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Q&A for students and families

July 1, 2020

Here are the answers to questions most often asked by students and their families.

Will the dining hall be open? Will students be eating prepackaged meals?

Students will be expected to wear masks in the dining center until they sit down to eat their meals. And students can eat in the dining center, in groups of six people or less. 

Capacity in the space will be about 50 percent of what it has been, and additional spaces will be available within the Gerber Center and on the Gerber Center patio.

Prepackaged meals will be available, as will a number of other options. With the prepackaged meals, students will have fresh, cold (salads, wraps, etc.) options and fresh, warm meals.

The plan is to serve eat-in, warm food from the current dining stations. Dining staff, who have received extra safety and healthy training, will do the serving. 

Although the number of options will be slightly fewer than in the past, students can expect to still have a variety of options at each meal.

The salad bar will be repurposed temporarily. 

Will classes resume on campus this fall?

Will classes resume on campus this fall?

Is Augustana considering the plan that other schools are taking, under which students don't return after Thanksgiving break until J-term?

We expect fall classes to start on campus Aug. 31.

The college will follow its 14-week (plus finals) semester calendar with a regularly scheduled January term.

When will campus be reopening for prospective student visits?

Small-group tours are being offered now. Students who have indicated an interest in visiting will receive an email from Admissions with details on how to register for a visit.

Visitors will be required to do a self-screening when they come to campus and bring face masks to wear. An email with instructions will be sent to visitors ahead of time.

Tour will take place outdoors. Be sure to dress for the weather. If inclimate weather is forecast for the day of your visit, bring an umbrella for you and your guests.

Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes. 

Consider bringing a full water bottle along with you for the tour. Water fountains around campus have been removed from service at this time.


Park in the Augustana Admissions parking lot. Stay in your vehicle and call our front desk at 309-794-7341 to let us know you have arrived. A tour guide will come out to the parking lot to greet you and begin the tour.


Tours will be individual and there will be one family per tour guide. This will allow you to get a personalized tour and ensure that groups stay under 10 people per health guidelines. You are more than welcome to bring guests along during your visit. Restrooms will be available during the tour.

Meeting with counselors, faculty and coaches

At this time, meetings take place virtually.

• Sign up for a one-on-one meeting with an admissions counselor.

• Sign up to connect with faculty members, learn more about majors and minors, and discover potential career opportunities.

• Contact a coach by filling out an athletic recruiting form. Or, you may email Jenna Lawrence for more information. 

If you have any questions regarding your visit to Augustana, call 309-794-7341 or email

Will students be able to move into the dorms?

Yes, we are planning to welcome students back to the residence halls in the fall. Students will be expected to practice social distancing and wear masks.

There will be space for quarantine and isolation if needed, and we are exploring ways to make the residence halls less densely populated.

What buildings are closed this summer? Summer event cancellations?

Most campus buildings are closed.

Classes are being held via distance learning through the summer term.

Dining Services is closed for the summer.

All on-campus events have been canceled; some may be rescheduled at a later date.

Athletic competitions and practices are suspended.

Will the application process for 2020-21 change?

The application process for the academic year 2020-2021 remains largely the same.

A student's academic performance in high school continues to be the most important factor in admissions and scholarship decisions.

Augustana has been test-optional since 2007. Test scores will be considered supplemental for applications in the coming year for domestic applicants.

If a student's school utilized "pass/no credit" due to COVID-19 this spring, the student will not be penalized in any way during the application process.