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Oglethorpe University is a traditional liberal arts college in the dynamic international city of Atlanta. Its challenging liberal arts curriculum is the ideal framework for the Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program because it teaches the timeless knowledge and skills essential to leadership in every kind of setting. The Program provides structured opportunities to address actual community problems by applying principles learned in curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Oglethorpe University's Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program challenges students to develop their leadership ability throughout their college years, and awards the Certificate of Urban Leadership at graduation. Through a balance of academic courses, workshops, and various on- and off-campus experiences, it prepares graduates to meet the challenges of responsible citizenship in local, national and international communities. Students gain a broad understanding of leadership concepts, theories, and applications. They are encouraged to consider their education in light of the demands of leadership in their own lives as well as in their communities.

The program takes full advantage of the extraordinary resources of the Atlanta metropolitan area. A major economic force in the Southeast, Atlanta is rich with exceptional learning opportunities in the realms of politics, business, the arts, information technology, entertainment, and community service. Few selective universities are able to combine a rigorous liberal arts education with the resources and opportunities of a world-class city.

Our Mission

  • To promote civic engagement and competence.
  • To integrate liberal arts education and applied learning.
  • To prepare students for lifetime leadership roles.
  • To confer the Certificate of Urban Leadership.


Questions about the Urban Leadership Program may be directed to:
Kendra King
Director, Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program
Phone: 404.364.8351


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