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Student Testimonials
Being at Brenau has been fun, exciting, and adventurous, and I’ve made friends from all over the world.

Christine “Through the assistance of a couple from Maysville, Georgia, I got a scholarship with Brenau, and I’ve been studying here ever since. Being at Brenau has been fun, exciting, and adventurous, and I’ve made friends from all over the world. I’ve gotten a chance to learn about their cultures, their uniqueness, and all of that has helped me become a better person. Since I plan on studying medicine, I also hope that in the future, I will be able to go back to my home town, open up a clinic, and help the people over there.”

Senior / Medicine
...when I asked to experiment or try something, I was always encouraged to give it a tr.

“I studied Mass Communication and Brenau's program was special to me for a lot of reasons. I had a lot of hands on experience in the department working at the radio station and for the online paper, and when I asked to experiment or try something, I was always encouraged to give it a try. Speaking of hands on, we had an internship/practicum class that let us go over to Jacobs Media as interns. That helped me get a job there after graduation. The news director already knew me, had worked with me on other Brenau activities (she was also a Brenau grad!) and when I started my career people were just so excited to have me here—because they already knew I could handle the job. Also, I actually still volunteer at the campus radio station. I got my first music show in 2010 and I have been programming it ever since. It definitely was a help in my radio career. I already had a feel of how stations worked, and even though I work in newstalk and not public radio or music (the station is a public station) and every station is different, I still picked up some skills that put me ahead.”

Mass Communication, News Anchor and Reporter for Jacobs Media, '13
Brenau's online program afforded me the opportunity to complete my degree while working and taking care of my family.

“I went back to school at age 32 with two kids, a husband, and a full-time job. Brenau's online program afforded me the opportunity to complete my degree while working and taking care of my family. My degree is in Accounting, and the most valuable aspect of my program I'd say was the people: professors, advisers, and fellow students. Everyone was so encouraging and willing to help me in completing my journey.”

Accounting, Accountant/HR Director, '14
I do not believe I could have received such a rich education in a larger class setting.

“There are many unique character traits that make Brenau a fantastic institution, including a very wide variety of clubs and organizations, numerous sports teams, sorority life, and fantastic educational staff. My favorite thing, however, would be that I absolutely love the small class sizes! I was lucky enough to have smaller classes throughout middle and high school. Going into higher education I was worried that I would see the 300-student lecture classes where you can sometimes be reduced to just a number in the crowd. At Brenau, my class sizes stayed small, even my lecture classes. Because of the small class sizes, teachers and students could work together to make sure everyone understood the topics and could have in-depth, detailed discussions. I do not believe I could have received such a rich education in a larger class setting.”

Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapist, ’14
Brenau definitely became a second home for me and will always be that in my memories.

“When I'm asked about Brenau, now that it's been a couple of years since I graduated, I find I still always have such warm memories about the place. I think it's all thanks to my professors, classmates, teammates, coaches and all Brenau staff who were always kind and patient with me, especially as a student who didn't speak and understand English so well at first. I was and I am still grateful to all Brenau people for creating such a home-like atmosphere. Brenau definitely became a second home for me and will always be that in my memories.”

Mass Communication, Digital Specialist, '14
Being at Brenau has been fun, exciting, and adventurous, and I’ve made friends from all over the world.

“I never imagined myself going to a small school. After experiencing it, I could not imagine it any other way. Most of my classes had anywhere from 4 to 25 people, which means you really need to pay attention! You get direct focus from teachers, administrators, and coaches. Being on the soccer team, I really appreciated how supportive the other sports teams and students were. Everyone knew everybody, so we always called Brenau the "Brenau Bubble." Brenau takes students with all different backgrounds, goals and interests, and somehow brings them all together. It truly is it's own world. I can't say it is one single thing, but everything together that ties people to Brenau and makes it feel like home.”

Mass Communications, Recruiter, '14

Why Brenau University?

  • 135 Year History
  • Accredited
  • Online Learning
  • 48 Programs
  • Undergraduate
  • Adult Education
  • Graduate

Brenau Adult and Graduate Studies: Designed with You in Mind

Our online learning format is designed to help you successfully complete a professionally tailored degree or certificate, and still find a healthy balance between work and home life.
At Brenau, “Be More” isn’t just a tagline, it’s a promise to yourself to reach your full potential in life and in your career. We help you do this with online programs that virtually surround you with instructors, staff and fellow students who encourage you to grow into the best “who” you can be – all on your schedule.

Real Value. Real Results.

One of the top 15 in “America's Best Colleges – Southeast” 2012 - U.S. News & World Report. Brenau’s sixth consecutive year in this position.

Brenau’s online programs also scored high nationally in U.S. News & World Report. Named #9 in the nation’s "Honor Roll" listing for online graduate degrees in the College of Education.

Named one of the best universities in the Southeast by The Princeton Review.

Achieved Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs accreditation in 2012.

Recognized for academic excellence in its business programs by winning membership in the worldwide Delta Mu Delta business honor society. Only three other Georgia institutions have Delta Mu Delta chapters.

SACS accreditation (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools)

Top Program: Occupational Therapy

Seeking a meaningful career that’s also lucrative and in high demand? Occupational therapy is all of the above. Occupational therapists (OT’s) help people build the skills they need to live their fullest lives—from helping children write with pencils to helping adults regain the ability to dress themselves after a stroke. OT students can always expect to do clinical fieldwork at off-campus sites; it’s a program requirement wherever you go. But at Brenau some students can complete a portion of their fieldwork right on campus. The School of Occupational Therapy is home to a community clinic called the Center for Productive Living. At the clinic, students are supervised by licensed occupational therapists as they help adult clients develop the ability to perform everyday activities like grooming and preparing meals. Of course, even if you complete some fieldwork at the clinic, you’ll head off-campus for clinical experience as well. Students are placed at some of the university’s over 300 sites, including medical and rehabilitation settings. If you’re itching to travel, complete your level II fieldwork in Merida, Yucatan! You’ll gain global perspective by working with Mexican clients and clinicians. Brenau provides variety beyond fieldwork options. You can select a program pathway that best fits your schedule: day program, hybrid day program, or hybrid weekend program. That’s Brenau helping students like you pursue a fulfilling career helping others.

Who are the notable alumni?

From costume designers to CNN producers, Brenau graduates have accomplished quite a lot in their careers. Are you a fan of HBO’s Mad Men—or more importantly, the cast’s fantastic wardrobe? Janie Bryant, a 1985 graduate, was the show’s costume designer. You have her to thank for your retro outfit inspiration. In keeping with fashion, Emmie Henderson Howard co-founded the preppy clothing and accessory brand Southern Proper. The company style is Georgia-chic, right down to bowties sporting fireflies and Labradors. Maria Ebrahimji served as the executive editorial producer for CNN Worldwide, and Ronda Rich Tinker was a reporter for NASCAR. Both are also published. Tinker wrote several books, including What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should), which is now in its 33rd printing. Ebrahimji co-edited a collection of essays called I Speak For Myself: American Women on Being Muslim. Brenau graduates are not unfamiliar with breaking barriers. Dr. Gale Allen gives credit to her Brenau education for helping her land a job with NASA. She currently serves as deputy chief scientist. And U.S. Navy Admiral Patricia E. Wolfe, a 1987 MBA graduate, is one of a small number of women with a two-star rank. Brenau graduates inspire many through word and deed.

What is the campus setting like?

Brenau’s main campus, and the one with the richest history, is in Gainesville, Ga. Main campus is home to the Women’s College, which has been serving students since the late 19th century. When you stand near the glistening Grace Hooten Moore fountain you’re be surrounded by some of the oldest campus buildings and long-standing traditions. Not too far away you will see a freestanding deck called the Crow’s Nest. Word has it only seniors are allowed to stand on the uppermost level. You’ll also have a front-row view of the Pearce Auditorium. Students and community members can easily recognize this building for its tall columns and arched doorways. Step inside and there’s room for you and more than 700 others to watch unique shows: an opera version of Little Red Riding Hood, maybe? But in addition to tradition and art, Brenau offers the latest living and learning spaces. The university opened a new human anatomy lab at its downtown campus in 2015 as well as several new sorority houses. Future students will have lots of places to practice traditions new and old.

What are the online learning/adult extension opportunities?

If you’re starting college for the first time, you might be interested in getting an online associate’s degree in liberal studies. You can knock out your general education requirements and explore different areas of study. Liberal studies students take courses in art, science, language, and math. If you decide pursue a bachelor’s degree, you might be able to continue your online studies through Brenau depending on the path you choose. The university offers early childhood education, organizational leadership, business administration, accounting, marketing, registered nurse, and human resources management. Actually, the early childhood education program was the first of its kind to be offered in Georgia. Future graduate students: you haven’t been forgotten. You can get your degree online in interior design, early childhood education, middle grades education, applied gerontology, or business administration. Or, earn an MBA along with a graduate certificate in a specialty area: accounting, project management, healthcare management, or insurance management. And don’t forget that Brenau offers programs on five different campuses in Georgia and one campus in Jacksonville, Fl. If you live in the Southeast, an on-campus Brenau education might be closer than you think.

What are the athletic highlights?

Students have come from across the world to play tennis as a Golden Tiger. Players on the 2015-2016 team hail from Spain, England, Morocco, Netherlands, Paraguay, and Turkmenistan. Brenau’s athletic program has seen some serious growth in the past decade. Students could play basketball and volleyball as of 2005 and 2006, and they raced to join track and field when it launched in 2013. In fact, the track and field team won a conference championship in its first season! The cheerleading team has also celebrated major successes since joining the roster of intercollegiate sports in 2012. The team ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in their class in national competitions between 2012 and 2014. Brenau’s swimmers are making waves nationally as well. In 2016 the swimming team took third place in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Swimming and Diving Championships. The roaring Golden Tigers are giving the entire campus community reasons to cheer.

Stay tuned: Lacrosse is coming to Brenau in 2018.

What are the academic highlights?

Brenau is expanding its academic opportunities by launching new programs, learning spaces, and community partnerships. For example, the College of Business and Mass Communication partners with the Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs to provide unique business education. As a Brenau-Oxford MBA student you’ll be bumping elbows and shaking hands with successful entrepreneurs. Students have attended CEO roundtable discussions that featured Keith Radford (general manager of Uber) and Jeff Braverman (CEO of Also, Brenau recently launched a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. As a DPT student you can get clinical experience as early as your second semester thanks to the university’s partnership with the Northeast Georgia Health System. Plus you’ll get to take classes in the state-of-the-art Downtown Center which boasts the new human anatomy lab. Those studying the performing arts will also love the Downtown Center: it is home to a new performance space called Theater On The Square. And they’ll benefit from university partnerships, too. Brenau is a member of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance. Students practice and perform with a collection of professionals, community members, and students at the University of North Georgia. At Brenau you’ll have that tight-knit community feel, but also lots of chances to create relationships beyond its borders.


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Brenau University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associates, baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctoral degrees . Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brenau University.

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education AOTA’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by both the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Collegiate Commission for Nursing Education CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

Council for Interior Design Accreditation CIDA-accredited programs assure the public that interior design education prepares students to be responsible, well-informed, skilled professionals who make beautiful, safe, and comfortable spaces that also respect the earth and its resources.

Georgia Professional Standards Commission for Teacher Education Programs The primary purpose of the GaPSC Educator Preparation department is to assure the citizens of Georgia that GaPSC-certified educators meet high standards and are well prepared for their roles in school systems and schools. Providing a quality education for all Georgia children requires partnerships among state agencies, program providers and professional, and community organizations.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education is the profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation today, tomorrow and for the next century. NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all P-12 students. NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent and highly qualified teacher.

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn. ACBSP acknowledges the importance of scholarly research and inquiry and believes that such activities facilitate improved teaching. Institutions are strongly encouraged to pursue a reasonable mutually beneficial balance between teaching and research. And further, ACBSP encourages faculty involvement within the contemporary business world to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and to contribute to student learning.

Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council (MPAC) The mission of the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) is to accredit academic programs in psychology and counseling, which promote training in the scientific practice of professional psychology and counseling at the master’s level.

National Association of Schools of Dance NASD, founded in 1981, is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities. It has approximately 77 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. Institutional Membership is gained only through the peer review process of accreditation