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We are a community of athletes, artists, activists, entrepreneurs, introverts, thespians, and everything in between. Our students love Oglethorpe because it feels like home, everyone knows their name, and they can secure leadership (and resume-building!) opportunities from the time they are a first-year student.

Keep scrolling to learn more about our student profile, signature public tuition match program and full-tuition awards, application information and more! There is truly no ‘typical’ Oglethorpe student.

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About Oglethorpe


Our most popular majors are Biology/Pre-Health, Business, Psychology, Communication, Theatre, and our Dual-Degree Engineering Program with Georgia Tech, Auburn, and Kennesaw State. See our full list of Majors and Programs.

Learn about Oglethorpe’s unique interdisciplinary Core curriculum, and Honors Program.

Oglethorpe has generous credit policies for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and post-high school college transfer credits.

See details about our Dual Enrollment program for students seeking an additional challenge in their junior or senior year of high school.

Student & Applicant Profile

Oglethorpe is a test-optional, semi-selective institution with a genuine investment in holistic review and evaluating applicants with their unique context, experiences, strengths, and challenges in mind.

  • 3.5 – 4.0: Average GPA
  • 1110 – 1280: Average SAT
  • 570 – 650: Average SAT Critical Reading
  • 530 – 630: Average SAT Math
  • 22 – 29: Average ACT
  • 2,430: Applications for fall 2020
  • 418: Students enrolled in fall 2020 first-year class

Oglethorpe makes a private college education accessible and we are proud of our exceptionally diverse student body.

  • 51% of our students identify as non-white
  • ~40% are eligible for the Pell Grant
  • ~40% are first-generation college students
  • Over 60% of our students live on campus and 40% commute from home
  • Students hail from over 30 states and 30 countries

See more facts and figures about the Oglethorpe community

How to Apply

  • Early Action
    • The Early Action application is completely free, allows students to receive their admission decision before the holiday season, and become eligible for full-tuition scholarships! The deadline for Early Action is November 1.
  • Regular Decision
    • Oglethorpe offers rolling admission, and applications are accepted throughout the year. Decisions are released on an ongoing basis. The Regular Decision deadline is July 1.
  • Common Application
    • OU also participates with the Common Application for students that choose this option.

Visit OU

Visit our Campus Visit portal for upcoming visit and event opportunities.

  • Virtual daily visits and tours
  • Virtual group visits
  • Academic special events and panels

Meet Admission Counselors and staff!



See our tuition and housing rates. Over 90% of students receive financial aid, and for the Class of 2024 the average institutional grant awarded was over $33,000.


Full-Tuition Scholarships

Oglethorpe offers full-tuition scholarships in these several categories:

  • James Edward Oglethorpe Scholarship (JEO) for Academic Achievement & Leadership
  • Theatre Scholarship
  • Hammack School of Business Scholarship
  • Civic Engagement Scholarship

Learn more about Scholarship Weekend eligibility and this year’s dates.

Flagship 50

For qualified students, we will match the in-state flagship tuition for all 50 states, including District of Columbia and U.S. Territories. Students can LITERALLY get a private school education at a state school price. Learn more about Flagship 50 details and eligibility.

Merit Scholarships

All admitted students are automatically considered for merit scholarships starting at $18,000 per year, and we provide a $500 grant each year that students complete the FAFSA. Learn more about Oglethorpe’s efforts to make a private college education even more accessible.

Specialty Scholarships

We are proud to partner with these organizations to provide additional scholarships for eligible students:

  • Achieve Atlanta
  • Dream.US
  • 3DE
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Exemplary Vocal & Music Performance

Need-Based Aid for non-FAFSA filers

Oglethorpe offers institutional need-based aid to all students, and has a separate Internal Student Financial Aid Application for DACA recipients, international students, and others who are not eligible to receive aid off the FAFSA.

Post-grad Outcomes

The Petrel Promise

With our Petrel Promise, we guarantee students will graduate in four years, get a job or grad school admission within 6 months, or they’ll receive a fifth year of college on us.

Why Liberal Arts?

“Year after year, the skills employers value most in the new graduates they hire are not technical, job-specific skills, but written and oral communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking—exactly the sort of “soft skills” humanities majors tend to excel in.” –Why critics are wrong about liberal arts degrees – Fortune

Learn more about how a liberal arts education prepares students for a rapidly changing professional environment and see our most recent rankings and accolades.