Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University is Atlanta’s only co-educational small private liberal arts college, home to 1450 diverse and engaged students from more than 30 states and 30 countries.
A place that puts students first, Oglethorpe’s academically rigorous programs emphasize intellectual curiosity, individual attention, close collaboration among faculty and students, and hands-on active learning that connects theory and practice. Students prepare for life and career with the help of Oglethorpe’s A_LAB (Atlanta Laboratory for Learning), an incubator for experiential learning through internships, study abroad, civic engagement, and undergraduate research. With a strong emphasis on professional development, 99% of Oglethorpe students engage in experiential learning through jobs and internships.
Under the leadership of President Nicholas Ladany since 2020, Oglethorpe is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as an institutional core value. Oglethorpe’s student body is remarkably diverse: 51% identify as persons of color; 40% are the first generation in their families to attend college; and 40% are Pell eligible. Oglethorpe offers its signature Flagship 50 program, a groundbreaking merit tuition scholarship that matches all 50 states’ flagship tuition for qualified students. Approximately, 97% of Oglethorpe students receive some financial need-based aid and for five consecutive years, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has named Oglethorpe to its Top 20 “Best Buy Schools” in the nation, the only Georgia college included on the list.
Oglethorpe recently opened I.W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation, complete with state-of-the-art lab and classroom space, and the Q. William Hammack, Jr. School of Business, which boasts a 100% career and graduate school placement rate for alumni six months after graduation. The university is also home to the Conant Performing Arts Center, which regularly welcomes student and professional theatre and music to its stage, and the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, a teaching museum. The Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association. The Oglethorpe campus is located in historic Brookhaven, one of the Atlanta metro area’s safest and fastest growing communities.