Life at Oglethorpe

Life At Oglethorpe




Oglethorpe is known for its small class sizes and personal student/instructor relationships. This relationship is generally more informal in American Universities than it is in other countries. It is common and even encouraged for students to ask questions, introduce new ideas, and offer different opinions. Make sure you get to know your professors, visit their office hours, and ask them for help—they are here to help you succeed academically and will appreciate your interest!

**Please note that in the United States, textbooks are not provided. You can see which books you need for your courses as well as the prices at


Students are expected to attend every class; however, each professor has a different attendance policy. When you receive your syllabus, pay close attention to the attendance policy. This will tell you how many, if any, absences you are allowed before your grade is reduced, if there is a penalty for being late, etc. Remember, it is always better to be late than to miss class entirely—so go to class!

Tips for Academic Adjustment and Success

  • Professors prefer it if students discuss ideas rather than just sit and listen. The manner in which you express your viewpoint is important, however. Show respect by acknowledging the professor or classmates’ point of view and then offer your opinion. Say, “In my opinion…” or “I think…” or “I feel…” or “I believe…”
  • If you do not understand, ask. If you are not yet used to asking questions in class, make an appointment with your professor during office hours.
  • At the start of each semester, you will be handed a syllabus for each course. This is an outline of the course objectives, due dates for assignments, and much more. Keep the syllabus for the duration of the course and refer to it if you are not sure about assignment requirements. Pay close attention when the professor discusses the syllabus as he will often explain during this time how grades will be determined.
  • Do not try to write down everything in class. Practice taking notes.
  • You are expected to talk in class. A good rule to follow is to raise your hand to ask a question or make a comment at least once every week. If a professor calls on you to answer a question, you should say something. If you don’t know the answer, it’s alright to give a wrong answer. Participation may be included in your grade.


All students are required to live on campus for the first three years at Oglethorpe. We have 6 residence halls—Dempsey, Traer, Jacobs, Alumni, Jobe-Hansen, and Bowden-Magbee. All rooms have a bed, dresser, closet, and desk for each student and en suite bathrooms.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Address Notification Requirement: You are required to update your address by emailing the International student services office at [email protected] within 10 days of any change while you are in F-1 status.

The Office of Residence Life is located in the Turner Lynch Campus Center.

For more information please visit the Residence Life Webpage or contact Residence Life at [email protected].

Residence Halls

All international students will be assigned a room in a residence hall. Dempsey and Traer Halls are reserved for freshmen or first-year students. The remainder of the dorms are a mix of freshmen and upper-classmen (all students not in their first year), determined each academic year by the office of Residence Life. **Please note that international students who are 18 or younger may be placed in a first year hall, even if this is not their first year in University.**



Petrel Points

Petrel Points are Oglethorpe’s co-curricular graduation requirement. The intention of the petrel points program is to encourage students to become well-rounded citizen of the university and truly experience Oglethorpe outside of the classroom within their first year. There are 3 categories of petrel points and the requirements of each are as follows:

• Arts, Education and Ideas (AEI): 6 points required.
• Civic Engagement (CE): 4 points required
• Campus Leadership and Citizenship (CLC): 2 points required.

**Please note that Petrel Points are only required of traditional 4 year students, and are not a requirement for Exchange or Rotary Students.

Campus Organizations

There are many organizations for students to join and become involved in. Our student organizations vary in purpose and include academic and honors organizations, Greek life, causes and community service, religious groups, and intermural sports. If you are interested in an organization not offered at OU, creating a new student organization is easy—find out more about organizations you can join.

Campus-wide activities

Every year Oglethorpe hosts a variety of large-scale, campus-wide activities. These include Stomp the Lawn, Oglethorpe Day of Service, MLK Day of Service, Hogwart’s Day, Homecoming, Quadfest, Atlanta Day of Service, and more!


Oglethorpe offers both competitive University athletic teams and intramural teams.

Men’s teams include: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track & field.
Women’s teams include: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.

For more information visit Athletic’s Webpage.

Quick Links

Campus Safety – Oglethorpe’s campus is patrolled 24-hours a day, 7 day a week by campus safety officers. The Campus Safety department offers a wide variety of services from basic safety classes to student assistance programs.

Counseling Center – Oglethorpe offers free, confidential, on-campus counseling services to all students. If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, relationship problems, or dealing with any other difficult emotions or circumstances, please make use of this free service. The Counseling Center provides individual counseling to all students who request it. This treatment modality is offered on a weekly basis to work through personal concerns. Individual therapy is generally time-limited.

Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) – The Center for Civic Engagement or CCE promotes and coordinates volunteer opportunities, builds partnerships within the community and prepares students to be engaged citizens. Oglethorpe’s Center for Civic Engagement staff collaborate with faculty and administrators to promote and coordinate opportunities for students which integrate, enhance and apply theories taught in OU classrooms to practical experiences via service-learning courses, internships, community service projects and volunteer placements in the City of Atlanta.

Center for Global Education – The Center for International Studies is Oglethorpe’s study abroad office. This office helps students expand their education in classrooms around the world. Through a growing global network of partnerships, agreements, and for-credit, short-term programs sponsored by the university, Oglethorpe offers an exciting array of opportunities for international education.

Center for Professional Development – The Center for Professional Development, also known as Career Services, assists current students and alumni to explore career options, research and obtain internships, and navigate through the hiring process.

IT Services – The IT Services Helpdesk is a resource to assist with student’s IT needs and concerns. The Helpdesk office is located on the ground floor of the Philip Weltner Library. The hours of operation are 8:30am – 5:30pm.

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