Reinhardt College is a private, four-year liberal arts, coeducational institute of higher learning located in Waleska, Georgia. It has a satellite campus in Alpharetta, Georgia, and offers selected programs in Cartersville and Epworth. Founded in 1883, the college has religious affiliations with the United Methodist Church.
With 125 years of experience in providing education to students in the area, the college traces its beginnings to the end of the Civil War when Civil War Captain and lawyer Augustus M. Reinhardt and his brother-in-law, Civil War Lieutenant-Colonel John J. A. Sharp sought to establish a school in the Waleska area to provide education to the impoverished citizens of the county. With the help of the Methodist Church, the Reinhardt Academy was built in 1884, named after Reinhardt’s father who had established the Reinhardt Chapel in the area in 1833.
Surviving a tornado and steadily advancing in student population and in its curriculum, the school went through several name changes – from Reinhardt Academy to Reinhardt Normal College to Reinhardt College, and soon to Reinhardt University.
Today, the college continues to offer high quality educational programs and grants associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in various subjects ranging from business, communications and education to art, music and English. It also has management programs in the areas of marketing, law and ethics, human resource, and quality assurance.
Cost of attendance for school year 2009-2010 is US$22,942 for fulltime, boarding students and US$16,670 for fulltime, commuting students. Those who want to live on-campus pay for room and board rates that vary depending on the choice of room and the meal plan selected.