Revised admissions policies for COVID-19
We have temporarily relaxed some admissions policies to ensure high school and transfer students entering in the fall of 2020 are not disadvantaged by their inability to earn letter grades for academic classes or take additional standardized tests during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fall 2020 admitted students
• Will Augustana extend the tuition deposit deadline?
We have extended this deadline to June 1, giving students additional time to get the information they need to make a decision. However, we do expect to be at full enrollment by June 1, so we encourage students to submit the tuition deposit as soon as a final decision has been made.
• Will Augustana extend the Campus Visit Grant deadline?
For domestic students applying for admission in 2020, the deadline for this grant has been extended to June 1 and qualification requirements have been altered to allow students to attend virtual admissions experiences due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Please visit our Campus Visit Grant page for more details about the updated policy.
• Will Augustana extend the transcript deadline beyond July 1?
Students will not be penalized if their school or college is unable to issue transcripts by this date, but we ask that final transcripts be submitted by July 1 when possible. Any students with questions about the final transcripts are asked to contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Are international students required to submit a standardized test?
International students who were not able to take the SAT, ACT, TOEFL or IELTS will have the opportunity to take the Duolingo English Test to demonstrate English proficiency.
• My family's financial situation has changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Can I be considered for additional aid?
If your family's financial circumstances have changed or will change in the coming months, please contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss options for additional consideration. Our counselors can help determine whether these recent changes could have an impact on your eligibility for financial aid.
• How will Pass/No Pass (Credit/No Credit) grading in spring 2020 affect my admission application?
If you need to complete some coursework pass/no credit, you will not be penalized in any way as you apply for admission or scholarships.
• How will AP credit be awarded given changes to the testing format announced by the CollegeBoard?
We do not anticipate any changes to our credit policies based on the in-home administration of the exams as announced by CollegeBoard.
• How will IB credit be awarded given that all exams have been canceled?
Students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme will have the opportunity to receive credit and be awarded that credential in the absence of the exams. Scores will be based on external review of the internal assessments for each subject which would have been an exam in normal circumstances.
Prospective high school and transfer students
• Is Augustana making any adjustments to account for the cancellation of spring ACT and SAT tests?
We have a long-standing policy of admitting students on a test-optional basis. If you are not able to complete the ACT or SAT, you must meet a few requirements. Students applying without standardized test scores must have an unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 or above and complete an admissions interview.
• I am a current high school junior. How will Pass/No Pass (Credit/No Credit) marks impact my admission to Augustana in the future?
We understand many high schools and colleges have moved to online instruction, alternative grading processes, no final exams or shortened semesters. We'll rely on the expertise of the previous high school or college when determining successful completion of academic credit and whether high school graduation requirements have been met.
Applicants won't be penalized or disadvantaged for system process changes at their school. If the school decides to change the educational delivery, including grading, this won't impact admission or the rescinding of admissions offers.
We will still expect students to pass their classes. Negative changes in academic performance in courses listed as in-progress on the application, such as failing one or more classes, may be a reason for the college to rescind admission.
Orientation and registration
June Orientation and Registration days at Augustana will not be occurring on campus, in-person as scheduled.
We are in the planning stages of developing a multifaceted approach that may include both remote engagements in early/mid-summer and face-to-face opportunities later this summer.
Orientation and Registration is important to students and families, and we aspire to deliver a tremendous introduction to the Augustana experience and provide new students with their fall course schedules. You can be certain both of these things will still happen, albeit using a new approach, due to these circumstances.
Please stay tuned in the coming weeks for much more detailed information about the redesigned Summer Orientation and Registration process.
Other questions and concerns
• Our on-campus office is closed, but we're still here to help.
Due to the State of Illinois’ Stay at Home directive, Office of Admissions staff are currently working remotely because our building is closed. However, we're still working and available to answer all of your admissions questions! Feel free to email us at any time or call us at 309-794-7341 Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST.
• Postal mail and packages
Our on-campus mailing center has limited hours during this time, so receipt and processing of mailed documents may be delayed. If you need to send a document (especially high school or college transcripts) to our office, try to do so electronically. If an electronic vendor isn't an option, ask your school official to send materials directly to email@example.com.
You can check to see if we've received your materials by logging into your Applicant Status Page.
New students must continue to have the original I-20 document to interview at the embassy. Based on the government’s policy, no electronic I-20s will be issued to new students.