Since 1883, Reinhardt has focused on meeting student needs one person at a time. Reinhardt's emphasis is on personalized education, best provided in small classes by talented professors who challenge and care about their students. As the only institution of higher education founded in Cherokee County, 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.
Students find Reinhardt’s academic programs engaging, challenging, and rewarding - an investment that yields positive returns to their personal and professional lives. Graduates, who take full advantage of Reinhardt’s opportunities, enter their professions with the richness of a broad, liberal arts education coupled with specific professional preparation through participation in engaged classroom experiences, co-curricular enrichments, challenging research projects, rewarding service initiatives, exciting internships, and life-transforming studies abroad.
Reinhardt students can choose from four graduate programs or 40+ undergraduate programs of study which range from business, education and music to political science, theater and digital art. In addition, Reinhardt's Public Safety Institute includes a Police Academy which offers P.O.S.T. Basic Peace Officer Certification and 15 credit hours towards an associate degree in criminal justice and other public-safety related programs.
Because how Reinhardt alumni live their lives is even more important than what they do for a living, "the Reinhardt experience" begins in the classroom, yet it includes much, much more. Athletics, clubs, leadership positions, service projects, internships and international study also shape our students. A vibrant spiritual environment, grounded in the United Methodist tradition, promotes personal growth and is welcoming to men and women of all faiths.
For those seeking to finish a degree or advance professionally, Reinhardt's adult and degree completion programs have been designed with you in mind. You'll enjoy learning information and skills you can apply immediately, as well as convenient classes, simplified registration and professors with extensive real world experience. The master of business administration addresses a broad base of skills and allows students to immediately put theory into action in an individualized, hands-on program. The master of arts in teaching in early childhood education offers students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than education the opportunity to attend a high quality evening program and earn a graduate degree in early childhood education and initial certification. A master’s degree in public administration started in fall of 2013. Our newest graduate program, the master of fine arts in creative writing, is accepting inquiries while waiting for final accrediting approval from SACS-COC. Several of Reinhardt's degree completion programs are offered online; they offer students the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree in healthcare administration or criminal justice.
The best way to evaluate Reinhardt is to see it for yourself. The admissions office offers weekday tours on the Waleska Campus Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. Special senior preview days, called Experience Reinhardt or Spring Visitation Day, are held on selected Saturdays in the fall and spring, or you can come for a weekday tour. For a reservation, please call 770-720-5526 or make an online reservation at www.reinhardt.edu/visit.
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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 525-acre residential main campus in the foothills of northwestern Cherokee County, just 45 minutes northwest of Atlanta and 80 minutes south of Chattanooga. Selected programs are also being offered in Cartersville and Woodstock, Georgia.