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Facilities for rental at Augustana College

Augustana College is a beautiful and practical location for a meeting, conference, camp or retreat. The 115-acre wooded campus offers a variety of residences and lecture halls, buffet dining and athletic facilities, auditoriums and other accommodations suitable for business meetings, church groups, sport camps and more.

Located in Rock Island, Ill., Augustana is on the Mississippi River border of the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities (pop. 400,000), 165 miles west of Chicago. Buildings from Old Main to the new Center for Student Life dot the hills of the campus. A peaceful walkway along the slough pond leads from the Quad of lower campus to the residence halls and PepsiCo Recreation Center on upper campus.


The college has facilities for groups of fewer than a dozen to more than a 1,000. All buildings are accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information or to register your group, email or call Rita Gustafson, campus scheduling coordinator, at 309-794-7253. (Click images for larger view)



The Center for Student Life contains the large multi-purpose Gävle Room (pronounced yehv-leh), named after a port town in Sweden, home country of the college's founders. This large space seats about 375, and can be divided into three smaller meeting rooms to hold 80-200 people.



The newly upholstered seats of the auditorium at the basement level of the Olin Center seat 290.

The college's largest auditorium, Centennial Hall, displays a portion of the college's art collection in the gallery at the front of the building, and provides seating for 1,500.



The pool-always popular in the summer-is located in the Carver P.E. Center on lower campus. Guests also can use the weight room, track, and basketball and volleyball facilities in the PepsiCo Recreation Center on upper campus.



Augustana has two air-conditioned residence halls open to summer guests: Erickson Residence Center on upper campus and Swanson Commons across from Lincoln Park. Westerlin Residence Center on upper campus also is available, and is not air-conditioned.




Furnished with tables and chairs and an attached catering kitchen, the Wilson Center accommodates meetings for up to 100 people, and meals for 20-75. Restrooms and coat racks are located in the foyer area. Crowned by a stained-glass college seal, the room has large windows.



Although the Wilson Center is suitable for limited meals for smaller groups, larger groups will want to meet in the new Center for Student Life dining hall at meal times. Featuring many options in market-style stations and buffets, the CSL dining hall is a crowd-pleaser for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts.




On the second floor of Founders Hall is Ascension Chapel, used by groups for worship services and for weddings and other ceremonies throughout the year.




The largest visitor parking lots are located around Centennial Hall on 7th Avenue and next to Sorensen Hall on 38th Street. Other small lots are found throughout campus.

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Though your group may stay exclusively on campus, just off campus past the PepsiCo Center is the College Hill District, featuring antique stores, Cool Beanz coffee shop, restaurants and more. On nearby 18th Avenue is Whitey's Ice Cream, founded by Augustana alumni and famous throughout the Midwest.

Meeting groups that venture further into the Quad Cities can visit Davenport's Figge Art Museum or award-winning Modern Woodmen Park for River Bandits minor league baseball-both against the spectacular backdrop of the Mississippi River. Rock Island's downtown District offers an equally beautiful view at Schwiebert Riverfront Park, plus restaurants, art galleries, live comedy and dinner theatre. If you can stay longer, venture out for a riverboat cruise on the Celebration Belle.


The college hosts many groups throughout the year, especially in the summer. A few recent or regular guests include: 

Augustana Summer Academy — courses and workshops for high school students

Augustana Legacy 101 — college readiness program for alumni and their families

Campfirmation and Crossways Confirmation Camp — summer camps for church confirmation students

Ecological Research as Education Network — annual meeting of teachers and scholars in the ecological sciences

Financial Planners

Interfaith Understanding conference — gathering of leaders representing many religious faith groups

Leadership Lab — Lutheran youth leadership training camp

National Hispanic Institute — consortium of colleges supporting college-bound Hispanic youth

Northern Illinois Synod — summer meeting of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America regional synod

Sports camps for children run by Augustana coaches