4.2.1. Freshmen Applicants

First-time Freshman (FF) applicants are individuals who:

  • have never enrolled in a college or university, or
  • have been joint enrolled and/or dual enrolled at a college or university before earning a secondary school diploma.

Freshman Transfer (FT) applicants are individuals who:

  • have enrolled in college but completed less than 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours.

Because the admission process is the same for both FF and FT students, throughout this section FF and FT students are treated the same; both are referred to simply as “freshmen.” However, there are sections of this Bulletin where the distinction between being a FF and a FT is an important one; see, for example, Sec. 10.18. concerning Petrel Points.

Typically, first-time freshman candidates are completing a secondary school program at the time of application. While an admission decision may be based only on coursework through the junior year, the admission office requires all enrolling freshmen to submit a final transcript to show completion of academic work and official graduation.

Oglethorpe offers two application plans for freshman candidates: Early Action (November 15 deadline) and regular decision (rolling admission).

Early Action

Secondary school students with a strong interest in attending Oglethorpe in the fall semester and who wish to receive consideration for full-tuition scholarships should apply under the early action plan. Candidates should complete the application and postmark all required credentials by November 15 of the senior year. Early action admission decisions are mailed on a rolling basis, typically within two weeks of completion of the application, unless the admission committee requires additional information. The early action plan is non-binding, and there is no obligation to make a college choice at the time of admission. The required enrollment deposit is refundable until May 1, provided that the student informs the University in writing of the decision not to enroll.

Regular Decision

Any freshman applicant for any semester may apply under the regular decision plan, which is rolling admission. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are completed, provided that sufficient time remains for processing and enrollment.

Secondary school students seeking to begin in the fall semester should apply in a timely manner during the senior year. Rolling admission notification begins no sooner than December 1. Thereafter, the admission office sends notification of admission within two weeks of completion, unless the admission committee requires additional information. The required enrollment deposit is refundable until May 1, provided that the student informs the University in writing of the decision not to enroll.

The Oglethorpe freshman admission process is selective and based on individual consideration. Eligible candidates should demonstrate academic achievement in a secondary curriculum, including appropriate courses in English, social studies, mathematics and science. In addition to the quality of the secondary school program, Oglethorpe also considers credentials such as standardized test scores, the admission essay, letters of recommendation, involvement in the school and community and part-time work. Achievement tests, portfolios or videos are not requested for admission, but will be considered if submitted. The admission office strongly recommends interviews and campus visits.

A completed freshman application includes submission of the application form, payment of the application fee, and the following:

  • Official secondary school transcript or official results of the GED examination.
  • Official ACT or SAT scores.
    • Oglethorpe considers the strongest score(s) from either test in the admission decision.
    • For the SAT, Oglethorpe considers the highest Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math subscores (regardless of test date) and combines the two highest subscores to get the highest possible total score.
    • For the ACT, Oglethorpe considers the highest individual subject area tests (English, Math, Reading and Science—regardless of test date) and combines the four highest subject area scores to get the highest possible total score.
    • Oglethorpe considers any official scores that appear on the official secondary school transcript, or on a score report forwarded directly to Oglethorpe from the testing agency.
  • Application essay of at least 250 words (typed).
  • One recommendation from a teacher or counselor who can attest to the applicant’s academic ability.

Oglethorpe also requires an official transcript from each and every college or university attended, if a freshman candidate has attempted or earned college credit of any kind. This includes but is not limited to joint enrollment or dual enrollment as a secondary student; pre-college summer programs; or prior college enrollment of less than 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours.

Oglethorpe does not require official score reports for credit by examination before making an admission decision, although evidence of advanced coursework is considered a sign of rigor in a college preparatory curriculum. Admitted students seeking the possibility of credit for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) should submit an official score report for any examinations taken as soon as these scores are available. For more details, please refer to the Sec. 6.8.1. of this Bulletin.

Admitted freshman students must secure their place in the class by submitting an enrollment deposit no later than May 1 (if the student will enroll in the fall semester) or January 1 (if the student will enroll in the spring semester). Entering freshman students must submit an official final transcript from the secondary school and, if applicable, from all colleges and universities. All freshman students must complete the online housing application or the housing exemption form as soon as possible after submitting the enrollment deposit. For more details about campus residency requirements or to complete an online housing form, please visit http://reslife.oglethorpe.edu/.

All entering students must fulfill the requirements of our immunization policy (see Sec. 6.5.). Instructions are available at http://health.oglethorpe.edu/immunizations/.

Home schooled applicants are individuals who complete secondary-school requirements in a home school, either through an accredited diploma-granting institution that supplies an official home school transcript, or through a non-accredited home study program.

Home schooled candidates should follow all application requirements for freshman candidates, plus the following additional credentials:

With an official home school transcript:

  • Letter of recommendation from a third party other than a family member, such as a tutor, mentor, or clergy member.
  • Personal interview with an admission officer.

In the absence of an official home school transcript:

  • Portfolio recording all secondary work completed, including courses studied, textbooks, assignments and extracurricular achievements.
  • Letter of recommendation from a third party other than a family member, such as a tutor, mentor or clergy member.
  • Personal interview with an admission officer.