8.3.1. Residency Requirement for B.A. and B.S. Degrees

Of the 128 semester hours that a student must earn and which are being applied toward graduation requirements, fully one-quarter (meaning 32 semester hours or more) must be earned in residence. Therefore, the totality of all other semester hours that a student has earned (via testing, joint and/or dual enrollment, transfer, and by any and all other means) and which are being applied toward graduation must be less than or equal to three-quarters (meaning 96 or fewer) of the total of 128 semester hours needed for graduation. When taken by a current degree-seeking Oglethorpe student the following courses are counted as courses taken in residence even though they are not taken on the Oglethorpe campus nor are they necessarily taught by Oglethorpe instructors:

  • Courses taken at Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) institutions on
    a cross registration basis (see Sec. 10.10.).
  • Courses in an approved study abroad program (with prior approval of the director of
    the center for global education, the student’s academic advisor and the relevant program coordinator or other designee; division chair(s) approval may also be required. See Sec. 10.7.6. and Sec. 10.7.7.).
  • Study abroad courses offered through a joint venture between Oglethorpe University and a third party provider (see Sec. 10.7.7.), including LeadAbroad (see Sec. 10.7.10.) and GO (Global Oglethorpe; see Sec. 10.7.11.). These courses may require prior approval of the student’s academic advisor and the relevant program coordinator and/ or division chair(s).