Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University (Atlanta, GA) is one of the South's leading liberal arts universities. Oglethorpe's strength lies in its extraordinarily dedicated faculty and its commitment to students making a difference on campus and around the world. Located near Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood, Oglethorpe enrolls 1,100 students from 34 states and 28 countries.
Named after James Edward Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia and a great civic leader, Oglethorpe is grounded in public purpose. The Oglethorpe education integrates service learning, student internships, urban field study, civic leadership, and cultural study trips around the country and the globe. Oglethorpe's students are nurtured to become talented and motivated graduates prepared to "make a life, make a living, and make a difference."
Academically rigorous, Oglethorpe offers more than 28 majors and signature programs, including Urban Ecology, the Rich Urban Leadership Program, the Honors Program and a unique partnership with Georgia Shakespeare, a professional theatre-in-residence.
Oglethorpe emphasizes intellectual curiosity, close collaboration among faculty and students, and active learning through hands-on, experiential opportunities. Oglethorpe is committed to supporting students' success in a diverse community characterized by civility, caring, inquiry, and tolerance.
Learn to make a life, make a living and make a difference Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University unites a close-knit campus community with big city culture and opportunities. Today, Oglethorpe enrolls 1,260 students, representing 33 states and 31 countries. We’ve also been ranked: Top 20 “Best Buy School” (Fiske Guide to Colleges). #33 among America’s most entrepreneurial colleges (Forbes). #48 out of 1,223 for “Best Value” nationwide (USA Today/Wall Street Journal). #56 out of all liberal arts colleges in the nation for our contribution to the public good (Washington Monthly). #148 among America’s best national liberal arts colleges (US News and World Report).
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.