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Reviews 626 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: College so far has been a great balance of a challenging but doable academic life and also a lively social life once a group of friends has been found.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Marijuana can be smelled often in dorms to be honest. As for alcohol, it is widely used and many are into drinking even on weekdays. The good part is that there is barely any peer pressure to drink or do drugs. In fact, you are respected if you don't do those things. Policy enforcement is poor because it is so easy as an underaged student to access drugs and alcohol.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a new member of a sorority at Augustana, I would say that Greek Life here is pretty big. By big I mean that if you are the kind of person who wants to go to parties, always have something social to do, and be considered "popular," then I suggest that you join Greek Life. That being said, non-Greeks are not made fun of or thought less for not joining a sorority or a fraternity, but being such a small school, if you are not in Greek Life and have not joined any other group, you might feel isolated and not fully included if you are into the party scene. There is definitely a ranking among the sororities and fraternities even though the Greek groups mostly get along. I must say however that there is a definite ranking as to who are the "popular" groups and which groups are the "rejects." There are pretty large stereotypes that will follow you depending on which sorority or fraternity you join among Greeks as well as non-Greeks. In a nutshell, Greek Life is a huge deal if you are into the party scene. If you are the type of person who does not like to party and would rather stay in and watch Netflix every night (nothing wrong with that!:)) then Greek Life is nothing to worry about. However, I would like to mention that there is prestige in being in Greek Life so if you are into prestige and the whole "being popular" scene, join.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Most of my teachers care about me and my understanding of the concepts. The classes are all very small, so the teachers are much more intimate with the students.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Augie provides many opportunities for internships for students. They are very helpful if you seek help.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There haven't been many problems with safety issues for students.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: My freshman year housing was not ideal, the dorms are old and a bit unkept, but no serious problems. My junior year apartment was very nice.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Although the social Greek groups aren't national, they are still very much worth joining. I am in a fraternity and the comradery built by the members creates a very positive way to make friends. All Greek groups get along well with one another so we often have social and charitable events with other groups.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Sports events are not very popular for the student body. Because we are a D3 school, students don't take much interest in the sporting events. However, intramurals are very popular. Many students get involved with them even if they aren't the greatest athletes.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I just finished my third year at Augie and I couldn't be happier with how my education has gone. Augie has offered many opportunities to me that I never thought I would be able to be a part of in college.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Most professors are great and are very knowledgeable in their field. However some professors give grades based on only a few tests or projects and that ends up being your grade for the term, even if there were other factors that should have been considered. Many classes are graded fairly, though. I also like that the average class size is pretty small, averaging about 25 to a class which makes interacting with professors a lot easier compared to lecture hall sized classes.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have heard that when people hear about someone who went to Augustana, they have a very positive response to it. Augustana also has many internship opportunities that our career center offers to students.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: People are very aware that sexual assault is a serious issue, although not a very common issue on campus. However, there are no real facilities available where someone could go if they were assaulted, such as a counselor who is specifically trained in dealing with sexual assault. They could talk about the issue to a roommate or professor, but they are not specifically trained in dealing with these issues. This is why a proposal was made to open a sexual health center on campus, although we do not know if it went through or not.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some buildings really need to be renovated due to how old they are, but some are pretty nice. The rooms are generally not very clean unless you clean it yourself. I had trouble with the heating system in my last room because it was very cold, about 63 degrees in November, but they eventually fixed it.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not in a Greek group, but the people who I know in Greek groups are just like any other of my friends, although they are busier usually because they have to participate in events for their sorority or fraternity.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school's atmosphere and the professors and students are all very friendly and knowledgeable. However, for a "liberal arts" school, they are somewhat conservative possibly due to the school's religious nature. However it seems to be changing among students. For example, students are making a proposal to open a sexual health center on campus. We are unsure what the board has decided, but students seem to know what needs to be changed on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Personally, I feel safe on this campus, but sexual assault can be prevalent with the number of emails I received this year alone. I completely trust the campus security to do their job and do it competently but each student should take precautions regardless. Alcohol, drugs, and greek life-related incidents are probably the most to blame. I personally know one individual who was sexually assaulted.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am a geology major and the 3 main professors are all very engaged and helpful. They challenge us and have a very notable sense of humor about them. Courses are very intensive with relatively small class sizes (~15-25) and so can be very personalized. Class styles include powerpoint notes, term-long research projects, and many opportunities to hear from featured guests/speakers.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Being a private, liberal arts school, a bachelor of arts degree for a science major can be pretty valuable to most employers as fields today are becoming progressively inter-disciplinary. Especially in the field of geology--an inherently interdisciplinary major--courses like physics, chemistry, geography, computer science, and history all contribute to the major besides the core courses themselves. CORE on campus is instrumental in findings internship opportunities for all majors. Featured speakers at Geology club often are alumni, and so are easy to network with.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Depending on the dorm, one may feel some are dirtier/more cramped than others. One common denominator is that each dorm has a fairly substantial social life. Amenities can be made for those living in singles or quads. Swanson ranks as the best while Andreen is the worst but I know people from both that complain about the former and relatively enjoy the latter. The housing process can be stressful but gets easier after each year.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life on campus has a nice balance between service and parties. I am not part of Greek life, but I know many people who are and they don't regret it for a second.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Being a Division III school, there is a perfect balance between stellar athleticism and notable scholasticism. It feels great to be part of such a competitive team and conference but there doesn't come that same amount of risk of getting cut from the team or feeling not good enough as with higher-division schools. The school spirit is generally very adequate for a variety of sports. For example, our basketball team nearly won the national competition last year and it seemed like no one on campus was unenthusiastic for them and eager to see the game's result.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school because of its beautiful location next to the Upper Mississippi River. I love it because of the bustling and internship-rich Quad Cities it lies within. I love being a part of an incredible track team full of talented and endearing you adults. I love the department I am learning from and my eccentric and quirky peers within it. In short, I feel very fortunate for picking where I chose to study because it has become a home truly not far from home.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are some thefts, but any reported incident or even suspicious activity is sent out to all the students to keep everyone informed. There are the blue light emergency stands at random places on campus, and Public Safety is always patrolling and quickly available.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The courses have been wonderful. They are the perfect amount of challenging, but not too much to where you are completely stressed. The professors are always available to help and are only an email away.

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