Oglethorpe Day 2016

This annual tradition honors our university’s namesake, James Edward Oglethorpe. Held in February, Oglethorpe Day commemorates the anniversary of General Oglethorpe’s arrival to the new world in Savannah, Ga. Learn more at oglethorpe.edu/oglethorpeday

Students Uncover Long-Lost Elephant Bones on Campus

This week, as Oglethorpe students were digging beds for a community garden, a student’s shovel hit what was, at first, believed to be a rock. However, upon removal and closer examination, it was revealed to be a bone. And, not just any bone, a colossal ELEPHANT bone! Yes, students have found the remains of the infamous elephant of …

Einstein Makes an Appearance at Oglethorpe

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of our campus, Oglethorpe University has put one of its rare treasures on display: Albert Einstein’s handwritten manuscript, “The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity,” on view through April 30, 2015 in the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA). The manuscript, penned in 1920, was written by Einstein …

Oglethorpe Day 2015 in Pictures

A beloved tradition, Oglethorpe Day annually celebrates our university’s namesake with the “Petrels of Fire” race around the quad and guest speakers. Flip through the photos to see scenes from the day!  In 2015, we welcomed a panel of Atlanta leaders: Doug Shipman, Robert Franklin, Beverly Daniel Tatum, and Lisa Borders, for a conversation moderated …

Greek Life: Redefined

Greek life at many colleges is often plagued with headline-making issues like alcohol abuse, hazing, and sexism. Fraternities and sororities around the country are struggling with dwindling enrollment, and some colleges and universities have eliminated Greek life altogether, deeming the system too problematic to fix. That is not the Greek life that exists at Oglethorpe. …

100 Years on Peachtree: Oglethorpe’s Enduring Story of Persistence

It has been said that Oglethorpe University died at Gettysburg. When all the young scholars went off to war, faculty were dispersed, the endowment invested in Confederate bonds, and the buildings used as barracks and hospitals and later burned, Old Oglethorpe in Midway, Georgia, was no more. Nescit Cedere! Oglethorpe and its supporters did not …

The Refounding of Oglethorpe University

By Thornwell Jacobs, President of Oglethorpe University (1915-1943) March 1927 In all the history of American educational institutions there has never been written a more charming chapter, interwoven with real romance and moral beauty, than the story of the birth and death of Old Oglethorpe University. And rarely has there been in America a finer illustration …

Oglethorpe’s ODK Circle Recognized for Achievement and Excellence

      In July 2014, the Oglethorpe University was recognized as an ODK Circle of Distinction for the 2013-2014 academic year. Omicron Delta Kappa is a highly selective honor society that encourages and rewards the highest standards of excellence for young leaders and innovators at universities nationwide. In a letter to Dr. Jay Lutz, Oglethorpe’s …