Brenau University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Pearce Auditorium at Brenau University
Pearce Auditorium at Brenau University. Jerry & Roy Klotz, MD / Flickr / CC BY-SA 3.0

Brenau University Admissions Overview:

Brenau is a selective school, but not highly so. Students with good grades and with test scores above average have a good shot of being admitted, especially if they have a strong academic background, extracurricular activities, and writing skills. Students applying to Brenau can use the Common Application, the Brenau application, or the free Cappex Application

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Brenau University Acceptance Rate: 36%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Brenau University Description:

Originally a Women's College, Brenau University now admits both men and women into its undergraduate and graduate programs. Founded in 1878 in Gainesville, Georgia, Brenau is about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta. The University of North Georgia is just a few miles to the south. With a student / faculty ratio of 12 to 1, the university can provide students a well-guided and personalized education.

The word "Brenau" is a combination of the German for "burn" and the Latin for "gold". The school's motto is "As Gold Refined by Fire." It is comprised of four separate schools: Health and Science, Fine Arts and Humanities, Business and Mass Communication, and Education. Degrees in nursing and health care administration are particularly popular. Students have access to a number of athletic teams, as well as Greek life, and many student-run clubs and organizations. The Brenau Golden Tigers compete in the NAIA Southern States Athletic Conference.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,899 (1,653 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 10% Male / 90% Female
  • 63% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $27,152
  • Books: $1,300 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,418
  • Other Expenses: $2,600
  • Total Cost: $43,470

Brenau University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97%
    • Loans: 70%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $20,517
    • Loans: $6,844

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Health Administration, Nursing, Business Management, Accounting, HR Management, Elementary Education, Biology, Media Studies

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 71%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 36%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 32%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 45%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Women's Sports: Softball, Tennis, Golf, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Volleyball, Soccer, Swimming

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

If You Like Brenau University, You May Also Like These Schools:

Applicants looking for a school similar in size to Brenua that’s also located in Georgia should take a look at Morehouse College, Berry College, Albany State University, Spelman College, and Fort Valley State University

Brenau and the Common Application

Brenau University uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you:

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