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Location
Atlanta, GA
Undergrads
971
Tuition
$30,150
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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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.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The teachers are very helpful and available, give or take a few of them, the courses are good and challenging, and the options available for academic help, study abroad, and other things of the like are good as well.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are amazing and always have time to give you individual attention. My professors really cared and were supportive of me.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: As a Communications major, the department is small. The workload is manageable and, if it isn't, the teachers are always understanding and willing to help and meet you half way. The location of Oglethorpe is great because of the major companies in the Atlanta area with internship opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I came to Oglethorpe University because of its familiarity. My sister attended and I'd spend weekends in her dorm room. I knew what to expect--a quality education that would shape the way you see the world for the rest of your life. At Oglethorpe, you're really paying for your education. Though it is pricey, it is absolutely worth it. The professors are phenomenal and really value one-on-one relationships with all of their students. After an experience at another school far away from home, I'm excited to return to Oglethorpe and its beautiful campus that I call home.

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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
27
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: 5%
  • Foundations of Education: 5%
  • Psychology: 6%
  • Rhetoric and Composition: 6%
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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 15 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 20 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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