Frequently Asked Questions
Admission and Visiting Campus
Q. What are the admission requirements?
A. For general admission, you should have college preparatory classes with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. We recommend (but do not require) a high school curriculum that includes English (4 years), math (3), science (3), social studies (3), fine arts (1), computer science (1), and at least two years of foreign language. You should have an ACT composite score of at least 20 (or SAT of 950). When making admission decisions, we will also consider an applicant's extracurricular activities, leadership, admission essay, and letter of recommendation.
Q. Is there an application deadline?
A. Augustana admits students on a rolling basis. We recommend working on the application during the summer prior to your senior year, or the fall of your senior year. We will extend offers of admission beginning October 1st. For scholarship purposes we recommend you submit your application by January 15.
Q. I have completed some post-secondary work at another college. Will Augustana accept this credit?
A. In general, if you complete courses at a regionally accredited college or university with a "C-" or better, the credits will be accepted. Post-secondary work completed prior to high school graduation is subject to approval of the Registrar and is generally limited to 32 credit hours. For more specific information on the required accreditation and to view credits that have previously been accepted, please refer to information for transferring credits.
Q. What types of placement tests, proficiency exams do you offer/accept?
A. Augustana offers the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) testing for credit. The testing fee is $80. In addition, we accept Advanced Placement (AP) test scores of 4 or 5 for credit. Additional information is available through academic advising. Foreign language placement exams are offered for our first-year students online prior to registration.
Q. When are your campus visit days? (When is the best time to visit?)
A. We host several visit day programs throughout the year. These days are a great way to check out Augustana in a group setting, but we would also be happy to host you for an individual campus visit tailored to your interests. If you wish to schedule by phone, please call our campus visit coordinator at 605.274.5516.
Q. What is the academic calendar?
A. Augustana offers a 4-1-4 calendar year which includes a fall semester, a three week interim term in January, and a spring semester.
Q. What do students do during interim (January term)? Is it required?
A. Students have the option to enroll in a course on campus, study abroad with an Augustana professor, or stay home for an extra-long winter break. Enrolling in a course on campus or studying abroad during J-term is not required, but the majority of our students choose to do so.
Q. What are the most popular majors?
A. Augustana provides students more than 50 majors and 40 minors to choose from. Our most popular areas of study include biology, business administration, nursing, education, and exercise and sports sciences.
Q. Do you offer pre-professional programs?
A. We offer pre-professional programs in architecture, chiropractic, dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, mortuary science, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, theology, and veterinary medicine. Students with one of the above pre-professional interests will be mentored by a pre-professional advisor as they prepare for graduate school. Augustana students have great success gaining entrance and funding for top graduate programs in the region and across the country.
Q. What kinds of internships are available?
A. 96% of graduates surveyed over the last 5 years, reported participation in a high-impact learning experience (internship, research, etc.) during their time at Augustana. Internships in nearly all areas of industry, including but not limited to, health services/medicine, finance and banking, marketing, and sport management are available right here in Sioux Falls. Augustana students also participate in internships across the country. Funding is available to help students finance internship experiences and the Student Success Center is eager to assist students in finding the right internship for them.
Q. What is the student population and student to faculty ratio?
A. Augustana is home to 1,800 students from across the country and around the globe. With a student to faculty ratio of 12:1, we value a personal learning environment that allows open dialogue and interaction between students and professors. In other words, Augustana students are more than just a number. Professors get to know our students on a personal basis and are committed to providing excellence in teaching, academic advising, and mentoring.
Q. What do students do for fun on the weekends? Do they stay on campus?
A. It’s nearly impossible to be bored as an Augustana student. A student-led group called the Union Board of Governors organizes a campus activity for nearly every night of the weekend such as concerts, movies, dances, and game nights. In addition, our Recreational Services department hosts numerous activities on the weekends including laser tag tournaments and intramural sports. In combination with our many Division II sporting events, as well as our various music and theatre performances, the vast majority of students choose to stay at Augustana every weekend.
Q. Is there a religious affiliation? Are there required religion classes?
A. Augustana is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). We have many faith traditions represented on campus and welcome all. Students are required to take two religion courses and may choose from a variety of different course offerings.
Q. May freshmen have cars?
A. Yes. While a car can be helpful, it is not necessary to get places. Augustana is centrally located in Sioux Falls and is within walking/biking distance of banks, grocery stores, restaurants, and other popular locations. The Sioux Area Metro (the city bus service) also stops on campus and is free to all Augustana students. If you bring a car, a parking permit is required.
Q. What is Sioux Falls like?
A. Sioux Falls has both the luxury of big-city amenities and opportunities, and the comfort of small town charm and hospitality. Whether you’re interested in our vibrant art culture, four semi-professional sports teams, abundant shopping and dining, thriving nightlife, 22 miles of bike trails, or outdoor recreation, Sioux Falls has something for everyone. Sioux Falls is consistently ranked one of the “Happiest, Healthiest” cities in America and Augustana students spend lots of time enjoying the perks of living in such a dynamic city.
Q. What competitive sports programs does Augustana offer?
A. Augustana athletics compete at the Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Augustana has competitive DII level programs for: football, baseball, wrestling, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field/cross country, and women’s swimming (coming 2016).
Q. What clubs are on campus? Intramurals?
A.) There are approximately 100 student-led clubs and organizations and over 40 different intramural activities to get involved in on campus. Intramural sports include flag football, mud volleyball, walleyball, basketball, dodgeball, kickball, and many, many more.
Q. Is there a requirement to live on campus?
A. As a residential college, we affirm the value of living in community together and therefore require students to live on campus for two years from the time of high school graduation. Augustana offers a variety of housing opportunities, including traditional residence halls, theme houses, and apartments. All first-year students live in one of our two traditional freshmen residence halls.
Q. What percentage of the students live in college housing?
A. Over 2/3 of our full-time students choose to live in college housing. Theme houses and apartments are popular on-campus options for upperclassmen.
Q. Are residence halls co-ed?
A. Residence halls are co-ed, with separate wings for female and male students. Each wing also has a Peer Advisor who serves as a friend, mentor, and resource for residents.
Q. What size are the residence hall rooms and how many students live in each?
A. Room size and residence hall population vary by building. Visit our residence life page for specific information on each residential community.
Q. How many meal plans do you offer?
A. All freshmen are enrolled in our unlimited meal plan which allows students to enjoy meals in our dining hall as many times a day as they would like. Upperclassmen can choose between our unlimited meal plan or “the block” meal plan which consists of a set number of meals and “Viking Bucks” to be used at various dining locations.
Q. What is the roommate selection process like?
A. Incoming freshmen fill out a comprehensive personality profile that allows our Campus Life staff to pair them with a compatible roommate. Students may also request a roommate of their choosing. Room assignments are released before move-in so that roommates can communicate before moving in to the residence halls.
Q. Is there security on campus?
A. Augustana Campus Safety Officers are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, maintaining a safe environment for our students. Officers are available at all times to escort students across campus, or to the surrounding neighborhood.
Q. How many computers are available and are they accessible on a 24-hour basis?
A. The student to computer ratio is 5:1. This ratio does not include the personal computers students bring from home. Many labs are available on a 24-hour basis, including a computer lab in each residence hall.
Q. Do you recommend students have a personal computer?
A. The majority of students choose to bring a personal computer. Having your own computer is helpful, but not a necessity as all residence halls and many academic buildings have a computer lab. Residence hall rooms are equipped with wireless internet and are also wired for cable and high-speed internet connection. Nearly all of our campus is equipped with wireless internet.
Cost and Financial Aid
Q. How much does it cost to attend?
A. For 2015-2016, the total cost of attendance, which includes tuition, room, meal plan, and student activity fee, is $37,228. We are committed to making Augustana an affordable investment for students and families with our generous academic, athletic, arts, and need-based scholarships.
Q. Are there jobs available on campus?
A. Yes. Students can seek employment in various places including the admission office, financial aid, academic departments, the library, recreation services, and more. Students who are awarded federal work study are guaranteed an on-campus job.
Q. Is there a different cost for in-state versus out-state students?
A. No. Because we are a private institution, the cost is the same for South Dakota residents and residents of other states or countries.