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    Welcome to Brenau! The college selection process can seem overwhelming so we have put together some information about Brenau that we hope you will find helpful to you as you assist your student in making his or her choice. If you have any questions, you are welcome to reach out to us anytime by clicking on the Contact Admission link.

    Brenau is a diverse community of faculty, staff and students. We have been educating young women and men to take on leadership roles since 1878 and we believe in creating the most supportive learning and living environment possible for our students. And, we know that parent support is essential to student success.

    We hope the presentations and videos below will help answer any questions you have and provide you with useful information.

    Si necesita recibir información en español o hablar con un especialista en admisiones bilingüe, comuníquese con María Iniguez miniguez@brenau.edu o 770-534-6172.


    Freshman applicants who have successfully completed a college preparatory high school curriculum at a regionally accredited high school with a minimum GPA of 2.75 will generally be admitted to Brenau University.



    At Brenau, we believe in keeping the admissions process simple and direct. To begin an application for admission, students should follow the steps below.
    1. Submit an online application for admission at brenau.edu/apply.
    2. Request that official high school transcripts be sent to the Office of Admissions. They must come directly from the student’s high school. Official transcripts are accepted by mail, fax and email. High school counselors may also email transcripts directly to the student's admissions specialist or to documents@brenau.edu


    For many new students and their families, Financial Aid is one of the most important and least-understood aspects of going to college. With forms, regulations, and deadlines at every turn, it’s no wonder new students are often confused. The Financial Aid Office is here to help! They can be reached by email at financialaid@brenau.edu or by phone at 770-534-6152

    We recommend that students begin the financial aid process as soon as they apply for admission. 

    1. Visit fafsa.gov and complete the free application for Federal Student aid. This can be done as early as Oct. 1. Brenau’s FAFSA code is 001556.
    2. Both the parent and student must create a unique login (FSA ID).
    3. Eligible Georgia residents should apply for the Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant and HOPE Scholarship at gafutures.org.
    4. Visit the Financial Aid Office webpage and Brenau's Net Price Calculator to see what types of aid may be available.




    It's never too early to start preparing for college and we have put together an interactive PDF to help your student get started. Please feel free to contact your student's admissions specialist if you have questions.



    Choosing a major is one of the best parts of going to college. Does your student want to be a dancer, a teacher, a business owner or how about a health care professional? Explore our major options by clicking the link below. We hope one will be a great fit for your student.



    Campus security officers are on duty 24-hours a day and are always available to assist students. Students who are concerned about walking to their residence hall or car in the evenings may call the Security Office at 770-534-6202 and an officer will provide them with a vehicle or walking escort anywhere on campus.


    In order to keep students informed of safety and emergency matters, Brenau University uses the e2Campus system. This self-registering system is designed to send campus-wide notifications in the event of an emergency or safety related issue such as inclement weather. e2Campus is used by all faculty, staff and students of the university. The service is available at no charge.

    Click here to visit the Campus Security webpage and to find out more about e2Campus.



    Brenau University's Center for Health & Well-Being and Brenau Counseling Center is here to help your student with a number of services. The presentation below will introduce you to the services that are available to students.  


    Also, please visit their webpage at The Center for Health & Well-Being and Brenau Counseling Center for more information.


    Other Health Care Providers Close to Campus

    Urgent Care Gainesville

    The nearest urgent care center is located less than one mile (1.6km) from Brenau and offers prompt treatment of illnesses or injuries that require immediate attention, but are not life-threatening, without an appointment. The clinic is open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., seven days a week. These clinics charge fees for their services.

    Northeast Georgia Medical Center

    For major illnesses or injury, or when other facilities are not available, Brenau University is located adjacent to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. NGMC Gainesville is rated as Georgia's #1 Hospital (according to CareChex®), the #2 Hospital in the Nation and is among only twenty large community hospitals named to Truven Healthcare’s list of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals. NGMC charges fees for their services.


    Brenau's Health Services team is 
    working closely with the Hall County Health Department to monitor COVID. This group of dedicated health care professionals are:
    • Developing protocols to address COVID-19 concerns

    • Ordering personal protective equipment for the campus community: gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, soap and cleaning products

    • Conducting contact tracing: one of their top priorities to ensure campus is safe for everyone

    • Administering COVID-19 tests to faculty, staff and students if needed

    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.


    Click on the Tiger head to contact us!



    Brenau offers many academic support services to help ensure student success. Visit the links below for more details.

    Online Writing Center


    Math & Science SPA
    (Study Place for  Achievement)


    Library Resources/Lib Guides


    SmartThinking Online Tutoring







    We would love to host you and your student on campus or through a virtual visit. Click on the link below to see our schedule of upcoming tours and events.



    Home to about 33,000 people, Gainesville, Georgia is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The largely wooded city is surrounded by the 38,000-acre Lake Sidney Lanier. Traditionally known for its agricultural industries - the city proudly boasts of being “The Poultry Capital of the World.” Gainesville today is one of the largest economic and cultural centers in northeast Georgia, with an especially important role in health care and higher education services.


    Hotel Accommodations

    If you need a place to stay while visiting Brenau, the following hotels and inns are all located within three miles of the Gainesville historic campus.

    Ramada Inn: .5 miles/.8 km

    Hampton Inn: .7 miles/1.1 km

    Hilton Garden Inn: 2 miles/3.2 km

    Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites: 2.2 miles/3.5 km


    Gainesville, a city rich in both history and the arts, is home to several museums, theaters and performance halls. If you prefer outdoor leisure, the city also offers many recreational services and activities, many which are provided free to the public. Here are a few local resources you can use to find activities and events that interest you:

    The Arts Council, Inc.

    Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Gainesville

    Gainesville City Parks & Recreation

    Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University

    Lake Lanier

    Cafés, Restaurants and Dining

    The diverse selection of restaurants, cafés, diners and bistros in Gainesville offer meal options for all diets and eating habits. The following are some of the more popular options near the Gainesville historic campus.

    YellowFin: Seafood

    Scott’s Downtown: Casual Fine Dining

    Avocados: American

    Mellow Mushroom: Specialty Pizza

    Wild Wings: Chicken Wings

    Re-cess Gastro Pub: American

    Atlas Pizza: Specialty Pizza

    Sweet Magnolia’s Cafe & Bakery: Salad, Soups and Sandwiches

    Collegiate Grill: Classic American Diner

    Luna’s Restaurant & Piano Bar: Casual Fine Dining

    Two Dog Café: Rustic

    Inman Perk Coffee: Specialty Hot and Cold Beverages

    Fuji Hibachi Express: Japanese Fast Food

    Schlotzsky’s Deli: Sandwiches/Deli



    The Gainesville Connection is a bus service for the city of Gainesville that Brenau students may use free of charge with their student ID. The bus stops at the Gainesville historic campus, Downtown Center, and East Campus. Students can use the bus to get to the mall, Walmart, and other shops in the Gainesville area.

    Bus maps and times can be found on their website. 



    Visit our interactive campus map and get a birds-eye view of where everything is on campus.




    Thank you for visiting with us today. Working together, we will make your student's college search experience extraordinary. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to us. 

    Office of Admissions
    p: 770-534-6100
    e: admissions@brenau.edu