Augsburg College

Augsburg College

name =Augsburg College

motto =Education for Service
established =1869
type =Private
endowment =$27,160,101 [ [ Augsburg College] , "US News America's Best Colleges 2007".]
staff =
alumni =18,000
faculty =
president =Dr. Paul C. Pribbenow
students =3,785
undergrad =3015
postgrad =807
doctoral =
profess =
city =Minneapolis
state =MN
country =USA
campus =Urban
free_label =
free =
colors =Maroon and gray
mascot =Eagle
nickname =Auggies
affiliations =Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
footnotes =
website = []
coor =
logo =

Augsburg College is a selective, liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was founded in 1869 in Marshall, Wisconsin as Augsburg Seminary and moved to Minneapolis in 1872. Undergraduate classes first began in the fall of 1874 with the first class graduating in the spring of 1879 In 1893 Augsburg leaders formed the "Friends of Augsburg", which became the Lutheran Free Church in 1897. Women were first admitted to the college in 1921. The school was officially known as Augsburg Seminary until 1942 when the name was change to Augsburg College and Theological Seminary although that name had been informally used since the 1910s. When the Lutheran Free Church merged with the American Lutheran Church in 1963 Augsburg Seminary merged with Luther Seminary in Saint Paul and the name of the school officially became Augsburg College.

A Lutheran college in the city

Augsburg College is located in the center of Minneapolis close to St. Paul with a program in Rochester as well.

As the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's (ELCA) most diverse college of the liberal arts and sciences, Augsburg strives to educate both traditional and non-traditional students, offering undergraduate degrees in over 50 major areas of study. The College also grants six graduate degrees:

* the [ Master of Arts in Education] ,
* the [ Master of Arts in Leadership] ,
* the [ Master in Business Administration] ,
* the [ Master of Social Work] ,
* the [ Master of Arts in Nursing] , and
* the [ Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies] , the state's only Physician Assistant training program.

Majors in the Sciences, Business-related fields, and the teacher licensure program - which has been preparing K-12 teachers since 1923 - are the most popular areas of study.

tudent body

Augsburg's student body totals approximately 3,800 students. Reflecting its Minnesota location and historical roots, 88.5% of students are white, and 32% of students are Lutheran [ Augsburg College Fast Facts] , Augsburg College, "Accessed December 14, 2006".] ; approximately 90% come from inside Minnesota [America's Best Colleges 2006, "US News & World Report", page 199] . However, the College makes strong attempts to diversify its student body and does of a range of students from diverse religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, representing some 40 states, more than 40 foreign countries, and 24 tribal nations/reservations. The College also is a nationally recognized leader in providing services to students with physical or learning disabilities, and to students in recovery through its acclaimed “StepUP Program” (see below). This on-campus diversity is enhanced by Augsburg's location in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, the Twin Cities' most culturally diverse neighborhood. The largest concentration of Somali immigrants in the U.S. is located throughout the Augsburg neighborhood, and one of the largest urban American Indian populations is within one mile. The College has been designated as a Minnesota Indian Teacher Training Program site. The College's location also provides access for all of Augsburg's students to participate in community service, such as through Campus Kitchen, and internship experiences that not only enhance their classroom learning but also prepare them for life's work in a multi-cultural society.

StepUP Program

The StepUp Program is Augsburg's nationally-acclaimed program for students in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. The program provides a sober environment for about 60 students in the Oren Gateway Center (see below). The program has an excellent success rate: 84% abstinence over 538 people between 1997 and 2007. [cite web | last = Augsburg College | first = | title = Outcomes of The StepUP® Program | url= | accessdate = 2008-05-28 ]

Opportunities on campus

Augsburg's location in the heart of a major theater center makes it an ideal place to study theater arts. Students have the opportunity to explore the connections between theory and application through an annual series of events featuring visiting theater professionals from throughout the Twin Cities and at attendance and internships at Twin Cities theaters.

Campus Organizations

Augsburg students have opportunities for involvement in more than 50 clubs and organizations, including student academic societies, publications, student government, Campus Ministry, Pan-African and Pan-Asian Student Union, forensics, cheerleading, Amnesty International, Intertribal Student Union and the Hispanic/Latino Student Association.

The "Echo"

Infobox Newspaper
name = The Augsburg College Echo

caption =
type = Student newspaper
format = Tabloid
foundation = circa 1893
ceased publication =
price = Free
owners = Augsburg College
publisher = Print Group Midwest
editor =
chiefeditor = Curtiss Schreiber
assoceditor =
maneditor = Linda Huynh
staff = appx. 20
language = English
political =
circulation = 1000
headquarters = Christensen Center 1G
Augsburg College
731 21st Ave. S. CB 148
Minneapolis, MN 55454
sister newspapers =
oclc =
website =
The "Echo" is the student-produced newspaper for the College.

The "Echo" consists of 12 pages divided into five sections: News, Opinions and Editorials, Sports, Arts and Entertainment, and Features. The paper is printed in black and white on tabloid-sized paper. “About Us” 29 April 2008 29 April 2008 ] The faculty adviser is Boyd Koehler. “Campus Organizations” 2008 29 April 2008 ]

In 2006, the "Echo" won Organization of the Year. The "Echo" is printed by Print Group Midwest on recycled paper.


KAUG is Augsburg's student radio station, based in Christensen Center. KAUG streams 24 hours-a-day online. In the past, KAUG could be heard on the airwaves on 91.7 FM.

KAUG provides a venue for a number of DJs, which play a several genres of music and talk radio. During the spring 2008 semester, 27 different shows were listed on the KAUG website. [ [ KAUG Schedule 2007-2008] ]

Buildings and Facilities

Residence Halls

* "Urness Hall" is the Freshman dorm building. It has 9 floors of dorm rooms (plus two other floors) and is coed by floor. Each floor is led by a Resident Assistant.
* "Mortensen Hall" (known as "Mort") is connected to the "Urness" lobby and has 13 floors of apartment style housing (eight apartments on every floor). It is the tallest building on the campus.
* "Anderson Hall" is a four story building with four different styles of housing available. These include single person suites, four person apartments, eight person townhomes (two floors), and 15 person floorhouses.
* "Martin Luther Residence Hall" (also known as "Luther Hall" and formerly known as "New Hall" until October 1, 2007) was built in 1999 from state funding Fact|date=June 2008 (because of this there was no major contributor to name the hall after). As it is no longer the newest building with the completion of "Oren" (see below), the old name of "New Hall" is misleading.cite web | url= | title=New Hall Receives New Name | publisher=Augsburg College | date=October 1, 2007] "Luther Hall" has studios, two bedroom and four bedroom apartments. The apartments all consist of single person rooms and have a full kitchen.
* The "Oren Gateway Center" has rooms for 106 students.

Other Buildings

* "Old Main" is the oldest building on campus and is still in use today. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. []
* The "Christensen Center" contains admissions offices, the cafeteria, a coffee shop, computers, an art gallery, and until August 2007, the bookstore (after which the bookstore moved to the "Oren Gateway Center"). On March 28, 2008, a student lounge opened in the former bookstore space. It is connected by skyway to "Urness Hall"/"Mortensen Hall".
* "Sverdrup Hall" (formerly known as "Sverdrup Library" until the completion of the Lindell Library in 1998) contains academic advising as well as several class rooms and computer labs on the upper level.
* The "James G. Lindell Library" has four levels containing approximately 32000 items. The library is connected to "Sverdrup Hall" and the "Oren Gateway Center" by skyway.
* The "Oren Gateway Center" is the newest building on campus and has six classrooms, an art gallery, and housing for 106 students [cite web | url= | title=Residence Life - Oren Gateway Center | accessdate=2007-11-01] .
* The "Foss, Lobeck, Miles, Center for Worship, Drama, Communication" contains the chapel, a theater, and several classrooms.
* The "Sverdrup and Oftedal Memorial Hall" contains offices for the college's professors.

Future Expansion

Several new facilities are currently planned, including the "Center for Science, Business, and Religion", a new residence hall to replace "Urness Hall", a parking ramp, and other buildings.cite web | url= | title=Center for Science, Business, and Religion update | publisher=Augsburg College | date=March 30, 2008] cite web | url= | title=Mid-Term Report to the Board of Regents: Center for Science, Business & Religion | date=March 14, 2008 | publisher=Augsburg College]


The Mission of Augsburg College is to nurture future leaders in service to the world by providing high quality educational opportunities, which are based in the liberal arts and shaped by the faith and values of the Christian Church, by the context of a vital metropolitan area, and by an intentionally diverse campus community.

Presidents of Augsburg

*c co champions
**Wrestling is no longer a MIAC sponsor sport
* [ Auggies athletics webpage]

ee also

* Augsburg Confession -- The document of Lutheran belief from which the College takes its name



*Chrislock, Carl H. "From Fjord to Freeway: 100 years, Augsburg College" (Minneapolis: Augsburg College 1969)

External links

* [ Augsburg College]
* [ Augsburg College Alumni site]
* [ Access to Excellence Campaign]
* [ Inside Augsburg]
* [ Augsburg College Echo]

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