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Augustana College (Illinois)

Augustana College
Established 1860
Type Private college
Affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church in America[1]
Endowment $115.9 million[2]
President Steven C. Bahls, J.D.
Dean Pareena Lawrence
Students 2,500
Location Rock Island, Illinois, United States
Campus 115 acres
Colors Navy blue and gold          
Nickname Augie
Mascot Vikings
Website .edu.augustanawww

Augustana College is a private liberal arts college in Rock Island, Illinois, United States. The college enrolls approximately 2,500 students. Covering 115 acres (46.5 ha) of hilly, wooded land, Augustana is adjacent to the Mississippi River.


  • History 1
  • Academics 2
  • Campus 3
    • Academic buildings 3.1
    • Residential complexes 3.2
  • Student life 4
  • Athletics 5
  • Notable people 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Augustana College was founded as Augustana College and Theological Seminary in 1860 by the Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod. Located first in Chicago, it moved to Paxton, Illinois, in 1863 and to Rock Island, Illinois, its current home, in 1875.[3]

After 1890 an increasingly large

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website

External links

  1. ^ "Mission and history". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  2. ^ As of FY 2012. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2012 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY 2011 to FY 2012" (PDF). 2012 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ Conrad Bergendoff, "Augustana...A Profession of Faith, A History of Augustana College, 1860-1935" (1969)
  4. ^ Dag Blanck, The Creation of an Ethnic Identity: Being Swedish American in the Augustana Synod, 1860–1917 (2006)
  5. ^ Thomas Tredway, "Coming of Age: A History of Augustana College, 1935-1937" (2010)
  6. ^ "College Advice". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Old Main, Augustana College, 3600 7th Avenue". City of Rock Island. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  8. ^ "Hansons donate $8 million to name Science Building". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Science Building fast facts". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Our Residence Halls". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  11. ^ Augustana College - Campus
  12. ^ a b "Student Groups". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  13. ^ Augustana College - Greek Life
  14. ^ a b "The Official Athletic Website of Augustana College". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "EVANS, Lane Allen, (1951 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Ken Anderson". IMDb. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Daniel C. Tsui - Biographical". Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 



Notable people

Current varsity sports include: baseball, basketball (m/w), cross country (m/w), football, golf (m/w), lacrosse (m/w), soccer (m/w), softball, swimming (m/w), tennis (m/w), track & field (m/w), volleyball, wrestling.[14]

The Augustana Vikings compete in the NCAA Division III College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). The Vikings compete in a combined total of 22 male and female team sports, and five out of seven students compete in some form of varsity, club, or intramural sport. Between 1983 and 1986, the Augustana College football team won four consecutive Division III national championships under Coach Bob Reade. Coach Reade's overall winning percentage of 87% is second only to Larry Kehres and Knute Rockne on the all-time list. Augustana College was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1912-1937.[14]


[12] Augustana has many other organizations, including a chapter of

Augustana has a local Greek system, which includes seven sororities Chi Alpha Pi (CAP), Chi Omega Gamma (COG), Delta Chi Theta (Delta Chi), Phi Rho, Sigma Kappa Tau (KT), Sigma Pi Delta (Speed), and Zeta Phi Kappa (Zetas) and seven fraternities Alpha Sigma Xi (Alpha Sig), Beta Omega Sigma (BOS), Delta Omega Nu (DON), Gamma Alpha Beta (GAB), Omicron Sigma Omicron (OZO), Phi Omega Phi (Poobah), and Rho Nu Delta (Roundels).[13]

Since 1950, Augustana has had a chapter of the Epsilon Tau Pi (ΕΤΠ)(Eagle Scouts), Alpha Phi Omega (APO) (service), Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) (music), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (music), Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) (Service), Alpha Psi Omega (ΑΨΩ) (theater), and others.[12] The Omicron chapter of Phrateres, a non-exclusive, non-profit social-service club, was installed here in 1941. Between 1924 and 1967, 23 chapters of Phrateres were installed in universities across North America. (The chapter name "Omicron" was reused for the chapter installed at San José State University.)


Student life

Augustana has five traditional residence halls: Andreen Hall, Erickson Residence Center, Seminary Hall, Swanson Commons, and Westerlin Residence Center. All five of these residence halls are coeducational. The majority of first-year and sophomore-year students typically reside in one of these five residence halls.[10] For upperclassmen, Augustana also offers Transitional Living Areas (TLAs), apartment-like complexes or traditional off-campus houses administered by the college's Office of Residential Life, in which Augustana students live. The school takes care of basic maintenance in these areas, some of which are House on the Hill, Naeseth, and Arbaugh Apartments. These areas usually have 2-6 students who share a bathroom, a kitchen, and other living spaces.[11]

House on the Hill

Residential complexes

Old Main was constructed between 1884 and 1893. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[7] On August 2, 2010, the New Science Building was officially named the Robert A. and Patricia K. Hanson Hall of Science after Robert Hanson, a former John Deere CEO. Hanson, who donated $8 million to the college, credits his success in life to his time spent at Augustana.[8] The science building, dedicated in 1998, is the largest academic building serving approximately 700 students in 17 majors, minors and concentrations.[9] The Hanson Hall of Science's facilities and resources include seven classrooms, 35 laboratories (including a cadaver lab), a 400 MHz liquid-and solid-state NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) spectrometer, scanning electron microscope, instrumentation for X-ray powder crystallography and a fully functioning 40-foot greenhouse.

Old Main

Academic buildings


American Culture Exploration (for one-year international students whose academic focus is American life), Non-Profit Leadership Development Certificate


Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Environmental Management & Forestry, Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Neuroscience, Public Health, Women's & Gender Studies

Interdisciplinary programs

Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Veterinary Medicine

Pre-professional programs

Accounting, Africana Studies, Anthropology, Applied Mathematics, Art, Art History, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chinese, Chemistry, Classics, Communication Sciences & Disorders (including Speech Pathology and Audiology), Communication Studies, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, Education, Engineering Physics, English, French, Geography, Geology, German, Graphic Design, History, International Business, Japanese, Landscape Architecture, Mathematics, Multimedia Journalism, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Scandinavian, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, World Literature

Academic programs

Augustana currently has nearly 90 academic programs and fields of study including nine pre-professional and eight interdisciplinary programs:

The services offered through CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration) afford students an advantage in graduate school placement and the job market. Three distinguishing opportunities are: Augie Choice: $2000 offered to every student to support hands-on learning through research, an internship or international study The Viking Scorecard: a career and graduate school preparation guide A wide variety of faculty-led international programs ranging from 2 weeks to 3 months and covering all 7 continents

Augustana ranks among the top 40 U.S. liberal arts colleges in the sciences, based on the number of graduates earning Ph.D.s. Students accepted to Augustana typically rank in the top 30% of their high school classes. The middle 50 percent of enrolled students for the class of 2012 scored 24-29 on the ACT, well above the national averages. Augustana College is considered highly selective.[6] 73% of Augustana students graduate in four years and 78% graduate in six years.


In 1947, the Augustana Seminary formally separated from Augustana College and became an independent body. It remained on the Rock Island campus until the 1960s, when the Seminary moved to Chicago.[5]


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