About Oglethorpe University

Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University. is a Private college. Located in Georgia, which is a city setting in Georgia, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 1,184 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Oglethorpe University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 16:1. There are 62 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Oglethorpe University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate80%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range1020-1230
ACT Range22-27

Admissions at OU are considered Less Selective, with ,17% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 20 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

81% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 54% were in the top quarter, and 25% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Oglethorpe University.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
26%
“We know about current events and vote”
42%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
32%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
21%
“Sometimes, but not often”
58%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
21%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
11%
“I only go out in groups”
32%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
58%
“I feel extremely safe”
8%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
38%
“We bought the gear”
54%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
0%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
47%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
53%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
44%
“They keep regular office hours”
56%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
16%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
79%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
5%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
47%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
42%
“We only party on weekends”
11%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
5%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
74%
“There might be people who do”
21%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Oglethorpe University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    59 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    44 Students rated off-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    64 Students rated campus food 2.6 stars. 3 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    67 Students rated campus facilities 3.7 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    67 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 73 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    67 Students rated school activities 3.5 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    67 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 54 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    67 Students rated academics 4 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Oglethorpe University?

22 Students rated Oglethorpe University

Abrianna - 05/30/2024

I love the environment at this campus. It is by far the most beautiful campuses I've been on and I knew right away that this is what I wanted. From sports to the classrooms it is my absolute favorite. The professors really take their time to get to know you and they care about you.

Adeyemi - 07/02/2020

Imean I just graduated high school as class of 2020,and I got into Oglethorpe as a student athlete.Unfortunately this whole corona situation has had a toll on the plans a lot had toward school based learning but In the end we’ll thrive. The pertel community of Oglethorpe form what I’ve seen is a very good community whose involvement and investment in every student is very crucial and therefore You should aim to be an oglefam .

Lillian - 10/30/2019

Oglethorpe University is an amazing place - from its gothic architecture to its grandiose library, from the Turner-Lynch Campus Center Game Room to the Cafeteria, it's an amazing place to be. There are 8 Greek Life programs on campus, every Wednesday the Art club meets, Black Student Caucus is integral to the function of the school, so there are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved. I love the active nature of the campus, and with the A_LAB hosting many events, there is always the option to volunteer. The food is excellent with options of pizza, stir fry, burgers, and also vegan and vegetarian options as well. I frequently enjoy the vegan mac & cheese. There is a Starbucks located in the Turner-Lynch Campus Center Game Room, so if the Cafeteria is closed, that is always an option. The library is extensive, and there is a museum on the second floor, and brand new film and media studios were created in the basement this year. The brand new Cousins Center for Science and Innovation is a great place to study and is very comfortable with couches and large chairs. There are private rooms to study by yourself or with a small group, and the windows are glass, so there is the option to write on them with a dry erase marker to put down your thoughts. The building has many windows so it's filled with natural light. The labs are state-of-the-art with brand new supplies. It is one of my favorite places on campus. The only problem I have is in my dorm with the water as the county has boil warnings occasionally. Overall, it is an excellent college and is very much so worth its price.

Sarah - 07/29/2019

It’s a small private college, but it houses a huge community that acts like a family. Faculty are always willing to help, you just need to take the initiative to go to their office. There hasn’t been one person I’ve meet who is attending this school who doesn’t want you to go to this school because they love it at OU.

Oglethorpe University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Oglethorpe University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Oglethorpe University is 80%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would say that the best thing you can do to make sure that you are making the best choice is to really talk to students who are currently attending the University . Also, looking at as many colleges as possible will help you acquire a feel for what it is that you are looking for when it comes to your educational, and campus needs. To make the most of your college experience you need to get invloved with the school. At my University there is a office called the CCE, Center for Civic Engagement, that hosts events at least once a week that include activities like volunteering with middle school students; painting murals; or even planting trees. Not only does it make it easier to make friends, or meet new people, but it also makes you feel better about yourself for not having wasted another day. You are given the oppurtunity to make a difference one step at a time, which in turns makes you want to do more for the community. I don't know about you, but i see this as a good thing.

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  3. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    a good liberal arts education

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about the school is the price. With fees, books, tuition, and housing/meal plan it comes close to 42, 000 a year! It is difficult for many student to fill and compensate for what the school does not give. Financial difficulties are the top reasons for discontinuation of learning here.

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  5. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anyone who likes a small intimate campus and a focus on a core curriculum and a well rounded general education.

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  6. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Oglethorpe is a small school in the middle of Atlanta so you have the small classes and great sense of community along with all of the advantages and opportunities of the city. The people are fantastic. Everyone is friendly and open to everyone else. The professors are always available to help, both in and outside of class.

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  7. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The fact that as a commuter it is hard to attend events.

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  8. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are bored, funny, energetic, a variety of things.

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  9. What's unique about your campus?

    Again, the people. It is a very open and welcome community.

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  10. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Oglethorpe University is a mosaic of individuals who each bring a small light to create a beacon.

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    conservatives. our school is very liberal and very open minded. although there are a lot of conversatives on campus, they do not share the overall outlook of the majority of the students here.

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  12. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish that I had known how challenging the course work was going to be. I believe that high school does not always prepare you for college. However, I am definitely being challenged at this school.

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  13. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Very small classes and a unique core program compared to other schools. Teachers and adviors who really care. No football team

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    Once again, this school places a lot of emphasis on small class size and individual attention. Most professors will have everyone's names memorized by the third class. The core curriculum is really awesome because you can jump right into your major the first semester. The majority of core classes incorporate a "class participation" portion to their grading scale, so expression of opinions and debate is strongly encouraged, which I love! For the writers out there, and from what I have heard about other schools, OU is essay intensive. You will probably write five medium length (around ten page) essays per class per semester, along with other junk. For the psychologists - I took intro. to psychology and it remains one of my favorite classes there. I also lived with two psychology majors last semester and I never heard them say a bad thing about it. Psychology at OU can be challenging, requiring you to study often and be able to design and implement your own research on campus pretty regularly. They also go on trips to psychology symposiums and the like. The head of the department gave one of my friends one-on-one tutor sessions after her grades started falling. Now for my focus - the sciences. I have never had a truly dull science class here. If you want to do independent research, the resources are there if you develop a good plan and talk to your professors. Actually, even if you do not have a good plan but have a general idea, they will help you come up with one. A friend and I wanted to expand an E. Coli project we worked on in class, so my professor asked me to write up a proposal, which I did. He then helped me work out any bugs, came up with a budget (which the department is covering), and is helping us with it during his free time over the summer! So, if you come up with an idea that your professor is interested in studying, they will really go out of their way to help you do it. Or, if you do well in your classes and cultivate a rapport with your professors, you can work in the labs doing grunt work, which is great for an undergrad.

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    If you're interested in something, there's probably a group for it. If not, start one! Goups sprout in and out of existence pretty regularly. Right now i'm at least loosely involved/interested with: Oglethorpe Quidditch League, Get Active Oglethorpe, Oglethorpe Chess Club, OUtlet, Humans vs. Zombies, and Environmentally Concerned Oglethorpe Students - ECOS. These groups hold regular meetings and host events. Greek life at OU is alive and well. I do not partake, but tons of people do. They have socials and things all the time, but i'm not really into that. Chi Phi has great parties that are usually themed like: Disney, Mardi Gras, or Heaven and Hell. Generally, they do not throw alcohol at everyone. It's more like BYOB and just dance and have fun. Events at OU happen all the time. There are frequent movie nights, plays(often written by students), and meetings. They have movies on the quad regularly (but can never seem to do them when the weather is right), and trivia nights. Kids host things like ping-pong tournaments, Guitar Hero/Rock Band/Dance Dance Revolution competitions, Bible Study sessions, general study sessions...everything. This really is a good school for leaders. Word on these things spreads quickly on campus. They go all out for official events. Stomp the Lawn is always good. They bring a mini-carnival to the quad with bungee rides, an obstacle course, mechanical bull, cotton candy, etc... Boars Head was amazing(look up the history on the OU site). I did not go to the show, but the dinner was really over-the-top. They remade Emerson into a snazzy restaurant kind of deal while a band played, and had delicious food laid out and an open bar for those over 21. Hogwarts Day is my favorite. That we actually go to Hogwarts is a running joke on campus. Oglethorpe was modeled after Oxford, and Hogwarts was modeled after Oxford, so Hogwarts is Oglethorpe. On HD, they have a Quidditch match on the quad, free food and drinks (butter-beer, every flavor jelly beans, etc), wizard's chess, a sorting hat. Each academic building was assigned a "house," so the science majors wore blue for ravenclaw, art majors wore yellow for hufflepuff, etc. But the best part was how they decked out the cafeteria for dinner to look like the great hall from the movies. Instead of grabbing a plate from the line, they had the food laid out on the tables to be passed around and they gave out delicious chocolate frogs. Oh, and some of the professors dressed up in wizard's robes and sat at a head table, to complete the Hogwarts feel. They have a casino night every year with an open bar and a live band where you play for chips to win tickets for a lottery. Last year they gave out an ipod, t.v. and tons of other things. EGGsAM Breakfast: they have this every semester during finals in which some of the professors cook breakfast foods for the students for dinner. A nice pick-me-up during finals when all I want to do is jump out of a third story window. As far as sports go, i'm not into them. Our golf-team consistently ranks in the top ten, I think.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    There really are not any. OU is such a small school that most people have not heard of it, unless in connection with Georgia Shakespeare or the Museum of Art.

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  17. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    The school has a very at-home attitude. Everything is very relaxed, from the student body to the professors, which is great for intellectual freedom. It is expected for you to go out of your way to develop working academic relationships with your professors. If you have problems, they will ALWAYS be there for you. OU is a small world, where everyone knows everybody else, at least by sight. I know the school is planning to expand, and I hope they do not lose these attributes when they do. If you do not thrive at OU, you probably will not at any college.

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Student Body

Students

57%

female

43%

male

1,184

Total Undergrad Enrollment

N/A

Total Grad Students

26%

Out-Of-State

73%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

N/A

Student Organizations

3

Fraternities

3

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

55%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
4%
% Black or African-American
21%
% Hispanic/Latino
10%
% White or Caucasian
35%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

99% of students attending Oglethorpe University receive some sort of financial aid. 44% were awarded federal grants. While 86% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$35,280

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,100

Books and Supplies

$12,710

Room and Board

49,090

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$17,716
$30 - $48K
$17,349
$48 - $75K
$18,256
$75 - $110K
$22,430
$110K & UP
$22,988

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