Civic Engagement


The Oglethorpe tradition of public service goes all the way back to James Edward Oglethorpe: founder of the colony of Georgia, fighter of oppression, historic humanitarian, and of course, our namesake. Since 1835, we’ve been searching for ways to make a positive impact on our world. Today, service is the thread connecting everyone at Oglethorpe – and it’s woven tight.

J-term service learning in Atlanta, January 2023

Faculty and students during a service learning excursion J-Term 2023

One practical way we show our dedication to service is our J. Fred and Catherine B. Agel Leadership Scholarship. This four-year, full-tuition award is offered annually to as many as three incoming seniors who’ve demonstrated the same values in their high school careers.

Our Community is Atlanta… and THE WORLD

hands-on-learning-2At Oglethorpe, you can find a unique experience for learning and growing, through service-learning courses that join academic rigor with community involvement. Environmental Studies students hit the textbooks – and then the trails. Cancer Cell Biology students gain deeper perspectives through hands-on work with patients. Theatre students stir up some local drama… in a good way.

You can also turn your spring or winter break into something more meaningful, through university-organized service trips: like a weekend in Alabama studying the Civil Rights movement and restoring a community center, or a week spent volunteering in a village in Guatemala.

Less Lip-Service, More Days of Service

At Oglethorpe, we don’t just talk the talk; we walk the walk. For example: