The Petrel Points Program serves as Oglethorpe’s co-curricular graduation requirement. This program is designed to supplement first year students’ 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
- 2 Campus Leadership and Citizenship (CLC) points.
Students must obtain the required number for each category within their first two regular semesters at Oglethorpe (fall or spring). See detailed descriptions and examples of each point type below.See upcoming Petrel Point events
If you are hosting an event that you would like to count for a Petrel Point, please see our application instructions.
Tips for Attending Petrel Point Events
When you arrive at a Petrel Point event you should see a student scanner waiting to scan their Petrel Pass. If there is no scanner present, look for a sign-in sheet or talk to the event coordinator to record your attendance. Be sure you sign in!
You can check your Petrel Points progress on OASIS, under their “Academic Profile” on the “OASIS for Students” menu. Points should appear on OASIS after about 10 days If you do not see a point for an event you attended, please fill out our Request for Petrel Points Review form.
Petrel Points Categories
Arts, 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.
Civic 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.
Campus 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.