oglethorpe-universityPage Updated: November 18, 2015

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Does your institution admit undocumented students?


Do you feel that your institution creates a welcoming and inclusive environment where undocumented students would feel wanted and valued on campus?

Yes. We have a successful history of working with undocumented students. As a private institution we are not required to report undocumented students under any circumstances. While Georgia is a conservative state in terms of immigration, Atlanta is a diverse city and is very welcoming.

When completing the question on the application regarding citizenship, is there an option to select “non-citizen” or “other” and if not, should they leave the question blank? Is a blank field permitted when completing an online application?

Undocumented students should choose the box labeled “I am not a US citizen or permanent resident”

Do you recommend that undocumented students disclose their immigration status in the application, including essays or counselor/teacher recommendations?

The Admissions Office does not have a preference for disclosure but we do prefer to have the students let us know prior to our review of their application.

For residency and tuition purposes, how does your institution treat undocumented students? (i.e., international, in-state, out-of-state, etc.)


Does your institution offer institutional aid or any type of merit/talent scholarships to undocumented students?

Undocumented students are eligible both for our merit based scholarships and need based aid. Students are automatically reviewed for merit based scholarships based on their academic performance. We do have a Scholarship Weekend which undocumented students are eligible to attend. The minimum GPA requirement is a 3.3 and a combine critical reading and math score of 1160. Students must apply and complete their application by November 15th in order to be considered for Scholarship Weekend. At Scholarship Weekend we have 9 full tuition scholarships that students are competing for which carry a four year value of $129,000. All students who attend receive a scholarship of some denomination ranging from $10,000 to $19,000 a year.

How would an undocumented student apply for need-based aid at your institution? Are they required to complete a CSS Profile or an institutional financial aid application?

An undocumented student would need to contact our International Admissions Counselor

Melinda Peerboom
[email protected]

Do you require that students submit a social security number on your admissions application? Can students use zeros to complete this requirement? (i.e., 000-00-0000)

The student may leave the Social Security question blank.

Does your institution offer legal support to help students gain legal status by the time they graduate?


If there is a specific person in the admissions office who is knowledgeable about the issues pertaining to undocumented students and can serve as a resource for students, families and high school counselors, please list his/her information below:

Melinda Peerboom
International Admissions Counselor
[email protected]