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Augustana announces highest enrollment in history

September  10, 2012

As Augustana College begins its fourth week of fall term classes, it is releasing official enrollment statistics that show the 152-year-old college’s enrollment has reached an all-time high. Currently 2,551 students are enrolled at Augustana, of which 2,532 are full-time students.

In preparation for the 2012-2013 academic year, the Augustana admissions staff reviewed 4,226 applications from students wanting to be part of this year’s first-year class. From that original pool, 656 first-year students and 54 transfer students have begun their undergraduate studies at Augie.

At the college’s annual First-Year Convocation on Aug. 16, President of the College Steve Bahls told the newly enrolled, “You are among a select group to gain admission, and you earned the right to be here.” Bahls added, “Augustana is no longer a well-kept secret!”

In the last decade, the Augustana first-year class size has ranged from a low of 599 students in 2004 to a high of 752 in 2010.

College statistics also show 22 percent of first-year students are multicultural students, tying with last year’s incoming class as the most diverse in college history.

The number of international students at Augustana has grown this year, with 28 new students on campus from 13 countries—China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Sweden, Canada, Kenya, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, Brazil, Hong Kong and Kyrgyzstan. In total, 54 international students from 22 countries currently are enrolled at Augustana.

President Bahls noted that members of the first-year class represent the best of America and hail from 20 states across the nation. He said, “Focused efforts on growing the number of international students and growing the number of students from outside this region has contributed to Augustana’s record enrollment.”

He recognized that the past five years have been trying economic times for American families, and he’s pleased “that families continue to make a high-quality liberal arts education a priority.”

President Bahls concluded, “When it comes to attracting new students to Augustana College, it helps that Augustana alumni have a track record for landing good jobs and being admitted to the best graduate and professional schools.”

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