The Core

Our Core curriculum creates an interdisciplinary and common learning experience for all Oglethorpe students. The course sequencing means all students take the same Core courses at the same point in their college careers, thereby igniting cross disciplinary discussion and creating a community of learners. 


Getting involved early in Oglethorpe Life will help first time students find their place and make the most of their experience here. Below is a list things every first year student should do and ways to get involved.

OUr Traditions

Battle of Bloody MarshBattle of Bloody Marsh – Every fall, students compete against faculty and staff in a battle of tug-o-war on the Academic Quad. Sponsored by the Programming Board, this Oglethorpe tradition commemorates the 1742 battle in which university namesake, General James Oglethorpe’s troops defeat Spanish Troops in South Georgia.
Boar's Head CeremonyThe Boar’s Head Ceremony celebrates the beginning of the holiday season and introduces the new members of O∆K. This celebration includes a holiday reading by a University Professor, followed by the University Singers’ concert. The final song leads guests outside for the lighting of the Holiday Tree. The evening ends with a holiday party.

Carillon CeremonyThe Carillon Ceremony – A tradition originating in 2005, Graduating Seniors are invited to climb to the top of the bell tower, and ring one of the carillon bells by hand, Following the ringing of the bells, the senior class gathers on the quad with Champagne as their class president leads a toast to their time at Oglethorpe, their graduation, and their futures. 
ConvocationConvocation – as part of New Student Orientation, Convocation is an event at which new Oglethorpe students sign the University Honor Code. By signing the Honor Code, Oglethorpe students agree to commit themselves to high standards of academic honesty and this refrain from cheating or plagiarism. Learn more about the Honor Code. 
Days of ServiceDays of Service – The Center for Civic Engagement at Oglethorpe organizes a variety of service days in which Oglethorpe students volunteer at various non-profits in the community. Visit the A_LAB website to find out about each of these service days and other ways to get involved.
Fall FestivalFall Festival – held in conjunction with Parent’s weekend, Fall Festival is a campus wide event open to the community. Fall festival includes A Taste of Oglethorpe which includes a selection of Petrel Partner food vendors, a historical tour of campus, booths such as face painting, caricatures, moon bounce, and more. In the past we have even had hot air balloon rides! 
Oglethorpe DayOglethorpe Day – On the 2nd Wednesday in February, the Oglethorpe Community gathers to honor University founders and celebrate Oglethorpe Day. Oglethorpe Day celebrates and introduces students to the rich history and unique traditions of our University. The day begins at noon with the Petrels of Fire Race. Following the race, a performer—generally a bag piper, leads the community to Conant where a guest speaker or panel will present to the Oglethorpe Community.
Petrels of Fire RacePetrels of Fire Race – kicking off Oglethorpe Day at noon, 4 runners attempt to circumnavigate the Academic Quad between the bell tower clock’s first chime to the last. This tradition began in 1990 and is based of the movie, “Chariots of Fire,” thus inspiring the name, “Petrels of Fire.”  
Liberal Arts and Sciences SymposiumThe Oglethorpe University Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium (LASS) is an opportunity for students to present and expand upon their exemplary analytic and creative work produced during the academic year. Students participate in panels, round-tables, poster presentations, art exhibitions and performances, thus highlighting both Oglethorpe’s liberal arts and sciences curriculum. Click here for more information