Oglethorpe University is incorporated under the State of Georgia’s Nonprofit Corporation Code. The charter, dated May 8, 1913 says in Article II:
The purpose of the corporation shall be exclusively educational. The corporation shall own, manage, maintain, operate and conduct an institution of higher learning for the purpose of promoting and carrying on college, undergraduate and graduate education. The institution shall be independent, non-denominational, and non-sectarian and shall have the power to grant diplomas and confer such degrees as are usually conferred by institutions of higher learning in such manner and under such circumstances as the Board of Trustees may determine.
Through the years the Charter has been amended and restated several times, both before and after the Georgia School Law of 1937, the most recent restatement being certified by the Secretary of State on May 30, 2002, as the Articles of Incorporation of Oglethorpe University, Inc., in which the purpose is described as “exclusively for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986…”