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Undergrads
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Tuition
$31,280
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Academics: the classes offers sometimes screw kids out of finishing in four years but the more popular majors are usually safe.

3 College Junior

Academics: the classwork is the right amount of reading and lectures for most teachers though some want too much participation.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload of math and science majors... difficult but worth it. You really get to understand the material.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are amazing. Core Curriculum is not comparable to general education requirements. Easy to register and create classes or majors/minors that you want. Workload is difficult but worth it (this is college after all). Study abroad and internships are readily available at all times.

College Sophomore

Academics: I just recently changed my major so I have not been able to fully experience the workload. However, from what I must do in order to graduate and from the classes I am experiencing now, I see that being a Communications major is not going to be an easy task.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 95th
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 665th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 774th
    Most Available Classes
  • 939th
    Best Registration Process
  • 951st
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

While students disagree over whether or not the educational experience "could be better," the education itself is one of a kind, and it encompasses a wide range of topics and teaching methods. Teachers will generally try to help their students in one-on-one settings, and they attempt to challenge their students rather than give them "easy A's." Students sometimes leave classes with sore brains, but the new knowledge they've obtained will be worth the effort. Students are encouraged to read the assigned material and to pay attention to in-class discussions. Outside work is also encouraged in order to further develop one's understanding of the material. Most classes can be described as interesting, and the mandatory core program has been called "intriguing." The core consists of two four-hour (meaning four credit) classes each academic year.

Students agree that Oglethorpe tries to meet each student's academic desires; although not every type of class is offered, there are ways to take classes outside of the standard listing and still graduate with an Oglethorpe degree. In short, Oglethorpe may not have everything, but the staff is willing to help fit students' wishes. If the desired class is doable and the student expresses the interest, a way to form one can be easily found; this is also true of majors and minors, clubs, and interest groups.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
49
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
52
Total FT Faculty
49
Faculty with Terminal Degree
90%
Average Faculty Salary
$62,816
Full-Time Retention Rate
81%
Graduation Rate
55%
Programs/Majors Offered
28
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Elementary Education: 4%
  • English Language Studies: 4%
  • Rhetoric and Composition: 7%
Graduation Requirements
  • Art and Culture OR Music and Culture
  • Foreign language
  • Great Ideas of Modern Mathematics
  • Historical Perspectives on the Social Order I and II
  • Human Nature and the Social Order I and II
  • Narratives of the Self I and II
  • Science and Human Nature: Biological and Physical sciences
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Hearst Hall Lounge
  • The Library (specifically the 24-hour room or one of the study rooms)
  • The Quad/Courtyard
Tips to Succeed
  • Buy earplugs; roommates don't always like listening to the same thing.
  • Keep your room clean.
  • Study, and study hard. Teachers expect a lot.
  • Try to stay out of your room so that you can meet and interact with others.
Did You Know?
Mandatory Core Curriculum: Narratives of the Self I (first semester), Narratives of the Self II (second semester), Human Nature and the Social Order I (third semester), Human Nature and the Social Order II (fourth semester), Historical Perspectives on the Social Order I (fifth semester), Historical Perspectives on the Social Order II (sixth semester), Science and Human Nature: Biological Sciences (seventh semester), Science and Human Nature: Physical Science (eighth semester); plus: Great Ideas of Modern Mathematics (anytime), Art and Culture (anytime) or Music and Culture (anytime), and Foreign Language at the second semester elementary-level or higher (anytime)

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 16 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 21 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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