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Reviews 490 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great place to live other than DPS being strict and residence life holds back opportunities.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: It's a great school with a great facility, a little bit of lack of cleanliness.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's a great experience to get to know the professors one on one and the student body is great!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletes support each other a lot.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: great opportunities for integrated learning

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I know it's harsh to stereotype, but the neighborhood surrounding Augsburg is not considered the safest. It is best for people, especially female-identified individuals, to stay in groups when going off campus, especially over the bridge to the University of Minnesota.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My courses are specific to my major, so I'm in classes with all the same people most of the time. Some teachers are great, other teachers are horrible–you just need to know which ones are which. I know of some professors that have been so bad that many drop my major. However, it's just something you need to ask an upper division student. I have had great experiences with teachers, but I have also run into the typical white, privileged, older male teacher that declares his political views as truth. The courses are all right, but I have not had classes which I am extremely excited to take.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in one of the apartment-style layouts, so it is definitely more spacious. However, the social atmosphere is nonexistent–students pretty much come and go. Additionally, the buildings are pretty old and appliances are prone to breaking. We have had some trouble with black mold growing in our bathroom and the refrigerator breaking as well. The Residence Life office is not open on the weekends, so if you are having any roommate troubles, you are mostly out of luck. However, classes are really close due to the small size of the campus. You can wake up 10 minutes before class and make it on time.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports are important at our school, but there seems to be a big dichotomy between athletes and non-athletes. Since I am friends with both athletes and non-athletes, I notice it more often. As my friends like to say, "Augsburg has either athletes or nerds". Games are sparsely attended, with the exception of soccer, wrestling, and sometimes basketball. Most games are attended by parents–this may feel more like a high school than a college. However, for DIII athletics, soccer has been successful as well as wrestling, who are 12-time National Champions. Otherwise, average athletes can play multiple sports. If you are looking for a large sports scene, you may want to choose a bigger public school.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Reminder: This is just my personal opinion–many others may think differently from me, and my views certainly do not represent all students that attend this school. I think Augsburg College is a good choice for someone who wants a specific major and is popping in for a few semesters or is an adult who wishes to finish their degree. For a student who wants to attend a 4-year university, they may want to to look elsewhere. Augsburg has a small, cramped campus and sub-par facilities. The underclassmen dorms are old and cause some problems, and the science laboratory facilities are very poor. The student population is so small that at times it feels like I am back at high school. I have talked with many students, and the general feeling is that they came here either for a) a scholarship, b) sports, or c) both. I have heard horror stories of people going here because they wanted to play sports, and then realized it was too late to transfer into a program at another institution that they really wanted to join after they had stopped playing. Additionally, there are limited major options and the expensive tuition does not relate to the quality of the school. Augsburg doesn't offer courses such as Nutrition and A&P, so students that wish to complete these prerequisites for future medical programs must commute to another college nearby to take them. That is why I am transferring out at the end of this semester.

On the flip side, however, if one wants a small, liberal arts education in an urban setting, Augsburg is the one for them. If one wants one-on-one time with professors, this is the school for them. There are no fraternities or sororities, so the party scene is pretty minimal. Commuters are also welcome and supported. If you are in specialized programs, it is easy to become involved in student leadership. However, if you wish to pursue a degree in a medical or science-related field, I advise looking at the science building before making any definite choices.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: DPS isn't necessarily the best campus security in the world, but they will pick you up and drive you to and from the transit stations during non daylight hours which is decent. Residence Life always tells people to be vigilant and lock doors and such.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Yeah, not fantastic by any means considering how much people are paying to be here, but there are some interesting courses, and class sizes are respectably small once you get out of general education courses.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are typically a number of evens related to networking on campus. Not sure how that really works out for people in reality, but the college at least gives the allusion that it's all good in terms of employability post graduation.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I will preface this by saying that after living on campus for two years, I've had roommates that were kind of not the best people, and that made my living experience kind of not the best. The freshmen dorm, Urness Hall, is fairly cramped and spartan, with minimally furnished communal bathrooms and lounge areas. Mortensen, the tallest building on the Augsburg campus (it's the one with the Augsburg College sign on it) is barely any better. I don't think either building has had any major updates or renovations since at least the late 80s. Mortensen in particular has bad lighting. Also, the elevators in both buildings seem to break fairly frequently, and it can take the repairmen up to a week to fix the things. I can recall at least once when both elevators in Urness broke for over a week during my freshmen year. Incredibly annoying. I lived in Luther Hall over the summer, and that is definitely a bid more upscale and aesthetically pleasing than either Mort or Urness. While I haven't actually lived in Anderson Hall, I do know a number of people who currently reside there and I am in the building making fairly frequent visits. That is a nice space for communal living if you want to live with a number of people in a townhouse or floor house. Again, somewhat overpriced. Finally, there is Oren Gateway Center, or OGC. OGC is the most recent housing complex and it typically houses students in the STEPup program, people that are recovering from addictions. OGC is the most expensive housing option, but I have heard that it's a very nice place to live. It is totally substance free, and it is designed like many high priced apartments are.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our school is well know for its wrestling team. I know a few guys that play football as well and they typically say the team isn't too bad. Athletic facilities aren't the greatest, but I am friends with a number of athletes and they don't seem to complain about it too much.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think for the most part, the professors are fairly decent. Instructors can be a mixed bag. I've heard some decent things and some not so great things about some of our non-tenured faculty. I'm a History major, so I can't necessarily speak to the experiences of people in other departments. I've had some fun classes, and have so far been able to maintain a GPA that is alright. There are various campus jobs students can apply for, from working in the cafe to being Resident Life administrators, but I suppose that is fairly standard for most colleges. I think the school is fairly diverse. We have about 30 or so percent students of color, and very visible and active LGBTQIA+ community, and the school despite some of its own internal hiccups and lack of funding seems to be moving towards a responsive and equitable environment. We're not there yet, but for some things progress is slow. Several issues I have seen:

-Generally, while the college as a whole is trying to move into being a diverse campus, the faculty does not necessarily reflect that vision, and I am aware that some students of color and LGBTQIA+ students find this to be very problematic.

-On campus living. Residence Life is not the greatest at times, and overall I would say that the living quarters are fairly overpriced for what you get as a student living on campus. Residence Life is not always responsive to student needs, and occasionally, they may take your fridge (that's a long story that boils down to "I know a guy").

-Food options on campus are totally substandard and meal plans are overpriced. I highly recommend eating off campus a few times a week.

-Parties. Augsburg doesn't have much of a party scene, but many students wander over to the U of M and party there.

Overall, it's got pros and it's got cons. At times I feel like I really am enjoying my experience, and at other times... not so much.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The majority of the athletes need discipline and should receive a sort of punishment when they lack performance in their academics. A lot of athletes I know have attended learning workshops and do not take them seriously even when the topic is a serious matter in our society. They seem to show a lot of ignorance, but yet are admired but faculty, staff, and coaches. When it comes to intramural sports, the refs are typically students that lack the knowledge of the sport . There should be a training before the season begins to avoid conflict with those who do know the sport and choose to argue over foul play.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Augsurg college is one of the most diverse private institutions in the US which I love. There's a lot of financial help when it comes to people of color. The school is advocate for LGBTQIA rights. The school overall is politically aware and willing to change for the better. I feel like my voice is heard at this school even being a person of color. Sure, there could be a more diverse faculty, but we are slowly in the process of having our voices heard on the matter. The living conditions aren't the best and there's a need for renovations. It's not fair to be paying so much money for such adequate conditions. Heaters break, mattresses are uncomfortable. The dorms are very old school. Overall, the education at Augsburg is great, but there are some things that need to change that I know will make it better.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Somw professors are disorganized and confusing.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A number of problems with the dorms - water, heat, etc.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I enjoy both varsity and intramural athletics.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I've yet to really take a class where the professor "taught us to the test" or mostly stuck to the class' textbook. Most of the professors that I've taken classes from all supplement the textbook's chapters with their own lessons from their experiences in the field.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The school's career center is great and often holds events to help students with their career planning or job searching no matter where they are on these paths. A particularly useful service that they offer is weekly drop-in resume reviews where students can drop into the center at any time during business hours to have a worker review their resume.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The housing options are pretty good, but their value isn't amazing.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: What I really love about my school is its small size. Classes are small enough, ranging anywhere to five in a few of my advanced French classes to 25 in the pre-requiste classes, that you really to get the know the people in your classes as well as the professor as cliche as that sounds.


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