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Traditional first-year students

Apply with confidence! No test scores required.

Traditional first-year applicants are those who are currently enrolled in high school or who have recently graduated high school and have not enrolled as a degree-seeking student at another college or university. This includes undocumented students and students who have taken dual enrollment credits at another college or university.

We’re always here to assist with your application process. Please review the material below and contact [email protected] with any questions. We look forward to reading your application!

Birmingham-Southern College Transfers

If you have been admitted to Birmingham-Southern College as a first-time, full-time student, you can apply to Oglethorpe University for direct admission. We’re here to help you navigate this transition as smoothly as possible.

International Student Admission

Students for whom English is not their first language, have completed some of their education outside of the U.S., and are seeking F-1 student visas. Undocumented students are not considered international and should apply as first-year or transfers.

Adult Degree Program

Degree programs for adults age 22+ who are beginning their undergraduate education or returning to college.

Application Materials

For the purposes of admission, the Office of Admission will accept unofficial transcripts in the form of files or copies uploaded by the student. Please note that official final transcripts are required upon enrollment. Official transcripts can be sent electronically or by mail.

  • Electronically: Via email from your counselor or school official to [email protected] or via Parchment, Naviance, Escrip, or other electronic platform
  • By Mail: Sealed official transcripts can be delivered or mailed to the following address: Office of Admission, Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA, 30319
  •  Standardized Test Scores
    • Many students who have scores that fall within our accepted student averages choose to submit their scores.
    • Oglethorpe will superscore the SAT/ACT, meaning if multiple test scores are submitted, we’ll consider the highest score from each section when reviewing your application.
    • Self-Reported: You can enter your ACT/SAT scores into the testing section of your application or email a screenshot of your scores to [email protected]. SAT and ACT scores for all enrolling students will be verified. Discrepancies between self-reported scores and official scores may jeopardize a student’s acceptance.
    • Official: You can order official scores to be sent to Oglethorpe directly from the testing agency. OU’s SAT code is 5521 and ACT code is 0850.
  • Evaluative Interview
    • Your evaluative interview is your chance to tell us more about yourself! Your interview will take place over Zoom or on the phone with a member of our Office of Admission counseling team. Interview topics might include your accomplishments in high school, your interest in Oglethorpe, what you hope to gain from your college experience, your academic and co-curricular interests, and your personal background.
    • Interviews can be scheduled with your counselor here. Not sure who your counselor is? Just email [email protected] and we’ll connect you.
    • Tips:
      • Don’t be nervous! We know it sounds cliché to say “be yourself” but truly, we just want to get to know you.
      • You don’t have to dress formally or prepare any answers. Just be prepared to talk about yourself!
      • Think of a few questions you have about Oglethorpe and make sure to ask them at the end.
  • Video Submission
    • Your 1-2 minute personal video submission is your chance to tell us more about yourself! You are encouraged to share what qualities, characteristics, experiences, perspectives, or interests you will bring to the Oglethorpe community. This is your chance to tell us more beyond what is captured in your application. You are encouraged to be creative and to not simply tell us what is already contained in your application. You will not be judged on the quality of the production. You are encouraged to sit directly in front of your laptop/camera/tablet/phone, start by introducing yourself with your name and high school, and then speak candidly. There is no need to dress formally, memorize a speech, or read from a paper.
    • Videos can be uploaded on your Petrel Portal. Please contact [email protected] if you have any difficulty with your submission.
    • Tips:
      • Make sure you watch your video before you submit to ensure we can hear and see you the whole time.
      • Make sure there is not too much background noise.
      • Please keep submissions between 1-2 minutes.

Up to two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, mentors, or community members will be accepted. Letters can be submitted through your application or emailed to [email protected]. No more than 2 letters will be accepted.

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Application Types

Early Action

The Early Action deadline is December 1 at 11:59 p.m.! Applying Early Action has some serious perks:

  • It’s free. The $50 application fee is waived.
  • It’s fast. After submitting all necessary materials, you will receive a decision within 2 weeks! Materials may be submitted after the Early Action deadline and do not need to be received by December 1.
  • It’s non-binding. You do not have to commit to Oglethorpe. Your Early Action admission simply gives you an early acceptance to consider.
  • You’re eligible for FULL TUITION scholarships! In general, EA has the advantage of allowing you to compare financial aid packages. At Oglethorpe, you will also be considered for all merit awards, Flagship 50, and our full-tuition awards at our Scholarship Weekend!

Regular Decision

Apply any time! It’s never too late to apply Regular Decision:

  • It’s quick. Apply anytime and you will receive your admission decision on a rolling basis.
  • It’s flexible. Have a new SAT superscore or updated grades? We can always add them to your file for consideration.
  • You’re STILL eligible for scholarships! Regular decision applicants are eligible for all of our standard merit awards and Flagship 50.

May 15 is the priority deadline for the Fall 2024 semester. Apply by this date to ensure you receive important information about financial aid, on-campus housing, and other updates.

Suggested Coursework


English4 years
Mathematics3 years, including Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry (Trigonometry, Advanced Math, or Calculus recommended)
Science3 years (4th year recommended)
Social Studies3 years (4th year recommended)
Foreign Language2+ years recommended