Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University is a liberal arts and sciences university that unites a close-knit campus community with big city culture and opportunities. Today, Oglethorpe enrolls 1,150 students, representing 32 states and 38 countries.
Sure, every university has a core curriculum — a set of courses needed to graduate. But only Oglethorpe has the Core. Ask any student, and you’ll find the Core is as central to the Oglethorpe experience as the gray stonework of its gorgeous Gothic campus. The Core is a sequence of courses intentionally designed to challenge perceptions, evoke questions, transform perspectives, and create connections. It’s the kind of intensive intellectual exercise that could only happen in a small, supportive community like Oglethorpe. The Core is what makes Oglethorpe graduates sharper thinkers, better writers, and stronger leaders who excel in whatever they choose.
The Global Classroom
Outside Oglethorpe's green campus, there’s a thriving metropolis: Atlanta, the cultural cornerstone and economic powerhouse of the South. Oglethorpe students build their professional network and on-the-job skills through internships in Atlanta, home to the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 corporations in the U.S. They volunteer in campus-wide days of service and take on active roles in community engagement, helping feed the hungry at soup kitchens, tend the vegetables in community gardens, mentor school children, and so much more. They also take advantage of international study opportunities to travel abroad, whether for a semester or a two-week trip. Then they return to a multicultural campus — and a global city — with new experiences, new friends, and new perspectives about the world.
Simply put, the Oglethorpe classroom is anywhere…and everywhere.
The Petrel Promise
Graduate in four years, get a job or grad school admission within 6 months, or your fifth year is on the house! Oglethorpe have the classes you need. They’ll provide opportunities for exceptional hands-on experiences to prepare you for the real-world. They’ll provide the resources to help you in your transition after Oglethorpe.
Life at Oglethorpe
Oglethorpe students are a diverse, unconventional, and fascinating bunch, and their interests and activities are just as varied. Fortunately, the location in Atlanta and the vibrant campus culture make it easy to explore the world from every angle.
The Oglethorpe experience brings together the welcoming atmosphere of a liberal arts college and the dazzling possibilities of the big city. In such a close-knit community, day-to-day life is enlivened by the diverse pursuits of the student body. Outside the gates…Atlanta beckons.
At some point during your time at Oglethorpe, you might find yourself…
- Cheering for the Stormy Petrels — or catching an Atlanta Braves game at SunTrust Park.
- Gazing at a gorgeous painting at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art or the
High, the premier art museum of Atlanta and the Southeast.
- Glimpsing the glittering city skyline from a fast-moving MARTA train or the top
floors of a midtown skyscraper.
- Hitting the streets for a walking tour in Barcelona, London, or Rome.
- Offering a hungry person a hot meal or wading into a stream to repair a dam
during one of Oglethorpe’s campus-wide days of service.
- Gathered with a big group of friends in the Petrel’s Nest Dining Hall, when you
realize…this is what it feels like to be right at home.
In other words: Whether your interests run more toward an Atlanta Falcons game or a rousing quidditch match on the quad, you’ll never have to worry about keeping busy.
All NSHSS members admitted to Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA as freshmen will receive a $10,000 NSHSS-OU Scholarship! This scholarship is awarded $2,500/yr. for four years, and is in addition to other Oglethorpe merit/need based awards you may qualify for.
How to Apply
Application Deadline (Early Action): November 1
to contact Oglethorpe staff.