Oglethorpe University welcomes students who wish to transfer to
Oglethorpe from other accredited institutions, provided they are
in good standing at the last college or university
attended. Students who have completed more than 12 credit hours at
the college level are considered transfer students.
Transfer students must submit the following:
- The completed application online or paper (downloadable PDF).
- A $40 application fee, which can either be
mailed with the application or
- Official transcripts from each college
- Your high school transcript and test
scores are also required if fewer than 24 semester hours of
college credit have been completed.
- Print the recommendation form, and ask an instructor or counselor to complete it and submit it to the Office of Admission.
- A 250-word essay academic essay must be completed as part of the admission application. Choose one of the following quotes as your inspiration:
- "Adventure is worthwhile in itself." Amelia Earhart, aviation pioneer, women's rights advocate and recipient of honorary Doctor of Public Service from Oglethorpe in 1935
- "Yours is not the task of making your way in the world, but the task of remaking the world which you will find before you." Franklin D. Roosevelt, American president and recipient of honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Oglethorpe in 1932
- "In a world where change is inevitable and continuous, the need to achieve that change without violence is essential for survival." Andrew Young, Civil Rights activist and recipient of honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree from Oglethorpe in 1990
- "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill, Former Prime Minister of United Kingdom, the quote that inspired Oglethorpe's educational philosophy, "Make a life. Make a living. Make a difference."
The essay should be at least 250 words in length and should include your name and social security number in the header of each page. Please keep in mind that this is an academic essay. Content, grammar, and presentation will all be important in the evaluation. Use of un-original material (ex.: Internet essay sites) will result in revocation of admission. This essay will also be used by the scholarship committee to review scholarship candidates.
Essays may be mailed to the below address, or they may be emailed in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "Application Essay" and your name in the subject line.
Transfer Work under Articulation Agreements
Oglethorpe offers the opportunity to transfer work through collaborative efforts with other
institutions by way of Articulation Agreements. Formal agreements have been made with
the following schools:
- Traditional program and honors program at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta, Georgia
- The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in Hot Springs, Arkansas
- The Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches, Louisiana
- The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus, Mississippi
- The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, North Carolina
- The Caribbean Examinations Council in Barbados, West Indies
Additional Transfer Credit Policies and Residency Requirements
The university accepts a maximum of 64 hours of credit in transfer. A minimum of 64 semester hours must be completed at Oglethorpe as well as at least half of the semester hours required for a major to earn an Oglethorpe degree, with 52 of the last 64 hours earned in residence. Credit earned at Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) institutions on a cross-registration basis and credit earned in an approved study abroad program are considered Oglethorpe credit. Credit may be transferred in from the following:
• A maximum of 30 semester hours of credit earned through the United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI)
• A maximum of 32 semester hours of credit earned through a combination of the following programs:
1. The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests
2. The Advanced Placement (AP) tests
3. The International Baccalaureate Program (IB)
F or more information on these areas, please see the Credit by Examination section of the Bulletin (keyword: bulletin) .
• Students who hold the R.N. credential from an appropriately accredited institution are awarded credit for their arts and sciences courses. To earn a bachelor’s degree, the student must complete the Core Curriculum, a major and other applicable requirements.
• Credits earned at post-secondary institutions accredited by the six regional accrediting bodies (e.g., Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education, etc.)
• Credits earned at post-secondary institutions accredited by national crediting bodies (e.g., Association of Independent Schools and Colleges, American Association of Bible Colleges, etc.) may be accepted. Student transcripts are evaluated on an individual basis. Actual catalog course descriptions and relevant course syllabi must be provided by the student. Oglethorpe’s registrar determines transfer credit.
• Courses recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE ) may be accepted by the registrar. Programs not recognized by ACE are not accepted.