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Oglethorpe Glossary


General Information
  • Current President: Dr. Lawrence M. Schall
  • Founded: 1835
  • Religious Affiliation: none
  • Total Enrollment: 1,080 undergradutes
  • Our colors: Black and Gold
Academic Information
  • Percentage of Faculty with terminal degree: 90%
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
  • Average Class Size: 16
  • Percentage of faculty teaching undergraduates: 100%
  • Three most popular majors: 
    • Business Administration: 18 %
    • Psychology: 13 %
    • Communication and Rhetoric: 11%

Athletic Information

  • Oglethorpe University is a member of NCAA Division III and the Southern Athletic Association (SAA)
  • Oglethorpe's mascot is the Stormy Petrel
  • School colors: Black and Gold

Student Enrollment Information

  • States Represented: 34
  • Countries represented: 28
  • On-campus boarders: 700
  • Student body: 41% male and 59% female

Incoming Freshmen:

  • SAT average: 1140
  • ACT average: 25
  • Average GPA: 3.70
  • Percentage in top 10% of high school class: 32%
  • Percentage in top 25% of high school class: 63%


Oglethorpe University provides a superior education in the liberal arts and sciences and selected professional disciplines in a coeducational, largely residential, small-college environment within a dynamic urban setting. Oglethorpe’s academically rigorous programs emphasize intellectual curiosity, individual attention and encouragement, close collaboration among faculty and students, and active learning in relevant field experiences. Oglethorpe is committed to supporting the success of all students in a diverse community characterized by civility, caring, inquiry, and tolerance. Oglethorpe’s talented, self-reliant, and motivated graduates are prepared to make a life and to make a living, to grow as life-long learners, and to be energetic and intelligent contributors in a rapidly changing world.


Oglethorpe University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's degrees and master's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Oglethorpe University.

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