Brenau University: Narrative Description

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500 Washington St. SE
Gainesville, GA 30501
Tel: (770)534-6299
Free: 800-252-5119
Admissions: (770)718-5320
Fax: (770)534-6114
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Independent, comprehensive, women only. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees (also offers coed evening and weekend programs with significant enrollment not reflected in profile). Founded 1878. Setting: 57-acre small town campus with easy access to Atlanta. Endowment: $44.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6302 per student. Total enrollment: 696. Faculty: 113 (70 full-time, 43 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 1,286 applied, 50% were admitted. Full-time: 634 students. Part-time: 46 students. Students come from 16 states and territories, 15 other countries, 8% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 16% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 17% 25 or older, 55% live on campus, 16% transferred in. Retention: 73% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; business/marketing; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, minimum SAT I score of 900 or ACT score of 18, SAT or ACT. Recommended: recommendations. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $22,770 includes full-time tuition ($14,610), mandatory fees ($100), and college room and board ($8060). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, location, and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $487 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $50 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, location, and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 53 open to all; national sororities; 33% of eligible undergrads are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government/Campus Activities Board, Silhouettes (diversity awareness), Recreation Association, DIVAS Peer Education, International Club. Major annual events: May Day, Family Weekend, Winter Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 448 college housing spaces available; 337 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Option: women-only housing available. Trustee Library with 61,059 books, 872 microform titles, 205 serials, 2,104 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $696,436. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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