainesville campus. Visit our Housing & Residence Life FAQs for the most common information. 

    To apply for campus housing, click on the button below.


    Housing Forms

    Meet a First Gen Student

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    A professor who teaches on a limited-term contract, often for one semester at a time.

    Advisor: A faculty member who works with a student to make sure he/she takes the correct classes to meet graduation requirements.

    Board: "Board" in Room and Board refers to your meal plan.

    Credit Hour: One credit hour is equal to 15 to 16 hours of instruction. Your credit hours are calculated over the full semester, which is generally 14 weeks. Most lecture and seminar courses are worth 3 credit hours.

    FAFSA :The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form you need to fill out to get financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college. At Brenau we also use the FAFSA to determine what additional grants we can award you based on your or your parent's income.

    GPA: Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average.

    Internship: A short-term work experience offered by companies and other organizations for students to get some entry-level exposure to a particular industry or field.

    Meal Plan: A method of purchasing meals up front for the duration of the semester at the college you attend.

    November 8th - National First Generation Day: The date of the annual National First-Generation College Celebration to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

    Peer Assistant/PA:  an undergraduate student staff member who work alongside the Student Services Staff during New Student Orientation and Advising and Registration to assist new students with their academic transition to the University.

    Resident Assistant/RA:  and undergraduate  student staff member who lives in the residence halls. RAs help support the academic success, social development, and personal growth of students by creating programs and experiences within a diverse community of learners that involve students, faculty, and staff.

    Registrar: an officer of an educational institution responsible for registering students, keeping academic records.

    Scholarship: Financial support awarded to a student to help pay for college based on academic achievement, talent or athletic ability.

    Work Study: Federal Work Study provides funds for part-time jobs on campus for undergraduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses. You must file your FAFSA to find out if you are eligible for Work Study.

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