Oglethorpe welcomes largest first year class ever

Oglethorpe University enrolled a record 425 first-year students Fall Semester, the largest freshman class in the university’s 187-year history. The class swelled overall enrollment to its highest level ever as well reaching 1,494.

“We’re glad so many students are finding a home at Oglethorpe,” said President Nick Ladany. “The message that Oglethorpe is a place to receive a quality education with access to career opportunities in the Atlanta labor market and beyond is reaching more and more high school students in Georgia and across the country.”

Oglethorpe has also received a positive response from potential and new students for its expansive mental health services and focus on caring for the whole student – mind, body and emotions. Oglethorpe offers unlimited mental health visits with professional counselors on campus.

The new mentoring program is also gaining traction on campus. So far this semester, 301 incoming students have been matched with peer mentors easing their transition to campus. With just a couple of weeks into the semester, mentors have already reported 873 conversations with their student mentees, including more than 4,800 text message exchanges.

“Oglethorpe is defying the national enrollment trends among liberal arts institutions,” Ladany said. “We’re grateful a growing number of students and their families are trusting us with their education and care. This is welcomed growth as we emerge from the pandemic, and we look forward to the contribution these students will make to our learning environment at Oglethorpe.”

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