James Edward Oglethorpe: our namesake, founder of the colony of Georgia, great humanitarian, a man of both words and action. He founded Georgia to provide refuge to the suffering and oppressed. He was a great friend to the native inhabitants of this land. He opposed the institution of slavery—in the face of a culture that relied upon it—at great personal cost. General Oglethorpe made a difference.
Like the man for whom we were named, Oglethorpe University has been grounded in public service since 1835. Never has that been truer than at today’s Oglethorpe, where our commitment to improving the human experience extends beyond our gates into the city of Atlanta.
Over 75% of our students participate in service projects through our Center for Civic Engagement and we’ve made the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for seven consecutive years. Service is also integrated with academics through service-learning courses like “Urban Ecology” and “The Nonprofit Sector”. Even our first-year orientation program has a service component with an annual Orientation Day of Service.
“Make a difference” is much more than a slogan. It’s part of our DNA.