4-year, Regionally accredited
Degrees: Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate
Brenau is a fascinating university. Founded in the 1800s as a female seminary, Brenau has progressed through the years on their mission to provide “extraordinary” education to extraordinary people in a nonsectarian setting. Although Brenau operates robust coeducational degree program online as well as on four campuses in Georgia and one in Jacksonville, Florida, it is still a small, personal school with about 3,000 students, including about about 900 at the residential Brenau Women’s College in Gainesville, Ga. More than 1,300 are enrolled in graduate programs, 45 percent of whom study part time. This latter figure supports the fact that over half of all Brenau students are 25 and older, indicating popularity among working adults, many of whom praise Brenau for quality and affordability.
Costs to attend are reasonable, averaging in the $20,000 range for fulltime undergraduates and about $10,000 for graduate students. Almost all undergraduate students (98 percent) receive some type of financial aid, reducing Brenau’s “sticker price” to the affordable costs noted above.
Still 85 percent female, the student body is racially mixed and is attracted to this university by its strong online offerings for both grad and undergrad programs and its classroom-based studies. We are impressed by Brenau’s offering in these fields of study, all offering bachelor and master degrees: business and accounting; education; and health professions. There are also doctoral programs in nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy as well as a terminal MFA in interior design. Other interesting programs are offered in gerontology, clinical psychology, mass communication, exercise science and the visual and performing arts.