Brenau University

Brenau University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Brenau University Ranked?

2023 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Brenau University was awarded 39 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is junior high/intermediate/middle school education and teaching.

Overall Quality

Brenau landed the #998 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Brenau held the #1,437 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Brenau is also ranked #29 out of 69 schools in Georgia.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Brenau?

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 92%, some consider Brenau to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

Average Test Scores

About 51% of students accepted to Brenau submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 600. Math scores were between 440 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Brenau University  ( 490 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for Brenau University  ( 440 to 560 )
Brenau received ACT scores from 23% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Brenau University  ( 17 to 23 )

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Brenau University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Brenau is an impressive 11 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Brenau University is 54%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  54 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Brenau University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Brenau University this rate is 53%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  53 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from Brenau have a four-year graduation rate of 32%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  32 out of 100

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Brenau University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,710 undergraduates at Brenau with 1,095 being full-time and 615 being part-time.

How Much Does Brenau University Cost?

The overall average net price of Brenau is $22,402. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Brenau

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$23,861 $22,658 $20,583 $20,217 $20,616

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Brenau, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Brenau, approximately 64% of students took out student loans averaging $7,931 a year. That adds up to $31,724 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Brenau is 6.1%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Brenau Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Brenau with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $44,996 in their early years. This is good news for future Brenau graduates since it is 6% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Brenau University make the most money.

Location of Brenau University

Brenau University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Gainesville, Georgia. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for Brenau are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 500 Washington Street Se, Gainesville, GA 30501-3668
Phone: 770-534-6299

Brenau University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 38 majors graduated from Brenau University. Of these students, 418 received undergraduate degrees and 333 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 144 $62,729
Teacher Education Grade Specific 42 $34,621
General English Literature 24 NA
General Psychology 19 NA
Business Administration & Management 18 NA
Health & Medical Administrative Services 18 $24,093
General Business/Commerce 17 $34,767
Liberal Arts General Studies 15 NA
Accounting 15 NA
Drama & Theater Arts 15 $19,557

Learn more about the majors offered at Brenau University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Brenau

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 1,969 students took at least one online class at Brenau University. This is an increase from the 1,685 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 1,969 1,322
2018-2019 1,685 1,291
2017-2018 1,713 1,289
2016-2017 2,532 1,263
2015-2016 1,730 1,236

Learn more about online learning at Brenau University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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