First Generation Students

You’re First? You’re Not Alone.

Are you the first person in your family to go to college? Many successful OU students are just like YOU! Atlanta is a hub for opportunity, diversity, and energy. Get real-world work experience by pursuing an internship with Coca Cola, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta United, or one of the hundreds of other companies, non-profits, and government organizations in the city. Atlanta is one of America’s most diverse cities, welcoming folks from across the country and the globe. We’re a cultural mosaic of languages and cultures, and we’re proud of it. Finally, Atlanta keeps the energy going with music festivals, five professional sports teams, a vibrant arts community, and an endless array of new restaurants to explore. Plus, Oglethorpe is located in the safest suburb of Atlanta, making campus the perfect home base for city-wide adventures.

Whether you grew up here in the city or out of town, you can carve your own path here in Atlanta. By choosing Atlanta as your “college town,” you are preparing yourself for a vibrant, dynamic career post-college.

Now, you might be asking… what is the advantage of a small, private liberal arts school environment for a first generation college student?

A liberal arts education means building skills that are geared toward more than just one profession. By studying at Oglethorpe, you can develop strong critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. These are the skills employers value most, even more than a specific major. In today’s labor market, career paths are changing rapidly, and graduates must draw from a variety of skill sets to adapt to challenges and capitalize on opportunities.

Oglethorpe provides high-touch support and one-to-one attention for every single student. Think of your interactions with a favorite teacher or mentor. This type of care and support will be available throughout all four years at Oglethorpe. Our staff and faculty want to know you as a person, not just a face in the crowd or number on a class roster.

Simply put, we’re here for you, regardless of your preparedness or knowledge of a college campus setting. We’re approachable and personable, and are ready to connect you with whatever you need.

That’s why we’ve put together this First Generation FAQ List. Follow the link below for answers to our most frequently asked questions. Don’t see the answer to your question? Let us know by emailing us at