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WHERE GREAT MINDS THINK AND DO

This is Oglethorpe

A small private college in a big busy city. A university where professors know your name and your aspirations. 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 service.

Learn to make a life, make a living and make a difference.

Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University unites a close-knit campus community with big-city culture and opportunities. Recognized for its commitment to diversity and individualized student support, Oglethorpe is a place where students from all backgrounds become critical thinkers, dynamic professionals, and leaders in their communities.

Today, Oglethorpe enrolls nearly 1,500 students, representing more than 35 states and 10 countries.

Prestigious, not pretentious – that’s Oglethorpe. We’ve been recognized nationally for our commitment to affordability, individualized student support, our diverse student population, and quality of academic programs.

We’ve also been ranked:

  • Top 20 “Best Buy School” (Fiske Guide to Colleges).
  • Among America’s most entrepreneurial colleges (Forbes).
  • A “Best Value” nationwide (USA Today/Wall Street Journal).
  • Among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation for contribution to the public good (Washington Monthly).
  • Among America’s best national liberal arts colleges (US News and World Report).

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Oglethorpe is dedicated to your success. In fact, we guarantee that you will graduate in four years, or your fifth year is FREE!

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VIRTUAL TOUR

You don’t have to be in Atlanta to enjoy the beauty of Oglethorpe. Explore our 360 degree virtual tour of our historic campus.

EXPLORE NOW

FACTS

Did you know that we have students from 38 different countries? How about the average class size is 17? Do you know our most popular majors?

FIND OUT MORE

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

PETREL PROMISE

Oglethorpe is dedicated to your success. In fact, we guarantee that you will graduate in four years, or your fifth year is FREE!

SEE OUR PROMISE

VIRTUAL TOUR

You don’t have to be in Atlanta to enjoy the beauty of Oglethorpe. Explore our 360 degree virtual tour of our historic campus.

EXPLORE NOW

FACTS

Did you know that we have students from 38 different counties? How about the average class size is 17? Do you know our most popular majors?

FIND OUT MORE

MEET OU STUDENTS

Ashrakat Hassan '23

Oglethorpe means community, intense preparation for a bright future, and a gateway to a world of opportunity I would not have otherwise.

MEET OU STUDENTS

Ashrakat Hassan '23

Oglethorpe means community, intense preparation for a bright future, and a gateway to a world of opportunity I would not have otherwise.

What makes us special?

Oglethorpe is where individualized learning meets endless opportunity. You’re never just a number here. At Oglethorpe, you are a part of a small community with the world at your fingertips.

The Core

Sure, every university has a core curriculum — a set of courses needed to graduate. But only Oglethorpe has the Core. Ask any student, and you’ll find the Core is as central to the Oglethorpe experience as the gray stonework of its gorgeous Gothic campus.

The Core is a sequence of courses intentionally designed to challenge perceptions, evoke questions, transform perspectives, and create connections. It’s the kind of intensive intellectual exercise that could only happen in a small, supportive community like Oglethorpe.

The Core is what makes our graduates sharper thinkers, better writers and stronger leaders, who excel in whatever they choose.

The Global Classroom

Outside our green campus, there’s a thriving metropolis: Atlanta, the cultural cornerstone and economic powerhouse of the South.

Oglethorpe students build their professional network and on-the-job skills through internships in Atlanta, home to the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 corporations in the US.

They volunteer in our campus-wide days of service and take on active roles in community engagement, helping feed the hungry at soup kitchens, tend the vegetables in community gardens, mentor school children, and so much more.

They also take advantage of our international study opportunities to travel abroad, whether for a semester or a two-week trip. Then they return to our multicultural campus — and our global city — with new experiences, new friends, and new perspectives about the world.

Simply put, the Oglethorpe classroom is anywhere… and everywhere.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At Oglethorpe University, we are committed to fostering inclusion and a sense of belonging for all members of our campus community. We work to craft educational opportunities that minimize inequities, dismantle barriers to participation and access, and continuously develop the essential skills to collaborate effectively across diverse perspectives.

We celebrate the distinctive qualities that shape our personal and cultural identities. We view the diversity of our students and employees as an invaluable asset and provide platforms for the community to champion issues that resonate with them. We strive to establish an environment where everyone within our campus community can show up as their authentic selves. As we cultivate connections, we work to advocate for each other’s needs and forge a united community that makes a positive global impact.

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