Brenau University
Gainesville, GA 30501-3668


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 2,899
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 10:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 529 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Brenau University is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 1,975 applications and only 704 students were granted admission. Brenau University is at the #34 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 45% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 59% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT860 to 1030
ACT19 to 24
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Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Brenau University's tuition was $26,752 for all students regardless of residency (0.1% cheaper than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 97% of Brenau University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 50% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,449 (which is 1.1% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Brenau University in 2016-2017, was 133, which is 70% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,922 (which is 0.5% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, Brenau University has enrolled a total of 2,899 students (1,508 students full-time and 1,391 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 2,899 students, 361 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 14% men and 86% women and 1,653 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 1,246 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 1,236 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 47%

Black/African American: 36%

Hispanic: 7%

Two or more races: 3%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%

Non-resident alien: 3%

Asian: 2%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Brenau University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Health Professions And Related Programs 45% 698 1
Education 19% 293 70
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 7% 104 10
Psychology 5% 81 0
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 5% 78 0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 2% 28
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 2% 28 11
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 1% 10
Visual And Performing Arts 1% 10 0
Legal Professions And Studies 1% 8

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Brenau University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Brenau University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $33,900. Last year, out of the total 798 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 734 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 686 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 624 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $33,900 $40,700
Employment Rate 92% 91%
Total Graduates 798 686

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Brenau University.

Piedmont College
24.1 mile away
Toccoa Falls College
33.2 mile away
Emmanuel College
38.5 mile away
Oglethorpe University
41.6 mile away
Reinhardt University
41.8 mile away
Young Harris College
43.5 mile away