You’ve been accepted! So, what’s next?
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.
Welcome to your new home. At Oglethorpe, we’re here to support you through every step of your college journey. Navigate below to find information about your next steps for enrollment and connecting with other incoming Petrels!
Share the News
Share the exciting news with your friends and family on Twitter and Instagram, and tag #followthepetrel or #stormywelcome.
- Follow us – we love to share student stories! Twitter @oglethorpeuniv, Instagram @ogleclassof26 @oglethorpeuniv and @oglethorpelife
Many students receive a merit scholarship, and this notice is sent via email from the Office of Admission. Congratulations on your success!
Financial Aid Award Letter
Within two weeks of admission, you should receive your full financial aid award letter which will include all aid you are eligible to receive, including merit scholarship, federal/state aid, Oglethorpe need-based aid, and other grants and scholarships. We know finances are an important part of college planning, so please reach out if you have any questions about your award.
Transfer Students: Preliminary Credit Evaluation
Within a week of admission, transfer students will receive a preliminary transfer credit evaluation. This will give you a good idea of what transfer credit you can expect to receive.
Secure your spot in the incoming class! Log into your Petrel Portal, complete the Enrollment Response form, and place your enrollment deposit to confirm your plans.
Petrel Portal Forms
Once your payment goes through (it can take up to 24 hours) check back in your Petrel Portal and complete the forms that have been added to your checklist.
All students must file a housing application or exemption application every semester. The housing application for fall opens in March and housing assignments will start being released in early June. You will receive housing application information via email after your enrollment deposit is received.
Once they are available, please send us official copies of all test scores and materials, including final high school transcripts, dual enrollment transcripts, AP scores, IB diplomas, and college transfer credits. Transfer credits are added to your student record once official transcripts are received. Be sure to send final official copies to ensure you are properly advised.
- Math: Most students planning to major in Biology, Biopsychology, Chemistry, Engineering (dual-degree), Mathematics, Physics must take the Math Placement Exam. The Math Placement Exam will be available to incoming prospective students starting May 1.
- Foreign Language: If you are seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree, or if you’re even considering taking a language at OU, or studying abroad, you should also take the language placement exam.
New students who require accommodations should notify Accessibility Services in the Student Success Center as soon as possible after submitting the enrollment deposit, and at least two weeks before the first day of classes. Find more information here and email [email protected] to discuss the requested accommodation or to make an appointment.
Your Petrel Pass is your student ID and will be used to access your residence hall, check out library books, access the dining hall and more. This picture does not need to be formal, it just needs to look like you! Please make sure photos of your face are taken straight on with no hats or glasses. Send your photos to [email protected]
Bill Pay & Payment Plans
Once available in early June, your account balance can be viewed in OASIS. Information about bill pay and payment plans is available through the Hub for Enrollment Services.
Transfer Students: Check on your transfer credits in OASIS
Log into OASIS and check the Student Planning section to make sure any transfer credits have been applied to your student account. Then you can start mapping out your degree-completion plan!
Mark Your Calendar
New Student Orientation (mandatory for ALL students!) and Welcome Week are great opportunities to meet classmates and learn more about OU. More information about timing and arrival instructions will be sent out later in the summer.
Affordability is most likely one of the biggest considerations when choosing a college. (If not for you, then definitely your parents.) That is why Oglethorpe is committed to offering a variety of resources and strategies to help make the cost of this remarkable education and experience affordable. More than 90% of Oglethorpe students receive some type of financial aid to help finance their education.
How to read an award letter (video)
Director of Financial Aid Chris Summers walks through a standard financial aid award letter to help inform how to make decisions for your upcoming semester.
The student experience
A small, close-knit campus community with big-city culture and opportunities. Make a life. Make a living. Make a difference.
What do you love about Oglethorpe?
While at home, OU staff and students talk about what makes Oglethorpe University special to them. Stay up to date with Oglethorpe: Home page: https://oglethorpe.edu/ The Source: https://source.oglethorpe.edu/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oglethorpeuniversity/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/OglethorpeUniv
Virtual student panel – Q&A with Oglethorpe students
Q&A session with Oglethorpe students answering all of your first-year questions! Stay up to date with Oglethorpe: Home page: https://oglethorpe.edu/ The Source: https://source.oglethorpe.edu/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oglethorpeuniversity/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/OglethorpeUniv
Virtual athletics panel – Q&A with coaches and athletes
Oglethorpe University coaches and athletes answer your first-year questions about sports and student life. Stay up to date with Oglethorpe: Home page: https://oglethorpe.edu/ The Source: https://source.oglethorpe.edu/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oglethorpeun… Twitter: https://twitter.com/OglethorpeUniv
Student services (playlist)
Committed Oglethorpe students can learn the ins and outs of being a Petrel with MAP Day resources.
The transfer student experience – Karishma Patel
Oglethorpe junior Karishma Patel describes her experience as a biology major at Oglethorpe University; the ability to take specialized courses in a rigorous science curriculum has prepared her for a career in medicine. Stay up to date with Oglethorpe: Home page: https://oglethorpe.edu/ The Source: https://source.oglethorpe.edu/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oglethorpeuniversity/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/OglethorpeUniv
The transfer student experience – Michael Morgan
Transfer student ambassador Michael Morgan discusses moving from a large university and the many programs he is in involved in at Oglethorpe University. Stay up to date with Oglethorpe: Home page: https://oglethorpe.edu/ The Source: https://source.oglethorpe.edu/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oglethorpeuniversity/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/OglethorpeUniv
Oglethorpe Core, a four-year interdisciplinary course sequence that all OU students experience together, with your choice of more than 60 areas of study.
Your academic success begins with your first-year advisor, a year-long advising relationship that matches you with a personal academic and life advisor who will help you to identify and achieve your education, career and personal goals. Your Advisor is also a mentor and friend who will connect you to what you need to survive and thrive in your first year at Oglethorpe and keep you on track to graduate in four years. Our student success programs also offer free tutoring, writing support, supplemental instruction and individualized accommodations.
Connect with Admissions
Choose the counselor you’d like to connect with and set up a Zoom appointment or contact them via email.