The Petrel Points Program serves as Oglethorpe’s co-curricular graduation requirement. This program is designed to supplement first year student’s coursework by offering events and activities that generate discussion, introduce ideas, and provide new experiences. By attending Petrel Point events, Oglethorpe student have the opportunity to engage in their campus, local, and global communities, thus establishing real-world connections to what they are learning in the classroom.

All first-year students are required to accrue a total of 12 points during their first two semesters at Oglethorpe. These 12 points are distributed into 3 categories: 6 Arts, Education & Ideas (AEI) points, 4 Civic Engagement (CE) points, and 2 Campus Leadership and Citizenship (CLC) points. Students must fill the categorical requirement to complete their Petrel Points obligation.

Petrel Points Categories

AEI - Gallery 2Arts, Education, & Ideas (AEI) points are awarded for events which promote the arts, evoke scholarly lecture or discussion, or offer understanding of new or different ideas. Points in this category are awarded for attending approved on- and off- campus musical, theatrical, or artistic performances, professor and guest speaker lectures, museum visits, round table discussions and more.

Examples: OU Singers and Winds Concerts, OU and GA Shakespeare Theatre Productions, visiting the OU Museum, student-organized art show, Career Panels, CORE Movie nights, and more.

CCE - Medshare2Civic Engagement (CE) points are coordinated through the Center for Civic Engagement. CE points are awarded for activities which engage students in the Atlanta and global communities through volunteer work, OUr Atlanta trips, and CE dialogues. The Center for Civic Engagement partners with non-profits, schools, and other community organizations to offer students the opportunity to become proactive members of the community while supplementing their coursework through experiential learning.

Examples: Days of Service, Alternative breaks (destinations have included: New Orleans, Charleston, Guatemala, etc.) OUr Atlanta trips (to the High Museum, World of Coke, Carter Center, etc.), Student mentoring at Drew Charter School and Path Academy, and more.

CLC - Oglethorpe Day 2Campus Leadership & Citizenship (CLC) points encourage students to become active participants in the Oglethorpe community. CLC points are awarded for exhibiting leadership on campus or by attending events that have cultural significance to the University at large.

Examples: attending significant annual Oglethorpe events such as Boar’s Head, Oglethorpe Day, Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium, performing in a University production, writing an article for the Stormy Petrel, Tower, and more.