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Augustana College at a glance

Augustana is a selective, private liberal arts and sciences college, founded in 1860 by Swedish settlers.


60% of students study away 

90% of traditional students graduate in four years

97% of 2014 graduates were employed, in a professional internship or pursuing an advanced degree within a year of graduation. 

88% of those pursuing advanced degrees were accepted to their first or second choice of grad school.

85% of students volunteer

30% are in varsity sports 

25% join music ensembles, even non-majors 


A 115-acre wooded campus in Rock Island, Illinois, on the Mississippi River in the Quad-Cities metropolitan area (population 400,000), 165 miles west of Chicago.

Academic buildings range from the oldest and most revered, Old Main, renovated in 2011-13, to The Gerber Center for Student Life combining the library, dining and student activities, completed in 2013.

Virtual tour of campus

Academic programs

Nearly 90 majors and related areas of study in the arts and sciences and pre-professional programs, leading to the bachelor of arts.

A selective honors program with choice of one of two tracks: Foundations (humanities) or Logos (sciences). Distinguishing features of the academic program include the Senior Inquiry capstone and Augie Choice: $2,000 to support every student's internship, research with a professor or study abroad.

Nearly 40 percent of students double- or triple-major.

First-year class

More than a third score 27 or higher on the ACT; more than a quarter were in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Top academic students qualify for the Presidential Scholarship: $24,000 in 2015-16. (See the Class of 2019 profile.)

Student body

2,500 students from diverse social, ethnic, religious, cultural and geographic backgrounds, representing more than two-thirds of the United States and about 20 countries. 

Learning environment

Close and collaborative, with a student:faculty ratio of 12:1 and average class size of 22; all classes taught by faculty (no graduate teaching assistants).

Campus life

A residential campus: first-year and sophomore students live in residence halls; juniors may choose transitional living areas (apartment-style housing on campus); seniors live on campus or in the neighborhood.

Student activities

Music ensembles, theatre, debate, publications, broadcasting, student government, local Greek system, a wide variety of professional, religious, departmental, political, social and service organizations.


12 men's and 11 women's varsity teams compete in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) and NCAA Division III; many club sports, intramural and recreational programs.

Costs, scholarships and assistance

2015-16 tuition and fees plus housing and meals were just above $48,000. 96 percent of students receive financial assistance; more than $39 million is awarded annually from various sources, including Augustana scholarships. Students awarded scholarships and financial aid may receive $5,500-$45,000, depending on many factors.

Career preparation

CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research, and Exploration) lead students through vocational discernment, skill development for employment and appropriate internships; and integrate a student's professional development with academic advising and academic enrichment opportunities such as international and off-campus programs, undergraduate research and service learning.

Alumni success

95 percent of graduates are employed or pursuing an advanced degree within a year of graduation. 87 percent of recent alumni pursuing advanced degrees were accepted into their first-choice or second-choice graduate school.


Augustana operates under a charter granted by the General Assembly of the State of Illinois, and is certified as a degree-granting institution by the state. The college has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Ill., 60604, since the association began accreditation in 1912. Augustana also is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Illinois State Board of Education. The college also is certified by the American Chemical Society.

Augustana College administers its educational programs under its policy that all admissions criteria, services, programs, employment, and housing shall be maintained at all times on a non-discriminatory basis, with regard to age, sex, race, color, disability, sexual orientation, creed, or ethnic background.