Location
Gainesville, GA
Undergrads
1,045
Tuition
$22,168
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 537 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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1 College Senior

Academics: The nursing instructors don't actually teach. It's mostly self learn.

2 College Senior

Academics: Nursing is terrible. The professors don't ever help.

2 College Senior

Guys & Girls: This is a 95% all girls school

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: there are not a lot of options

College Senior

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus

College Senior

Athletics: i am not in any sports

College Senior

Health & Safety: I do not live on campus

College Senior

Greek Life: I do not live on campus

2 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There is not anything to do in gainesville other than work

1 College Senior

Majors: It's a lot of self teaching, and if I am going to pay them $12,000 a semester then I would like to be taught. The nursing program is on academic probation because they can't get above an 80% boards pass rate. Teachers will not stay after to help you understand anything and they give a lot of busy work.

3 College Senior

Majors: easy to get in, but the nursing program has been on academic probation for years so watch out!

2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Brenau teachers just read off the power point. They don't care if you pass or fail, you're just a pay check to them.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I probably would not do it again. Sure I can get a job that only requires that you just have a Bachelor's degree but I woulld major in something more specific with more professors able to guide me and help me find internships and jobs. My degree will make it easier for me to get into a college for a second bachelors in a different field as a more mature and experienced student. Writing my thesis has been the hardest because I don't have certain professors set aside to assist me I have to scavenge for professors in other departments for help which many don't have time for so it is hard. I have learned that the biggest thing (my thesis) that I need to pass in order to graduate, I have not been taught how to write in the four and half years I have been going to this school which sucks.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I haven't had an internship. The ones that interested me were too far away to drive an hour or more to Atlanta and pay for parking. They didn't pay either. It is hard for me to find internships relevant to my career goals. They aren't advertised online for this area. I plan on just getting a job because I have a family to take care of.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: We have a secret honor society called the Horses. They walk around campus in all black as a ritual on certain nights. These women have decent GPAs and are very active in the community and on campus. We have special chants for each class its really cool to get everyone in school and class spirit. The sororities are very involved with community service and they work together very well. Since our school is historical. There are corridors beneath it where the women would walk between the buildings. There is even a pool beneath the school where a student is said to have fallen in love with a professor and committed suicide which is open for Halloween.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The athletic center is great. We have a variety of equipment: treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, weights, and various targeted machines. There are dance rooms with wall mirrors and an indoor pool below the basketball gym. We have a bamboo forest and tons of trees around campus so the green space is beautiful. The library is a decent size as well. The benches and swings with a few fountains and statues are relaxing as well.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I love my program because it is very practical as a single mother. I make my schedule and choose my classes online or on campus so that I can manage my personal life. The facilities are decent. Since this is a small town internships and job opportunities are hard to come by unless you want to travel to Atlanta or Athens. Professors will give you heads up if you happen to be in their class when opportunities arise. Career services is not the best here. They give you a bunch of resources but not a lot of results.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Professors are great they really to get to know each and every student by name. Its great to have really small departments were the class size average about six for political science or interior design or the larger departments where class sizes average about 30-60 like nursing, and occupational therapy. At Brenau we aren't numbers we are people and it helps develop our character to have such detailed input from the professors. Registration is easy online with campus. Workload is manageable but can get heavy if you get behind. We have many lounges for study and a SPA which is a math and science study space in a separate building with tutors and professors always available.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: It is just like any other secondary school cafeteria. Sometimes they serve leftovers and you might have meat surprise. I loved Wednesday's spaghetti and fried chicken. I was pregnant the only year I stayed on campus. The salmon was the best but they only ever made enough for about 20 people. It was buffee style so you got your money's worth if they had enough food. The wraps in the tea room (our little campus) restaurant was great the chicken was extremely dry though. Burgers were good and everything is over priced in there.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: There are plenty of scholarships from trustees and alumni to supplement federal aid. Before the government got rid of a few grants and tuition rose I had a full ride. The financial aid employees are pretty efficient with their jobs. Only if you procrastinate and don't turn in all your paperwork and ensure it is processed will you have a problem. Some people don't plan ahead and come to the school then they realize they can't afford it because they don't have enough grants and scholarships but that is not the financial aid administrations fault it is their own.

5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: A recent graduate founded an LGBT organization all about acceptance. She was a phenomenal woman. There are many gay and bisexual women on campus. Some girls are just experimenting. I am straight and don't experiment and it doesn't bother me. Our campus is not a hostile place until it comes to race relations being a predominately white privileged private school celebrating President Obama being reelected was not welcomed. There are a few gay men as well in the theatre and dance departments. Everyone is welcomed and feels comfortable. There are students from countries all across the world, different ethnic groups, different religions and everything is welcomed. There are a few judgmental individuals based on their religion a couple of outspoken religious zealots but its nothing too hostile on a daily basis.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: We can call campus security to get rides from class to our dorms. Our campus is about a square mile in size so its relatively small. In the past few years there has been no instances of rape on campus. There is usual no violence or drug use. We have a drug free campus. The smoke from some students and administrators can be annoying right outside the building but it is a very safe place.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The buildings are historical, literally. Its old and what you expect for buildings barely renovated. Definitely not worth the price. Rooms are crowded. You learn valuable life lessons being cramped in a room with strangers who you may have nothing in common with and could be racist or plain rude. Motivation to get your degree and be able to afford your own place. Being on campus allows you to be involved with campus activities, aware and never missing events which is great. Commuters struggle to be involved on campus. But the quality of the building are deplorable. Outside of the rooms and the bathroom the neighborhood is beautiful and peaceful in historic downtown Gainesville.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Cost is average. They give flyers for student discounts. Several places are in walking distance. Most of the chain restaurants Americans are use to are within 5 miles. I wish they had a krispy kreme the closest one is two towns over about 12 miles away. Quite a few places delivery on campus: pizza, Chinese, sandwhich shops.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: This school is all about cultivating and empowering female leaders and it does just that. The sense of community between our sisters is unmatched. The bonding traditions are endearing and never get old. I love the inspirational speeches at each and every convocation. The small events and organizations that the ladies work hard to put together are always meaningful whether they be philanthropic, informational or for fun they are always inspirational. May Day where the alumni come to visit and the current students celebrate one another is always astonishingly beautiful. Most importantly how our experience at Brenau is 'as gold refined by fire" the Latin root of the name of our beloved institution.

Through our many races, ethnicity, nationalities and personalities every woman I met exudes and radiates the Brenau Ideal which follows: to find satisfaction in being rather than seeming: to find joy in doing rather than dreaming; To be prepared for service thereby earning the right to be served, to be pure in heart; vigorous in mind, discreet in action; to love deeply, fear nothing, hate never; to enjoy that freedom which comes from knowledge of the "Truth"; to be modestly conscious of the limitations of human knowledge and serenely confident of the limitless reaches of human endeavor - this is the ideal of Brenau. - H.J. Pearce

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