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Orientation and Registration

At Orientation and Registration, you'll meet other new Augustana students, get acquainted with your new learning and living environment and meet with an academic advisor. At the end of the day, you'll be registered for classes for the fall term.

Starting in April, new students who have paid a tuition deposit will receive an Orientation, Registration and Housing packet from Augustana. Review the information carefully. It includes your student ID number, which you will need to complete several of the steps below.

Note: International students will register Aug. 26, and do not need to choose a date. However, they should follow these same steps to prepare.

(If you are an international student, begin here.)

Sign up for Orientation and Registration

Before you can sign up for Orientation and Registration, you must complete the steps below:

STEP 1: Your account

Go to to set up your new student account. At the end of this step, you’ll know your username, Augustana email address, and be enrolled in the password recovery system.

STEP 2: Email

Log in to your new Augustana email box. You'll need to check here from now on for information from the college.

STEP 3: Billing and emergency contacts

Go to Arches and click on "Log in." Here you will find a link to enter emergency contact information. You also will see a link to set up e-billing.

To allow parents and guardians access to the e-billing system, you will need to add them as users. On the bottom left of the e-billing page, there is a section for Parent PINs. Click "Add new" and follow the instructions. Your parent will receive an email from the system with login information.

STEP 4: Augie Alerts

Sign up for the Augie Alerts emergency notification system. This allows you to get emergency information by email, text messages, phone calls and voicemail.

STEP 5: Readiness Survey

Take a few minutes to complete the Student Readiness Survey. The questions are designed to help us understand how you assess your own academic skills, behaviors, and values.

STEP 6: Dear First-Year Advisor Form

Please read these instructions in full before completing the Dear First Year Advisor form. This form helps your advisor learn a little about you before you meet in the fall. You will want to set aside 15-20 minutes to complete this item, and it will be easiest to complete using a laptop or desktop computer with a full keyboard. At the link below, you will log in to a program called Starfish using your Augustana user name and password. A message will appear that says you do not have access. On that message page, go to the upper left corner and click on the "hamburger" menu (three horizontal lines). Click on the drop-down arrow to the right of your name. Then click on Intake to complete the Dear First-Year Advisor form. Be sure to hit submit when you're done. You can get started here.

STEP 7: Placement Guide

Read the Placement Guide to understand how Augustana determines your math and language placement. The guide will also help you determine if you need to take a language placement test.

STEP 8: Take a language placement test, if needed.

Read about requirements for a second language and take a language placement test, if needed.

STEP 9: Choose a date for Orientation and Registration.

Within three business days of completing Steps 1-8, you’ll receive an email with a link to a form where you can request your top three date choices for Orientation and Registration.

(If you don’t receive the email within three days, check your spam folder first, then email us at to let us know.)

After you submit your date choices and we check availability, you'll receive another email confirming your Orientation date.

Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please do not make travel arrangements until your date is confirmed by email.

Available dates

First-year students

Monday, June 10 This date is filled.

Friday, June 14* This date is filled.

Monday, June 17 This date is filled.

Saturday, June 22* This date is filled.

Monday, June 24* This date is filled.

Friday, August 2

Thursday, August 29 (day before Welcome Week begins)

*Spanish translation offered for parent sessions.

Transfer students

Friday, June 7 This date is filled.

Friday, August 2 This date is filled.

Thursday, August 29 (day before Welcome Week begins)

International students

International students register for fall classes on Monday, August 26.