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August  17, 2010

Class of 2014: Augustana’s largest, most diverse in 150 years

Augustana will welcome 757 first-year students to campus when classes begin August 23. The Class of 2014 is the largest in the college's history and the most diverse. American multicultural students account for 17 percent of the population, and students come from 19 states and eight countries, including China, Germany, Vietnam and Palestine.  

            "The incoming class is a group of high-achieving and civic-minded students who chose Augustana for its academic rigor as well as the opportunities outside the classroom, including international programs, service learning and athletics," said Kent Barnds, vice president of enrollment, communication and strategic planning. "We look forward to welcoming them into the family of Augustana."

             Enrolled from a pool of more than 4,000 applicants, the Class of 2014 has an ACT score range between 24 and 29 for the middle 50 percent. Students also indicated a high level of involvement in community service, fine and performing arts and athletics. 

            "I chose Augustana because of my CSD (Communication Sciences and Disorders) major, which is an excellent program at Augie, with an awesome staff," said Madison Logan of Moline, Ill. "I look forward to using my talent of playing cello in the Augustana Symphonic Orchestra, my gift of helping others by volunteering in different organizations and my outgoing personality to make many new lifelong friends!"           

            First-year students will move to campus on August 19 for Fall Connection, which is a series of programs designed to welcome them to campus and provide a foundation for their first year of college. The orientation includes programs on housing, study habits, campus safety, campus organizations and serving in the Quad-Cities community.

            The next largest incoming class in Augustana history was 712 first-year students in 2007. Fall term classes begin on Monday, August 23.

Keri Rursch
Director of Public Relations
(309) 794-7721
kerirursch@augustana.edu