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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > Oglethorpe University

Updated: August 2014

Does your college knowingly admit undocumented students?

Yes

Would you advise the disclosure of their status in the application process through their essay or counselor recommendation?

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.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Melinda Peerboom
International Admissions Counselor
(404) 364-8455
mpeerboom@oglethorpe.edu

Do you have institutional aid or merit/talent based scholarships for which an undocumented student would be eligible?

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 recieve a scholarship of some denomination ranging from $10,000 to $19,000 a year.

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

An undocumented student would need to contact our International Admissions Counselor, Melinda Peerboom at mpeerboom@oglethorpe.edu or 404-364-8455.

When completing the question on the application regarding citizenship is there an applicable choice such as “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’

How should an undocumented student answer the question regarding social security number? Should they use zeros or leave it blank? Again, is a blank field permitted when submitting an online application?

The student may leave the Social Security question blank.

Can students submit an online application if they are paying the application fee with a fee-waiver?

Yes

Do any state laws exist that restrict an unauthorized student’s access to higher education or could cause them to feel generally unsafe living within the state?

No

Are there any institutional policies that exist at your college requiring administrators to report a student’s status?

No

Do you believe that the mission of your institution creates an environment where an undocumented student would be embraced and feel welcome on your 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.

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