Augsburg College: Narrative Description

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2211 Riverside Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55454-1351
Tel: (612)330-1000
Free: 800-788-5678
Admissions: (612)330-1001
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Independent Lutheran, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1869. Setting: 23-acre urban campus. Endowment: $25.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $775,095. Educational spending 2003-04: $14,663 per student. Total enrollment: 3,375. Faculty: 315 (157 full-time, 158 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 954 applied, 79% were admitted. 16% from top 10% of their high school class, 36% from top quarter, 68% from top half. Full-time: 2,354 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 562 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 33 other countries, 11% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 5% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 38% 25 or older, 54% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters for undergraduate programs; trimesters for graduate programs and weekend college. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, interview, SAT or ACT. Required for some: 2 recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $26,838 includes full-time tuition ($20,260), mandatory fees ($498), and college room and board ($6080). College room only: $3100. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to location. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $2460 per course. Part-time mandatory fees: $48.75 per course. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 60 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Activities Council, student government, newspaper/yearbook, campus ministry, intramurals. Major annual events: Days in May, Advent Vespers/Velkommen Yul, Spring Affair. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 950 students; 955 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. James G. Lindell Library with 146,166 books, 19,719 microform titles, 754 serials, 2,908 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1 million. 260 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Augsburg's campus is located in the heart of the Twin Cities, surrounding Murphy Square, the first of 155 parks in the "City of Lakes." The University of Minnesota West Bank campus and two of the city's largest hospitals, Fairview and St. Mary's, are adjacent to the campus. Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul are minutes west and east via Interstate 94 which forms the southern border of the campus, or on bus routes that also connect with the suburbs.

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