2024-2025 Brenau University Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2024-2025 Brenau University Catalog

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Calendar System and Credits  Brenau operates on an academic calendar consisting of three semesters (fall, spring, summer). Credits are measured in semester hours. The Undergraduate Council and Graduate Council assess that the number of semester credit hours assigned to each course is appropriate by requiring a syllabus to be submitted with each new course proposal.

Course Load  Course load levels are:

  • 12 or more hours - full time
  • 6-11 hours - half time
  • 0-5 hours - less than half time.

 Residential students who enroll for less than 12 hours must obtain approval from Student Services to remain in housing.

Registration Overload Policy  Undergraduate students desiring to register for more than 18 hours in a semester must possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, make no grade below C in the previous term of enrollment and obtain the signatures of their academic advisor and major department chair on a Course Overload Form. The form must be presented with the Registration Form or Add Form containing the overload courses(s). In the event students do not possess the required grade point average but feel that unusual circumstances warrant an exception, they may request that an exception be made to this policy. Such requests should be made in writing to the Dean of their college and attached to the Course Overload Form. The dean’s approval will be written on the attached exception request or on the Overload Form. No undergraduate student may take more than 21 hours in a semester. During summer semester, no more than six (6) hours may be taken per short session without overload permission. (See the Financial Aid-Undergraduate  for information regarding overload fees.)

Course Changes: Dropping or Adding  Students may register for classes until the end of the full-credit drop/add period. The drop/add period is published on the Brenau website. Students may add classes via CampusWEB or via the Add/Registration Form. (This form is used if there is some impediment to adding via CampusWEB.)

If the student drops after the full credit drop period, a $25 Late Drop Fee may be charged. Withdrawal from a course after the fourth Wednesday for a seven week course or after the eighth Wednesday for a full-term course will result in a grade of WF unless special circumstances or an emergency exists and approval is granted by the provost and vice president for academic affairs. The drop dates are clearly outlined on the Registrar’s Office website under “calendars and schedules.” Students who wish to drop courses are are responsible for seeing that a drop is submitted either via CampusWEB or by a Drop Form in order to correct their academic and billing records. Students’ names are retained on the official class roll after the full credit drop period.

These provisions in no way guarantee the refund of tuition; for refund policies see the Financial Information Section  in this Catalog.

Cross Registration between Divisions  Most courses are open to all Brenau University students. Day students must register for any online course choices via an electronic form that is found on the Brenau website on the Registrar Forms page. All programs are not available in all formats. Brenau University students matriculate through the Women’s College, the coeducational Undergraduate School, or the Sidney O. Smith, Jr., Graduate School. As students in the Undergraduate School, males may enroll in day classes on the Gainesville campus in the following majors: Communication and Media Studies, Dance, Environmental Design, Exercise Science, Health Science, Music, and Theater. In addition to those majors, undergraduate male students transferring into Gainesville day programs may also pursue the Nursing major.

Registration and Withdrawal


Registration periods are published on the Registrar’s Office website. Registration dates are available as well as academic calendar information and deadlines.

Late Registration  Students currently enrolled at Brenau University must complete the registration process by the registration deadline published in the schedule of courses to avoid the Late Registration Fee. Students may register for classes until the end of the full credit drop/add period. The drop/add period is published on the Brenau web site.

Course Cancellation  Brenau reserves the right to cancel any course listed in its course schedule. Students registered for a course that is canceled will be automatically removed from the computer by the registrar’s office. If needed, the student can add another course to replace the cancelled course. Pursuant to registration policy, the student must add any courses before the end of drop/add for the session in question.

Academic Withdrawal from Brenau  Any Women’s College student who desires to withdraw from Brenau prior to the end of the semester must consult with Student Services and complete a withdrawal form. In addition, all students should submit a Drop Form to the Registrar’s Office. Students not completing the appropriate paperwork to withdraw from their courses will automatically receive an F. Withdrawals after the final published drop date will result in a grade of WF unless special circumstances or an emergency exist and approval is granted by the provost. Students are responsible for making sure that the drop form is completed to correct their academic and billing records.

Medical Withdrawal Policy

A student requesting to be withdrawn from class(es) after the Drop/Add period because of a medical emergency or severe illness must adhere to the following requirements.

  1. An appeal form (electronic form) is available on the Registrar’s Office website. It must be submitted to the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs stating the reason for the withdrawal request.
  2. The student should clearly state the date of the onset of the illness/injury and the medical conditions which preclude course completion.
  3. The student should contact their attending physician for a statement delineating the circumstances/medical conditions preventing the student from completing the coursework (on-ground or online) in the required time frame. This statement must be submitted via fax by the physician’s office (i.e. the student may not submit this themselves within 30 days of the original appeal request or the medical withdrawal will be denied and closed.   

Requests for Medical Withdrawals must be submitted to the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs before the last day of class of the semester or session for which the withdrawal is requested. Any requests received after this date will not be considered eligible for medical withdrawal and all applicable university policies regarding grades, refunds, financial aid, etc. will apply. The only exceptions that will be considered require documentation of medical incapacitation through the final day of class of the given term.

When medical withdrawals are granted, students are withdrawn from all courses they are enrolled in during the semester or session.   

If the reason for the withdrawal request is related to an emergency or illness of an immediate family member, medical documentation should pertain to the family member’s illness. Medical documentation will also be required stating that the necessity for the student to function as a caretaker precludes the possibility of them completing course requirements.


  • No institutional official other than the Director of Student Accounts may authorize refunds
  • In cases where a Medical Withdrawal has been granted by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, refunds will be adjudicated on an individual basis by the Director of Student Accounts in order to apply consistent and reasonable practices. Generally, refunds will be considered from the effective date of the completed Medical Withdrawal.
  • The refund/forgiveness of any financial aid funding must be adjudicated by the Financial Aid Office based on policies set forth by the federal government and other agencies providing financial resources for the student’s educational costs. Students should consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine the disposition of their aid package. Return of most government funded financial aid is time sensitive and based on the date of withdrawal.
  • Residential Students: Room and Board payment(s) will be refunded based on the number of weeks remaining in the semester after the week of withdrawal. If the student is receiving federal or state aid, policies pertaining to those programs will dictate the refund amounts.
Administrative Withdrawal Policy / Participation / Process

Students (online and on ground, graduate and undergraduate) are expected to participate in all classes for which they are registered. The purpose of this policy is to give academic administrators a process to cancel the enrollment of non-participating students.

Administrative withdrawals may affect students’ enrollment status (full-time/part-time) and thus affect financial aid status (including scholarships), campus housing, student fees, student athlete status, visa status, anticipated date of graduation, etc.

Note: It is ultimately the responsibility of the student to drop or withdraw from a course following procedures described in the catalog under “Withdrawal Procedures.”

Policy Guidelines:

Administrative withdrawal of student from all courses may occur if:

  • the student has not participated in at least one class in which he or she is enrolled by the end of the tenth day of the session (typically the third business day in the week following the drop / add period including the weekend).
  • Participation in one or more courses signals student intention to stay enrolled, and the student will not be administratively withdrawn from any of the student’s courses.  If the student would like to withdraw from one or more courses, he or she must follow existing University processes.
  • “Participation” is defined as completing the Brenau University Course Participation Checklist in one or more courses by the end of the tenth day of the session. The “Checklist” is within each Canvas course.
  • A student administratively withdrawn for non-participation will be dropped from all courses, and the courses will not appear on the student’s transcript.  The administrative withdrawal  will be processed as if it occurred during the 100% refund drop /add period.
  • In rare circumstances, should a student desire to stay enrolled but is prevented from participating in at least one course within the first ten days of a session, the student is responsible for contacting the faculty member or academic advisor in advance to prevent them from being administratively withdrawn. Communication must also be made with the Registrar’s Office. Any student removed from courses through the administrative withdrawal process for non-attendance/participation without communication between the student and the Registrar’s Office will not be added back to courses beyond that date.
  • a faculty or staff member determines, within the first ten days of the session, including weekends, that a student has not met course prerequisites or corequisites. In order to complete this process, faculty or staff must communicate this information to the Registrar’s Office.

Faculty will prompt students that it is their responsibility to complete the Brenau University Course Participation Checklist, published in each course Canvas site, before 5pm on the tenth day of each session (including weekends). The Registrar’s Office will run a report of those not attending on the eleventh day of each session and subsequently complete the administrative withdrawals for students who did not meet participation criteria or communicate in advance their inability to do so by the tenth day of the session. Prior to withdrawing the student, two attempts at communication with the student will be made via Tiger email and the phone number on file for the student.

Military Withdrawal

Some students who are members of any branch of the U.S. military, including reservists and the National Guard, will be called to active duty during a term in which they are enrolled. Students who are unable to complete a semester for this reason are provided one of the following options:

  1. Withdrawal from all courses for the current term and 100% refund of tuition and fees. Housing and food service refunds will be calculated as a percentage of the unused portion of the total chargers paid. Students receiving financial aid who choose this option should be aware that they may be liable for any required refunds to state or federal financial aid funds. Any tuition assistance funds paid on behalf of the student by the Department of Defense (DoD) will be returned directly to the DoD.
  2. Pursue incompletes in all courses following the current policy regarding incompletes (grading section below). A student may not withdraw from some courses and take an incomplete in others. In the event that duty assignment would allow continuation of some courses, the student may contact the Director of Military and Veteran Services and the University Registrar in order to petition for an exception. Eligible students who receive in complete (I) in any course for which they are enrolled shall not be entitled to any refund of tuition or fees paid.

The decision as to which option to pursue will depend upon each personal situation and the time remaining in the semester.

Students requesting option (1) must provide full written verification to the registrar through the submission of their orders or alert notice along with the course withdrawal form. Students requesting option (2) should email each instructor requesting an incomplete and copy the Registrar’s Office and Director of Military and Veteran Services. The instructor will submit an Incomplete Contract.

Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy

A grade of “C” or better is required for transfer. Transfer credit is awarded for courses taken at accredited institutions and can not be awarded based on placement tests or non-class credit awarded at other institutions.

Recognized Institutional Accreditors: 

For the purposes of admissions applications and possible transfer credit, Brenau University defines an accredited institution of higher learning as being accredited by one of the following:

  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  1. The university will accept ALL liberal education courses regardless of the date of satisfactory completion unless the liberal education course is also a major course.
  2. The university will accept major courses taken within 15 years unless listed below.
  3. The university will accept major courses taken within 5 years for the specific courses listed below.
  4. Exceptions to any policy above will go to the dean of the appropriate school for a final decision.
  5. Courses with technical content (e.g. computer programming/applications, etc.) taken over five years prior to admission may not be eligible for transfer.
  6. Changing majors after an admissions decision has been made may alter the eligibility of courses that have been already designated on a previous program plan.
  7. Developmental Studies and English as a Second Language Courses do not transfer.
  8. In no case will a student be permitted to transfer more than 65 semester hours of credit (97 quarter hours) from two-year institutions to a Brenau program. This 65-hour limit represents the total of all credit taken at all two year colleges the student might have attended before applying for admission to Brenau. This 65-hour maximum does not affect Brenau’s minimum residency requirement.
  9. Departments reserve the right to require a student to take a prerequisite course for a Brenau course at a four-year institution.
  10. Courses transferred to Brenau are recorded in semester hours. If taken at the previous school in quarter hours, the following calculation is used: quarter hours / 1.5 =  semester hours. (ex. 4.5 quarter hours / 1.5 = 3 semester hours.)

Note: Students who attended non-regionally accredited institutions of higher education may request that their courses be evaluated for transfer credit. Credit will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis and students will be expected to provide course descriptions and syllabi to assist in evaluating the courses. Transfer credits accepted from non-regionally accredited institutions must represent college-level content relevant to the area of study and degree the student is pursuing at Brenau University.

 Five Year Exception Rule Applies to the following Courses:

Business and Mass Communication
MM 250 Intro to Radio/TV
MM 251 Radio Production
MM 302 Television Production/Editing
MM 402 Convergent Media News
MM 450 Communication Law
Acceptance of Education Coursework from other institutions will be determined by the College of Education based upon the content knowledge required by the state teacher’s examination(s).
Fine Arts & Humanities
ID 333 Advanced CADD
GR 207/207L Digital Graphic Design & Lab
GR 410 Digital Media Design 

English and Math Placement

English  Students who have not completed EH 101 (Written Communication) or its equivalent prior to admission will be placed into EH 100 Academic Reading & Writing  (general elective credit only) or EH 101 Written Communication *  based on a hierarchy of placement criteria.  ACT or SAT scores are first used to place students. Students who do not have ACT/SAT scores are placed into EH 100 or EH 101 depending on high school GPA and high school English class grades.  Students who do not have ACT/SAT scores and who do not have a high school transcript, as well as those who wish to challenge their placement, will take the Accuplacer English Placement Test.

  • The minimum ACT/SAT score for placement into EH 101 are:
    • ACT English 20
    • SAT Critical Reading 490 (old SAT: prior to March 2016)
    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 500 (new SAT: beginning March 2016).
  • Students who do not have ACT/SAT scores will be placed based on their high school transcript GPA and English course scores.  Students with a 3.0 overall GPA AND no grade lower than a “B” in their last two high school English classes will place into EH 101.  Students who have either a GPA less than a 3.0 or less than a “B” in either of their last two high school English classes will place into EH 100.
  • Students who have a GED score (instead of a high school transcript) on the Fifth Test Series of the GED will be placed into EH 101 if they have scores of 165 or above on the “Reasoning through Language Arts” subject area of the test.
  • Students who do not meet the EH 101 placement criteria (based on SAT/ACT scores or their high school transcript) may contest the placement. The student may contact the Humanities Department at humanities@brenau.edu to take the web-based and virtually proctored Accuplacer English Placement Test. This incurs a fee, paid to the proctoring company, by the student.

Students who do not have either ACT/SAT scores or a high school transcript will take the web-based and virtually proctored Accuplacer English Placement Test unless they choose to place themselves in EH 100.

Placement scores taken at another institution cannot be accepted.

Dual-enrollment students, or other high school students wishing to take a college English course at Brenau, must meet the pre-requisites for that course. High school students wishing to take EH 101 must take the Accuplacer English Placement Test; those wishing to take an EH 200-level course must have college credit for EH 101.

Mathematics  Placement into mathematics courses is determined by the Brenau placement exam only for all students. Women’s College and Undergraduate School students can take the math placement exam available via the internet through Canvas. Based on the results of the placement exam, the student will be placed into college level math (MS 100, MS 101 & MS 101L, MS 101, MS 111 or MS 210).

The Placement Exam cut-offs for math placement are:


  • Students in non-STEM majors (which do not require MS 101) may take MS 100 and can self-place into that course without taking a placement test.
  • Any student (regardless of major) may choose to self-place into MS 100 without taking a placement test.
  • Students who place into MS 210 may not elect to take MS 100, MS 101 or MS 111 without departmental approval.
  • Students who place into MS 111 may not elect to take MS 100 or MS 101 without departmental approval.

Grading System

Academic progress and graduation honors are all determined by grades submitted by the instructors at the conclusion of each semester. Final grades represent a combination of cumulative quantity and quality in a student’s course work for that semester.

 The grading system is as follows:

Grade Interpretation Quality Points
A Excellent 4
B Good 3
C Average 2
D Poor 1
F Failure 0
P or P*  ¥ Passing (Pass/Fail courses only) 0
W ¥ Withdrew 0
WF ¥ Withdrawn late 0
I ¥ Incomplete 0
IF ¥ Incomplete Failure 0
AU Audit 0

¥ Grades of I, P, or W are not used in computation of grade point average (GPA). Grades of IF or WF are calculated into the GPA.

If the grade recorded contains a special character not listed above:

R Course was repeated. This grade will not compute in the Brenau cumulative GPA
% High School Dual Enrolled Credit.
@ This is a Georgia STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) course. STEM grades are effective fall 2017. These grades are weighted by .5 quality points and are used to compute HOPE scholarship eligibility. The grade does not affect the Brenau GPA.


A A grade of “A” signifies an exceptional, clear and creative grasp of the concepts of the course with demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to specific problem situations. It also means that the student has actively participated in class activities and has completed all material in a neat and timely manner. The material indicates that the student spent extra time, personal energy and critical reflection in an effort to demonstrate exceptional work.
B A grade of “B” signifies a solid understanding of the major concepts of the course and the ability to apply those concepts. It also means that the student’s effort and class participation have exceeded the minimal basic requirements for the course. All assignments were judged to be solid in content and were completed in a timely manner.
C A grade of “C” signifies a satisfactory understanding and application of the concepts of the course as well as minimal participation in class activities. It also indicates that the student completed the appropriate assignments that satisfied the basic course requirements.
D A grade of “D” signifies a below average demonstration and application of the concepts of the course and/or inadequate preparation in class activities. It may also indicate that assignments were not completed in a satisfactory or timely manner.
F A grade of “F” signifies that the student has not demonstrated adequate understanding or application of the course material. It may also indicate that the student has not met the attendance or assignment requirements. A grade of “F” can also be awarded for dropping a class past the final drop date.
I Incomplete. An incomplete grade may be given when circumstances beyond the control of the student interfere with the student’s ability to complete the course or to satisfy the competencies specified therein. Students must make up a grade of I within one semester after such a grade is awarded. For this purpose, the summer sessions count as a semester. Before the Incomplete can be awarded, the instructor must complete an Incomplete Grade Contract. No incomplete grade will be awarded in the absence of a completed contract. This contract outlines the specific requirements and provides the students with assignment dates for completing the coursework. If the coursework has not been completed within the specified time, the grade of I will be converted by the registrar to an IF. Grade changes for course work completed after a grade of IF has been assigned must be approved by the provost and vice president for academic affairs. A student must be passing a course when an Incomplete Contract is approved.
IF Incomplete Failure. If the course work has not been completed and a grade awarded by the end of the next semester, the grade of I must be converted to an IF by the registrar.
P Students enrolled in a seminar, practicum, internship or other activity course may elect to receive grades of P (Pass) or F (Fail) if the instructor, students and appropriate department chair so agree at the beginning of the semester. Courses for which the student receives a grade of P will count toward the hours required for graduation where applicable. A grade of P is acceptable for courses requiring a grade of C or better. However, such grades carry no quality points and thus are not figured into the grade point average.
W Withdrawn. A student is entitled to withdraw within one week of the beginning of the semester and no reference will appear on the transcript. After the first week a grade of W will be awarded for withdrawals up to midterm.
WF Withdrawn Late. A grade of WF is awarded when a student withdraws from a course past the approximate mid-point of the session. Those dates are published in the Registrar’s Office website, academic calendar. A WF is calculated in the GPA as a failing (F) grade.
AU Audit. Student has been approved to audit the course; no academic credit is given.

For a grade of F or WF, no credit is awarded; the student must repeat the failed course or take an acceptable substitute to earn equivalent credit.

There is no required uniform numeric grading scale at Brenau University. It is up to the individual instructor to determine and publish the grading scale for each course. Such information is found in the instructor’s syllabus.

Repetition of Courses  When a student repeats a course, only the last grade earned will be used to compute the grade point average, provided the latest grade is not lower than the prior grade. Both grades will appear on the student’s permanent record. Students are responsible for indicating repeated coursework and requesting that their grade point average be adjusted by notifying the Registrar’s Office.

Grading Information  All faculty must submit final grades for courses to the registrar. All grades are entered into the student’s permanent records at the end of each semester. Grades are available online through the CampusWEB web-based student information system.

Grade Point Averages

The grade point average is a weighted average and computed by multiplying the quality points earned by the credit hours of each course and dividing the total quality points earned by the total credit hours attempted. Below is an example of the GPA computation for a 12 credit hour semester load:

3 sem hours of B = 3 x 3 =   9 quality points
3 sem hours of A = 3 x 4 = 12 quality points
3 sem hours of B = 3 x 3 =   9 quality points
3 sem hours of C = 3 x 2 =   6 quality points
12 total hours                      36 total quality points

36 quality points by 12 hours attempted = 3.0 GPA

AU, I, IP, P and W grades are not included when computing a student’s grade point average, but will be recorded on a student’s transcript. The hours attempted in any course for which an IF or WF is awarded will be counted in the calculation of the student’s grade point average.

Grade Appeals and Grade Changes

Grade Appeals
When a student has substantial grounds to dispute a final grade and is prepared to present evidence to support a grade appeal, the student must initiate the procedure by speaking first with the professor who assigned the grade in question. If there are no errors in the computation of the grade or other substantial evidence to support an appeal, the student is encouraged to accept the grade assigned. However, in cases where there are substantial grounds for a review of the grade and a resolution cannot be reached between the student and the professor, the student has the following recourse:

  1. Within two weeks following the official end date of the session for which the grade was assigned, the student must submit to the appropriate department chair a letter of appeal with evidence supporting the need for an external review of the grade in question. The department chair will review the student’s material and consult with the professor before deciding if the assigned grade should stand. The department chair must provide a written response to the student, with a copy to the college dean.
  2. If a student does not accept the decision of the chair, there is one additional and final level of appeal. The student may submit documentation to the appropriate college dean who will determine if new information or insufficient consideration of the student’s case merits further review of the assigned grade by a review panel. The dean’s decision to proceed or not to proceed will be final in all cases.
  3. If the dean determines that further review is warranted, s/he will convene and chair a panel of five faculty members. Both the student and the professor will have the opportunity to address the panel. Legal counsel may represent neither party. However, the dean may exercise discretion to invite other faculty or students, who can provide relevant information, to address the panel. The review panel’s decision will be final, with no recourse on the part of the student or professor for any further appeal.
  4. The entire appeal process must be completed within four weeks of the time the grade was issued.
  5. When the dean or department chair is the teacher of record, the dean will substitute for the department chair and the provost will replace the dean.

Grade Changes  A course grade that has been reported by the instructor to the registrar’s office cannot be changed except in the following circumstances. Grade changes will be reflected on the transcript sent to the student’s advisor at the end of each semester.

  • Error in grade. An incorrect course grade will be changed by the registrar upon receipt of a properly executed Change of Grade form signed by the instructor of the course and the appropriate department chair.
  • Removal of a grade of I. A student receiving a grade of I (Incomplete) is expected to consult with the instructor within the prescribed time limit and to complete all necessary work. See the description of the grade of I in the previous section. A completed Change of Grade form approved by the department chair must be submitted by the instructor in order for the registrar to change the I to any grade other than IF. Changes from IF to another grade must be approved by the provost in addition to the appropriate department chair.

Academic Standing

Classification of Students  Class designation is generally based on the number of hours the student has earned in courses offered at Brenau or transferred from other educational institutions. Following is a general explanation of class designation.

Freshman A student who has earned fewer than 30 hours of credit
Sophomore A student who has earned 30 to 59 hours of credit
Junior A student who has earned 60 to 89 hours of credit
Senior A student who has earned 90 or more hours of credit

Class designation does not necessarily reflect the student’s readiness to graduate or progress in their chosen program of study.

Academic Standing, Dual Enrollment

High School Dual Enrollment (DE) students are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher at all times. Should a DE student’s cumulative GPA fall below 2.0 at the conclusion of a semester, the student will be placed on Academic Dismissal. The student will be given the opportunity to appeal the dismissal by completing the Academic Appeal Form housed on the University’s registrar website. If approved, the student must attain a cumulative 2.0 GPA at the conclusion of their next enrolled semester. If their cumulative GPA is still below 2.0, the student will be dismissed without the ability to return as a DE student. If dismissed as a dual enrollment student, the student can be considered for admission as a degree-seeking student following high school graduation with an approved academic appeal.

Dual Enrollment students are eligible for Merit List and Dean’s List term honors.

Academic Standing, Undergraduate

Note: Academic standing and financial aid satisfactory academic progress seem similar but are not the same process. Please see the financial aid section of the catalog for financial aid academic requirements. For more information, please visit “Financial Aid-Undergraduate ”. The undergraduate cumulative grade point average of each student is compiled at the end of each semester.

Good standing Students are in good academic standing when the cumulative and semester grade point averages remain a minimum of 2.0; however, some majors require a higher cumulative grade point average than 2.0 to graduate. Students should review their program plan or major section in the Brenau catalog.

Not in Good Standing  A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required to graduate with an undergraduate degree. Note: some majors require a higher than 2.0 cumulative GPA to graduate. Students should review their program plan or major section in the Brenau catalog.

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 must be maintained for a student to be classified as a student in good standing. A cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 will automatically result in a student being classified as not in good standing. Students on probation, suspension and dismissal are also considered not in good standing.

Academic Probation  Undergraduate students who have a semester grade point average of less than 2.0 are placed on academic probation. Students who earn a minimum of 2.0 on the next 12 hours of credit will be removed from probation.

Academic Suspension  Undergraduate students on academic probation who fail to achieve a semester grade point average of 2.0 in the next enrolled semester, regardless of the number of hours taken, will be suspended from the university. Academic appeals for reinstatement must be submitted via https://brenau.formstack.com/forms/appealform by the deadline provided in the suspension email/letter, or the student may not be able to return during the desired session. Students on academic suspension are prohibited from taking courses or participating in college level activities. Students reinstated are placed on continued academic probation and must make a minimum of 2.0 on the next 12 hours of credit to be removed from probation. Students on continued probation who make less than a 2.0 in the next enrolled semester, regardless of the number of hours taken, will be placed on academic dismissal.

Students who fail to appeal academic suspension by the deadline provided, will be dropped from any future registration schedules by the business day following the provided deadline.

Academic Dismissal  Academic appeals for reinstatement must be submitted via https://brenau.formstack.com/forms/appealform by the deadline provided in the dismissal email/letter. Students who have their appeals approved to return cannot be reactivated through the Registrar’s Office. Instead, students must apply for readmission via www.brenau.edu/apply. Students readmitted following an academic dismissal are placed on continued academic probation and must make a 2.0 average on the next 12 hours of credit to be removed from probation. Students reinstated after a dismissal must achieve a minimum 2.0 grade point average on the next 12 hours of credit to be removed from their continued probation status.

Students who fail to appeal academic dismissal by the deadline provided will be dropped from any future registration schedules by the business day following the provided deadline.

Final Dismissal  Failing to achieve a minimum 2.0 grade point average on the next 12 hours of credit after returning from dismissal will result in a final academic dismissal with no option for appeal.

Academic Standing Policy, High School Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment (DE) students are high school students enrolled in college level classes. These students are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher at all times. Should a DE student’s cumulative GPA fall below 2.0 at the conclusion of a semester, the student will be placed on Academic Dismissal. The student will be given the opportunity to appeal the dismissal by completing the Academic Appeal Form housed on the University’s registrar website. If approved, the student must attain a cumulative 2.0 GPA at the conclusion of their next enrolled semester. If their cumulative GPA is still below 2.0, the student will be dismissed without the ability to return as a DE student. If dismissed as a dual enrollment student, the student can be considered for admission as a degree-seeking student following high school graduation with an approved academic appeal.

Undergraduate Course Numbering System:

100-199:   Undergraduate Freshman
200-299:   Undergraduate Sophomore
300-399:   Undergraduate Junior
400-499:   Undergraduate Senior

Semester Academic Honors

Dean’s List At the conclusion of each semester, the provost and vice president for academic affairs issues a list of academic honor students. In order to be included in this listing, a student must have taken at least 15 hours, earned a semester grade point average of 3.60 or better and received no grades of D, F, I or IP that semester.
Merit List All students are eligible to be designated for excellent academic achievement during any semester if the following conditions are met: the student must be enrolled for at least 12-14 hours and earn a semester grade point average of 3.5; no grade lower than a B shall be earned for the semester in question; and the student should not have any outstanding incompletes.


Graduation is held twice a year. The traditional spring commencement ceremonies, held in May, for the University and the Women’s College follow the same format but are scheduled separately to reflect the individual characteristics and traditions of the respective divisions. The winter ceremony will be a composite ceremony of all students. The May ceremony will be comprised of spring graduates and the winter ceremony (held in December) will be for summer and fall graduates.

Degrees are posted to student records at the end of every session. Typically there are two posting dates per semester with one being approximately mid-semester (end of session 1.) If a student completes a degree mid-session (ex. via CLEP exam or grade change) the degree will be posted at the end of that session.

Attendance  Students who cannot attend graduation should send notification to the Registrar’s Office at least six weeks prior to the ceremony by tiger email.

Application for Graduation  Students must submit their application for graduation no later than Jan. 15 for spring, and September 15 for summer and fall. Compliance with these deadlines will allow Brenau to review each student’s record through a graduation audit. Any student who does not apply by the deadline will be charged a Late Graduation Application Fee in addition to the regular graduation fee. Once a graduation audit has been completed, the graduation fee is non-refundable. The fee covers the cost of diploma and other administrative costs. The fee does not pay for cap and gown. The graduation fee must be paid by the end of the semester the student applied for graduation. Graduation applications can be found on the Registrar’s Office website.

Graduation Attendance - Who can attend? Students must complete all coursework by the graduation ceremony in order to attend. Any pending transient work must be transferred back to Brenau (via official transcript) before graduation. Students who have any coursework pending or have outstanding incompletes will not be permitted to walk. Spring graduation will include students completing requirements spring semester. Fall graduation will include students completing requirements summer or fall.

Graduation Requirements  In order for Brenau to confer a baccalaureate degree, the following general requirements must be met:

  1. The student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of college work. (Hours required for some majors may exceed this minimum.) (61 hours for A.A. degree.)
  2. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Some majors require a higher minimum grade point average. Consult the appropriate department section for specific requirements.
  3. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in all course work required for their major. Some majors require a higher minimum major grade point average. Consult the appropriate department section for specific requirements.
  4. Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of regular coursework (25%) of the overall hours required for graduation for their degree - whichever is greater - in residence at Brenau University (16 hours for the 61 hour A.A. degree).
  5. Of the 30 semester hours in residence, there must be a minimum of 21 hours of their major program of study, with Brenau University (bachelor’s programs).
  6. Students must satisfactorily complete the requirements for liberal education, specific degree requirements, major courses and general electives.
  7. Students must complete their program of study by the end of spring semester in order to participate in the graduation ceremonies held in spring, no exceptions. Students who complete their program in summer or fall have the opportunity to participate in the December graduation ceremony.

Graduation Honors  Honors are conferred upon qualified Brenau students who have achieved the following cumulative grade point averages.

Cum Laude 3.50
Magna Cum Laude 3.75
Summa Cum Laude 3.90

For computational purposes, equivalent Brenau grades and quality points will be assigned to academic grades earned at other accredited institutions.

Honor Societies

Phi Kappa Phi  Students in the top 10 percent of the graduating class are eligible for membership to Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest all-discipline honor society. Brenau students who qualify will receive an invitation for membership from the Brenau chapter (#301) of Phi Kappa Phi.

Phi Theta Kappa  Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of students enrolled in two year degree programs. Membership is by invitation to students with a GPA of 3.5 or above. Members enjoy opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming. Today Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 3 million members and 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

Applicable Catalog Requirements

Students have the right to graduate under the catalog edition for the academic year in which they begin their coursework, or any subsequent catalog edition during their continuous attendance at Brenau. Students are required to reactivate their file, through the Registrar’s Office, after two semesters of non-enrollment to bring their files to current status. If reactivated, students may choose to remain under the last catalog followed. Note: Nursing students may not reactivate. All nursing students who have a lapse of enrollment must contact the admissions office and the School of Nursing to reapply for admission. Students who were suspended for disciplinary reasons may  not reactivate. These students must contact the Dean of Students for readmission. More than five semesters of non-enrollment will make students subject to reapplication/readmission to the university and to the requirements of the most recent catalog published by the university or any new requirements approved during their absence.

The academic year runs fall through summer semester. Students admitted for a term during the academic year and do not complete a term by summer semester and then wish to begin enrollment, must reapply for admission through the admissions office in order that the new catalog edition may be applied toward their file. For example, a student admitted for summer, and does not complete that term, must reapply for admission to be moved to the next catalog edition.

Academic Consistency  Brenau requires that all off-campus courses be taught in conformity to on-campus academic standards in order to ensure program quality and maintain academic integrity. To this end, academic department chairs supervise hiring all off-campus faculty and supervise off campus academic activity. The syllabi, textbooks, classroom teaching methodology, assignments, library references and evaluations used in off campus courses are equivalent to those used on campus. In addition, full-time contract faculty teach in all divisions of the university.

Special Status

Undergraduate  Students wishing to enroll in one or more undergraduate courses but who do not seek a degree must complete a Special Status Application for Admission through the Registrar’s Office to enroll in courses at Brenau. The form is available on the Registrar’s Office forms web site. They will not be eligible for financial assistance and must adhere to the following policies for all special status students.

  • Prerequisite courses will apply for any course a student is attempting to enroll in. The student may be required to obtain an official transcript from the institution in which the prerequisite was earned.
  • Special-status students will be registered for courses only if space is available.
  • No more than twelve hours and a maximum of two semesters of enrollment, will be permitted for students registered as special-status.
  • All students who are classified as special-status will be subject to the academic policies and procedures governing probation and suspension.
  • If the student later applies for a degree program, hours completed as a special status student will count as the period of conditional enrollment.
Transient Status

Students Enrolled at Other Institutions  A student enrolled in a degree program at another accredited college or university may apply to Brenau for transient status. Such a student is one who expects to return to the college or university where previously enrolled and must have the permission of the home institution to attend Brenau. The applicant who desires transient status must submit a  Special Status Application and Registration form as well as a transient letter from the home institution. Transient students are admitted on a semester basis only and are not eligible for financial aid at Brenau. Transient student will be required to submit official transcripts to document competency for any course taken at Brenau which requires a prerequisite.

Brenau does not guarantee that a transient student will be able to secure the courses desired, nor is Brenau responsible for advising a transient student of courses that are applicable to his/her program of study at the home institution. Brenau does not automatically forward transcripts to the home institution; transcripts are sent only at the written request of the student.

Students who wish to attend Brenau as a transient student should apply for admission through the Registrar’s Office. Those forms are available on the Registrar’s Office website.

Brenau Students Who Desire Transient Status  Brenau students are expected to take courses needed for degree completion in residence if they are offered in our schedule. Exceptions will be considered for extenuating circumstances and must be approved by the registrar.

Regularly enrolled students who wish to transfer courses taken at other institutions must obtain their advisor’s and department chair’s written approval in advance. A transient letter must be completed by the registrar. Brenau will not guarantee acceptance of coursework taken without a transient letter on file. In all instances, the dean or department chair must approve the transient status and courses. The other institution may impose additional requirements on the transient student. It is the student’s responsibility to follow policy, procedures and pre-register at the transient institution. Those students completing course work at other institutions must request that an official, sealed transcript be sent to the registrar at Brenau before the course will be entered into the student’s record. Courses completed with a grade lower than a “C” will not transfer. Transient permission will not be granted if the student has an outstanding financial obligation to the university.

As a general rule, the same credit will be assigned to transfer courses as awarded at the other institution subject to the limitations set in the Admissions Information section of this Catalog. Courses successfully completed and accepted will count toward graduation requirements and grade point average. All policies governing registration such as overload restrictions will apply to transient coursework.

Student Records

Brenau has a long standing commitment to, and concern for, protection of student rights and privacy of information. Brenau complies with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, which defines accessibility and confidentiality of student records.

Admissions: Information used in the process of admission sent to the registrar upon matriculation and information relative to past applicants who never matriculated to Brenau.

Advisors: Copies of various transcripts, grade reports of academic work undertaken at Brenau, and students’ programs of study.

Career Services: Credential files, including reference forms.

Controller: Students’ accounts.

Department Chairs: Recommendations for employment, ratings, other evaluative materials and placement credentials for Brenau University students.

Financial Aid: Information relative to financial aid, scholarships and VA educational benefits.

Registrar: Academic records of work undertaken at Brenau, transcripts from other educational institutions, applications for admissions and supporting documentation for students who have matriculated at Brenau, periodic correspondence and information, test scores, academic awards and honors and the Catalog.

Student Health Services: Residential student health forms and student medical statements.

Student Services: Permission and emergency contact forms, disciplinary records and housing contracts and miscellaneous correspondence for Women’s College residential students.

Official Transcripts and Copies of Records  Transcripts are issued only if a student’s account is paid in full. A link to the transcript request vendor is available on the Registrar’s Office website. Copies of appropriate records will be available for issuance to other individuals, corporations, other educational institutions and prospective employers on the same basis upon submission of a written request by the student desiring release of the records.

Release of Information  Directory information concerning any student will be distributed by Brenau only as herein provided. Directory information includes the student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in collegiate activities, dates of attendance, degrees conferred, awards and honors earned, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student and other similar information. The student has the right to refuse to permit the designation of any or all the categories as directory information. If students choose to exercise the right of refusal, they must do so in writing to the registrar within 30 days of the beginning of each academic semester. It is understood that appropriate Brenau officials will have access to such information and records as shall be necessary for them to perform their professional responsibilities. All official use of student files shall be in accord with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and shall be duly recorded and shall be documented as required by its regulations.

The following information and records shall not be covered by this policy and access shall not be provided to students: information related to pending admissions decisions, financial records or information relating to students or parents/guardians; confidential statements of recommendation placed in the record prior to Jan. 1, 1975 or obtained subsequent to receipt of a statement from students waiving the right to open accessibility of the placement record; all information relative to the application for and receipt of financial aid; records created or maintained by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist or other professional or paraprofessional acting or assisting in a similar capacity in treatment of a student; institutional employment or faculty files; alumni information; and sole access educational records. Sole access records are those records of instructional, supervisory, and administrative personnel and educational personnel that are in the sole possession of the makers and are not accessible or revealed to any other individual except a temporary substitute.

In other situations not described in this policy, the use of and access to educational records shall be in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and regulations established for its implementation by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Verifications of enrollment or degree status  No student information will be released or verified in any form if there is an outstanding financial obligation to the university. If there is a financial hold on a student’s account, the Registrar’s Office will not distribute information to a student, employer, or any other agency. Students without financial holds may request this information from the Registrar’s Office by fax or by phone. Only personnel in the Registrar’s, Financial Aid or Accounting Offices are qualified to release student information.

Procedure for Review and Correction  Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Brenau students have the right to inspect their educational records and correct such records if necessary. Students desiring to review their records should make this request to the appropriate official in writing. Such written requests will be granted within a period of no more than 45 days from the date of request, with copies of the pertinent records being furnished at a charge. Please review the fees section   for a list of charges.

In the event the record contains inaccurate, misleading or otherwise inappropriate information, every effort will be made to correct or delete such material and the student will be so informed of such action in writing. Should such efforts not be satisfactory to the student, a written challenge to the particular record should be filed with the provost who will provide a hearing conducted in accordance with regulations issued by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to a written challenge, students may also file a written explanation of any material contained in their records; such statements will automatically become a permanent part of the record challenged. Brenau reserves the right to deny such requests for review and correction if made for frivolous or malicious purposes. The decision of the provost as to the appeal of the student shall be made in writing within 45 days of the conclusion of the hearing. The student may file appeals from unfavorable decisions of the provost to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

Double Majors // Minors

Double Majors  In order to earn credit for two or more major fields of academic concentration, a student must complete all the requirements for each major field and meet the major residency requirement of 21 hours in each major field. In instances where the degree is the same, the student receives one degree and must complete all requirements (for both majors) before the degree can be awarded. In instances where the majors chosen result in different degrees, the student will receive two degrees and both majors/degrees must be complete before the degrees can be awarded. Each degree must have a minimum of 21 hours in its major that is mutually exclusive to that major (not used toward the second degree/major).

If a student completes a bachelor’s degree at Brenau and returns to complete a second bachelor’s degree, the student must meet a second overall residency (30 semester hours or 25% of the total hours required for the degree, whichever is more) and a second major residency of 21 hours.

Minors  The following guidelines must be observed to obtain a minor.

  • Complete 15 semester hours in a subject area outside the student’s basic discipline. Some minors require more than 15 hours. Unless the minor is an approved stand-alone program (ex. gender studies), the subject area must be in a subject in which a major is offered. For example, it is not possible to get a minor in chemistry because a chemistry major is not offered. However, it is possible to get a minor in accounting by taking 15 hours of accounting coursework, following the additional criteria outlined below. The minor is valid because accounting is a current major.
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the minor.
  • Take a minimum of 9 semester hours in the minor in residence at Brenau.
  • Have an appropriate mix of upper level and foundation courses in the minor, with at least nine hours at the 300 or 400 level.
  • A minor must be completed while working on a degree.
  • Minor courses may not be applied toward the student’s major as well, but may be applied toward liberal education requirements.

The list of current minors can be found by clicking the majors/programs link on the catalog dashboard.

Change of Major/Minor Program of Study or Change of Advisor  Students accepted and enrolled in a major program of study who subsequently decide to change their major or change/declare a minor must meet the requirements for admission to the new program. Students should complete the necessary Change of Advisor/Major/Minor Request Form in the Registrar’s Office and receive appropriate approvals from their advisor and department chair. Students changing advisors should complete a Change of Advisor/ Major/Minor Request Form in the Registrar’s Office and obtain the approvals of both old and new advisors and the department. The form is available on the Registrar’s Office Forms site.

Class Size  Most classes will range from 8 to 30 students in number. Brenau University reserves the right to cancel classes with insufficient enrollment.

Final Examinations  An examination or substituted evaluative procedure will be administered to students at the end of each term in each course. Professors and/or department chairs shall decide upon the nature and type of final examination to be used. Final exams must be administered according to the published schedule.

Course Auditing  Some regularly scheduled academic courses may be audited if class size and format allow additional enrollment. Only currently enrolled Brenau degree-seeking students may audit a class. Special status and transient students may not audit a Brenau class. Students interested in auditing should check with the appropriate department chair to see if this option is available. Developmental studies, activity courses (e.g. photography and computer courses) and some modern language classes may not be audited. Evening/weekend session students may request to audit classes offered through the Women’s College after the last day of registration for each term. If an auditing student’s space in the class is needed by a credit-seeking student, the auditing student will be withdrawn from the class for full credit; however, the auditing student will be given the option of converting to credit status prior to the withdrawal.

Auditing students must obtain the consent of the audited course’s department and their advisor. An audited course may not be converted to a credit course after the expiration of the drop period. See the special fees  section of this catalog for the course auditing fee.

Academic Advisement

All students are assigned an advisor in their major program of study. The advisor must approve the initial registration of the student as well as any exceptions to registration policy (recommending course overloads, etc.). While the advisor gives all possible direction to the student, it remains the responsibility of each student to complete the selected major program of study. In an effort to help students exercise and fulfill their responsibility, students are encouraged to consult with an advisor prior to registration each semester. For additional information concerning academic advisement in the Women’s College, see the Women’s College section of this Catalog.

Senior Testing

Comprehensive Examinations for Seniors. All seniors are required to take any comprehensive examinations which may be administered each year by Brenau or its various departments. This may include, but is not limited to, area achievement tests or the Graduate Record Examination.

Alternative Credit Options

Students may apply no more than a total of 27 semester hours of any combination of alternative credit options toward their Brenau University degree. (Alternative credit options include credit earned from Advanced Placement Exams, International Baccalaureate Programs, CLEP, DANTES, and Experiential Credit.) Note: While an alternative credit method, Military credit awards do not count toward the 27 hour limit. Alternative credit options do not apply toward residency requirements at Brenau.

Advanced Placement Program - CEEB  Credit toward a Brenau degree for courses on the university level completed prior to high school graduation may be granted through the Advanced Placement (AP) Program of the College Entrance Examination Board when equivalent courses are part of the Brenau curriculum. Each department determines the appropriate scores for awarding credit within that department. Credits awarded through advanced placement examinations do not fulfill residency requirements. Brenau does not transfer credit for advanced placement awarded at other institutions. An official AP transcript must be submitted to consider awarding credit. AP Credit Guide   outlines the AP courses Brenau accepts with their corresponding score requirements. If a student has a previous degree and has received AP credit, the university will honor the previous institution’s hours - but an official AP transcript must still be submitted to Brenau.

International Baccalaureate Program  In alignment with the university’s strategy to prepare students to be global citizens, Brenau University recognizes the academic rigors of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, its interdisciplinary nature, global perspective, and commitment to service. The alignment of select standard level and higher level IB courses with Brenau’s Liberal Education curriculum should facilitate a seamless integration into the academic life at Brenau University. 

For students who do not earn the full IB diploma, individual course credit may be given for a score of 4 or above on Standard Level or Higher Level exams. The IB Credit Guide  outlines the IB courses Brenau accepts with their corresponding score requirements. The IB Course Guide is subject to update at any time.

Students who earn the full IB Diploma and minimum score of 24 or higher, may be awarded up to 27 semester credits and receive a second-year standing. The application of earned credits is determined by the courses/examinations that were used to form the diploma.

IB credits do not fulfill residency requirements.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)  In accordance with the established policies of Brenau University, College Level Examinations (CLEP) of the College Entrance Examination Board is defined as an alternative credit option. Credit may come from either approved General or Subject examinations. However, students are advised that each departmental major has specific restrictions with regard to the total number of hours of CLEP and experiential credit which may be counted toward requirements in the major. Departmental sections of the Catalog should be consulted for this information. Credits earned through CLEP examinations do not fulfill residency requirements. Passable scores for all CLEP exams are determined by Brenau faculty with respect to ACE guidelines. The CLEP/DSST Guide  outlines the CLEP exams we accept as well as the minimum scores required by Brenau.

Brenau is not a CLEP testing center, but students can find a testing location and register for an exam by going to https://clep.collegeboard.org/exams. The Learning Center can provide assistance to students seeking to take CLEP tests such as tutoring or the Student Services Opportunity Grant application to apply for assistance with transportation or test administration fees.

Consistent with the Educational Testing Service’s Policy on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), any student who fails a CLEP Exam must wait six months before re-taking the exam.

DSST  (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)  [DANTES stands for “Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support”] Brenau accepts several DANTES exams. The CLEP/DSST Guide  outlines the DANTES exams Brenau accepts as well as the minimum scores required by Brenau.

Experiential Credit

Brenau may award credit for experiential learning that has been acquired through employment; non-collegiate, school-based education; and other appropriate life experiences. Students desiring to receive experiential credit should read the following policy statement carefully and schedule a preliminary consultation visit with the appropriate department chair or dean. At this conference, the policy and the procedure will be explained, and preliminary recommendations and suggestions will be made to the student as to the most appropriate course of action.

Brenau follows the recommendations of the American Council of Education and the Council for the Advancement of Experiential Learning in the awarding of experiential credit. Life and learning experiences alone are inadequate bases for the awarding of experiential credit. In order for experiential learning to be considered, it must

  • Relate to course work contained in the liberal education curriculum, major program of study or elective components of the Brenau academic program.
  • Relate to learning objectives and graduation requirements of the student.
  • Result in experiential learned competencies that are demonstrable and equitable to the specific competencies that would be acquired through participation in the Brenau course equivalent for which credit is being requested.
  • Be recent in terms of actual experience, skill acquisition and competency demonstrated.
  • Regulations concerning alternative credit apply to experiential credit. Brenau awards two types of experiential credit: school based and life/work experiential credit. Credits earned through experiential credit do not fulfill residency requirements.

School-Based Experiential Credit  School-based experiential credit is defined as that credit earned as a result of educational preparation through contractual relationships with state agencies, training institutions or other formalized professional training programs. The amount of credit awarded shall be limited to that specified in the educational contract agreement between Brenau and the agency or training program.

Students qualifying for school-based experiential credit can obtain the Application for Experiential Credit from the Registrar’s Office web site (under “forms”) and submit the completed application to the appropriate department chair who must in turn approve and certify the request. The Provost and VPAA must then approve and process the application.

Applications for nine hours or less are approved by the Provost and VPAA. Applications over nine hours must be approved by the Undergraduate Council. Undergraduate Council meets monthly September - March.

Life/Work Experiential Credit  Life/work experiential credit may be awarded for learning and accomplishments that have been acquired through employment or other life/learning experiences. This category shall include all experiential credit requests not specifically covered by military credit or school-based experiential credit. Interested students can obtain an Application for Experiential Credit from the Registrar’s Office web site (under “forms”). They should then develop a portfolio to be used for documentation purposes. The portfolio will serve to organize the learning experiences into manageable components and should contain:

  • A summary of work and/or other learning experiences.
  • An essay describing the relationship between the acquired learning and the student’s educational program and goals.
  • An appendix of supporting letters of documentation, transcripts, certificates, examination results, licenses, memberships, materials produced and other relevant documents.
  • The portfolio should be attached to and become a part of the completed application for experiential credit and these materials should be submitted by the student to the appropriate department chair. In addition to the application and documentation described above, the student may be required to pass a competency exam administered by the department.

Fees  See the Financial Information  section of this catalog.

Enrollment Requirement  In no case will Brenau receive applications for experiential or military credit from individuals who are not currently enrolled as degree-seeking students. In addition, applications for course credit will not be accepted unless the course is a part of the educational program of Brenau or unless recommendation occurs as part of the American Council of Education’s military credit evaluation.

Military Credit  Military credit is generally awarded for formal military educational programs completed while the student was serving as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States of America. The American Council of Education (ACE) has reviewed the various components of the U.S. military training programs and has made appropriate recommendations for the awarding of college credit. Regulations concerning alternative credit apply to military credit. To obtain college credit for military education programs, students should follow the guidelines listed below.

  • New students should submit an official copy of the military transcript to the Admissions Office, along with other application materials. Matriculated students please contact the Registrar’s Office for instructions.
  • ACE credit recommendations for military transcripts are reviewed, the transcript is evaluated, and if applicable, transfer credit is awarded. If the student has previously received college credit for the course in question, military credit will not be awarded.
  • There is no charge for military credit.
  • Students must be currently enrolled, degree-seeking students.
  • Military credit does not count toward Brenau’s 30-hour residency requirement.
  • Military credit does not count toward the 27 hour transfer limit for non-traditional credit.
Special Programs

The Miller Institute for Global Education: The Miller Institute for Global Education was created in February 2022, thanks to the generosity of longstanding Brenau supporters - Pete and Cathy Miller. The Miller Institute builds on Brenau’s rich legacy and tradition of international partnerships and provides international experiences for as many Brenau students as possible. In addition to serving Brenau’s international students and helping them adjust to life in the United States, the Miller Institute facilitates study abroad programs and creates programming that promotes cultural exchange and brings a slice of other cultures to Brenau.

The Global Education Award Each year, the Miller Institute for Global Education selects outstanding students who have demonstrated perseverance, a commitment to academic excellence, and a genuine interest in global experiential learning opportunities to receive the Global Education Award. This scholarship helps Brenau students cover expenses related to the study abroad or faculty-led short-international programs (SIPs), including flights, lodging expenses, meals, etc.


Developmental Studies  See the placement section, in the undergraduate admissions section of this catalog, for information about developmental studies.

Directed Independent Study (D.I.S.)  One of the important aspects of the upper division curriculum is the opportunity for Directed Independent Study courses in a student’s major area of academic interest, provided that the student’s previous academic standing indicates a probability of deriving constructive benefit from such an experience. In this program, available only for juniors and seniors, the student is assigned to a faculty member who will supervise the student’s work and evaluate completed projects. Periodic conferences with the supervising professor provide necessary direction. Such studies are usually conducted in the form of directed readings, laboratory projects or research, original or replicated social research or original compositions. Projects should be planned with the consent and advisement of the student’s advisor and the appropriate dean.

Procedure for Applying:

  1. Obtain application from the Registrar’s Office website, departmental office or school office.
  2. A completed copy of this form, accompanied by the applicant’s current transcript and the course syllabus in appropriate institutional form, must be submitted by the instructor to the department chair.
  3. After signing, the chair will forward all documents to the Registrar’s Office.
  4. An Academic Affairs subcommittee must approve requests for four semester credit hours or more. Copies of the approval form are distributed to the following:
1) Instructor    3) Registrar’s Office
2) Student 4) Department Chair

This procedure must be completed prior to the registration deadline unless otherwise approved by the provost.

The D.I.S. format may be deemed necessary and appropriate for teaching courses not falling within the design and format described above. Faculty, off-campus coordinators or advisors recommending a D.I.S. must obtain prior approval of the appropriate department chair before initiating a D.I.S. course or project. In this case, the D.I.S. proposal must be submitted per the standard guidelines to the Registrar’s Office within two weeks of either the student’s registration or the beginning of the semester, whichever comes first.

Independent Study  Independent Study courses are standard classroom courses taught on an independent format. They are not to be confused with directed independent study (D.I.S.), which are courses individually designed for specific student’s purposes. An independent studies course is to be used as an option only when it is clearly a necessity. Students are expected to complete courses in the standard on ground or online formats, whenever possible.

Enrollment in Independent Study requires written approval of the advisor, department chair and instructor.

  1. Independent Study courses must be courses listed in the current Brenau Catalog.
  2. Although the learning experience is not exactly the same as the classroom course, the content must constitute a comparable substitute.
  3. Independent Study will carry the same course number as listed in the Catalog with a section code that will designate it as being the special study format.
  4. Independent Study must be approved using the appropriate form prior to the beginning of the semester or no later than the end of the drop period for a course which has been cancelled.
  5. Independent Study courses will be subject to the 27 credit hour limit allowed for alternative credit options as identified in the Brenau Catalog.
  6. It is expected that the following criteria exist:
  • The student must be at least a junior and in good academic standing.
  • An Independent Study course may not meet a Liberal Education requirement.
  • There must be a substantial reason for the student to take the course via Independent Study rather than taking it at a later date.
  • The course should be taken using transient status if it is offered at a regionally accredited institution within a reasonable distance to Brenau or the student’s residence.
  • The student will not exceed the 27-hour limit which applies to alternative credit options as identified in the Brenau Catalog.