Oglethorpe University Case Study

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Oglethorpe University (OU), founded in 1835, is a private liberal arts school with more than 1,000 undergraduates enrolled. The 100-acre campus is located on iconic Peachtree Road in Atlanta, giving students of plenty of access to city amenities while maintaining small town character. Within 100 yards of the campus, students will find more than 60 dining and shopping venues. In recent years, the university has been experiencing a period of growth through innovation and reinvigoration. OU is increasing philanthropic giving, creating new entrepreneurial partnerships, and building new campus additions. Some of the recent additions include a new campus center, expanded arts and athletics facilities, a new apartment complex, and new state of the…show more content…
Four out of ten students are the first in their family to attend college, and 35 percent are students of color. Males make up 41 percent of students and females 59 percent. The university is nationally recognized as a top entrepreneurial college, a best liberal arts college, and a best value. OU is well-regarded for the number of low-income students who receive degrees and for their contribution to the public good.

The university offers more than 60 programs for undergraduates and has a learning center to prepare individual learning experiences for students. Unique at OU, students begin courses in their major as a freshman and integrate core classes for all four years. The Oglethorpe core curriculum is designed to provide students a common learning experience in citizenship and human understanding. OU has an honors program and allows students to take any course for honors credit. The most popular majors are biology, business, English, and psychology. The student to faculty ratio is 17:1.

Between OU operated international programs and partner study abroad centers, students have 22 international learning experiences to chose from. The campus houses a center for Education First, an organization for foreign students to study in the US. OU has more than 300 internship partners for students to take advantage
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