Founded in 1883, the initial focus of Reinhardt University was included education and ministry. Today, the private, not-for-profit Reinhardt University enrolls about 1,400 students. The main campus is located in Waleska, Georgia.
With support of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, Augustus M. Reinhardt and John J.A. Sharp opened a school to support students in the post-Civil War devastated region in Waleska, Georgia. By the end of the nineteenth century, required military training was integrated into the school and Reinhardt Normal College received a charter from the Georgia State Legislature. As the school progressed into the twentieth century, post-secondary curriculum was added, and the school became a co-educational junior college. The campus expanded to over 500 acres, complete with a working farm. Throughout the twentieth century the college introduced academic and athletic programs, and developed a four-year business degree in the 1990s. Then, in the early 2000s, Reinhardt College transitioned to Reinhardt University, adding graduate programs.
In addition to the Waleska campus, Reinhardt also has a site at the North Fulton Center in Alpharetta, Georgia and programs offered in Cartersville, Marietta, and Canton, Georgia. The school retains its United Methodist Affiliation, and the mission of this liberal arts university emphasizes “that learning is best facilitated through a partnership between faculty members and students where the integration of faith and learning is essential.” Reinhardt University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and maintains programmatic accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Music. The University also retains approval from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for its educational programs and maintains approval from the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.
Apart from the academics, Reinhardt University offers student resources and extracurricular activities. The Burgess Administration Building is one of the most recognizable structures on campus and more than 131,000 books, periodicals, and materials are housed in the Hill Freeman Library and the Spruill Learning Center. Ru features performing arts programs, hosted in the Falany Performing Arts Center. Furthermore, there are many different clubs, organizations, community service opportunities, intramural sports, and campus ministry groups on campus. RU also competes in intercollegiate sports, with 17 teams, ranging from basketball, volleyball, and football, to teams in soccer, golf and tennis.
RU offers degree programs from associate’s to graduate level degrees in more than 40 programs of study and over 65 concentrations. Associate’s degrees are offered in criminal justice and pre-nursing. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in more than 25 areas of study which include fields of art, biology, digital art, history, public relations, religion and psychology. Master’s degrees include the: Master in Business Administration, Master of Music, Master of Public Administration, Master of Education in Special Education, Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood Education. RU also awards degree completion programs for adult students ranging from fields in business to healthcare. The student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1, and class sizes average 16.
Prospective students will need to complete the application and submit the $25 application fee. Typically, undergraduate requirements for admission include SAT/ACT scores, a high school transcript or GED, and official transcripts. Program-specific materials are required for graduate admissions.
DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION
Reinhardt University also supports distance education for added flexibility and convenience. Online options include the Online Bachelor of Criminal Justice, and the Healthcare Administration online degree completion program. In addition, a number of online general education courses are available in fields of art, business, English, history, philosophy, religion, and Spanish. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Criminal Justice program may complete studies in as little as 18 months, and students may earn prior work and training credits. Asynchronous coursework is taught by faculty with field experience. The Healthcare Administration degree requires completion of 48-credits and students may complete this degree within 16 months.
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID
Block tuition is estimated at $18,500 annually with an additional $170 for the Technology and Student fees. Financial aid is available for eligible students, including loans, scholarships, grants, and external resources. Reinhardt University sponsors awards based on academic achievements, athletic and art scholarships, leadership and music awards, need-based aid, as well as faith-based awards. Georgia residents may qualify for the Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE GED Grant, Hero Program, and/or the Accel program. Residents of Cherokee County may be eligible for the Cherokee County Grant. Federal aid programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the Direct Parent PLUS Loan, the Direct Student Stafford Loan, and Federal Work Study.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:363
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