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Reviews 431 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: The greatest thing about Oglethorpe is the high diversity rate

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't really partake, so I can't say, but I know a lot of people drink and smoke

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: So, there have been a few incidents with Campus Safety in the past. There have been people who were sexually assaulted, and Campus Safety swept it under the rug. Also, there have been a few break-ins this year that easily could have been prevented, but Campus Safety only ever rides around in their little golf carts giving out tickets. There was an instance in Traer with a student who had a gun, and everyone saw the police show up, but Campus Safety did not communicate what the problem was to any of the students. We are not informed about incidents, which I do not like. The Campus Center does host events, like Green Dot Training, that help inform the students about what to do in an emergency, but it is not enough

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: As far as classes go, I have really enjoyed my professors and topics. I have had insightful, supportive professors that are always willing to help because they want to see me succeed. The classes are generally small, which is great, but there are downsides. Most professors take attendance, and you will fail a class just by having a certain number of absences. The workload is pretty intense. Most of my friends at other schools are coasting their freshmen year, while I barely have any free time. Some professors are lenient graders, others are tough, but the majority are fair. The Honor Code here is really strict, and you cannot cheat your way through college. The downside to a small school is the overall lack of courses offered. Most courses fill up fast, and some requirements are only offered intermittently, so it can be hard to get the classes you need or explore an interest.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Dempsey, and it has been an alright experience. Dempsey is definitely the quieter freshman dorm, and it is a lot cleaner than Traer. If you want to meet people and socialize, Traer is the place for you. People say living in Traer kinda feels like camping because it's so gross, though. Wifi is terrible no matter where you are, but it is especially bad in Dempsey. Jobe and Bowden-Magbee/NoSo are definitely the best because you get your own room and a kitchen, but you have to be an upperclassmen and it is more expensive. Alumni and Jacobs are the cheapest options, but they are not well-kept, and I have heard the air and heating systems do not work. They also have a bug problem. You just have to find what works for you.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am biased because I am in a sorority, and I love it! The atmosphere is very friendly to me, but I don't know how it is for non-Greeks. It's a small campus, so Greek life here is not like it is at other campuses. There aren't as many events, and the Greeks are not as exclusive. You aren't missing out if you don't do it, but those who are involved enjoy it

3 College Freshman

Athletics: People don't really pay attention to the athletics unless it's basketball. There is no football team. General school spirit is lacking

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Although this school is beautiful and the administration tries to make prospective students feel at home, the inner workings of Oglethorpe University ultimately fail. I thought I wanted a small school. I bought into the whole "small community, big city" sell, and I regret my decision. I read negative review after negative review about Oglethorpe, and I thought "this doesn't apply to me; I will love it no matter what." I was wrong about Oglethorpe University, and now I have to go through the painful process of transferring without receiving hardly any credit for the classes I have taken. In fact, there are a lot of people that are transferring after just one year here. It is probably because the nice professors and somewhat insightful classes do not make up for the overall dreadful experience of the campus. Nothing happens here. Even if you join every club, you will spend most of your time stuck in your dorm. If you don't have a car, good luck getting out of the Ogle-bubble. If you do have a car, good luck finding a parking spot. This campus is too small for the amount of residents. The food is also terrible. There is only one cafeteria, and it is not unusual to find dirty plates or cups, and the food is never cooked properly. Vegetarians and vegans have limited options. They serve practically the same thing every day, so it gets old fast. Even the pizza doesn't taste good. The dorms are alright, but there is mold, leaks, etc. The Wifi is nonexistent. Seriously, I had to increase my data plan for my phone because it would never connect to the Wifi, and it ate up all my data. Also, this school is ridiculously expensive. They hand out massive scholarships to encourage people to come, and you assume you will get the benefits of a $45,000+ school, but you just don't. Administration allows television shows to film on campus, even though it inconveniences students. All they care about is money, not the students.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I've heard the parties are fun, but that's about it. There's so few sororities and fraternities, I forget Greek life actually exists here.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The most you'll see in any real discourse on campus, politically, is the rare occurrence of a rally or people on YikYak. On YikYak, you'll find some that you wonder how they ended up coming to something that's labeled as a liberal arts college, being as conservative as they are.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's a liberal arts college, so honestly if you didn't expect there to be heavy usage of pot, you were only fooling yourself. The administration acts like they'll do oh so much about drug and alcohol (underage) use, but almost every person on campus is smoking, drinking, getting Adderall, or a mixture of the three with hardly anyone ever being busted. When they do try to enforce the policy, they hilariously end up going after the students that don't partake in drugs or underage drinking.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus safety is hardly ever doing their jobs, and hilariously as a result there was a break-in to a dorm by someone that managed to walk on campus last semester. There was also highly fueled talk of someone that had made violent threats against the freshmen dorm. As a white male, I feel safe on campus, but I couldn't say the same for anyone that was not. While it isn't crawling with crime, there are certainly quite a few rapes, break-ins, and threats that get neatly shoved under the rug by the administration.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The quality of professors and classes vastly differ from each. Personally, I've only had one worthwhile and engaging professor (John Carton) at this school. All the rest could either care less about teaching and put in the bare minimum to teach or their class structure is so pathetic I sometimes feel that this is all just a dream and I never actually left middle/high school. Some professors grade far stricter than their class is actually worth. Oglethorpe's core is touted as being amazing and life changing, but I have yet to see any evidence towards this claim.

Small class sizes are the only thing I really enjoy about going to Oglethorpe, but there's also a small variety in courses offered.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I was so excited and enamored with Oglethorpe University at the very beginning after going on several tours and hearing so much about it from my parents. I am now, sadly, filling out an application for another college in another tab. This school is one of the biggest regrets and disappointments in my life. First off, the cafeteria looks as if you're going to be eating some of the best food ever, but when you enter it, there's only the hot food line (two meat choices and whatever else is rolled out), the grill (your quality of food changes based on the cook's mood and if they like you or not), stir fry, pizza, the single saddest salad bar I've ever encountered, and make-your-own-sandwiches. I have tried every line and each one, without fail, has made my stomach upset or just generally tasted bad. Now, this would not be a problem if it weren't for the fact I am now having to pay for all my own food to bring in and eat, BUT the meal plan is also MANDATORY if you live on campus.

Secondly, there's not a lot to say for the actual students. The school is small, so you expect to have a degree of less privacy, but boy does Oglethorpe take that to a new level. You may think you're unnoticeable, but your dirty laundry and business is all over the school. Here at Oglethorpe, the walls have eyes and ears, so you will have a better time just never speaking to anyone. You will encounter people that have personalities based off of the groups they hang around the most and those that just really deep down are actually that hateful inside. It seems to be due to the high acceptance rates that there is a massive collection of people that honestly never left their angst ridden, middle school years in the past where they belong.

It would all be worth it though if the curriculum was up to par. However, it is sadly no where near a worthwhile education. Not much can be said about this other than that I had more challenging classes in high school.

5 College Freshman

Academics: From an academic stand point I would have to say that my school is always on top. My school challenges everyones academic strengths and abilities. Professors generally want students to do well in their classes and are willing to help students do better. The professors at my school assign a pretty nice workload to students in order to push them forward abs challenge them to do better.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety at my school is good. It's nice that we know most of the security personnel around campus, but I do believe that security at my school could be a little bit better if the safety services took done specific measures.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are many student work options that are available. Also, the student/career center is very helpful with letting students know about internships that are available and what students can do to obtain that internship/job opportunity.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have thoroughly enjoyed my courses at school so far. The fact that my professors are so passionate about what they are teaching is extremely helpful and makes the class fun. There are many different classes offered to all students and with the small class sizes we are able to fit more information into class time. Since the classes are small we are also able to not only focus more on the information but we get to have more of a relationship with our professors in a professional manner.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a part of the socal life on campus. The fraternities/sororities are very helpful on campus and involved with most of the events that take place.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports at my school are okay. My school is not like the University of Georgia where campus life is evolved around the football team there. Though sports at my school are not a big part of campus life they are very well attended and entertaining for those who show up.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My experience at Oglethorpe University so far has been just that, an experience. The fact that my school is small has it's benefits because I get to know my professors better than I would on a larger campus. Also, my professors are always willing to help me with any problems that may occur. I have been enjoying my time at school and would most definitely choose to attend Oglethorpe University again because the people here are very welcoming, helpful, and understanding to you.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Overall the security on campus is good and they strive to provide a safe environment on campus. However, the only concern that I have is that during the day the campus is open (gates and entrances), and this does not prevent intruders from entering campus.

During the night, the campus security locks and secures the gates, and security measures are in place to prevent intruders.

I recommend that high security measures should be in place at all times (day and night)

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All the teachers that I have had so far have tried to help me as much as possible. With the small class sizes offered (usually no more than 20 people in a class) it is easier to get one-on-one help and they offer tutoring in the academic success center, but I have not needed to go there yet. My first semester I took 17 credit hours and the work load was not too bad, until finals of course.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The value of my degree will include my achievement in future employment and academic endeavors. I currently have an internship prospect at Benchmark Physical Therapy company in Stone Mountain, GA. This internship will allow my to obtain valuable work experience in the field of physical therapy.

Regarding Alumni Network, I have not had a lot of experience with the Alumni Network at Olgethorpe, other than those that teach at my school. The school provides ongoing job fairs and networking experience that will allow students to explore opportunities for career placement.

I have not yet utilized the career center/service on campus, but I plan to do so in the near future.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The buildings are old and my room has an ongoing mildew odor that comes from the dresser drawers that are built into the wall and are immobile. The ceilings are old and have an occasional roach that comes from the tiles in the room.

The closets are located near the door, for security reasons is not a good idea, and the doors to the closets do not lock. So basically, anything of value in the dorm room can be stolen.

The main common areas located in the dorms lack any amenities suitable for socialization (flat screened television with cable, music, electronic devices, pool table, etc...What is this purpose of these rooms?


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Oglethorpe is unusual but only in the best of ways. The education is great, and the environment is supportive, but a stay at Oglethorpe requires hard work. Some parties are fun, but some are boring, and there are many nice people but also some cliques. However, most everyone is welcoming and not afraid to be themselves —eccentricities are the norm on campus. If someone's looking for fun, they'll eventually find it.

While many scholarships are available, it can prove hard to maintain the GPA required to keep them. This makes studying very important, and it can sometimes interfere with the social scene. For others, though, the curriculum is not so bad, and there is plenty of time to enjoy themselves both on an off campus.

Oglethorpe is a safe and nurturing environment where a student can expect to be treated as an individual. The classes are tiny but by no means lacking in comparison to courses at other schools. In fact, an advantage of Oglethorpe is the one-on-one treatment a student can expect from teachers. There aren't many students here, so it's easy to get to know everyone. The school is beautiful, and so is the atmosphere—it's safe and, even better, inviting.

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