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Augustana College

Augustana, an independent, selective college of the liberal arts and sciences related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, traces its roots to the Old World universities of Uppsala and Lund in Sweden.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (7)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (6)
Humanities (5)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Business & Management (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Education & Training (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



Founded by Swedish Lutheran settlers in Chicago in 1860, Augustana has grown from a small school educating Swedish immigrants into a selective college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college honors its roots and its affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. At the same time, Augustana’s rich liberal arts environment is enhanced by diversity.


90 majors and related areas of study


Research is defined in a variety of ways depending on the opportunities within a major, field of work or study.

No matter the field, the activity provides an original contribution to the field in a way that can be shared with others. 

Examples might include:

  • Conducting laboratory research with peers
  • Creating a portfolio of artwork
  • Composing a work of music
  • Developing a market analysis as part of an internship in the Quad Cities
  • Conducting bibliographical, text-based research to understand human expression across languages, times, faiths or cultures
  • Conducting classroom research as part of the student teaching experience


  • Our Career Coaches help students see connections between their majors & minors, interests and skills. 
  • Our unique Viking Score career-readiness program helps students track experiences and prepare for career success. 

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Student services

The Office of Student Life and Leadership (OSL) hosts events and activities from different cultures, the arts, entertainment, educational programming and more. 

Housing services

First-year and sophomore students live in residence halls; juniors may choose transitional living areas (apartment-style housing on campus); seniors live on campus or in the neighborhood.

Library services

  • Thomas Tredway Library serves Augustana College by making learning the touchstone of all library activities and decisions.
  • Our College build a vibrant collection that supports undergraduate learning, research, and intellectual curiosity.

ICT services

  • Augustana Copy Center

Located on the ground floor of Sorensen Hall, the Copy Center offers students, faculty and staff a variety of printing and copying services, from simple flyers to full-color bound books. 

  • ITS offers diagnosis and repair of spyware and virus problems for a small fee. 

Student Life

Campus life

The 115-acre wooded campus is part of the Quad-Cities (population 400,000), and about 165 miles west of Chicago. Augustana is a residential campus. 

Sports facilities

The Pepsico Center houses intramural sports and student recreation. It has 40,000 square feet of gym floor and a six-lane, 200-meter track. 

The center also houses:

  • Three regulation basketball courts (one also accommodates tennis)
  • Two racquetball courts
  • Four volleyball courts
  • Lounge and locker rooms
  • 1,600-square-foot weight room
  • Cardiovascular equipment
  • Training room

Student clubs

More than 150 student organizations, interest groups, club sports, ensembles, honor societies, fraternities and sororities, and other groups are based on campus. If you don't find one to spark your interest, it's easy to start a new one. 


  • Augustana College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  •  Augustana College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Student Reviews

What it is like to study at Augustana College
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Augustana College is a small liberal arts institution located in Rock Island, IL. It has a variety of fields in which you can choose to major and/or minor. Their international admissions department is incredibly supportive throughout the process of enrollment. In terms of academics, the school has a low faculty:student ratio, high rate of employment after graduation, and...

Rock Island, Illinois, United States


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