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CORE connects students with opportunities in our community and in the broader world.

Taking Augustana’s tradition of strong advising to the next level, CORE staff work side-by-side with students to maximize and leverage their academic and co-curricular experiences, for their next steps in college and after graduation.

With CORE, students can find a customized network of mentors, resources and experiences focused on their future — including career and life paths, graduate school, internships, off-campus study programs, research, entrepreneurship and community outreach.


CORE offers learning opportunities and practical tools students can use to advance their goals. These include:

• Augie Choice — $2,000 for every student to use for study away, research or an internship, plus additional funding resources

• Co-curricular transcripts — Similar to an academic transcript, allowing students to highlight out-of-class learning experiences and the skills they promote

• Handshake — Online tool for students and alumni to find jobs and internships, and for employers to post positions related to specific interests and majors

• Viking Score — A real-time record and log to track professional preparation and accumulate points by participating in activities that build career skills, such as mock interviews and workshops


• 55 percent of Augustana students study abroad; 60 percent take part in off-campus study programs.

• Augustana is 39th among the nation’s baccalaureate colleges for number of students who study abroad, and 13th nationally for short-duration international study programs (2016 Open Doors Report).

• 68 percent of Augustana students complete an internship.

• 86 percent of Augustana students participate in community service.

• 98 percent of Augustana grads from the Class of 2015 are employed, in grad school or service.


Every student has a first-year advisor, and then a major advisor. CORE advising staff build on these relationships to support students during every phase of their education.

CORE also provides specialized support for first-year and transfer students. Advisors help connect students to resources and opportunities across campus.

Career development

Career coaches work directly with students to help them find and prepare for internships and careers, and also connect them with alumni mentors. They help students find local, national and/or international internships.

They help students choosing graduate or professional school to successfully navigate the application process.

CORE sponsors a variety of programs and events that prepare students professionally: workshops, job-shadowing, mock interviews, corporate and professional job fairs, and professional and graduate school fairs.

Community service

Individual students and groups take advantage of significant community service opportunities in the Quad-Cities area, or connect with more distant communities. They can explore interests and possible major fields through service.

Community service also can connect students with potential future employers.

EDGE/Entrepreneurial Center

Students of all majors work with actual clients on website design, graphic design, programming, event planning, communication, business needs and more. Students apply their interests and knowledge to specific projects for clients, building a portfolio of their work that can help them get jobs.

Research and creative scholarship

CORE works with interested students at every level to find research opportunities, as well as funding for their research and creative projects, presentations and travel — including Augustana grants. Pursuing research opportunities helps students build skills and résumés, and explore various applications of their field and broader liberal arts education.

Study abroad and off-campus programs

CORE helps students find the best study-abroad programs for their needs, including some domestic study-away options and programs from 10 days to a full year, on six continents. Students of all majors can study abroad, which is relatively affordable at Augustana.

Augustana also offers internships and service programs in international locations and cities across the United States.  

Upper Mississippi Center for Sustainable Communities

The Upper Mississippi Center works with local communities to help solve short- and long-term problems those communities face. It engages Augustana students and classes from many fields in projects related to transportation, economics, landscape and urban forests, public health, and other issues related to the health and sustainability.

Through the center, students can propose or continue their individual or group research through internships and special projects.

Vocational exploration

Through retreats, one-on-one meetings, workshops and grants for exploratory internships, vocational exploration helps students identify how they can apply themselves and their greatest interests to their community’s needs and/or a future career.

Vocational exploration helps students integrate the many aspects of their Augustana experience — academics, extracurricular interests, relationships — into a broad understanding of who they are, what they are capable of, and their life path.

Students also can work with a professional staff member on choosing or switching majors or career fields, and finding meaningful experiences to help with those decisions.

Justin Fox
More Than I Imagined ​Justin Fox
“CORE helped me understand the framework of a résumé freshman year and provided me support all the way through senior year in evaluating job offers.”
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Jessica Zhou
More Than I Imagined ​Jessica Zhou
“CORE office helped me with my interviews, which made me realize who I am and my advantages. I would not get my internship/full time at PwC without listening to their advice.”
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