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What we look for

When considering your application, we will look at the key areas listed below. We will also factor in your demonstrated interest in Augustana, so think about visiting and giving an admissions interview in your admissions process.

High school record

The breadth and rigor of your high school curriculum is an important consideration in your application.

Our recommendations:

  • Four years of English
  • Three or four years of mathematics
  • Three years of social science
  • Two years of a laboratory science
  • Two years of a foreign language

Additionally, honors, advanced placement and international baccalaureate courses are recognized if they are available at your school. As part of application review, we will recalculate your grade point average to include academic courses only. The majority of admitted students will have a recalculated GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Standardized tests

Augustana accepts scores from either the ACT or SAT.

We do not require the written portion for either the ACT or SAT. If you have taken a test multiple times, we will consider your highest composite score.

The middle 50 percent of Augustana students score between a 23 and 29 on the ACT, which is equivalent to the SAT score of 1130-1380 (M+ERW).

Standardized test scores are only a piece of the admissions process, but some students are still hesitant to send their scores to colleges. If you feel your grades and overall performance in the classroom are better indicators of your ability than your ACT or SAT score, we encourage you to look into our test-optional admissions process. 

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.

Letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendations are recommended, but not required. Recommendations from a school counselor or a teacher may be submitted.

We suggest providing your references with a brief résumé so they can learn more about you and emphasize things that are important to you. We are looking for information not only regarding your academic fit, but also your co-curricular and social fit.

Writing sample

We also ask applicants to submit a high-quality writing sample so we can learn more about your personality and individuality. This gives you an opportunity to organize your thoughts and express yourself.

Acceptable writing samples:

  • A graded paper from any high school class, preferably showing the grade earned
  • A personal statement of values, beliefs, idiosyncrasies and talents
  • The application for admission also suggests topics for an original essay

Co-curricular activities

A list of your co-curricular activities gives us an idea of what you are passionate about, and what you might be interested in pursuing as a member of the college community. We want to hear about your leadership roles, activities that you excelled in, community service participation, as well as part-time jobs that you enjoyed.

Demonstrated interest

Campus visits and conversations with your admissions counselor, faculty, coaches and others on campus are not formal parts of the admissions process, but they are imperative to making sure you and the college are a good fit.

These important campus interactions will give you a glimpse of the Augustana experience while giving us a chance to learn more about you — all with the goal of ensuring you attend the institution that best meets your needs as a whole person — intellect, character and spirit.

Sometimes, during the process of reviewing applications, admissions staff members will call or email applicants to learn more about the student and his or her interest in Augustana.

Questions may include:

  • What attracted you to apply to Augustana?
  • What are some of the important factors that will go into making your final college decision?
  • When do you plan to visit Augustana?

Because these questions are important to us, a final admissions decision may be delayed while the admissions staff attempts to reach a student.

Students can show interest by:

• Visiting and interviewing. There is no better way to indicate interest. There are many visit options throughout the year. We place special significance on a visit that includes an interview.

• Contacting an admissions counselor. Send the counselor a note or email, meet with the counselor visiting at the high school, call and introduce yourself. An admissions counselor is the best advocate at Augustana.

• Contacting others that matter to you: faculty, coaches, activity advisors. These people can offer insight and help determine your fit on campus.

• Responding to communication. If we call or write or email, please respond.

• Telling Augustana we are a top choice. Everyone likes to hear they are a top choice. Colleges are no different.