There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Oglethorpe University
Atlanta, GA

There’s more to Atlanta than Emory and Georgia Tech. Twenty minutes from downtown, on a residential campus with incredible Gothic-inspired architecture, you’ll find Oglethorpe University, a private liberal arts college with over 1,000 undergraduates. With an average class size of 17, the University is dedicated to providing personalized attention, and faculty members teach 100 percent of all classes. Oglethorpe’s core curriculum provides a common learning experience for all students, whether they’re pursuing business, psychology, communication, or one of the many “individually planned majors.”  By petitioning their advisor and a provost, students can create a course of study that is uniquely tailored to their interests, such as Art Business, International Culture & Development, or Medical Illustration. Being located in Atlanta has its perks, too. The Atlanta Laboratory for Learning (a.k.a. the A_Lab) helps connect students to internships with local companies such as the CDC, the Coca-Cola Company, CNN, and more, while cross-registration is available with 19 Georgia colleges, including the aforementioned Emory and Georgia Tech. If you’re not planning a visit to Atlanta soon, check out Oglethorpe’s 360 degree virtual tour. It’s one of the most amazing online tours we’ve seen!

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.