Student life at Oglethorpe is rich in activity both on and off the campus. Offering 14 sports, Oglethorpe is a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Division III. The University Singers, the Oglethorpe dancers, and the Oglethorpe Players contribute to the artistic life of the community. Numerous clubs, honor societies, intramural sports teams, and Greek organizations are also enjoyed by Oglethorpe's students.
Traditions also drive the student experience at Oglethorpe. Twice a year, students enjoy outdoor campus wide festivals and picnics held in the academic quadrangle. Quadfest, held at the beginning of the fall semester, gives students a chance to meet new people and talk with friends they may not have seen during the summer. In the spring semester, Stomp the Lawn is an outdoor concert that also features booths and games. Some bands that have performed at Stomp the Lawn include Drivin' and Cryin', Jump Little Children, Edwin McCain and Michelle Malone. Other exciting traditions include: The Battle of Bloody Marsh, a tug-of-war between faculty and students; Oglethorpe Day, a celebration of Georgia's founder that includes a race around the academic quadrangle; and Geek Week, a week of imaginative and entertaining games and contest that challenge students in academic skills and mental agility.
Atlanta is a magnet for some of the best minds in business, art, communications, health and education. As an Oglethorpe student, you can tap into the excitement, energy and drama of this major international city. This is the "new American City," a place where you can apply what you learn in class to the real world in order to make a life, make a living and make a difference.
There is an endless array of entertainment options including professional athletics (baseball, football, basketball, hockey and soccer), concerts by world-renown artists, cultural centers, theaters, and museums all within minutes of the campus. MARTA, the rapid rail transportation system is within walking distance of the campus.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
Oglethorpe's lush, 118-acre campus is located 10 miles from the heart of downtown Atlanta. Oglethorpe University identifies itself with the tradition of the English college. Established in 1835 and named after General James Edward Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia, the University was physically and philosophically patterned on Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and General Oglethorpe's alma mater.
The Philip Weltner Library is a member of the library consortium of the University Center of Georgia and participates in Galileo, a statewide information network. The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, located inside the library, was opened in the spring of 1993 after extensive renovations. The museum, covering 7,000 square feet, creates a comfortable environment for the artistic community utilizing the intimate spaces of two extraordinary galleries.
J. Mack Robinson Hall, Oglethorpe's newest campus addition, is a state-of-the-art classroom and faculty office building, which also houses an art studio, a darkroom, and video editing equipment.
The Conant Performing Arts Center, a 500-seat theater, provides a permanent home for the Georgia Shakespeare Festival and is the center of the theater program for Oglethorpe students. The Playmakers, Oglethorpe University Theater, stages four full productions each season.
The Steve Schmidt Sport and Recreation Center is a 22,000-square-foot addition to Dorough Field House. The Center has basketball and volleyball courts, a running track, weight room, racquetball courts, and a training room, all designed for student recreational use.
Outdoor athletic facilities include a soccer field, baseball field, six tennis courts, and a six-lane, all weather LayKold track.
"Atlanta is happening." More and more Fortune 500 companies are relocating their corporate headquarters here. The city is a beacon for accomplished arts and entertainment talent. With a robust economy and thriving commercial and artistic life, Atlanta gives Oglethorpe students a real world experience in addition to rigorous academic work.
Opportunities abound for exciting internships, including: CNN, Fox Sports South, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, High Museum of Art, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Braves, CDC, IRS, UPS, Carter Presidential Center, Zoo Atlanta, Fox Theater, Delta Airlines, Southern Center for International Studies, and many more.
There is an endless array of entertainment options, professional athletics, (baseball, football, basketball, hockey and soccer), concerts by world-renown artists, cultural centers, and recreational facilities, all within minutes of the campus. MARTA, the rapid rail transportation system, is within walking distance.
Student Organizations & Activities
The following is just a sampling of the more than 40 organizations available: Accounting Club, International Club, Student Government, College Republicans and College Democrats, Environmentally Concerned Oglethorpe Students, International Club, Jewish Union, Christian Fellowship, the Playmakers, University Singers and Stage Band, Core Karate, Urban Step Dancers, Young Professionals Club, fraternities and sororities. Oglethorpe is a member of the SCAC and NCAA Division III. Varsity sports for men and women: basketball, baseball (men only), cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track, and volleyball (women only). Intramural sports: basketball, flag football, softball, tennis, and volleyball.
Oglethorpe is a "very open-minded community," "nestled in Atlanta," which "sets you up for success." A sophomore says, "Oglethorpe has small rural city feel on campus but outside of campus you can enjoy the big city," and another adds, "It's such a beautiful school, you can't help but be in a good mood when you enter the campus." Students say, "This school is all about community and preparing the students to go as far as they can," and rave about the "emphasis on service" and level of "student involvement." Students feel that they "have a lot of power on our campus" and that "the staff is very willing to help you pursue your goals and will aid you in every way possible." In general, "The students are very immersed in sports and clubs" and "involved in both their campus and the community." A freshman says, "Everyone is part of something, which connects us together in a very special way," and a communication major says, "Everyone is pretty much respectful of one another on campus and crime is nonexistent." There are complaints that "Oglethorpe is lacking in facilities, due to its small size," and most gripe, "It doesn't have the exercise or dining facilities of schools with bigger endowments."