Rankings & Accolades

One of America’s top colleges…

and a great value.


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

The Fiske Guide to Colleges named Oglethorpe a “Best Buy” every year since 2017 — a list of only 10 private and 10 public colleges and universities in the country.

Princeton Review puts Oglethorpe among its 2023 “Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

Personal finance website WalletHub puts Oglethorpe University in the top third of colleges and universities in the country, and top six of Georgia, in its 2022-23 ranking of over 900 institutions to “determine the top-performing schools at the lowest possible costs to undergraduates.”

FORBES ranks us #33 among America’s most entrepreneurial colleges. The list of only 50 colleges “boasts more founders and owners among alumni and students on LinkedIn than Stanford University and MIT (adjusted for student body size).”

Niche ranked Oglethorpe among the most diverse colleges. Earning an “A” in diversity, Oglethorpe was listed in the top 5 Georgia colleges and 66th nationally of the 1713 U.S. colleges evaluated.

US News and World Report ranks us among America’s best national liberal arts colleges and a standout in social mobility.

US News has also called us an “over-performer” when it comes to graduating low-income students.

Washington Monthly ranked us among  top liberal arts colleges in the nation for our contribution to the public good. We’re also a “Best Bang for the Buck” school.

USA Today/ Wall Street Journal calls Oglethorpe a “Best Value”, ranking us #48 out of 1,223 nationwide best colleges for your money.

The Princeton Review has named us a best college in the Southeast.

Forbes has included Oglethorpe in their list of top colleges.

PayScale’s College Salary Report has named Oglethorpe a “best value” and among the top 35% educational institutions nationwide, with graduates’ earning potential above peer institutions.

Oglethorpe made Kiplinger’s Best College Values list as “a high-quality education at an affordable price.”

The National Science Foundation ranks Oglethorpe #98 in the country for the number of graduates who earn doctorates in the humanities.

Oglethorpe has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year since 2006.

Oglethorpe has been named one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

Zippia ranked Oglethorpe among the top 3 colleges in Georgia for economics majors and in the top 5 for business majors.

We are one of only 70 colleges nationwide with the honor of bestowing annually the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation Award to one male and one female student.

Oglethorpe is a member of the Annapolis Group, an organization of America’s most selective liberal arts institutions.

LendEDU recognized Oglethorpe as a top college for providing financial aid to international students.

Phi Theta Kappa named Oglethorpe to their Transfer Honor Roll in recognition of our commitment to transfer student success.