Oglethorpe University Viewbook 2017

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THIS IS OGLETHORPE. A university where professors know your name‌ and your aspirations. A small private college in a big busy city. A supportive community that’s as diverse as our hometown of Atlanta, the living laboratory where we learn by doing. A historic campus with cutting-edge facilities. A foundation for your future career and future service. A gateway to global opportunities. A place where you can be you. This is Oglethorpe.

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THINK Contemplate age-old questions, tackle big challenges, take part in rollicking discussions… and connect it all to the real world. The Oglethorpe experience is one-of-a-kind.

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EXPLORE BIG IDEAS The Core is the learning experience that every Oglethorpe student shares. It’s a set of classes and seminars designed to provoke discussion and explore big ideas, to connect our history to our future and you to the world. The Core will change the way you think, read and write. It might even make you more you. RAISE YOUR HAND Our engaged and active learning community starts with small classes where everyone participates. Professors don’t just know your name—they know you. And unlike the big research universities, the classroom is our faculty’s #1 priority, i.e., making you smarter is why they come to work every day.

GIFT WILL CREATE THE NEW HAMMACK SCHOOL OF BUSINESS OPENING FALL 2019

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DO REAL-LIFE RESEARCH Exploration and discovery go hand-in-hand. Choose from more than 60 areas of study (or design your own!). Work one-on-one with professors to conduct original research and ask questions about everything under the sun—like the OU biology students who are partnering with Emory scientists to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease. OWN THE JOB MARKET Through Oglethorpe’s mind-opening and brain-building curriculum, you’ll develop the skills that employers value most. You’ll become a quicker study, a better problem-solver, a stronger communicator. In other words, you’ll learn how to lead… the best training for any job and every job.

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OF CLASSES TAUGHT BY FACULTY, IN PERSON

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I.W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation Opens Fall 2019

The first seven openings for U.S. grad students at the University of Oxford are reserved for OU grads who qualify.

Accounting (M, m) African American Studies (m) Allied Health Studies (p) American Studies (M, m) Art and Art History (M, m) Art, Studio (M, m) Biology (M, m) Biomedical Sciences (p) Biopsychology (M) Business Administration (M, m) Chemistry (M, m) Communication and Rhetoric Studies (M, m) Computer Science (m) Economics (M, m) Engineering-Dual Degree (M) English and Comparative Literature (M, m) Environmental Studies (m) Filmmaking, Video and Photography (Track within Studio Art) Finance See Business Administration French (M, m) History (M, m) Human Resource Management (M) Individually Planned Major (IPM) International Business (m) International Studies (M) Japanese (m) Journalism See Communication and Rhetoric Studies Latin American Studies (m) Management See Business Administration Marketing See Business Administration

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grads applying to medical school are admitted—a rate that’s twice the national average.

Mathematics (M, m) Medical & Scientific Illustration (Track within Studio Art) Music (m) Non-Profit Management (m) Philosophy (M, m) Physics and Liberal Studies (M) Physics-Astrophysics Track (M) Physics-Computational Physics Track (M) Physics-Engineering Track (M) Physics-General Physics Track (M,m) Politics (M, m) Pre-Dentistry Studies (p) Pre-Law Studies (p) Pre-Medical Studies (p) Pre-Pharmacy Studies (p) Pre-Physical Therapy Studies (p) Pre-Veterinary Studies (p) Psychology (M,m) Public Health (c) Public Relations See Communication and Rhetoric Studies Shakespeare & Renaissance Studies (m) Sociology (M, m) Social Work (Track within Sociology) Spanish (M, m) Studio Art (M,m) Theatre (M, m) Urban Leadership (m) Women’s and Gender Studies (m) Writing- literary (m) Writing- eclectic (m)

M = Major, m = minor, c = concentration, p = pre-professional advising

AREAS OF STUDY

Forbes has ranked OU #33 among America’s most entrepreneurial colleges—more founders and owners among alumni and students than Stanford and MIT (adjusted for student body size).

USA Today ranked Oglethorpe #1 for Biopsychology, #2 for English Language & Literature, in the top 1% for Writing Studies, and in the top 15% for Accounting, International Relations, Foreign and Romance Languages, Biology, Social Sciences, Fine and Studio Arts, and Drama and Theatre Arts. 5


DO A_LAB stands for Atlanta Laboratory for Learning— and it’s like nothing else. The A_LAB bridges the gap between the classroom and the real world, connecting you to hands-on learning in ATL and around the globe.

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WORK IN ATL Atlanta is a hub for global brands and a perfect place to launch a career. OU students intern at some of the world’s top companies like Cartoon Network, Chick-fil-A, CNN, Coca-Cola, Porsche and UPS, along with major organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Emory Healthcare Network. MEET THE REAL WORLD Learning isn’t only about books and beakers. You’ll also learn by doing through servicelearning, hands-on practice, research and study abroad. You’ll hear from working professionals in every field: business leaders, policy makers, healthcare workers, scientists, artists and community activists. Because knowledge is all about what you do with it.

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OF STUDENTS COMPLETE AT LEAST 1 INTERNSHIP OR FIELD EXPERIENCE

TRAVEL THE GLOBE Study with OU faculty at our five global campuses in Barcelona, London, Rome, Cape Town and Greece. Immerse yourself in another culture at the University of Oxford in England or any one of our 20 international partner universities (at no extra tuition cost!). The world is yours, and your horizon is as vast as you want it to be. ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES Community service is core to the Oglethorpe experience (and dates back to our namesake James Edward Oglethorpe, a historic humanitarian). Enroll in service-learning courses, participate in our annual day of service or join a university spring break service trip for hands-on volunteering in communities that need it most.

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Students can have their original research published in the Oglethorpe Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Oglethorpe’s servicelearning courses join academic rigor with community involvement. Like Environmental Studies students who take their textbooks to the trails of the Hawaiian Islands. Or Cancer Cell Biology students who gain a deeper perspective by working with patients. Spring and winter break offer opportunities for university-organized service-learning trips, like a weekend in Alabama studying the Civil Rights movement and restoring a community center, or a week volunteering in a Guatemalan village.

Porsche Cars, N.A. hires Oglethorpe interns from many majors, history, English, etc. They’re so good, nearly all get hired in full-time positions at Porsche’s Atlanta headquarters. To date, there are over 16 (and counting) Oglethorpe students and alumni working at Porsche, more than any other school in the world!

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RESULTS Get into grad school. Land your dream job. Build a successful career for the long-haul and lay the groundwork for a lifetime of higher earnings. An OU degree is a valuable investment— and it gets results.

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HOW? LIKE THIS Classes that bring together theory and practice to prepare you for the real world. Tons of opportunities to apply your knowledge and put your brand-new skills to work. All the resources you need to build your portfolio, polish your resume and grow your network during the transition from Oglethorpe to everything after.

INVEST IN YOU Washington Monthly calls Oglethorpe #88 best bang for the buck in the Southeast; USA Today rates us #48 out of 1,233 best colleges for your money. With the combo of an intimate and engaged learning community (Oglethorpe) and the resources of a global city (ATL), you get the best of both worlds… and it pays off big.

LOVE YOUR WORK With careers all over the map—and all over the world!—OU’s alumni network is a diverse and productive force for good. We’ve noticed strong clusters in a few fields in particular: accounting, business, sales & marketing, healthcare, nonprofits, education and arts & entertainment. And 90% of our grads say they’re satisfied with their occupation.

THE PETREL PROMISE And here it is. We guarantee that you will graduate in four years, and get a job or get into grad school within six months… or your fifth year is on us!

OF OUR GRADS ARE EMPLOYED OR IN GRAD SCHOOL WITHIN ONE YEAR OF GRADUATON

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OF RECENT GRADS SAY THEIR INTERNSHIP PREPARED THEM FOR THEIR CAREER


Atlanta’s leaders, like Home Depot co-founder, philanthropist and owner of the Atlanta Falcons, Arthur Blank, frequent our campus to mentor OU students.

Wall Street Journal listed OU in the top 29% of U.S. colleges and universities who deliver valuable outcomes and education for their students.

Recent OU grads are attending these Grad Schools: Yale Harvard Tulane Georgia Tech University of Texas Auburn University of Georgia and many others

Percentage of our grads who say their OU education has prepared them to: Communicate effectively (95%) Think critically (96%) Reason effectively (90%)

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RECENT GRADS WESTON MANDERS ’12 was named Atlanta’s best actor by Creative Loafing magazine. ZACHARY VEALEY ’13 is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Yale University, one of 35 students named a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow for 2015. JESSICA BELEN RODRIGUEZ ’15 is one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “30 under 30”, a biology major who works with humanitarian organizations as a health educator in rural communities in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Jamaica. MON BAROI ’17 is the Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Tianem, a work ticket management and invoicing application for the construction industry.

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ARE YOU A PETREL? Is there such a thing as a “typical” Oglethorpe student? Not really… because we don’t do “typical.” We prefer the eccentric, eclectic and extraordinary. If you want to feel at home here at Oglethorpe, here’s what it takes.

BE CURIOUS OU students are bright, curious and engaged. They’re independent, individual and involved. They’re entrepreneurial thinkers who aren’t afraid to explore new ideas and learn new things. BE DEDICATED Our students are the type to work with everything they’ve got—in the classroom, on the job, in the community and on the playing field. They compete fiercely. They give freely. They know what matters. They are ready and willing to lead.

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BE PASSIONATE Whether you’re an athlete or an artist, a scientist or a sociologist—or all of the above—you’ll find ways to do more of it here, and do it better. Explore what excites you. Lean into your interests. Practice your passions with all your heart. BE OPEN-MINDED The Oglethorpe community is an accepting one, where differences aren’t “tolerated”… they’re celebrated. We don’t do cliques; we do “everyone is welcome.” Are you a Petrel? We can’t wait to meet you.

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Oglethorpe earns an “A” in diversity from the U.S. Department of Education, and is ranked among the top 5 most diverse colleges in GA—topping Georgia State, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State—and #66 nationally.

The world’s most famous time capsule, Oglethorpe’s Crypt of Civilization is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s first attempt at burying a record for future inhabitants of Earth. It’s not scheduled to be opened until May 28, 8113.

The Little Bird that Could During his crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in 1732, James Edward Oglethorpe found inspiration in a small, seafaring bird—who against all odds survived the stormy seas with a balance of grace and grit. And like our students, the Stormy Petrel shows the strength and will necessary to overcome any obstacle, hence our motto: Nescit Cedere (S/He who does not know how to give up.)

Each year, a team of students and a team of faculty and staff meet to do battle … via tug-ofwar. The annual “Battle of Bloody Marsh” is named for the famous 1742 battle in which General Oglethorpe’s forces defeated the Spanish troops in South Georgia.

In 2016, The Oglethorpe University Stormy Petrels made it to the Final 4 of Sports Illustrated’s Mascot Rush for the best mascot in the country. In previous years our mascot has been hailed by ESPN and others as one of the most memorable college mascots.

Petrels of Fire. Like Cambridge University in Chariots of Fire, Oglethorpe also holds a traditional footrace—the annual Petrels of Fire. Runners sprint around the quad as the bell-tower strikes twelve.

Boar’s Head. Each December the Oglethorpe community inducts new members into Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), a national leadership honor society. And yes… the process involves a boar’s head. (Plus, a choir concert and lighting the holiday tree!)

Sigmund a.k.a. Ziggy, is a rescue dog turned therapy dog, and the newest member of the Counseling Center staff.

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PLAY Whether you play on the court or in a band, on a chessboard or a PlayStation; whether your brain needs a workout or a break from the grind… You’ll find plenty of ways to explore, laugh, bond, move, get active and get involved.

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GET ARTSY Oglethorpe’s art scene is thriving! The 7,000-sq-ft Oglethorpe University Museum of Art is one of a kind in the Southeast, hosting internationally recognized and world-class exhibits in a small college setting. The stateof-the-art Conant Performing Arts Center hosts productions by Oglethorpe University Theatre as well as professional shows from the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre, Capitol City Opera and many more. Our vocal and instrumental music ensembles frequently perform, too. GET ACTIVE With 60+ clubs and organizations (badminton and martial arts, poetry and improv theatre, physics and economics… and more), you have plenty of ways to get involved, meet people and make a difference—while doing the stuff you care about most. Join Student Government Association to represent your classmates and help manage the student activities budget for OU’s biggest and best events.

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GET SOCIAL Greek life at Oglethorpe is all about strengthening the community and doing good, through volunteering and service. Our 9 fraternities and sororities work with organizations like Make-a-Wish and the Boys and Girls Club, volunteer at food banks and tutor kids, and host fun social events on campus. 1 out of 4 Oglethorpe students belongs to a Greek organization. GET SPONTANEOUS If you’re more the free-spirited and free-range type, there’s plenty to keep you busy both here on campus and around ATL. Gather for board games and video games in Turner Lynch Campus Center, or bike rides and bocce ball in Piedmont Park. Enjoy arts on campus or catch a concert at one of Atlanta’s top-notch music venues. Explore the BeltLine or spend the day shopping in Brookhaven. The world awaits!

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HOME OF THE STORMY PETRELS NCAA Div III, Southern Athletic Association (SAA)

Women’s Teams Basketball Cross Country Golf Lacrosse Soccer Tennis Track and Field Volleyball Men’s Teams Baseball Basketball Cross Country Golf Lacrosse Soccer Tennis Track and Field

Golf has won two national championships in recent years (plus 12 conference championships!), and made history in 2014 with the first D-III player to be selected for the U.S. Palmer Cup Team.

Oglethorpe University’s Pinholster Court at Dorough Field House has a “blacktop” surface—one of the most unique college basketball and volleyball courts in the country.

Men’s Soccer has won three conference championships in the past four years!

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History-making baseball alumnus Luke Appling led the Stormy Petrels to a perfect 15-0 record in 1930. He went on to play shortstop for the Chicago White Sox—for 20 seasons! In 1964 he was elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

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LIVE Students live on campus for three years, and many choose to stay until they graduate. With convenient and comfortable dorms, tasty and healthy dining options and a safe, secure campus… well, it just makes sense.

MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME Campus life isn’t just about where you live— it’s about how you live. Together we’re building a kind and close-knit residential community that brings together a diverse group of people with a million different interests. Student staff members are always on hand and regular social activities help classmates and hall-mates bond. STUDY, PLAY, SLEEP, REPEAT Our seven residence halls are designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. You’ll get a well-outfitted room to call home (bed, dresser, desk and chair). Plus, free laundry facilities, common rooms for group study sessions or group gaming sessions, and plenty of cozy spots for hanging out.

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SNACK, EAT, FUEL, FEAST College brings a lot of responsibilities, but one thing you won’t have to worry about is where to find fresh, healthy food to fuel your busy life. The Petrel’s Nest bulk meal plan offers all-youcare-to-eat dining with tons of tasty options… including fresh hot pizza, a crisp and crunchy salad bar, a Mongolian grill with made-to-order stir-fry and home-cooked favorites like fried chicken and sloppy joes. FEEL SAFE ANYTIME You can always feel safe and secure here on our private, enclosed campus. Residence halls have secured access, so only approved visitors can enter. The campus is monitored 24/7 by our campus safety officers who are always happy to help. Campus Life staff members are also on-call for any type of emergency.

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Enjoy luxury apartment living at Gables Brookhaven, a pet-friendly mid-rise complex on Oglethorpe’s campus— which counts as “living on campus” for sophomore and junior students. Gables has fantastic amenities like a pool, gym and clubhouse, plus six OU classrooms.

Conveniently located in the Turner Lynch Campus Center is Oglethorpe’s own full-service Starbucks. Visit any time of day for a caffeine boost, a sweet treat or a tasty sandwich.

Through the Oglethorpe sustainability initiative, we’re creating an eco-friendly, low-impact campus. That includes sourcing food from local farmers and growers, recycling in every building on campus and maintaining a community garden.

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CAMPUS Oglethorpe’s serene, wooded campus offers a peaceful retreat from the nonstop action of Atlanta, a thriving metropolis, economic powerhouse and cultural hub. It’s like life at Hogwarts with the world at your doorstep.

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SHOP STRESS-FREE The Oglethorpe campus is conveniently situated in one of Atlanta’s most popular neighborhoods—Brookhaven. The in-town suburb offers tons of shopping, dining and entertainment, easily accessible, hassle-free and with plenty of parking. And you’re always just a short car or train ride away from the heart of downtown Atlanta. SAVOR THE STONEWORK Oglethorpe’s gorgeous gothic architecture earned the campus a designation on the National Register of Historic Places (along with the nickname Hogwarts). And old meets new with Turner Lynch Campus Center (opened in 2013), our bright and shiny campus “living room.” The cutting-edge Cousins Center for Science and Innovation is slated to open in 2019.

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MEET MR. OGLETURKEY Like a lush green oasis in the center of the city, Oglethorpe’s 100-acre campus offers a serene and park-like atmosphere. The local wildlife enjoys the woods too—our campus is home to cats, hawks, squirrels and sometimes even a turkey. They even have names… which naturally all begin with “Ogle—.” CALL IT Y’ALLYWOOD Lights, camera, action! Georgia is #1 in the country for feature film production… and Oglethorpe’s campus is a prime filming location. Hundreds of productions have used our campus as a backdrop for everything from commercials to music videos, television series and major motion pictures.

METRO AREA WITH MAGNIFICENT HIKING TRAILS

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BUSIEST AIRPORT IN THE WORLD

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METRO AREA FOR FUTURE WALKABLE URBANISM

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GROWING HOT SPOT FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

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major team sports franchises: the Atlanta Braves of MLB, the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA, the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA, the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL and Atlanta United FC of MLS.

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VALUE A private school education to rival any in the nation—but at an affordable cost. With our generous scholarship and aid packages, you could attend Oglethorpe for the same price as a huge state school. We’re ranked #48 out of 1,233 nationwide as a best college for your money… and our students graduate with some of the lowest rates of debt in the country.

APPLY FOR AID We award more than $22 million in aid each year to help make an Oglethorpe education affordable for everyone. And no matter what your level of need, you’ll get a $1,000 grant just for completing the financial aid application. 97% of students get some kind of financial aid. DO THE MATH Got HOPE? We’ll double it. If you bring your Georgia HOPE Scholarship to Oglethorpe, we’ll match it so you get twice the funding. Georgia also offers an additional grant for state residents who attend a private university (like Oglethorpe!). OU offers a special award for IB graduates, too.

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COMPETE FOR $$$ Our top incoming students get another opportunity to compete for prestigious scholarships at the invitation-only Scholarship Weekend. You could earn a spot as a James Edward Oglethorpe Scholar, a Hammack Scholar, a Civic Engagement Scholar or an Oglethorpe Theatre Scholar. Runners-up get Oglethorpe Scholar awards, ranging from $10,000-$21,000 annually. SING IT WITH US Take advantage of those vocal chops or put your musical talent to work. Oglethorpe is one of the few universities that offers choral and music scholarships to students from any major—science, business, philosophy, you name it. You can always perform with our prestigious music ensembles (and score scholarship money for the privilege!).

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BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK IN THE SOUTHEAST Washington Monthly


TUITION & FEES Annual Cost 2018-2019 Tuition: $37,820/year Room and board*: $13,220/year Activity fee: $280/year Orientation fee: $125 Total**: $51,425/year *Room and board costs vary depending on preferred housing. The figure above is the average cost. Room and board also includes the cost of a full meal plan. **Total cost of attendance (and therefore aid packages) may exceed this amount to include books, travel, lab or studio fees, supplies or other expenses.

Apply by November 15 at apply.oglethorpe.edu and we’ll waive the application fee.

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OGLETHORPE AID AWARDED ANNUALLY

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MINIMUM OU GRANT FOR COMPLETING THE FAFSA

See for yourself—visit campus. What truly makes us special is the people. Meet our students, faculty and staff. Tour our beautiful campus. Visit a class. Stay overnight. Schedule your visit online or take a virtual tour of campus at Oglethorpe.edu 19


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