Brenau University

500 Washington Street SE, Gainesville, GA 30501-3668

School Details

Brenau University provides a number of undergraduate and graduate distance education programs, including associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.


Brenau Online oversees distance education programming for the university. In addition to the two-year Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies, students can pursue a four-year degree in fields, including: leadership, business administration, early childhood education, human resources, and nursing. Graduate programs include studies in: business administration, education, interior design, and gerontology. 

Brenau strives to create a highly interactive virtual learning environment. For that reason, class sizes are kept to a minimum, with no more than about 20 students per class. Individual classes can be completed within seven weeks, and are asynchronous. While classes do not require on-campus components, students must attend virtual courses from five to seven days per week. Certified instructors receive training specifically geared towards teaching distance education courses. 

The Online Student Center portal links students to vital resources through the Canvas learning platform and the Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus. Students can access email, library resources, technical support, the business office, bookstore, and the Registrar’s office from a central site. Nontraditional distance learning students can also access counseling, tutoring, and career services. Prospective students may be eligible for prior learning credits, including AP, CLEP, and DSST assessments.


Brenau’s vision for 2025 “foresees the university’s producing intellectually adept, compassionate, professionally expert leaders steeped in the liberal arts to address commercial and social needs of a diverse world.”

Brenau University first opened in 1878, as seminary for women. By 1972, the school began initiatives to provide educational opportunities for adult students and nontraditional learners. Today, Brenau University is a four-year, private not-for-profit, coeducational institution of higher education, located in the city of Gainesville, Georgia.  In addition to the Gainesville campus and the online division, Brenau maintains physical campuses in:

  • North Atlanta Campus (Norcross, GA)
  • South Atlanta Campus (Fairburn, GA)
  • Augusta Campus (Martinez, GA)
  • Kings Bay Campus (Kings Bay, GA)

Students can pursue associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, in addition to postgraduate certificates and doctoral programs. Degree programs are maintained in the: College of Business and Mass Communication, College of Education, College of Fine Arts and Humanities, the College of Health Sciences, and the Sidney O. Smith Jr. Graduate School.


Brenau’s filing deadline for the FAFSA is one month prior to the start date of the semester, although students are encouraged to file as early as possible. The university’s Title IV school code is:  001556. Specific types of financial aid at Brenau include: the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant (GTEG), HOPE Scholarship, Student Access Loan (SAL) Program, and the TEACH Grant. Students may also be eligible for institutional scholarships and awards, and private external resources provide an added option. Qualifying veterans can also access VA Educational Benefits. 


Brenau University retains regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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