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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: 1:4 male:female ratio is not a joke. There was a fraternity party I went to with a guy friend and three other girls so that he could get free drinks for bringing more girls to the party.Guys seem more so the athletic type and into partying, so...not my type. We do have a diverse amount of guys, but I've yet to meet any "nerds" or "the artsy type". But definitely more a "hooking up" feel than a relationship feel to the campus. Ladies, if you want to date, good. f***ing. luck.Also must be said that we have a lot of attractive gingers. Just what everyone says - I think that's what we're supposedly 'known for', after the major surplus of girls, of course.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: White middle class, from Chicago-area. Unfortunately not very mixed at all.

I think LGBT is accepted relatively well. We have Gay-Straight Alliance.

I'd say we're relatively liberal

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Education program I'm enrolled in is marked highly. Mostly you come to Augie for Education, Communication, Business, or Pre-Med.

All seniors have senior inquiry projects - Ed majors student teach and applying for a teaching certificate instead.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: No one protests. Wouldn't even consider it. We're passive - our student body is Brave New World. We don't bother ourselves with conflict, self-defeated attitude. Ugh.

Anyway, though, with us being push-overs, I'd say so is security. I've rarely seen them around campus, and have only heard of friends getting written warnings for underaged drinking and smoking pot-- or a fine of like $75. Also never formally signed in any visitor - you can always bring them in after 2AM when no one is requesting seeing IDs from the front desk. Great security system, Augie. I love the noon to midnight front desk aid browsing her tumblr account whenever I come and go. We're clearly on a first-name basis, have a secret handshake, all that. No strangers could ever slip in and harm our student body.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Earned a Presidential Scholarship, $18,000/year, but with rising tuition it only makes a slight dent. I have a good GPA (above 3, which is required) and work hard academically. I'm white and middle class, so they're not from positive discrimination. I'd reason 90% of the student body is middle class white, but I know quite a few people who got similar amounts for financial aid. I'd say Augie dishes out a lot in aiding its students, but it's about $46,000/year. I'm expecting to be $80,000 in debt when I graduate, which is absolutely unnecessary. Of course I wish Augie would give more, but they're trying to turn the Slough into a waterpark and build a T-Rex out of marshmellows in front of Denkmann so, ya know..."priorities"...

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Part of the theatre co-ed fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega. All of my friends were beyond surprised when they found out I'd pledged -- I really don't fit the bill. But there are a bunch of different types of sororities and fraternities, and mine is a national that focuses on volunteering. We're not the "throwing open parties" kind.

Greek life becomes huge in spring, during pledging. Pledging is 5 weeks long (for mine it was 2, and very, very easy). You come into contact with it even if you aren't pledging: people carrying paddles at all times, wearing their letters, standing in the lower quad enduring hazing. Yes that shit exists, please. You decide if you're up for it. But probably 75% of the student body is part of a Greek group

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Been told by upperclassmen that getting into a TLA (on-campus house) is a breeze. Augie has you spend 2 years in a dorm, 1 year on campus, 1 year off -- really works to help you transition. I've only been to one or two off-campuses houses but they seem pretty good. Some are very close to the campus, or practically on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Student body is full of stuck up assholes in a city with a small-town-mentality. Annoys me to no end. Think only drinking and partying on campus is what they can do on the weekends.

Check out Rozz-Tox, for example. It's a cool scene, an acoustic bar feel, live performances, cozy. Can always take the Lime 53 (free) downtown. Can also take to the shopping outlets a few miles off-campus: Target, Kohls, Kmart, etc.

Haven't been around locals much at all, but there's no negative exchange between us.

Rock Island is supposed to be the worser off of the 4 cities, as according to one of my native friends. Just be smart. Good parts and bad parts, like all cities. Around the college you're more than okay.

The Figge is a museum I'm still in need of checking out. Otherwise I wouldn't say there are many cultural places to go to like museums or art venues.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are quiet a few restaurants within walking distance, and we get coupons through the mail from pizza places that deliver. You pretty much need a car for off-campus eating, though, especially at night. Once tried with a friend to get Taco Bell walking through the drive thru at...hmm, I think 11. They wouldn't serve us. Hardee's did, though, so rock n roll.

Mostly fast food, though.

CSL (cafeteria) closes at 9PM, all the good food areas in it close at 7. Salad and sandwich bar stays open until about 8:30.

We have a convenience store in Westerlin but let's be honest, food is being monopolized to the CSL so it's safe to bet you won't be able to grab even a quick snack from the C-store (normally open until midnight). Eliminates jstudent obs, makes it inconvenient for students who have abnormal eating schedules, blahblahblah, don't even get me started. Thanks, Bahls.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our campus has a strong anti-rape policy. There are posters in every girl's bathroom with statistics and numbers to contact. We also occasionally get cards from pregnancy clinics in the area in our mailboxes. The guys I've meet, and also my male friends, are very aware of sex assault and rape and work to prevent it. I'm really impressed by this.

As for drugs, one of my co-workers, two years ahead of me, put it perfectly and simply: "People talk". It's very gossipy of who smokes, snorts, drinks what, and she said that dealers last only a few months, really. Have heard of people getting busted for pot, fined, but not expelled or anything extreme. Just confiscated.

Really, you've gotta be your own judge of what you want to do, what you feel safe with, and for the love of all things holy, be smart. If you do get into drinking and smoking, do so recreationally. No one likes that premature alcoholic you need to babysit at every party.

One thing I dislike is the library closes at midnight, which sucks because it's nice to take the building to upper campus if you live up there instead of having to walk through the forest in the middle of the night. Yeah, the path is lit, but it's still sketchy and it's worse in winter when it's freezing and there might be ice. If it is a far distance, like from a place off-campus, I'd say get someone to walk home with you - guy or girl. Company is good for everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It really depends on what you get, especially as a freshman. Westerlin is more social of a dorm, slightly bigger rooms, but has mice problems (got one in my room on the 2nd floor, which makes you wonder how since the little creep had to have jumped up stairs and slid under my door. think I was able to trap it in a garbage bin and scramble outside to toss it in the dumpster. still remains a mystery) Erickson has AC, but it's pretty frigid and that temperature shock from 60 to 80F at the beginning of summer can be hard, too.

Some TLA (on campus houses) are in bad condition - it all depends on what you get. Most are pretty good, though - they seem pretty spacious.

Westerlin Wing showers are probably 3'x3' - just enough space to turn around in. Never had problems with the bathrooms or things breaking, so that's a plus.

This year required payment for lofting beds, eliminating DIY. $100 to loft, or bunk-bed loft. Honestly probably worth the extra money - great space saver.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Given the small student body, this sort of thing rarely happens, although cases do arise.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not involved in sports, but sometimes photograph them for the newspaper. Almost always a decent turnout. Stadiums never seem packed. Pepsico Rec & Gym Center is across from one of the dorms and you definitely see pretty fit guys and gals there or around. Probably only people involved to sports go to sporting events, and their family and friends. It's not like "Hey what are you doing tonight? I heard there's going to be a great wrestling match against our rivals that we should go to" Sports, to me, are "just another thing" on campus

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Everyone is very helpful and supportive, and many professors went here to get their undergraduate degrees.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Augustana has very strong sports teams for a D-III school.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Being that this is an expensive college, financial aid was a must, and it was a very clean and straightforward process to receive it.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life students are very nice and helpful, but then so are the rest of the students.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Personally don't party much, but for my first week at Augie I went to two or three frat parties. I don't know how being in a sweaty, crowded, smelly, sticky house is fun, but to each his own. Every weekend would hear obnoxious drunks yelling outside my room, as early as 8PM. There are also small parties, too, once you get with a group of friends: roughly 20 people, who you'll all know, too. I enjoyed bonfires with friends in their off-campus house backyards. All about what you're looking for.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There's never really been a big enough issue by the students for the administration to need to be strict.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Although partying isn't a major focus, the get-togethers that are held are a lot of fun.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Students aren't allowed to select a major until their sophomore year because the advisors want to help guide you to your true passions.

5 College Freshman

Majors: They're very helpful and supportive, always looking to improve your experience.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Augustana is surrounded by a residential area, allowing for plenty of choice.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: It's really difficult being middle class, white, with married parents at this school. Even as a first generation college student, you get very little and it takes forever to get it right

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Most people would say it's a rough area, but it isn't that bad. There's little public transportation and the shopping is only okay

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