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|When I joined Augsburg, I expected to obtain a good GPA, graduate, and be on my way to a good career. Instead, I left Augsburg with much more.
I was guided and mentored to find my vocation. I was given opportunities to experiment and try new things. I was provided with the right kind of support to do what I was born to do. I have now graduated and feel that the Augsburg community is by my side to guide me through my next academic steps. - Dara Fernández Pérez, Canary Islands (Spain). Dara currently works with HIV prevention and counseling throughout the state of Minnesota, where she tests people for HIV and at the same time educates them on a variety of issues surrounding HIV.
Located in the heart of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota, Augsburg College is a small, private four-year university, offering more than 50 majors and six masters programs in the liberal arts and sciences. The college is home to a nationally-recognized Honors Program for academically-qualified students. Majors in business-related fields, computer science and the physical sciences are the top areas of undergraduate study, and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) is the largest graduate program. Please review all of our programs for more details.
Shaped by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, Augsburg promotes a diverse campus culture with approximately 3,000 students from more than 40 U.S. states and 33 countries. We are proud of our commitment to diversity.
This on-campus diversity is enhanced by Augsburg's location at the crossroads of the Twin Cities' most culturally diverse neighborhood. The college's location provides access for all of Augsburg's students to participate in community service and internship experiences that not only enhance their classroom learning, but also prepare them for life's work in a multi-cultural society.
At Augsburg, you will benefit from both the individual attention of our small class sizes and the advantages of the Twin Cities at the same time. In fact, Minneapolis was ranked one of the top two of the nation's best college cities (in The Chronicle of Higher Education). Travel and Leisure recently ranked Minneapolis as one of the top five international hot spots. Our intimate campus setting within a vibrant metropolitan area offers endless academic, cultural, and recreational opportunities.
|Located practically in downtown Minneapolis, Augsburg offers its students a very unique college experience. Besides being well known for its academics, the school practices diversity... This fact is very important for international students like me to find new friends in America and not to feel like outsiders. - Yury Bahdanionak '05, Belarus; Staff Auditor, Ernst and Young
The Augsburg Experience: Education for Service
- Serving at a homeless shelter, tutoring in a neighborhood school, working with an environmental organization or encouraging people to vote are all examples of service and civic engagement activities that are an integral part of Augsburg students' education. Service-Learning at Augsburg is an educational approach where students learn from and about the community and society in which they live by participating in service experiences that are integrated into Augsburg courses or done as part of campus life and activities. The program's goals include building personal commitment to life-long service and citizenship.
- The Cooperative Education Program at Augsburg is a non-credit method of integrating students' education with paid work experience related to their major and / or career goals. Co-op Ed options include part-time jobs during the school year, full-time or part-time summer job opportunities, or paid internships not done for credit. Co-op Ed jobs are flexible, and can begin and end anytime. During the school term, students typically work an average of 10-20 hours per week. Employment can range from a few months to continuing one to three years.
- The quest for new knowledge is the heart of any academic community, and students are encouraged to join Augsburg faculty in the exciting task of discovery. At Augsburg, students find many opportunities to explore hypotheses and test new ideas in various subject areas, working closely with faculty members who provide guidance, direction, and support.
- The blueprint for an Augsburg Education is the Augsburg Core Curriculum, designed to prepare students as effective, informed and ethical citizens in the 21st century. Grounded in a strong liberal arts foundation, the curriculum promotes the development of intellectual and professional skills. But it goes farther and deeper, engaging students in an inquiry about their faith and calling in life, and supporting them in meaningful experiences outside of the classroom.
National Recognitions and Alumni Awards
- One of the eight best colleges in the nation for service learning and experiential learning, Princeton Center 2005
- Ranked one of the Best in the Midwest colleges by the Princeton Review for 2005*
- Named one of 81 Colleges With a Conscience in the Princeton Review book, Summer 2005
- Included for past four years in the book 201 Great Colleges for the Real World
- National award-winning Center for Global Education travel abroad program
- Ranked 20th in U.S. News and World Report's Best Midwestern Universities - Master's list
A Sampling of Successful Alumni
- In 2003, Peter Agre '70 received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in discovering the existence of proteins that he named aquaporins that are responsible for the passage of water across cell membranes.
- Augsburg educates leaders for the church. The first Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was The Reverend Herb Chilstrom '54, and the current Presiding Bishop is The Reverend Mark Hanson '67.
- Graduates excel in fields like writing (award-winning author Jane Jeong Trenka '95, and columnist / playwright Syl Jones '70); entertainment (Hollywood producer Mike Bodnarchik '84); athletics (Dallas Mavericks' forward Devean George '99; previously won three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers); and politics (Congressman Martin Sabo '59).
Featured Academic Programs at Augsburg College
Business: Augsburg's Department of Business Administration prepares students for professional careers in business or for graduate studies. This preparation involves a curriculum that stresses analysis and communication, emphasizes both theory and practice, and is shaped by the needs of the business community.
The Sciences: While the study of science has long been considered part of a well-rounded liberal arts education at Augsburg, it has grown more important than ever in a world increasingly shaped by scientific and technological developments. Specific departments of expertise at Augsburg include Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.
Psychology: This major at Augsburg emphasizes the complementary components of a strong foundation in research and theoretical work with the application of knowledge and skills in coursework, research experiences, and internships within the community. The curriculum's emphasis on the experiential dimensions of learning and the integration of liberal arts and professional domains prepares students for careers in many settings.
Fine and Performing Arts: A liberal arts college like Augsburg is an ideal setting for the study of art because it provides a constant possibility for the interaction of ideas, disciplines, and attitudes. At Augsburg, art study is further enhanced by associations with a significant number of art galleries and museums in the Twin Cities area. Augsburg also offers majors in film, theatre art, and music. The Twin Cities boast the second highest number of theatres per capita after New York City, and is home to more than 90 theatres, 130 art galleries, 40 dance troupes, 20 music companies, 15 museums and two major orchestras.
|Since I was 11, I dreamed of coming to America to study... in a city that could provide me with a multicultural setting. I found Minneapolis to be the right place. And Augsburg College was the perfect college for me - a small, private college located in the heart of the Twin Cities... I made a lot of friends quickly and found classes to be challenging. - Ana Maria Cogalniceaunu, Romania
Study Abroad Opportunities at Augsburg
A growing number of international students at Augsburg College are taking advantage of the opportunity to study in other countries through the Augsburg Abroad Office. Augsburg's Center for Global Education programs are nationally known, and provide semester study opportunities in El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Namibia, and Nicaragua. International Partners provides student exchange opportunities with colleges in Norway and Germany. Augsburg faculty also frequently teach international short-term courses at diverse international locations. In addition, students can work with Augsburg Abroad to study in most any other country in the world, depending on your academic needs and interests.
||When I first started at Augsburg I wanted to pursue Accounting, but my freshman year vocation classes at Augsburg helped me follow my real passion which is Biology. I have met so many people here that have continuously influenced and encouraged me to be what I am today and given me such a positive environment, I'm glad I chose Augsburg! - Srijana Pradhan '07, Nepal; executive committee member for Augsburg's International Student Organization
The Office of International Student Advising at Augsburg College serves the educational and personal development needs of international students in a way that embraces our common humanity and cultural diversity. The staff is well-prepared to help students like you meet the challenges of college life:
- Bilingual Capabilities: Marissa Machado '99 (Coordinator of International Admissions) and Jim Trelstad-Porter (Director of International Student Advising) speak Spanish as a second language. Those skills enhance their relationships with native Spanish-speaking students, but they also help them understand the challenges of students from all over the world.
- Campus Life: You'll find a new home at Augsburg. Auggies -- students, faculty and staff -- are known for their warm and welcoming ways. Augsburg is a place where people are accepted and respected, where lifelong friendships are made, and exciting new experiences are shared.
- Accommodations: Students choose from a variety of living arrangements on Augsburg's residential campus. First-year students live in a comfortable residence hall, while upperclassmen can choose apartments, townhouses or suites, all offering 24-hour security.
- Spiritual Expression: Augsburg is shaped by Christian values. Issues of faith and spiritual inquiry are an integral part of an education here. But no one will tell you what to believe -- you will be challenged to grow and search for your own answers. Many religious backgrounds are represented on campus.
- Scholarships and Financial Aid: The approximate cost for tuition and fees for the 2006-07 Academic Year: $23,400. Most Augsburg students -- more than 85 percent -- receive assistance in one form or another to help them bridge the gap between the level of support parents and students can provide, and the cost of education for the year. Select your academic preferences and complete the form to contact us about our strong scholarship / financial aid program, primarily based on merit.
We look forward to welcoming you to Augsburg College in Minnesota! To learn more, review all of our programs and select the ones that interest you. Then complete the inquiry form, and we'll respond to you directly.