Augustana College

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Augustana College is a four-year liberal arts college located in Rock Island, Illinois. The college is privately owned and operated and has a total annual enrollment of approximately 2,500 students. The college’s campus is located on a 115 acre expanse in the wooded hills along the Mississippi River. Just over 9 out of every 10 full-time faculty have obtained a doctoral degree or terminal degree in their field of expertice.

Augustana College was founded in 1860 as the Augustana College and Theological Seminary. It was first established in Chicago. Three years later it relocated to the city of Paxton, Illinois and then in to the city of Rock Island in 1875 were it currently resides. During its first years, Augustana served Swedish American immigrants and helped to establish and promote a sense of Swedish American identity.


Given the impressive number of its graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. Augustana has been ranked one of the top 40 liberal arts colleges in the sciences in the United States. Most entering freshmen at Augustana are in the top 10% of their graduating high school classes and have an ACT score between 24 and 29. While not at well known as other colleges, Augustana is a prestigious college that is very selective.

Augustana offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 60 fields of study and offers 9 preprofessional and 8 multi-/intedisciplinary programs. For a comprehensive list of academic programs offered at Augustana please review the “college majors” section at the bottom of this page. Augustana offers pre-professional programs in Law, Nursing, Medicine, Optometry, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine. Interdisciplinary programs are offered in Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, Africana Studies, Environmental Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies, Environmental Management & Forestry, Neuroscience and Medieval & Renaissance Studies.

General Information

Admission Office

639 38th Street

Rock Island, IL 61201-2296

(309) 794-7341

(800) 798-8100

Fax: (309) 794-7422

Contact: W. Kent Barnds

Vice President of Enrollment
Main Address

639 38th Street

Rock Island, IL 61201

(309) 794-7000

Total undergrads: 2,546

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 641

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,530


Suburban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Online application fee: $35
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 69%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 87%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Asian Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Jazz Studies B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Speech Teacher Education B


Engineering Physics B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Greek, Ancient B
Latin B
Scandinavian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Mathematics/Computer Science B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B
Planetary Sciences B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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