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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. 13, and do not need to choose a date. However, they should follow these same steps to prepare.

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: Placement Guide

Read the Placement Guide to understand how Augustana guides students in math and languages.

STEP 7: Language placement

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

STEP 8: Choose a date for Orientation and Registration.

Within three business days of completing Steps 1-7, 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 11 (Filled)

Friday, June 15 (Filled)

Monday, June 18 (Filled)

Wednesday, June 20 (Filled)

Saturday, June 23 (Filled)

Friday, July 13 (Filled)

Wednesday, Aug. 15 (the day before Welcome Week begins)

Transfer students

Thursday, June 7

Friday, July 13

Wednesday, Aug. 15

International students

Orientation for international students is Aug. 11-15, and registration is Aug. 13.

Getting ready for Orientation and Registration

Check your placement scores

Log in to Arches to see your language and math placement. Click on “Check your placement scores” for an explanation of your scores and how they may affect your fall course schedule. If you have questions, we can answer them at Orientation.

Complete employment forms

More than 80 percent of students earn a paycheck from Augustana at some time. Incoming students should fill out the Federal W-4 and I-9 Employment Verification forms. Only Iowa residents will fill out the Iowa W-4. If you are a resident of any other state, fill out the Illinois W-4.

• I-9 Employment verification, pages 1 and 2

• Federal W-4, page 1

• Illinois W-4, page 2

• Iowa W-4 , page 1

Bring your completed forms to Orientation and Registration. (Do not mail the forms.) Also bring your driver’s license or photo ID and your original Social Security card, birth certificate or passport. If you have questions, please call the Payroll Office at 309-794-7353.

Choose Learning Perspective courses

Review the Matrix of Learning Perspective courses included in the packet you received in the mail. Then read the course descriptions. Circle two courses in each Learning Perspective that interest you and bring your sheet to Orientation & Registration.

Depending upon your intended major and course availability, you may be able to take one of these classes in the fall. If you don’t get into one of these courses, you’ll have other terms in which to take it.

Request your official transcripts

Your final, official high school transcript is due at Augustana by July 1. (Transfer students will need to have their college transcripts sent as well.)

If you earned college credit from any institution, including dual enrollment credit while in high school, we need the transcripts from that institution as well. If you earned ;Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, request your scores to be sent to Augustana. Having your final transcripts on file as early as possible helps you and your advisor plan your first-year courses. If you have questions, see

Submit your immunization records online by July 1

Submit your immunization records online at the link below. If you have questions about the form or specific requirements, call the Dean of Students office, 309-794-7502. You also can turn in your form at Orientation and Registration. Forms must be submitted by the start of the academic year.

What to bring to Orientation and Registration

1. Two course choices in each Learning Perspective on the matrix

2. Immunization form (if you haven’t already submitted it online).

3. Completed employment forms (Federal W-4, State W-4 and I9)

4. Your driver's license or government-issued photo ID (for employment purposes)

5. Original Social Security card, birth certificate or passport (for employment purposes)

Check the schedule for your Orientation and Registration day.

See the New Student Checklist

After Orientation

Share your fall schedule with your parents or guardians and explain why you are taking the classes you’ve chosen.

Log in to your Augustana email account and take our survey about the day. We want your feedback! Then check your Augie email regularly for official information.

Log in to Arches to:

• Show your family how you can access your schedule at any time
• Check to see if we have received your final high school transcripts
• Look at your unofficial transcript for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, and/or college/dual credit

Plan to attend Welcome Week starting Thursday, Aug. 16.