Oglethorpe knows where it’s going.

A well-conceived strategic plan is the reason why.


This plan, titled “The Oglethorpe Idea,” was crafted for one purpose: to strengthen Oglethorpe’s identity as an exceptional liberal arts and sciences university in an international city.

Oglethorpe is becoming that university by integrating mission (liberal arts & sciences) and place (Atlanta) and by connecting ideas with opportunities, giving shape to a distinct brand of higher education.

The plan’s interrelated strategies and initiatives will drive academic growth for students through:

  • A continuing commitment to the Core curriculum, the defining hallmark of the Oglethorpe
    education, which prepares graduates to reason, write, speak and solve problems with intelligence and perspective;
  • An ambitious expansion of student learning experiences at the university’s Atlanta Laboratory for Learning (A_LAB), which integrates civic engagement, study abroad, undergraduate research and student internships within the academic program;
  • A diversified approach to the visual and performing arts, to ensure that creative expression is an integral part of the Oglethorpe education;
  • A recommitment to service-learning and volunteerism through projects and programs designed to help students become participating, informed and ardent citizens in their community; and
  • A continued re-imagining of key campus facilities to better connect people to ideas – and to each other.
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