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Applying for admission

Applying for admission

Choose an application 

• The Augustana Application is exclusive to Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. It is available now for students entering in 2020.

• The Common Application is helpful for students planning to apply to other schools using the same application. The Common Application will open on Aug. 1 for students entering in fall 2020. 

Your application is treated the same way, no matter which application you use.

(Read about application procedures for international and non-traditional students.)

Pick a deadline

Early Decision: Complete your application by Nov. 1 and receive an admission decision by Nov. 15 and a financial aid decision by Dec. 1.

This is a binding commitment recommended for students who are sure to enroll if accepted. Students who choose to apply Early Decision must complete the Early Decision Agreement Form. This form is part of both the Common Application and the Augustana Application. Tuition deposits are due Jan. 15.

(Transfer students and international students may not apply for Early Decision.)

Early Action: Complete your application by Nov. 1 to receive an admission decision by Dec. 20 and financial aid decision by Feb. 1. Tuition deposits are due May 1.

Regular Decision: Complete your application by April 1. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis starting in early January. Financial aid decisions are sent on a rolling basis beginning in early February. Tuition deposits are due May 1.

Apply for financial aid

• Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available Oct. 1. Augustana's FAFSA code is 001633. Also, complete Augustana's New Student Financial Aid Information Form, which will be mailed to you.

To maximize your eligibility for financial aid from all sources (including the $750 Early Filers Award from Augustana), complete the FAFSA by Nov. 1 for any of the application deadline options.

Notes and next steps

Completing your application for admission

• Have your official high school transcript sent to Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. Transfer students also will need to send official transcripts from any colleges or universities they have attended.

• Submit ACT/SAT scores (ACT code: 0946, SAT code: 1025), or choose not to.

Augustana College is test-optional for applicants with above a 3.0 unweighted high school GPA. If you choose to apply as test-optional, you may indicate that in your application.

Test-optional applicants must complete an admissions interview. Test-optional is not available to international applicants.

• A letter of recommendation from a teacher is encouraged, but not required. Transfer students may wish to include a personal statement outlining their reasons for transferring to Augustana (optional).

• Augustana requires a Secondary School Report (counselor report). High school students should be sure to fill out their counselor's email address in the application for admission, so the counselor will be notified to send the report.

Getting acquainted

• Schedule an admissions interview. This is optional, but encouraged for most applicants. Interviews are required for students who are homeschooled, or who opt for Early Decision, or who apply test-optional.

Interview on campus, at Augustana's Chicagoland Office, or via Skype. Call 309-794-7341 to schedule. Many students interview during a campus visit.

• Augustana partners with ZeeMee, a free service that enhances a student's application. We want to know about the whole person — to learn more about you than your test scores and statistics. Consider using ZeeMee to tell us more. Please copy and paste your ZeeMee link into the Augustana application where indicated. Sign up at

Submitting a ZeeMee profile is optional, and not participating in ZeeMee will not negatively impact your application in any way.

Questions? Call 309-794-7341 or email


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