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Mission and History

Tradition and Vision

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. Augustana sets the course in three critically important ways:

  • We provide our students with the skills and experiences they need to meet immediate goals after graduation, and throughout lives of service and professional success. Augustana has among the best employment and graduate school placement rates for recent graduates.
  • We advance the benefits of a coming-of-age experience on a residential campus, and create new advantages for students through integration of academic and co-curricular activity that focuses on the college's defined student-learning outcomes.
  • We are an outstanding value that students and their families can afford.

Augustana recognizes that relying on a century and a half of excellence is not enough to meet the challenges of today's world. We must integrate, advance and invest in the best of all we do, and all we are, to promote the success of Augustana students and graduates.