Points of Pride

Brenau University is more than a place of learning. It’s a place where you can find your voice, explore your passions and meet people who you’ll cherish for the rest of your life. You’ll thrive  alongside a group of open-minded students, and learn from professors in small classroom settings who truly want to help you succeed. Each day, you’ll discover new things about yourself and the world around you. And, before you know it, you’ll graduate confident and prepared to accomplish your dreams.


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 Brenau’s motto, “As gold refined by fire.” Today, Brenau University consists of The Women’s College, the coed Undergraduate School, and the Sidney O. Smith Graduate School.

Location & Contact

Brenau University

500 Washington Street, SE

Gainesville, GA 30501

United States

Office of Admissions

Degrees Offered

Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Pre-Professional and Certificate Programs

Areas of Study

  • Accounting
  • Acting for Stage and Screen
  • Biology
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Conflict Resolution and Legal Studies
  • Costuming for Film and Theatre
  • Dance
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Exercise Science
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • General Studies
  • Health Science
  • Health Science [Pre-OT]
  • Health Science-PreNursing
  • Healthcare Administration
  • History/Political Science
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Interior Design
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Musical Theatre
  • Nursing
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Psychology
  • Psychology [Pre-OT]
  • Special Education
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre
  • Theatre Design and Technology