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, it's current home, in 1875.
After 1890, an increasingly large Swedish American community in America promoted a new institutional structure, including a lively Swedish-language press, many new churches, several colleges, and a network of ethnic organizations. The result was to foster a sense of Swedishness with pride in the United States.
Thus, there emerged a self-confident Americanized generation. Augustana College put itself in the lead of the movement to affirm Swedish American identity. Early on all the students had been born in Sweden but by 1890 the second generation of American-born students predominated. They typically had white-collar or professional backgrounds; few were the sons and daughters of farmers and laborers.
These middle-class youth developed an idealized view of Sweden, characterized by romanticism, patriotism, and idealism, just like their counterparts across the Atlantic. The new generation was especially proud of the Swedish contributions to American democracy and of the creation of a republic that promised liberty and destroyed the menace of slavery.
Balance, so you can do it all and do it well. Our students live where they learn, and what they love to do infuses their lives on campus and after graduation. The campus culture builds a passion for connecting what we learn with everything else that makes us who we are.
Augustana Vikings are in the Top 10 in the nation, all divisions, and #1 in Illinois for Academic All-Americans: students who excel equally in their academics and their sport.
Advisors and mentors, so you can reach your goals. Being the focus of your professors and mentors means you won’t have to go it alone. You’ll have a first-year advisor, a first-year peer group, and an advisor in each of your major and minor fields.
Through CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research, Exploration, you’ll find a customized network of advisors and career coaches, plus access to extraordinary hands-on learning experiences.
Amazing opportunities to explore like never before. It would be nearly impossible to not take at least one internship, complete inspiring research or creative project (maybe with a faculty member or your brilliant peers) — or travel for study, research, an internship, or to perform with an ensemble or athletic team. Following your curiosity, you’ll discover new perspectives, questions, and solutions.
Ranking / Awards
Rankings and recognition
Augustana College was ranked no. 96 of 233 liberal arts colleges nationally in 2020 by U.S. News and World Report.
- U.S. News and World Report also ranked Augustana as:
- No. 36 in First-Year Experiences and top Illinois college in this category
- No. 42 in Most Innovative Schools and only Illinois college ranked
- No. 43 in Best Undergraduate Teaching
- No. 66 in Best Value Schools
- No. 94 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
Augustana College has had a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society since 1950. Only 10% of colleges and universities in the U.S. have been invited to form a chapter.
- Type of Accommodation: On Campus
- 639 38th Street Rock Island, Ill., 61201
- To know more contact PSA toll free number 18002585772
Augustana College is located in Rock Island, Illinois, which is in the Midwestern region of the United States map. Rock Island is one of the Quad Cities. When students come to Augustana, resources from all four cities are at their disposal.