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Augustana College

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Founded in 1860 by Swedish settlers, Augustana College is a selective liberal arts college that is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Augustana has been ranked as one of the nation’s best colleges by U.S. News & World Report and ranks among the top 60 U.S. liberal arts colleges in the sciences.


Some of the majors offered include Accounting, Art, Biochemistry, Business Administration, Computer Science/ Mathematics, Elementary and Secondary Education, Music, Psychology, Religion, Scandinavian, Sociology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Studio Art, and Theatre.

The college also offers coordinated degree programs in Dentistry, Engineering, Environmental Management, Forestry, Landscape Architecture, and Occupational Therapy, as well as a number of pre-professional programs. Students may also pursue self-designed majors, double majors, study abroad programs, part-time degree programs, independent study, and internships. Class sizes are small; the college’s student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1.

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The Office of Admissions evaluates applications using a unique approach. All of the information in an application, including extracurricular activities, plays a part in determining admission. Students can apply using the Common Application and the college’s own supplement beginning August 1 prior to their senior year. Applicants must also submit transcripts, recommendations, and writing samples. Standardized test scores and video essays are optional. Prospective students are encouraged to visit, and are welcome to stay overnight in a residence hall. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from early November. There is no application deadline, but students who apply before February 1 receive priority consideration. Admitted students who intend to enroll must submit a $350 non-refundable deposit by May 1 in order to reserve a spot in the incoming class. Different requirements apply to international students, transfer students, and homeschooled students.

Financial Aid

The Financial Assistance Office is committed to helping students understand and successfully complete the financial aid process. In just one year, Augustana students were awarded more than $31 million in grants and scholarships from the school. 96% of the college’s students receive some type of financial assistance. Financial aid can come in various forms including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. Students who wish to apply for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA) every year. Financial assistance packages are mailed to accepted students beginning in early March and extending through April. The college also offers a monthly payment plan.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2525th for the average student loan amount.
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Living on Campus

Seventy percent of students live on campus, due largely to the school’s three-year residency requirement. The college considers living on campus to be an important part of a student’s educational experience. As such, all full-time students except for seniors, students who are 22 years of age or older, students who have been granted commuter status by the Office of Residential Life, and students who have received written permission to reside off-campus by the Office of Residential Life, the Student Policy Committee (SPC) or the Dean of Student Services are required to live on campus .

Most freshman and sophomore students live in traditional residence halls. Upperclassmen may choose to reside in one of the college’s Transitional Living Areas (TLAs), which offer more independence. Meal plans are required for most resident students. There is a wide variety of dining locations located throughout the campus, which provide nutritious meals, affordable prices, and excellent service.

Student Organizations

Campus life includes numerous clubs, events, and activities. Students can participate in music ensembles, publications, theatre, broadcasting, debate, student government, as well as a wide variety of professional, departmental, religious, social, political, and service organizations. There is a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society. There are also collegiate organizations that focus on interests such as music or service. Augustana has a local Greek system, which includes six sororities and seven fraternities.

The school is committed to promoting religious diversity on campus, as part of the Five Faith Commitments. The Interfaith Group has students, faculty and staff who meet regularly to discuss issues of tolerance, understanding and clarification. There are advisors who help Jewish and Muslim students. The Office of Campus Ministries is a resource that provides students with spiritual guidance, as well as opportunities for worship, learning, and service. There are two full-time chaplains, one Lutheran, and one Catholic, who are available to all students.

Student services include nonremedial tutoring, a women’s center, a career / job placement service, student health services, and student health insurance.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Vikings have a long tradition of athletic excellence. They compete in the NCAA Division III College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW), and the Midwest Lacrosse Conference. The Vikings participate in 22 male and female team sports, and more than 70% of students compete in some form of varsity, club, or intramural sport. Current varsity sports include: football, baseball, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s track & field, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming, and wrestling. The Vikings have one 174 conference titles and have had 135 Academic All-American student athletes.The college’s football team won four NCAA Division III national championships in a row from 1983 – 1986.

Club sports and intramural sports include badminton, equestrian, crew, fencing, men’s hockey, martial arts, men’s and women’s volleyball, rugby, paintball, ultimate frisbee, and cheerleading.

Athletic facilities include the Roy J. Carver Center for Physical Education, which is used for intercollegiate basketball, wrestling, volleyball, and swimming, as well as for most of the college’s physical education classes. Ericson Field and the Paul V. Olsen track are where the Vikings play football and track. Other facilities include Swanson Stadium, Brunner Field and the PepsiCo Recreation Center, which has 3 basketball courts, a tennis court, two racquetball courts, four volleyball courts, locker rooms, a weight room, cardiovascular exercise equipment, and a training room.


The school is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Information Summary

Ranks 22nd in Illinois and 614th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.24
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.24
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 7 0.28
Arrest 14 0.55

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 222 0.57
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Forcible Rape 14 0.04
Robbery 52 0.13
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 256 0.65
Larceny 894 2.28
Vehicle theft 85 0.22

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Rock Island, IL 61201-2296
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population39,151 (39,106 urban / 45 rural)
Households15,985 (2.30 people per house)
Median Household Income$34,362
Families9,360 (2.97 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemTrimester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationEvangelical Lutheran Church
Congressional District1717

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 352nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $35,835 $35,835 $35,835
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,550 $1,550 $1,550
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $47,137 $47,137 $47,137
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $43,035 $43,035 $43,035
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $38,035 $38,035 $38,035

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $33,363 $34,614 $33,363 $34,614 $33,363 $34,614
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,466 $8,784
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,200(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,200(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,200(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,831 (2,415 male / 3,416 female)
Admitted 3,421 (1,399 male / 2,022 female)
Admission rate 59%
First-time Enrollment 627 (291 male / 336 female)
FT Enrollment 627 (291 male / 336 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment2,524

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference College Conference of Illinois and Wisc
NCAA Basketball Conference College Conference of Illinois and Wisc
NCAA Baseball Conference College Conference of Illinois and Wisc
NCAA Track & Field Conference College Conference of Illinois and Wisc

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,745
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$4,617
Board Fee$4,620

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 6 12 19 13 1 431 21 506
Accounting 1 17 3 21
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Anthropology 1 3 4
Applied Mathematics, General 3 3
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art Teacher Education
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1 4 6
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 2
Biochemistry 1 4 5
Biology Teacher Education 2 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 2 2 88 5 99
Business Administration and Management, General 1 2 4 2 1 55 1 66
Chemistry Teacher Education 1 1
Chemistry, General 3 3
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 1
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 1 13 15
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 2 1 3
Computer Science 3 1 4
Creative Writing 2 2
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 2 3 1 7
Economics, General 3 3
Education, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 1 1 17 20
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 1 1 2
English Language and Literature, General 1 18 1 20
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 2 5 7
Environmental Studies 3 3
French Language Teacher Education 1 1
French Language and Literature 4 4
Geography 3 3
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 6 2 9
German Language Teacher Education 1 1
German Language and Literature
Graphic Design 1 1
History Teacher Education 2 2
History, General 12 12
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 7 8
Latin Language and Literature 1 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 1
Mathematics Teacher Education 3 3
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General 5 5
Music Performance, General
Music Teacher Education 11 11
Music Theory and Composition 1 1
Music, General 3 3
Neuroscience 7 7
Philosophy 3 1 4
Physics Teacher Education
Physics, General 1 2 3
Political Science and Government, General 2 3 2 13 2 22
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 2 10 1 13
Psychology, General 1 2 46 1 50
Public Administration
Religion/Religious Studies 1 1
Rhetoric and Composition
Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Sociology 13 1 14
Sociology and Anthropology
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Spanish Language and Literature 1 7 8
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 1 1 14 17
Speech Teacher Education
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Women's Studies 1 1
Writing, General 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1783rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $64,675 ($64,648 male / $63,809 female)
Number of FT Faculty 188 (105 male / 83 female)
Number of PT Faculty 288
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $3,789,294

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