Founded as a private institution for the education of women, Brenau University began in 1878 as the Georgia Baptist Female Seminary. Two years later, H.J. Pearce purchased the institution and renamed it Brenau, a linguistic blend of the German word "brennen," which means to burn, and the Latin word "aurum" for gold, corresponding to the institution's motto "as gold refined by fire." Today, Brenau is an innovative, comprehensive university with coeducation programs through the doctoral level that retains its historic Women's College.
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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.