OU’s Masters of Arts In Teaching Program To Host Open House

It’s that time of the year again, and Oglethorpe’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is opening its doors on Thursday, May 19 to budding education professionals looking to earn a degree in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K to 5th grades). The open house starts at 5:00 p.m. in the Earl Dolive Theater, on the second floor of Weltner Library. 

Dr. Beth Roberts, Chair of the Division of Education at Oglethorpe and the Vera A. Milner Professor of Education, will be on hand, along with admission counselors and financial aid staff, to discuss the program. 

Oglethorpe’s only graduate degree, the Masters of Arts in Teaching program offers an initial Georgia teaching certification in addition to the degree.  Classes are offered during a convenenient evening schedule.

This year, MAT boasted its largest graduating class ever, with 40 graduate students earning their master’s at the 2011 commencement ceremony.  Many Oglethorpe MAT graduates have gone on to successful careers as Pre-K to 5th grade teachers, including City Schools of Decatur’s Teacher of the Year Wanda Nesbitt, who graduated from the program in 2009.

The deadline to apply to Oglethorpe’s MAT program is July 1. Learn more online.

Scholarship Weekend 2011

President Schall and VP for Enrollment and Financial Aid Lucy Leusch along with competitors from South Forsyth High School.

More than 250 talented students from 22 states and two countries joined us on campus January 21-22 for Oglethorpe University’s annual Scholarship Weekend.

Competing students participated in seminars on various topics, wrote essays centered on their readings and discussions and were interviewed by members of the Oglethorpe community.  These components will collectively determine which of the participants will be awarded our prestigious scholarships.

Every student who attended is guaranteed a merit scholarship, and notifications will go out by February 14.  In addition, each candidate from the weekend will be able to register for an exploratory Honors seminar as a freshman and later be eligible to receive a stipend for thesis research.

Five students will be awarded the James Edward Oglethorpe (JEO) Scholarship, which covers full tuition for four years and a short term study abroad excursion of their choice.

Of the participants, more than 60 students who have demonstrated exemplary leadership or service to their communities competed for three Civic Engagement Scholarships.  This scholarship provides full tuition and a non-profit internship stipend.

In addition, nearly 30 students will compete for two Georgia Shakespeare Scholarships.  This full tuition award is made in partnership with members of the Georgia Shakespeare staff and offers an internship and a short term Shakespearean focused study abroad excursion.

Scholarship Weekend competitors and their guests also had the opportunity to learn more about the OU community and distinctive features of the university by sitting in on various panels on academic and student life and interacting with current students, faculty, staff and alumni.  Further, our guests were able to get a feel for our campus and city firsthand by taking a campus tour and visiting sites such as the King Center, Carter Center and Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

By the end of the weekend, many students of the class of 2015 walked away with not only a scholarship prospect but also new friends and what could be the first of many great memories as a Stormy Petrel.     

To view and purchase photographs from Scholarship Weekend taken by One Moment More Photography, please click here.

Oglethorpe Named Among Colleges of Distinction

After making the Forbes and U.S. News’ Best Colleges Lists, Oglethorpe has once again caught the eye of the nation.

Student Horizons, Inc has released its 2010–2011 list of Colleges of Distinction. The list, found at CollegesofDistinction.com, is a free, non-subscription online guide that recognizes colleges and universities that appeal to students’ unique and varied interests. This year’s list includes 170 schools in 39 states.

For the past eight years, Colleges of Distinction has honored colleges excelling in four areas of distinction: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.

Founded by concerned parents and admissions professionals, Student Horizons, Inc.’s mission is to enable students to find colleges and universities that appeal to and complement their unique personalities and aspirations while helping to educate and produce well-rounded and varied individuals.

“Schools selected as Colleges of Distinction create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country,” reports Tyson Schritter, the Executive Editor of CollegesofDistinction.com. “While each school is one of a kind, they all share a common theme: they are all a great place to get an education.”

…We agree.

U.S. News & World Report Features “Road Trip: Oglethorpe University”

Oglethorpe was spotlighted by U.S. News & World Report in “Road Trip: Oglethorpe University”, an article that profiles the University’s “stories of community spirit.” OU also is featured in an accompanying online photo gallery.

The article was carried nationwide in the magazine’s September 2010 issue and in the 2011 Best Colleges Guide.

In more good news, U.S. News’ America’s Best Colleges also ranked Oglethorpe among the nation’s top 250 Best Liberal Arts Colleges (#166), as a college  “Seeking Diversity” and among “A-plus Schools for B Students.” View all rankings.

“To be named among the top liberal arts colleges in the country is a nod to the quality of our faculty and the education Oglethorpe provides,” said OU President Larry Schall. “The ‘Road Trip’ profile captures the spirit of Oglethorpe University—both our commitment to community service and the overall sense of community on our campus.”