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3 College Junior

Facilities: we have some nice newer buildings and if you are a science major you have really nice equipment. some buildings are really old and from the 60's and haven't been updated in a while.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Core sets us apart. No GenEd requirements. You only have to take classes that you want to take or that pertain to your major.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus activities are enjoyable and usually ran by students. The student center has a great vibe and is convenient.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: My school is focused on mental growth with in each student. Our core classes are focused on development and truly does prepare one for success in and after college.

4 College Junior

Facilities: I love the campus life at Oglethorpe. Its small but very conducive for learning. The campus is beautiful with open spaces and lush greenery. Students choose events that happen on campus so they are well attended.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 202nd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 390th
    Best Library
  • 1139th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1238th
    Best Student Centers
  • 1243rd
    Best Athletic Facilities

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Oglethorpe is exceptionally beautiful, having a medieval, almost magical appeal. The buildings are mostly old, and many are in need of maintenance to keep them functional. The outside architecture, however, needs no changing, although the inside could benefit from some work. It is very clean, and there are multiple buildings that fill the small campus without overcrowding it.

Students can get to class just by walking. Parking lots are also available in case they feel like driving. The classrooms are usually spacious thanks to the small class sizes, and there is a small gym nearby. The library has three levels, as well as a wide range of resources and books to satisfy student needs. The top level has an art museum, which houses two galleries and a gift shop. There is also a theater and many rooms to read in.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
100 acres
Student Centers
Emerson Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Philip Weltner Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Dorm rooms
  • Philip Weltner Library
  • Traer Courtyard
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Yes, The University Cafe which is located in Goodman Hall.
Movie Theater on Campus
Yes, in North and Magbee Halls, as well as on the second floor of the Philip Weltner Library.
"Green" Initiatives
Our school is fairly forward thinking when it comes to the environment. We have a recycling service, and our school's Civic Engagement Center is always planning events concerned with bettering our community.
School Slang
  • Hotlanta: The typical way of referring to Atlanta, due to the days when it becomes very hot
  • Oglekitties: The stray cats that frequent Oglethorpe. If you put out cat food for them at night, they might eat it, but they tend to run away otherwise when approached.
  • Petrel Points: Petrel Points are essentially "checkmarks" that you get for participating in certain school activities. They are categorized as "Arts and Ideas," "CCE," and "Campus Leadership." Arts and Ideas points can be awarded for things like visiting the school museum or theater, while CCE (Center for Civic Engagement) points are awarded for several types of community service, such as recycling. Campus Leadership points, though rumored to be the most difficult to obtain, are considered by many students to be the most simple. They can be gained by attending certain seminars concerning campus safety and/or general informative sessions. A certain number are required for graduation (6 arts, 4 CCE, and 2 leadership), but it is recommended that freshman try to complete these requirements before becoming sophomores or else be penalized with late registration.
  • Battle of Bloody Marsh: The Programming Board organizes a faculty/staff member team to face off against a student team in an all-out tug-of-war. This event references the 1742 battle during which General Oglethorpe and his forces defeated the Spanish troops in South Georgia.
  • Boar's Head: This event is inspired by the armorial crest of General James Edward Oglethorpe, which depicts four boars' heads. On the first Friday in December, a procession of Omicron Delta Kappa members carry around a giant roasted boar's head. The story of Boar's Head is then read aloud in the Conant Performing Arts Center, and that is followed by a concert by the University Singers and other performing arts groups. Finally, the holiday tree is lit, and a reception is hosted by the Oglethorpe Student Association.
  • Dead Day: The day before finals, all classes and student organization meetings are canceled in order to allow students to relax and study before their tests.
  • Eggs-am Break/ 'Midnight' Breakfast: The night before spring final exams, faculty and staff members try their hand at cooking for the students. This further allows the students to relax, and it tastes pretty good!
  • Geek Week: Omicron Delta Kappa sponsors this mid-winter series of programs, which includes mentally challenging games such as a College Bowl Tournament and Popsicle stick bridge building contest. Prizes can be won by both teams and by individuals.
  • Georgia Shakespeare: Georgia Shakespeare shares occupancy of the Conant Performing Arts Center with Oglethorpe. They perform Shakespeare and other plays six months a year, and a special play is shown on Parents' Weekend after a wine and cheese reception with OU's President.
  • Night of the Arts: Poetry readings, dances, art displays, and musical performances-experience all of these at Night of the Arts! Sponsored by the school literary magazine, this event takes place over Parents Weekend in October.
  • Oglethorpe Day: To honor the founders of OU, this festive day is held on the second Wednesday of February. Expect music, food, and fun!
  • OU Parents Weekend: Parents and siblings of Oglethorpe students are invited to partake in a weekend on campus each October. Various events take place, including a picnic lunch on the quad and the start of Basketball Madness.
  • Petrels of Fire: This footrace takes place each year and is inspired by events in the movie "Chariots of Fire." It begins at the first stroke of 12 and ends before the final stroke; during this time, students attempt to circumnavigate the academic quadrangle.
  • Rikard Lectures: This series of lectures is named after a former trustee and benefactor of the school. It brings business and civic leaders to school in order to teach students about current issues in the business world.
  • Stomp the Lawn: Stomp the Lawn is an outdoor event in April produced by the Programming Board. Expect various games, bands, booths, and a picnic.
  • Virgin Bourbon Party: OSA sponsors this October event that serves to unite students without the influence of alcohol.
Urban Legends
There is an elephant buried under the library.
Favorite Things To Do
There's a lot to do on campus, from just hanging out in the dorms to seeing a concert. Movie events are held at least once a week and are usually language-themed. Other events, such as theatre productions, are less frequent, but when available, they're greatly entertaining. The same is true of on-campus parties and other on-campus activities, such as Stomp the Lawn and basketball home games.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Stormy Petrel
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Starting a new club isn't hard. It involves going to OSA and filling out forms, arguing your case, and finding a sponsor and enough people to join.
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 20 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 23 responses

  • 26% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 30% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 22% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 22% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 80% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 20% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.


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