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About Brenau University

Founded in 1878, Brenau is a not-for-profit, regionally accredited university offering online and on-campus degree programs.

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Welcome to a heritage built on student success

We’re so excited you’re considering Brenau University in your pursuit of higher education. You should know something: We’re a little different from other universities.

Since our founding in 1878, we place our students first and do whatever it takes to help them succeed. Our students have come to realize what it truly means to accomplish their goals and improve their lives.

In the last 140 years, Brenau University has grown and changed a lot, but we’ve always remained true to our heritage of creating progressive learning environments steeped in tradition and centered on enduring values. We were one of the first regional universities to offer online classes, supporting our mission of providing quality education and making it accessible to all. It’s part of our charm. Brenau brings traditional and progressive thinking together to create a one-of-a-kind learning environment. You’re in the right place.


You belong at Brenau University

  • 6

    Number of campus locations, including our online campus

  • 3,500

    Average number of students enrolled each year

  • 21

    Number of online, accredited degree programs for working professionals like you


From the President of Brenau

Photo of President Ed Schrader

“If, in your heart, there’s an aching need for the good of all and for the betterment of mankind, there is a program and a student at Brenau University who’s pursuing it.”

— Ed Schrader, President of Brenau University


The Brenau Story: A Timeline

1878

The Georgia Baptist Female Seminary is founded as a private institution for the education of women. Many of the historic structures still stand today.

1900 – 1905

H. J. Pearce purchases the institution and renames it Brenau, a linguistic blend formed from the German word brennen, “to burn,” and the Latin aurum, “gold.” Its motto is “As Gold Refined by Fire.”
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A new educational model empowers students to choose elective liberal arts courses. The Atlanta Constitution described it as “radical innovation.”

1960

Brenau begins offering night and weekend courses to both men and women, continuing their tradition of “radical innovation” that has remained at the heart of Brenau’s progression.

1992

Brenau College becomes Brenau University, a name change that reflected the comprehensive programs of study, the diverse student body and the scope of available graduate programs.

1998

Select online programs are offered for the first time, signifying Brenau’s bold venture into this up-and-coming medium.

2002 – 2005

Brenau establishes a full-fledged Online College to meet the growing need of students who desire a quality education that isn’t restricted to a campus setting.
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The University expands to five regional campuses in Georgia and Florida.

2018

Brenau celebrates its 140th anniversary.
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President Schrader (2005-present) is inducted into the Junior Achievement Northeast Georgia Business Hall of Fame for being a catalyst for major growth during his 13 years at Brenau.


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Hear about the Brenau difference from some of our students


Throughout recent years, Brenau has received both regional and national recognition

Rest assured that the education you receive at Brenau University is backed by award-winning accredited programs, modern facilities and impressive alumni. Brenau ranks consistently as one of the top higher education values in the Southeast in the U.S. News & World Report guidebook, America’s Best Colleges, and The Princeton Review.

Award Award Award Award


Now it’s time to tell your story

No matter your stage in life, you have the opportunity to refine it at Brenau University.

Whether you study online or on-campus, you can enjoy access to people and programs uniquely dedicated to helping you become something – someone – more extraordinary than you thought possible.

Start your future now. Complete the form below or call us at 866.239.4762 today.