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Students meet in the Reading/Writing Center. Photo by Nadia Panasky ’17/Augustana Photo Bureau

Student support

College life is exciting and new. It’s also full of challenges. Classes can be difficult, even overwhelming. Friendships are made, lost, changed and renewed. Academic majors shift and merge with new goals.

You may graduate an entirely different person than the one who arrived for Welcome Week. Or you may be the person you’ve always been, though more knowledgeable, capable, confident and wise.

Whatever happens during your four life-changing years at Augustana, you’ll find the advisors, counselors and other mentors you’ll need to become the person you want to be on graduation day. 


Augustana students have advisors every step of the way, from first-year advisors to a professor in the major field you’ll choose by the end of your sophomore year. There is a network of support, including  career counselors, residential life staff, coaches, instructors and peer mentors. 

Beyond these, your options for help, advice and counsel are many, depending on what you need. 

Want help with differential equations? Go to the math resource room (a.k.a. the ratiocination or “rat” room).

Need assistance writing your essay? Meet with a tutor in the Reading/Writing Center.

Working to master English along with your psychology paper? See the ELL specialist in the Learning Commons.

Need an internship in your field? CORE is the place for you.

Also ask your professor — just one of many advisors and mentors here to help you succeed.

Health and wellness

To make the most of your education and everyday life on campus, you’ll need to take care of yourself. People and resources are here to help with your physical, mental and emotional needs, and to connect you with health care providers off campus.

You’ll also find different options for exercise and preventive health care—from yoga classes in the Carriage House, to intramurals in PepsiCo, to the Augie Plex student fitness center in the Westerlin Residence Center.




Support Services staff

Students can find support services all in one place

Augustana’s hub for student support services is designed to help every student develop more successful habits, both in college and later in life, and it’s happening on the fourth floor of The Gerber Center. 

Lizeth Tamayo and Dr. Pam Trotter

Mentors matter: Just ask Lizeth Tamayo ’16

Lizeth Tamayo ’16 arrived at Augustana College with a clear direction in mind. She declared a major in pre-medicine with plans to become a doctor. It made sense, she thought, to make the most of a full scholarship and a proven ability in the sciences. Her feelings started to change, however, after some heartfelt talks with Dr. Pareena Lawrence, dean of the college.

Talking in the hallway at CORE

Augustana’s CORE scores big with new graduates

New graduates who participated in Augustana's Viking Score program have a message for current students: Use it! The Viking Score helps students track their preparation for life after graduation. It's a simple checklist for each year of college, and each completed task earns points. Students can look at their point totals to see if they're on track.