As the only institution of higher education founded in Cherokee County, Reinhardt University has become a comprehensive university grounded in the liberal arts. Through the generations, Reinhardt faculty and staff have focused on "shaping lives and building futures." Reinhardt has long been a popular higher educational resource for young people from Cherokee, Bartow, Cobb, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton and Pickens counties, and as the institution added undergraduate programs, graduate programs and changed its name to University, its sphere of influence has continued to expand across the state, the region and the world.
When you talk with many Reinhardt alumni, you will hear: "Reinhardt changed my life." These life-changing experiences are a result of Reinhardt's whole person approach to education. To be a successful Reinhardt graduate, knowledge of facts, theories and processes are not enough. Instead, students are encouraged to develop socially, personally, spiritually/ morally and physically, as well. Reinhardt administrators are fond of saying, "How you live your life is even more important than what you do for a living." As a result, intercollegiate athletics, intramurals, residential life, student clubs and organizations, religious activities, service projects, leadership opportunities, recreational clubs, internships, study abroad programs and student work responsibilities provide a rich and varied complement to classroom instruction.
The University has several locations—Waleska, a 510-acre residential main campus in the foothills of northwestern Cherokee County, just 45 minutes northwest of Atlanta and 80 minutes south of Chattanooga, and the North Fulton Center, a bustling adult education program in Alpharetta, Ga. on Old Milton Parkway. Selected programs are also being offered in Cartersville and Canton, Ga.