Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University is Atlanta’s only co-educational small private liberal arts college, home to nearly 1,500 diverse and engaged students from more than 30 states and 20 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 through internships, study abroad, civic engagement, and undergraduate research.
Under the leadership of President Nick Ladany since 2020, Oglethorpe is deeply committed to student success and to diversity, equity, and inclusion as institutional core values. Oglethorpe’s student body is remarkably diverse: more than half identify as persons of color; more than a third are the first generation in their families to attend college; and more than a third are Pell eligible. Since 2018 Oglethorpe has offered its signature Flagship 50 program, a groundbreaking merit tuition scholarship that matches all 50 states’ flagship tuition for qualified students. Approximately 99% of Oglethorpe students receive some financial need-based aid and since 2017, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has named Oglethorpe to its Top 20 “Best Buy Schools” in the nation — the only Georgia college on the list.
In 2019, Oglethorpe opened the I.W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation, with state-of-the-art lab and classroom space, as well as the Q. William Hammack, Jr. School of Business, which boasts a near 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.