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How to Apply


 finalized January 2015

High School Seniors

Augustana College is a member of the Common Application. The application is available at and at the Office of Admissions. The application may be submitted at any time; however, those who apply by February 1 of their senior year in high school have priority consideration for admission and academic merit-based scholarships.

To apply for admission:

  1. Secure, complete and return the Common Application to the Office of Admissions. There is a non-refundable $35 application fee.
  2. Arrange to have an official transcript of the high school record through the most recently completed semester and college transcripts, if any, sent to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Submit scores from the American College Testing Program (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Applications for the ACT and SAT may be secured from high school counselors. A student may take either test on any one of the scheduled dates, but the Office of Admissions prefers that the prospective student take it no later than December of the senior year. Augustana gives students the option to not submit standardized test scores. Students choosing to apply test-optional should submit a copy of a graded paper and complete an admissions interview.
  4. Provide two letters of recommendation. One should be submitted by a guidance counselor while the other should come from a teacher, preferably one who has taught the student in either the junior or senior year of high school.
  5. Augustana requires a writing sample which could consist of any of the following: the Common Application essay, a personal statement or a graded paper.

A $350 tuition deposit is required to secure enrollment. This deposit will be credited to the first tuition bill and is due by May 1. All tuition deposits are non-refundable.

An optional medical history form will be sent to residential students after the tuition deposit is paid.


Illinois State Law requires proof of immunization prior to enrolling in four-year colleges and/or universities. Each student born on or after January 1, 1957 must submit the form to provide documented proof of immunity to specific vaccine-preventable diseases. Any individual born prior to 1957 must submit a copy of his or her birth certificate or valid driver’s license as proof of age to be exemp­t­ed from the immunization requirement. In either case, documentation must be completed before the student may register for a second term.

Transfer Students

An applicant for admission to Augustana as a transfer student is required to supply an official final high school transcript and an official transcript from each college attended, along with statements of good standing from each institution. Official transcripts must be sent institution to institution. Admission requirements and application procedures are the same as for high school seniors except as follows:

  1. Secure, complete and return the Common Application to the Office of Admissions. There is a non-refundable $35 application fee.
  2. If the applicant has completed 12 semester credits or more of college work, the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) Program test may not be required.
  3. The college transcripts must indicate ability to do work consistent with the academic rigor of Augustana College.
  4. The applicant must provide two letters of recom­menda­tion. In place of a high school guidance counselor letter, a recommendation could be submitted from a college counselor, advisor or professor. The second recommendation could come from a professor, employer, etc.
  5. Transfer students must submit a personal statement indicating their reasons for choosing to apply to Augustana College.

When a transfer applicant is admitted, the Office of the Registrar will issue a statement of advanced standing showing the credit allowed. In general, credit will be allowed for work which is comparable to that offered by Augustana, done at regionally accredited institutions. The Academic Policies section of this catalog is helpful in determining classification.

To be eligible to graduate a student must earn at least 60 credits (exclusive of physical education activities) at Augustana and the final 24 credits at Augustana.

No more than six credits from a two-year college may be applied to senior college requirements (upper-division credits) regardless of the degree of advancement of the subject.

International Students

International students applying for admission to Augustana must follow the admissions procedures for high school seniors and, if applicable, transfer students (see above). Additional requirements are as follows:

  1. Secure, complete and return the Common Application to the Office of Admissions. There is a non-refundable $35 application fee.
  2. International students whose native languages are not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for evaluation of their English proficiency. This test, available in virtually every country in the world, is currently offered as a paperbased, computer-based and/or Internet-based test. Official copies of the test scores must be sent directly to Augustana by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541. (Augustana’s institutional code is 1025.) Minimum acceptable scores are 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test or 79-80 on the Internet-based test. IELTS is also accepted (band 6.5 and higher).
  3. Applicants must arrange for a complete set of official transcripts from each secondary and postsecondary institution attended, including a certified English translation of non-English transcripts. If evaluation of international credentials is required by a professional evaluation service, the student is responsible for the cost of that service.
  4. To be considered for an International Merit Scholarship, the applicant must submit the Foreign Student Financial Aid Application and Foreign Student Certification of Finances (available from Augustana's Admissions Office). The Certification of Finance Form is required for SEVIS entry and issuance of the I-20. The I-20 form (Certification of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant [F-1] Student Status for Academic and Language Students [Form I-20]) is required to obtain the F-1 student visa, necessary to enter and study in the U.S.
  5. The I-20 is issued only after receipt of the $350 non-refundable tuition deposit. Once the deposit has been paid, the immunization record (completed in its entirety by a physician) must be submitted. If it is incomplete, the student will have to undergo tests to be immunized again (at the student’s expense) before being allowed to register for classes.
  6. It is mandatory that international students have adequate health insurance coverage. Health insurance coverage will be provided by the college at the student’s expense. If documentation of adequate coverage is presented, costs will be adjusted accordingly.
  7. The $350 non-refundable tuition deposit must be made in U.S. currency.

Previously Enrolled Students

Students who have interrupted attendance at Augustana for a term or more (excluding summer sessions) must reapply for admission. Previous admission is not a guarantee of readmission. The Special Student Application is available online by clicking here, or from the Dean of Students and the Office of the Registrar. The application fee is not required of former Augustana students seeking readmission. New requirements may be in effect for returning students. For more information, contact the Dean of Students Office at (309) 794-7533 or by e-mail.

Part-time Students

Students who wish to take seven or fewer credits per term toward a degree are registered as part-time students. They must submit the Special Student Application, a transcript of their high school record, and transcripts from all colleges attended, along with the application fee of $35. Students who do not plan to work toward a degree are required to submit only an official statement of good standing from the last school attended. College graduates need furnish only an official statement of degree.


Augustana is approved by the State Approval Agency for Veterans' Benefits. Veterans should contact their local Veterans Administration office at least one month before they plan to enter college to obtain a certificate of eligibility.


Students who wish to audit classes must complete the same process as high school seniors or transfer students. Auditors are not required to complete class assignments; no grade is given and no credit received. Normally, an audited course cannot serve as a pre-requisite for other courses. Tuition for audit hours is the same as for normal credit hours. Registration is required for auditing a course. Students interested in auditing a class must complete the Special Student Application (see Previously Enrolled Students, above).


As part of its efforts to improve teaching and foster greater student learning and growth, Augustana pursues an active assessment program. Administered by the Assessment Review Committee comprised of students, faculty and administrators, the assessment program complements other work to improve teaching and learning, including the Student Rating of Instruction form, department reviews, faculty merit and promotion hearings, faculty development sessions and other techniques.

Augustana students and alumni may be asked to contribute to assessment efforts by sharing copies of coursework, responding to surveys, taking locally developed or national tests, being interviewed, etc. Augustana and the Assessment Review Committee will use any student work or tests responsibly and ethically, respecting student, teacher and alumni anonymity and reporting results in the aggregate, not by individual.

All Augustana students should take any assessment work seriously, even when it does not contribute to a course grade. When students do their best work for assessment activities, Augustana can more accurately gauge their level of achievement and determine areas where the college can make improvements.