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Oglethorpe University Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Oglethorpe University, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is July 15 and the fee for the application costs $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Oglethorpe University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Oglethorpe University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Mean SAT Score 25
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 61%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 46%

Considering Applying Early to Oglethorpe University?

Oglethorpe University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast!

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Oglethorpe University

Getting into Oglethorpe University is very difficult. Oglethorpe University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Oglethorpe University accepted 86% of all applicants, around 1,597 of the 1,853 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Oglethorpe University, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What Does Oglethorpe University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Oglethorpe University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Oglethorpe University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Oglethorpe University must submit the following items. Double check with Oglethorpe University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Oglethorpe University?

Students admitted to Oglethorpe University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Oglethorpe University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 27%
3.50 and 3.74 21%
3.25 and 3.49 11%
3.00 and 3.24 7%
2.50 and 2.9 3%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

Oglethorpe University does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Oglethorpe University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 61% of Oglethorpe University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 46% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Oglethorpe University?

To be competitive with other Oglethorpe University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1110 and 1280 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Oglethorpe University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1280 and 25% of scored lower than 1110, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Oglethorpe University student is 25.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Oglethorpe University students scored 630 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Oglethorpe University students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Oglethorpe University?

To be most competitive at Oglethorpe University, you should strive to earn between 22 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Oglethorpe University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Oglethorpe University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

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Transferring to Oglethorpe University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Oglethorpe University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Oglethorpe University during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Oglethorpe University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Oglethorpe University?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Oglethorpe University.

Does Oglethorpe University accept transfer credits?

Oglethorpe University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Oglethorpe University accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Oglethorpe University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Oglethorpe University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Oglethorpe University?

No, Oglethorpe University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is Oglethorpe University's acceptance rate?

Oglethorpe University's acceptance rate is 86%.

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Oglethorpe University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Oglethorpe University? Oglethorpe University is a very selective institution. The Oglethorpe University acceptance rate is 86%. This means that the institution accepts 86 out of every 100 applicants.



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Oglethorpe University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Oglethorpe University is Jul 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Oglethorpe University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Oglethorpe University ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


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Oglethorpe University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1110 - 1280


Math SAT Range

530 - 630


Reading SAT Range

570 - 650

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1280 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Oglethorpe University students is 25. Applicants with SAT scores of 1280 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Oglethorpe University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1110 to 1280 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1110 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Oglethorpe University.

Oglethorpe University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Oglethorpe University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.7. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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