Welcome to Oglethorpe University

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This is Oglethorpe

A university where professors know your name and your aspirations. A small private college in a big busy city. A supportive community that’s as diverse as our hometown of Atlanta, the living laboratory where we learn by doing. A historic campus with cutting-edge facilities. A foundation for your future career and future service. A gateway to global opportunities. A place where you can be you. This is Oglethorpe.


Giant lecture halls? Hundreds of students? Graduate teaching assistants? There’s a different way to learn. At Oglethorpe, there are big advantages to small classes led by expert professors whose only job is to teach and mentor YOU. Here you’ll be challenged by intense class discussions, new ideas and different perspectives, and classmates who are some of the most diverse of any college in the country. You’ll study a curriculum that balances deep, intellectual exploration and practical knowledge in the discipline of your choice.

60+ Academic Programs

Learning isn’t just books and beakers. From the first day you step foot on campus, your advisor will work with you to map a customized 4-year journey of classes and experiences to help you define and achieve your personal and career goals.

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Oglethorpe’s historic gothic architecture is situated in a safe, enclosed 100-acre wooded oasis. Here you’ll experience everything you expect from college life—championship athletics, Greek life, music, art, theatre, and more than 60 student clubs and organizations. Brookhaven, our hometown, is ranked as the safest city in metro Atlanta.

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College should be about your top choice, not the bottom line. With our generous scholarship and aid packages, including our groundbreaking Flagship 50 program, you could attend Oglethorpe for the same price as a huge state school... and our students graduate with some of the lowest rates of debt of any university, public or private. It’s no wonder the Fiske Guide to Colleges named us one of Best Buy Schools in the nation!

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Oglethorpe matches flagship state tuition in all 50 states for qualified students
Named a “Best Buy School” in the 2023 Fiske Guide to Colleges
99% of students receive financial aid
$27 MIL in aid awarded annually

Small School in the Middle of Everywhere

Oglethorpe: 1,540 Students
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Metro Atlanta: Population ~6 million
Downtown Atlanta
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Top 13% in the nation for median salaries of graduates – Payscale
93% of grads employed or in grad school within one year of graduation
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Among the top in the country for social mobility - US News & World Report
Recent OU grads are attending these grad schools:
  • Oxford
  • Yale
  • Harvard
  • Georgetown
  • and many others


We're here to help you lay the groundwork for a successful career with holistic and developmental support services and programs. Student Success provides advising, course planning, tutoring and guidance so you are ready to make a life, make a living, and make a difference.

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Oglethorpe Earns an 'A' in Diversity

Among the top 15% in ethnic, racial, religious and financial diversity
How are we supporting diversity, equity and inclusion efforts?

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