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Admission Criteria

Augustana College wants to get to know you and hear your story.  When considering your application, we will look at the key areas listed below. We will also factor in your demonstrated interest in Augustana, so think about including a individual visit or admissions interview in your admissions process.

High school record

Breadth and rigor of your high school curriculum is an important consideration in your application.

Our recommendations:

  • Four years of English
  • Three or four years of mathematics
  • Three years of social science
  • Two years of a laboratory science
  • Two years of a foreign language

Additionally, honors, advanced placement and international baccalaureate courses are recognized if they are available at your school. As part of the application review process, we will recalculate your grade point average to include academic courses only. The majority of admitted students will have a recalculated GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Standardized tests

Augustana currently accepts scores from either the ACT or SAT I. If you have taken a test multiple times, we will consider your highest composite score. The middle 50% of Augustana students score between a 24 and 29 on the ACT.

Standardized test scores are only a piece of the admissions process, but some students are still hesitant to send their scores to colleges.  If you feel your grades and overall performance in the classroom are better indicators of your academic ability than your ACT or SAT score, we encourage you to look into our Test-Optional admissions process.

Letters of recommendation

Recommendations from your guidance counselor and one teacher are required to complete an application. We recommend providing your references with a brief résumé so they can learn more about you and emphasize things that are important to you.  We are looking for information not only regarding your academic fit, but also your co-curricular and social fit.  The more information your references can offer, the more helpful it is to us. 

Hint: if Augustana is your first choice, let your reference know! Teachers and counselors are more likely to write strongly favorable letters if they know you are serious in your intent to enroll.

For transfer and non-traditional students we require two recommendation letters. In place of the guidance counselor reference (also called a secondary school report), students can provide another teacher reference or other general reference letter.

Writing sample

We also ask applicants to submit a high-quality writing sample so we can learn more about your personality and individuality. This gives you an opportunity to organize your thoughts and express yourself.

Acceptable writing samples:

  • A graded paper from any high school class, preferably showing the grade earned
  • A personal statement of values, beliefs, idiosyncrasies and talents
  • The application for admission also suggests topics for an original essay

Co-curricular activities

A list of your co-curricular activities gives us an idea of what you are passionate about, and what you might be interested in pursuing as a member of the college community. We want to hear about your leadership roles, activities that you excelled in, community service participation, as well as part-time jobs that you enjoyed.

Demonstrated interest

Campus visits and conversations with your admissions counselor, faculty, coaches and others on campus are not formal parts of the admissions process, but they are imperative to making sure you and the college are a good fit. These important campus interactions will give you a glimpse of the Augustana experience while giving us a chance to learn more about you — all with the goal of ensuring you attend the institution that best meets your needs as a whole person - intellect, character and spirit.

Sometimes, during the process of reveiwing applications, admissions staff members will call or email applicants to learn more about the student and his or her interest in Augustana.

Questions may include: 

  • What attracted you to apply to Augustana?
  • What are some of the important factors that will go into making your final college decision?
  • When do you plan to visit Augustana?

Because these questions are important to us, a final admissions decision may be delayed while the admissions staff attempts to reach a student.

Find out more about individual visits and admissions interviews. Learn the best ways to demonstrate your interest in Augustana.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions. We will be happy to help!