Oglethorpe University: Narrative Description

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4484 Peachtree Rd., NE
Atlanta, GA 30319-2797
Tel: (404)261-1441
Free: 800-428-4484
Admissions: (404)364-8307
Fax: (404)364-8500
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.oglethorpe.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1835. Setting: 118-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $17.5 million. Total enrollment: 1,053. Faculty: 136 (57 full-time, 79 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 1,261 applied, 64% were admitted. 43% from top 10% of their high school class, 53% from top quarter, 97% from top half. Full-time: 836 students, 65% women, 35% men. Part-time: 136 students, 71% women, 29% men. Students come from 36 states and territories, 21 other countries, 37% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 21% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 5% 25 or older, 58% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University Center in Georgia, 19 colleges and universities in the Atlanta area. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.5 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 12/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 1/1 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $30,300 includes full-time tuition ($22,200), mandatory fees ($100), and college room and board ($8000). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $925 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 52 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 33% of eligible men and 28% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, Christian Fellowship, International Club, Playmakers. Major annual events: Homecoming, Boar's Head Ceremony, Oglethorpe Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Philip Weltner Library with 150,000 books, 710 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 60 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Oglethorpe students enjoy the scenic setting of a suburban campus combined with the opportunities of a great international city. Atlanta offers professional and amateur art and entertainment, professional and amateur sports, renowned intellectual and research activities, and world-class dining and enjoyment opportunities. It also offers small town values of friendliness, courtesy, and respect. Students can find part-time employment, internships, cultural activities, and an active job placement program, all of which are enhanced by the Atlanta location.

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