Areas to Support

Helping students learn, grow and thrive

Together, we can leverage our success to bring our students a truly outstanding liberal arts and sciences education. To do this requires a significant investment in our students, faculty and campus. We can meet this challenge to build a stronger Oglethorpe.

When you make a gift to Oglethorpe, you can help strengthen and support our students, faculty, campus and academic programs.  All of these areas factor prominently in our students’ success and the university’s future.

Every gift makes a difference, and we thank you for your support.

Oglethorpe’s Greatest Needs

Unrestricted gifts to support Oglethorpe’s Greatest Needs provide a vital source of support to address the most pressing needs of the university, but they do much more. These gifts allow the university to execute plans for growth and meet immediate needs. Used for scholarships, faculty support, student life and academic programs, this fund has a profound impact on every corner of Oglethorpe’s campus.

A gift to support Oglethorpe’s Greatest Needs makes expanded learning opportunities for our students possible—opportunities that allow them to achieve their potential. It’s a critical source of support that helps to enrich the student experience. And remember, while every dollar matters, every donor matters even more.

Student Emergency Fund

Oglethorpe University is a home for every student. Today, you can help students who need a little help to feel at home by giving to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund. This fund helps OU students who are at risk of dropping out because of financial hardship. This fund is a safety net to help with food, books, and living expenses, so students can stay focused on classes and staying in school.


Scholarships are a vital source of support for a large portion of our student body. Gifts to the Scholarships for Students fund each year ensure we are able to meet the needs of our students while allowing them to focus on their studies. These annual gifts are vital to our mission and our commitment to serving all of our talented students regardless of their financial circumstances.

Interested in setting up a permanent endowed fund to award a scholarship in perpetuity? Contact a member of our team to learn more.


An Oglethorpe education is rigorous, challenging and powerful. Whether your passion lies in the Oglethorpe Core, our four-year interdisciplinary course sequence that all OU students experience together, or one of our more than 60 areas of study, your gift can impact our academic programs. Likewise, the many areas of campus that support student development, including Career Services, student organizations, research opportunities, and other areas of student life and wellness, can all be enhanced by your donations. You can support special initiatives in the Hammack School of Business or any academic division, invest in faculty development, or donate to student scholarship funds, all of which enhance the academic experiences available at Oglethorpe.


Oglethorpe has one of the oldest traditions of intercollegiate athletics in the state of Georgia. Our 16 teams play in the NCAA’s largest division, Division III, in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) – a league of the most selective liberal arts colleges in the South. With 28% of our student body playing a sport, your support through the Stormy Petrels Booster Club helps these student-athletes make the most of their experience at Oglethorpe – in the classroom and with their team.