Augustana College

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
Religious Affiliation
Evangelical Lutheran Church

Augustana College, a private 4-year school is located in Rock Island, IL along the Mississippi River across from Davenport, IA. The college was founded in 1860 by the Lutheran Synod as Augustana College and Theological Seminary; the school relocated to Rock Island in 1875. The school catered to Swedish immigrants in the late 19th century in response to growing local population. The 100+ acre campus, described as hilly and wooded, features a blend of collegiate gothic and modern architecture; the Old Main building is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Rock Island is primarily known for Rock Island Arsenal (the largest employer in the town) and for being referenced as the (fictional) hometown of the Blues Brothers. Among the notable alumni of Augustana College is former NFL quaterback Ken Anderson,

Academic Programs

Augustana College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission and offers Bachelor’s Degrees in over 85 fields of study. The College is noted for Music and Teacher Education, but the largest programs on campus are in Biology/BioMedical studies and Business. The college is comprised on eleven Academic Centers: Center for Faculty Enrichment; Center for Polar Studies; Center for the Study of Ethics; Center for the Study of Judaism and Jewish Culture; Center for the Study of Pluralism and the Civil Sphere; Centre for Whistler Criticism; CORE; Learning Commons; Reading/Writing Center; Swenson Center; and Upper Mississippi Center. Per the Mission Statement, “Augustana College, rooted in the liberal arts and sciences and a Lutheran expression of the Christian faith, is committed to offering a challenging education that develops qualities of mind, spirit and body necessary for a rewarding life of leadership and service in a diverse and changing world.

Student Life

There are nearly 2500 undergraduate students enrolled in Augustana College, most of whom live on campus in one of the traditional dormitories or “Transitional Living Areas” which is apartment-styled housing. There are several clubs and student organizations on campus, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the Navy blue and gold Vikings field teams in 12 sports and participate in NCAA Division III competition. Throughout their college career, students learn the Core Values of the school: Excellence – develop a sustained passion for continuous improvement and innovation. Vision – be agents of change: curious, imaginative, and bold in pursuit of future opportunity and goodness. Opportunity – Our aim is to provide a favorable combination of circumstances that will support the promotion of learning and present chances for people to advance developmentally. Learning – promote the application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes for the benefit of the individual as well as society. Inclusiveness. Collaboration – Teamwork and mutual respect are necessary qualities to achieve maximum results. Reflection. Community – enhance and promote positive human relations across and between all campus constituencies.

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