When Bryn Mawr College opened its doors in 1885, it offered women a more ambitious academic program than any previously available to them in the United States. Other women's colleges existed, but Bryn Mawr was the first to offer graduate education through the Ph.D.—a signal of its founders' refusal to accept the limitations imposed on women's intellectual achievement at other institutions.
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A Bryn Mawr woman is defined by a rare combination of personal characteristics, which include an intense intellectual commitment, a purposeful vision of her life and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to the world. These attributes create a spirit that is palpable on campus.
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Founded as a private institution for the education of women, Brenau began life in 1878 as Georgia Baptist Female Seminary. In 1900 H. J. Pearce purchased the institution and renamed it Brenau, a linguistic blend formed from the German word brennen, “to burn”, and the Latin aurum, “gold”.
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Brenau University envisions a very different learning experience than currently offered at other educational institutions. Melding into Brenau’s existing liberal arts and pre-professional educational approach is a new and richer means of understanding and relating to our world. We describe this evolutionary learning experience as Brenau’s “Portals of Learning” – doorways or entries into transformational environments where individuals experience (not just learn) understanding of, adaptation to and prospering in a faster paced, information-centric, scientifically demanding, and culturally diverse global society.