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4 College Junior

Local Area: There are a lot of cool local shops, especially coffeeshops--Cool Beanz, Rozz Tox, Dead Poet's Espresso. There are museums and other opportunities for art, like at the District Theatre. They're all very friendly towards students.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have a lot of work for my major (music ed) and feel like there is always something I need to be doing. Sometimes I really just need a break, but I know that it will all be worth it in the end. We have a great music program and I will be well prepared for my future career.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have some good athletic teams, but only a small portion of the school attends these events.

College Sophomore

Local Area: I personally don't get off campus much. There is a lot to do on campus and it isn't really necessary for me to explore the town throughout the term.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't have any problem getting enough financial aid for the first year, but then they raised tuition for the next year without raising my scholarships given my the school which is a hassle because I didn't plan for that extra tuition.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am part of the music ed program which is one of the hardest programs on campus. We take a lot more course work than most other majors on campus while being required to be in a musical ensemble, but it's is worth it and will help us to become more prepared for our future.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The school cares a lot about its students and provides a ton of different free activities for students to partake. There are events every week, from visiting musical performers, to bingo night, to movie nights, and much more.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: People always look down on college parties, but they are really a good opportunity to meet new people that you would never have met otherwise.

3 College Junior

Administration: The only complaint I would have for the administration would be that they're prone to change things about the school quite regularly.

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5 College Senior

Majors: Many of the academic programs are very strong. Most popular/successful majors on campus include: Biology/Pre-med, Business, Psychology, Education, Accounting, CSD, Geology. I'm an accounting major, and signed a full-time job with a Big Four accounting firm as a sophomore

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5 College Senior

Athletics: A lot of fun to be a part of! Sports teams provide other social gatherings for non-greek members as well

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Students are not allowed to live off campus until their senior year (this is a great feature of the school because it keeps a ton of people on campus - which is why it's so fun!)

3 College Senior

Greek Life: There is not a strong segregation on campus between greek and non-greek members. For example, I am not a greek member and I like with one other non-greek member and a greek member.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Always, always feel safe on campus! Augie also has a program called ACES that gives free rides anywhere on campus after 7pm (this is a lazy feature for guys and a safety feature for girls!)

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The school has just undergone a change to themed housing! Also, the residence halls are constantly being upgraded to meet the needs of the students (ex: new weightroom in Westerlin this year)

4 College Senior

Administration: Administration does a great job of getting to know the students!

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Food in the Quad Cities is quite good. Coming from the Chicagoland area, I was very used to good food before coming to school here. Since the QC has 4 different cities, there are 4 different 'cultures' within a close distance. Because of this, the options are nearly unlimited! It would be nice to have a Portillo's here....but the food is awesome!

4 College Senior

Scholarships: I originally looked at 14 colleges and universities across the midwest, and Augustana gave me the second best financial aid package out of all of the institutions. The tuition may be a little on the higher end, but after factoring in financial aid, Augustana can compete with most institutions financially. Augie provides scholarships for a variety of things, and scholarships are also given for academic performance throughout your years at Augie. I received a presidential scholarship for about $17,000 and a few other grants that totaled around $5,000. After good academic performance, I received an additional $6,000. Augie really does care about rewarding their students!

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.

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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

Administration: 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"...

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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.

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