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At Orientation & 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 late April, new students will begin receiving Orientation & Registration packets from the Augustana Office of Admissions. Review the information carefully. It includes your student ID number, which you will need to complete several of the steps below.

Before you can sign up for Orientation & Registration, you must complete the first three steps below:

STEP 1:  Confirm your email address.

Until you attend Orientation & Registration, we will communicate with you via your personal email account. You will need to verify your current email address.

Verify your email address

STEP 2:  Read the Placement Guide you received in your packet.

The guide explains why we require new students to complete the placement tests and survey. A temporary student ID card is attached. You'll need your ID number to complete the next steps.

STEP 3: Take a placement test and complete a survey.

If you have studied a foreign language, you are required to take a foreign language placement test. You can take one of four tests:  French, Spanish, German or Latin. It is in your best interest not to obtain help help from another person or resource while taking the test. Doing so might result in your placement in a course that is beyond your current ability. If you have experience in a different language or have not studied a language, please email us at orientation@augustana.edu and let us know. When you come to Orientation & Registration, we will discuss your placement results with you.

We also ask you to complete a Student Readiness Survey, which includes questions about your academic habits, behaviors, and values. The results give your advisor insight into your strengths as a student and your opportunities to grow.

(For more information about why we require tests, see the Placement Guide.)

Placement tests and survey

STEP 4: Watch for an email from us confirming receipt of your tests and survey.

After you have completed the steps above, you'll receive an email from orientation@augustana.edu within one week. The email will include a link to the webpage where you can complete STEP FIVE. If you don't receive the email within one week, check your spam folder first, then call us at 309-794-8280.

STEP 5:  Register for Orientation & Registration 2015.

First-year students

In this step, we want to know your top three date choices for Orientation & Registration. We can accommodate a limited number of students each day, so it's important to submit your date choices as early as possible. Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please do not make travel arrangements until your date is confirmed. There are five dates to choose from:

Friday, June 12
Monday, June 15
Friday, June 19
Monday, June 22
Monday, July 13

After you have completed this step, you'll receive a confirmation email from us within one week.

Transfer students

We encourage you to attend Transfer Orientation & Registration on June 4 so you can register as early as possible for the fall term. If you cannot attend on this date, you can attend Orientation & Registration on Wednesday, August 19, just before the start of the fall term. Watch for this option in our emails to you.

Students from out-of-state

You have the option of attending an Orientation & Registration event on Wednesday, August 19, just before the start of the fall term. (Note: The date of this event may be incorrect in the brochure you received.) Watch for more information in our emails to you.

STEP 6:  Submit necessary personal information forms.

If you are a first-year student, ask your high school to send your final transcript to Augustana (including the second semester of your senior year) by July 1. Transfer students' transcripts from previously attended colleges should arrive by July 1.

Students who want to request Special Accommodations for housing must do so by June 26.

Requests for Special Accommodations in the classroom should be submitted by July 15.

Your immunization form is due at Orientation & Registration or by August 1.

Immunization and accommodation forms

STEP 7: Visit our website to learn about your fall classes and explore majors.

Take a few minutes to check out some of the classes you might take in the fall. If you have an idea what you'd like to study at Augustana, you can print out the courses required for the major here also. Pay special attention to the courses required in the first year.

If you aren't sure what you'd like to study, you can begin to explore here. We'll be ready to discuss the possibilities with you!

STEP 8: Fill out the employment forms and bring them with you to Orientation & Registration.

More than 80 percent of Augustana students receive a paycheck from Augie sometime during their four years here. We ask all new students to complete the campus employment forms enclosed in the packet, even if they currently don't plan to work on campus. Having employment information on file means few hassles and faster pay.

STEP 9: Come to Orientation & Registration 2015

We have a full day planned for you and your parents at Orientation & Registration. Students will register for fall classes, meet other new students, and learn more about living and learning at Augustana. Parents will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from Residential Life, Financial Aid, and other offices.

Students need to have the following documents and information in their possession (not their parents') when they come to campus:

  • Your completed employment forms (Federal W-4, State W-4 and I9)
  • Your driver's license or a photo ID.
  • Your original Social Security card, birth certificate or government-issued passport. 
  • Your Immunization Form, if complete
  • Your parents' current email address to sign up for e-billing.

For a complete look at the day's schedule, visit the link below.

Orientation & Registration Schedule