Oglethorpe University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

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Oglethorpe University Admissions Overview:

Oglethorpe University is an accessible school, admitting around eight out of every ten applicants each year. Students with high test scores and a strong academic record have a good chance of being accepted to Oglethorpe. Those wishing to attend the school will need to send in an application, transcripts, and scores from the SAT or ACT. 

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Oglethorpe University Acceptance Rate: 80%

Oglethorpe University Description:

Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University is a small liberal arts college located on a 100-acre campus in Atlanta, Georgia. The campus features several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is home to the Georgia Shakespeare theatre company. Students come from 34 states and 36 countries. Undergraduates can choose from 28 bachelor's degree programs including several interdisciplinary programs and a self-designed major. High achieving students should look into the Oglethorpe Honors Program. In athletics, the Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,184 (all undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 94% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $35,280
  • Books: $1,100 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,710
  • Other Expenses: $2,750
  • Total Cost: $51,840

Oglethorpe University Financial Aid (2014 - 15):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 86%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $26,956
    • Loans: $7,232

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Business Administration, English, Psychology, Rhetoric Studies.

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 74%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 35%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 47%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Lacrosse, Tennis, Basketball, Soccer, Track and Field, Golf, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Lacrosse, Golf

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Oglethorpe University Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://oglethorpe.edu/about/mission/

"Oglethorpe University provides a superior education in which liberal arts and sciences and professional programs complement each other in a small-college environment within a dynamic urban setting. Oglethorpe’s programs emphasize intellectual curiosity, close collaboration among faculty and students, and engaged learning in relevant field experiences. Oglethorpe educates students to be citizens in a global world, readies them for responsible leadership, and empowers them to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers."

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