Sioux Falls, SD
Augustana University


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Recent Reviews

Lindsey
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Augustana is unique in that it is located in my home state, it has a Christian affiliation, and that it is much more conserva...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Augustana is unique in that it is located in my home state, it has a Christian affiliation, and that it is much more conservative than other schools. I feel like the social interactions on and off campus with other students are substantially less engaging than those at my previous school. My first school was on the One-Course-At-A-Time block plan versus the semester plan. Each has their own benefits and downfalls.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important and valuable experience I had during my first two years at college were distance related. I would advise parents to encourage their son or daughter to choose a college far enough away that driving home is something left for extended school breaks. College is a transition period. As difficult as it is for some parents to have that separation from their child, and as reluctant as some students are to leave the place they grew up, learning to rely on oneself is priceless. Keeping the safety button of "home" at a distance allows students to enhance their creativity. It allows them to become immersed in a new environment. Equally as valuable as the distance, is the sometimes frightening concept of not knowing anyone. I see too many students at my school who are still friends with their high school chums. This is not a bad thing, but it deters the growth of social skills and dampens the desire to branch out and throw oneself into new situations in the future that could bring ultimate benefit and experience to the student. Comfort is a worthy thing, but learning how to create comfort is even more worthwhile.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Augie students should be academically driven, vocal in their beliefs, and in search of a well-rounded, liberal arts education. Most students are middle-class WASPs. The school could greatly benefit from a wider variety of racial, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, as well as students from other areas of the country. Students should be prepared to have their critical thinking abilities challenged in a variety of fields.

Heidi
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Augustana is a Christian, liberal arts college that strives for excellence, community, and service.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Augustana is a Christian, liberal arts college that strives for excellence, community, and service.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When searching for a college, simply use your gut instinct. Sure, money, location, and other characteristics of the school/campus will influence a final decision, but make sure that you know it "feels right". If you can visualize yourself there, most likely it will be a great choice. Plan an overnight stay and attend classes to get the overall feel of the campus. Also, go during the week when students are on campus so you get the vibe of the student body.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I would have realized that I like a more diverse setting. My high school was so diverse that I needed a change, but once I got to a college that was not so diverse I missed the uniqueness of everyone.

Sean
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is a time of self-discovery, learning, and making connections. When searching for your college, it is important that ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is a time of self-discovery, learning, and making connections. When searching for your college, it is important that you go somewhere you can call home. It is essential to feel at home at your educational institution. Your college is the place where you will grow and learn, and therefore it is important to know that your college will provide you with the opportunities needed to prepare you for your future. When you begin your time at college, it is important to get involved in activites that interest you. It is through these activities that you will meet your friends and will establish connections with the community. Take classes that challenge and stretch your ability to learn and your desire to discover new talents. As long as you enjoy your time in college, you will get the most out of your college experience.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I would have known more about the food services on campus before attending.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The kind of person who shouldn't attend this school is someone who is hostile about religion, as well as someone who expects to coast through college withouth trying.

Matt
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Expensive schools are usually good schools!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Expensive schools are usually good schools!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

They won't allow us to serve ourselves in the dining hall. Also, this year, we have smaller trays and cups. They're treating us like babies.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone wanting to go into engineering or a vocational technology.

Heidi
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college can cause angst for many people. They wonder, how will I find my fit? What if I choose the wrong s...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college can cause angst for many people. They wonder, how will I find my fit? What if I choose the wrong school? Selecting a college is actually quite simple. All you need to keep in mind is yourself. Not in a conceited manner, but you need to realize what you like, dislike, who you enjoy being around, and how open you are to new and foreign experiences. If you enjoy the students, facutly and staff, the buildings, dorms, and city, then you're headed in the right direction. For me, the overall atmosphere reeled me in--a combination of all of these things plus location and size. Sure, money plays a huge role in your decision too, but if you look into different scholarship opportunities, find a job, and talk with the school, any dream is possible. Making the most of your college experience means getting involved with activities/groups you enjoy (so, in-turn meeting people like you), getting adequate sleep and exercise, and being open-minded. College is the perfect time to test your limits, try new things, and really find out who you are as an individual. Study hard, of course, but live life!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

1.) I live about 4 hours away from it 2.) The majority of the people are white--not much diversity. Not that the people are closed-minded, just that I think a lot of them could more of a "worldly" experience. 3.) Too many people who go to Augustana are from Sioux Falls and already have their groups of high school friends there.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The people (students, faculty, etc.) are extremely nice and welcoming. The size is just right for me. It's on the smaller side, but that way you get to know pretty much everyone, and I enjoy that warm, close community. There are many activities and groups to get involved in where you meet people and grow as a person. We have awesome coffee houses in the Back Alley. The facilities are very nice. Dorms are welcoming and make meeting people very easy. Getting around campus takes about 8 minutes from the longest side to the other. Augustana is the best!

Elizebeth
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The advice I would give is to never let money be a factor in what school they choose. It's all about finding the right school for them. The college that they pick needs to be the best environment for the student to learn while having fun at the same time. The college experience can be amazing but stressful, and when the student finds the right school they will be able to figure out when they work best, and under what conditions they work best in. College, if the right one is found, is an amazing place that allows you to figure out so much about yourself and should not be taken for granted.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is goal oriented, and that likes the feel of a smaller school.

Chris
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit not just once, but many times. Sit in on a class and spend a night in a dorm. Also, really hammer out what financial ai...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit not just once, but many times. Sit in on a class and spend a night in a dorm. Also, really hammer out what financial aid the incoming student would get, not just what they could get or what is avialable.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

The average houshold income. I feel out of place because my family has far less money than most that go to Augustana.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Money going towards althetics and not towards new classroom buildings and dorms.

Tonya
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Life is what you make it! Have an open mind and remember to have fun.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Life is what you make it! Have an open mind and remember to have fun.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who wants to attend a large school or a school with a lot of diversity.

Trent
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It is very focused on the family orientation of college. There is a strong encouragement to bond with people and learn from e...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It is very focused on the family orientation of college. There is a strong encouragement to bond with people and learn from each other. Many other schools just introduce college and then expect you to do your best while Augustana guides you until you are ready to do it by yourself.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Think about what you enjoy doing and pursue that. Find a college that has similar views to you and that is where you will excell the most.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I knew all the information I was going to learn so my classes would be easier.

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