Points of Pride

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.


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”.

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
  • Art/Studio
  • Biology
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Dance
  • Education/Early Childhood/Elementary
  • Education/Middle and High School
  • English
  • History
  • Human Resources
  • Interactive Media Design/Digital Technology
  • Interior Design
  • Marketing
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Political Science/Government
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations/Applied Communications
  • Special Education
  • Theater