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2010 Season - The Augustana Advantage

Consistently Nationally Rated Academics with Nationally Ranked Football

The football-playing student-athlete at Augustana College benefits from a wide assortment of program choices and a developed culture that has distinguished itself from other colleges and truly adds value to an Augustana degree. Demonstrating this success, Augustana College ranks sixth in the nation in the number of student-athletes who have earned Academic All-American status.

Every student at Augustana benefits from diverse academic opportunities supported by an outstanding and nationally recognized faculty in updated and state-of-the-art facilities. In addition, football-playing student-athletes benefit from the development of their Habits of a Champion skills instilled in a football program that has been one of the top programs in NCAA football over the past quarter century.

Augustana Academic Quick Facts

  • 25 Football Academic All-Americans

  • Athletic Department ranks 6th in number of Academic All-Americans (134)

  • In the decade of the 1990s Augustana ranked 3rd in the nation in Academic All-Americans

  • Numerous NCAA post-graduate scholarship award winners

Academically, in the competitive arena of nationally rated and selective liberal arts colleges, Augustana has earned an outstanding reputation. Ranked a Liberal Arts I Institution by the Carnegie Foundation, Augustana is among the top 70 undergraduate colleges and universities in the entire United States, and among the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the sciences.

In intercollegiate football, the Vikings lead the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) in football championships and NCAA playoff appearances. A total of 80 Vikings have earned All-American status, and 22 times the CCIW's MVP wore an Augustana uniform. Also, 25 players have been named to the prestigious Academic All-American Team.

All-Time Number of Academic All-Americans

  1. Nebraska - 271

  2. Notre Dame - 213

  3. Penn State - 162

  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - 161

  5. Stanford - 140

  6. Augustana - 134

  7. Bucknell - 119

  8. Texas - 118

  9. Emory - 114

  10. UCLA - 113

A key element of the on-field success for Augustana is also credited to the bridging of the academic and athletic experience through personal development and academic support programs offered by a highly dedicated coaching staff. The unique educational support programs for Augie football players are comprehensive and specifically desinged to meet the challenging academic enviroment that is Augustana College.

Football participants benefit from a four-year personal development program that is Augustana's Football Game Plan for Success (GPS). Phase one of this program includes the transitional scholastic-to-life skills program that is their Academic Game Plan (AGP). The seminar series teaches young men time-management, organization, and college-level study skills that will help them to achieve success in college in addition to aiding them throughout their professional careers. These tools all form to create a program that is second-to-none.

Ultimately, graduates of Augustana College and its football program are exceptionally well prepared for life after college and enjoy an advantage in the highly competitive marketplace of job placement as well as graduate and professional school admission.

Augustana Football Academic Mission Statement Overview

  1. We have great attitudes about our academic experience

  2. We are accountable

  3. We are organized

  4. We are self-disciplined

  5. We are honest

  6. We are efficient

  7. We are consistent

  8. We present a neat work product

  9. We are interdependent

  10. We are the academic trendsetters on this campus

Combine all of these aspects with a caring, knowledgable and supportive administration, one of the most unique and beautiful campuses in the Midwest, a highly motivated and committed football staff, one of the finest traditions in all of college football and excellent performance in job and graduate school placement, and it all adds up to a distinguishing difference--the Augustana Advantage!