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New Student Support

Finalized May 2017

Orientation and Registration

During the summer prior to their first year at Augustana, students and their parents or guardians are invited to spend a day on campus for Orientation and Registration. They will learn about living and learning at Augustana and students will register for their fall courses.

Incoming students can get started preparing for Orientation & Registration as soon as they receive their Orientation and Registration packet in the mail.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week begins on move-in day in late summer. This event helps new students adjust to college life and meet fellow students. Special activities and programs provide a comprehensive introduction to the campus, faculty and community.

Small groups of new students are accompanied through many of the Welcome Week events by upper-class students and faculty members. Auditions for band, choir and orchestra also are held at this time.

Fall Welcome Week schedule

First-Year Students

The Director of First-Year Advising assigns a faculty advisor and peer mentors to each first-year student. Advisors and peer mentors assist first-year students in their academic and social transition to college life. Advisors play a key role in helping students learn policies and procedures, choose classes each term, and understand the campus culture. Peer Mentors teach students about campus resources and help them make connections to the people and values of campus.

During their first three terms, students enroll in either the first-year inquiry sequence or in one of two tracks in the honors program (Foundations or Logos).

Students enrolled in the liberal studies sequence will enroll in Rhetoric and the Liberal Arts (FYI-101) in the fall, FYI-102 in the winter and FYI-103 in the spring. (See Augustana General Education Studies.)

For students in Foundations, college writing and rhetoric are built into the three-course, 12-credit sequence. (See Honors Program.)

First-year students also may enroll in courses within the six Learning Perspectives: the Arts, Human Existence and Values, Individuals and Society, Literature and Texts, the Natural World, and the Past. Students may also choose courses which offer a global or human diversity perspective.

Other choices include physical education activity classes and classes to complete the equivalent of at least one year of college-level foreign language study. Most first-year students will take three 3-credits courses the first term (a total of nine credits.)

Transfer Students

Each transfer student is assigned to an advisor and peer mentor who will assist students in their transition to Augustana. All transfer students are required to take LSC-300 during their first fall on campus. Students transferring more than 60 credits toward their degree will declare their major and be assigned a major advisor early in their first term. Students transferring fewer than 60 credits will work with their transfer advisor until they declare a major. Additionally, transfer students may elect to take LSC-301 in their first term.