From the School

Oglethorpe University promises a classic education in a contemporary city Atlanta. Oglethorpe students learn to make a life, make a living and make a difference. Our graduates become community leaders who are distinctive in their ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and contribute. Oglethorpe's students come from more than 34 states and more than 31 countries. They represent the best of their graduating classes, with an average GPA above 3.6, and average SAT around 1200. Following graduation, students often go on to the best graduate schools in the nation. Recent placements include Boston College, Cambridge University, Columbia University, Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University and Yale University. Our combination of academic excellence and metropolitan excitement connects you with some of the best professors in the country; professors devoted to teaching in small class environments with bright and motivated students. But it's not just the location that makes Oglethorpe different. It's our approach. You won't get an "ivory tower" education here. Instead, you'll enjoy unparalleled opportunities for academic and personal growth. Whatever your academic or career interests, you can take advantage of Oglethorpe-sponsored internships with leading business, political, broadcast, arts, and professional groups for real world experience.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 630
SAT Math
510 - 610
ACT Composite
22 - 27

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores


Academic opportunities are numerous and include pre-professional programs in dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, and law; an honors program; experiential educational programs; and the Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program. Dual degree programs in Art with the Atlanta College of Art and in Engineering with Georgia Tech, Auburn University, the University of Southern California, and the University of Florida offer further options. Fresh Focus, a seminar for freshman, allows students to interact and explore their academic and career interests while becoming familiar with resources on campus. Sophomore Choices, a six-week seminar offered to sophomores, assists students in choosing majors and careers which suit their interests, talents, and goals. It includes comprehensive individual self-assessment, opportunity to learn and practice techniques for gathering career information, resume writing, and a week-long "shadowing" experience in the workplace. International Exchange Partnerships/Study Abroad Programs offer students the opportunity to study abroad at a recognized, accredited university or through a program sponsored by an American college or university. Oglethorpe advisers acquaint students with programs at partner institutions and a wide variety of additional overseas study abroad programs. Currently, Oglethorpe has 10 partner institutions throughout Europe, Asia, Mexico and South America. Our sister institutions are: Argentina(Buenos Aires)Universidad de Belgrano (Buenos Aires)Universidad del Salvador France(Verdun)Lycee J.A. Margueritte (Lille)Universite Catholique de Lille Germany(Dortmund)Universitat Dortmund Japan(Tokyo)Seigakuin University Mexico(Guadalajara)Instituto Tecnologico y de EstudiosSuperiores de Occidente MonacoUniversity of Southern Europe Netherlands(The Hague)Haagse Hogeschool Russia(Moscow)Moscow State Linguistic University of Russia Oglethorpe University is committed to providing a comprehensive liberal arts education for all of its students. Oglethorpe's purpose is to produce graduates who are broadly educated in the fundamental fields of knowledge and who know how to integrate knowledge in meaningful ways. The university's core curriculum is the clearest expression of this commitment. As an interdisciplinary and common learning experience, the core curriculum provides for students throughout their academic careers a model for integrating information and gaining knowledge. The sequencing of the core courses means that all Oglethorpe students take the same core courses at the same point in their college careers, thereby providing an opportunity for students to discuss important ideas and texts both inside and outside the classroom. In this way, the core curriculum aims to create a community of learners at Oglethorpe University. The only program of its kind in the nation, The Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program prepares graduates to meet the challenges of responsible citizenship in local, national and international communities through a balance of courses, workshops, and various on and off campus experiences. By using the city of Atlanta as a giant laboratory, students gain a broad understanding of leadership concepts, theories and applications. A former Urban Leadership student who worked with a nearby neighborhood youth was so moved by his experience that he changed majors to make this his life's work.
Oglethorpe University offers "an exceptional, well-rounded education in a close-knit community," with "dedicated professors." Students say, "The core curriculum is incredible," because it brings together "different disciplines and has so much variety that all students end up being very able to discuss many subjects." Students value the "strong focus on a liberal arts education," and, "a small class student/teacher ratio." The university is known for its, "great English and Theatre departments," and, "individualized education." Professors are, "dedicated," "are highly qualified and are very personable." A junior says, "I have had really knowledgeable, engaging, and accessible professors. They all know me on a personal level and are very helpful both in and outside of class." Most agree that, "The classroom experience is unsurpassed," and say you are, "expected to actively participate in class," adding that, "writing is imperative." Some acknowledge, "There are also some professors that are awful," and many say, "The registration process is quite outdated and could stand to be reworked," and, "OU could improve on the amount of class[es] offer[ed] per semester." Regardless, a psychology student says Oglethorpe is a "community that cares about a high standard of academia and excellence."

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School



The tuition for the 2005-2006 academic year is: $22,200 (+$100.00 deposit) for tuition; $8,000.00 for room and board (+$200.00 deposit); and $100 activity fee. The total comprehensive cost is $30,600 per year for students desiring room and board.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need Private Sch Grant
Need State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


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.
At Oglethorpe University, "The typical student is intelligent, capable, and willing to put forth effort into what they are doing." Students say, "It is extremely diverse," and add, "OU students are all different: white, black, brown, gay, straight, conservative, liberal, etc." A senior says, "Because of the small population, is it very easy to meet people," and another agrees, "Students are all very accepting of other lifestyles and interests, and to be honest, many of us are huge nerds." Oglethorpe is a community of "laid-back smart kids," who "know how to enjoy their time in college." One student says, "There is a lot of partying at our school but it is not expected of you," and another agrees, "Of course drinking is popular, but [it's] not considered important." For fun, "People party at Greek Row or explore the Atlanta area," and many say they "leave campus a lot and go into downtown Atlanta either to go out to eat, to the movies, or go to clubs." Even though, "The fraternities and sororities host many fun events," a communication major says, "Campus life can be pretty dull for students who come expecting huge parties." A freshman sums it up, saying, "Life here can be just as busy or slow and peaceful as you'd like it."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


57% female
43% male
27% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time


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.
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."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

23% join a fraternity
12% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Stormy Petrels)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Stormy Petrels)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Georgia Institute of Technology

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Admissions Office Contact

Lucy Leusch
Vice President for Enrollment and Financial Aid

Office of Admission
4484 Peachtree Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30319



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Oglethorpe University Museum
Phillip Weltner Library
Conant Performing Arts Center
Hermance Stadium
New Residence Halls

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Lenox Square Mall/Phillips Plaza
The High Museum of Art
The Atlanta History Center
The Carter Center
Martin Luther King Jr. Center
The Georgia Acquarium The World of Coca-Cola Zoo Atlanta

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturday
8:30am-5pm and 9am-noon

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 11:30am and 1:30pm; Sat by appt.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

fall, spring, summer

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year


Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Only during regular semesters, except during exam period; no stays during the summer


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta is located about 15 miles from campus. Rapid rail, airport shuttle, taxi, car rental, and limousine services are available. MARTA is the city's public transportation system and provides bus service in addition to rapid rail service. The Brookhaven/Oglethorpe University MARTA station is located 1 mile due south of campus on Peachtree Road and is served by the North Doraville MARTA line. Atlanta is also a major hub for both Greyhound Buslines and Amtrak.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-85/75, take exit 89 (North Druid Hills Road). Proceed north/west on North Druid Hills approximately 2.5 miles (make sure to veer right at Roxboro Road, remaining on North Druid Hills) until it ends at Peachtree Road. Turn right (north) onto Peachtree and travel for 1 mile. The campus is on the left. From I-285, take exit 21 (Ashford-Dunwoody Road). Proceed south/east on Ashford-Dunwoody approximately 2.5 miles until it ends at Peachtree Road. Turn right (south) onto Peachtree and proceed approximately 1 block. The campus is on the right.

Local Accommodations
Many hotels and inns are located within a 5 mile radius of Oglethorpe's campus. One of the best bets is the Sierra Suites Brookhaven (3967 Peachtree Road; 404-237-9100), located directly next to the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe University MARTA station and providing a discount for Oglethorpe University visitors. Also try the Holiday Inn Select Perimeter (4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road; 770-457-6363), which features a weight room, a pool, a resturant, and reasonable prices. The Red Roof Inn North Druid Hills (1960 North Druid Hills Road; 404-321-4174) offers nice accommodations at economy rates, and the Swissotel Atlanta (3391 Peachtree Road; 404-365-5500) is a world-class luxury hotel located in the Lenox/Buckhead area 5 minutes south of Oglethorpe's campus.