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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I haven't really done any of the activities yet, but from what I see, it's great!

4 College Junior

Athletics: It definitely could be better and expanded, but provides the necessities.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The topic of sports is always prevalent within campus life at my college. There are many sports for the athletic and non-athletic to participate in. A lot of students and people from the community attend many games. For sure, basketball is the most attended sport event. It gets pretty loud in the gym. The sport of quidditch from Harry Potter is played on campus grounds every year. This is because Oglethorpe University has beautiful gothic architecture that resembles the school Harry Potter attended himself. Overall, you will always find athletics to take part in no matter your skill level.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics and school spirit are amazing!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at Oglethorpe is the best that I have experienced. They're very caring and they care a lot about the health and well being of the athletes.


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Athletics are not the primary focus of Oglethorpe, but they are by no means negligible. Students will root for their teams at both home and away games, and they are joined by Oglethorpe's unique school mascot, Petey the Petrel. There are many sports available to join, ranging from baseball to volleyball to tennis. If a student has an idea for a new sports team to create, he/she can try and gather support for the idea and then bring it to our student government organization, OSA, for clearance; a muggle quidditch team was recently created this way.

Oglethorpe's first varsity team was basketball, established in 1916. Today, the athletic facilities are "pretty average," but school spirit is very visible. Even though Oglethorpe is a Division III school, students don't seem to care; they enjoy the games anyway. Oglethorpe offers chances for both the athletically talented and the athletically interested; if a student wants to play something, there's usually a way for him or her to find a team.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
School Colors
Black and gold
School Nickname
Stormy Petrel
Men Playing Varsity Sports
159 - 41%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
88 - 15%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance team
  • Karate
  • Urban step dancing
  • Ballroom dancing
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Dodgeball
  • Fencing
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Yoga
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Dorough Field House
  • Hermance Stadium
  • Steve Schmidt Sport and Recreation Center
Most Popular Sports
Most Overlooked Teams
Tennis and golf are said to be "overlooked" by many students. Oddly enough, the golf team is considered one of the nation's best.
School Spirit
School spirit at the games is loud and intense, but the days leading up to the games aren't so crazy. Students care about the teams and are supportive fans, but not many go the extra mile to show said support.
Getting Tickets
Tickets aren't expensive, though the wait for tickets depends on the game being played; regardless, it usually doesn't take long.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Anywhere around campus is good for walking. There are several paths that lead to class through the woods, and there are others that bypass the woods entirely. The paths aren't very long, but they connect, so walking them all leads to a nice and enjoyable exercise.
Did You Know?
Oglethorpe's mascot, the Stormy Petrel, is tiny yet tenacious. It is the only known bird to fly into a hurricane, and it has been voted the second most unique mascot of all time by ESPN's David Lloyd. Petey the Petrel is a primary symbol of Oglethorpe and the Oglethorpe spirit.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 21% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 71% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 8% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 51 responses

  • 14% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 24% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 47% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 16% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 50 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 36% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 46% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 18% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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