Augustana University is a private, Norwegian-heritage liberal arts university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the school is the largest private university in the state. The institution derives its name from the Confessio Augustana, or Augsburg Confession, a foundational document of Lutheranism. Students, alumni, friends, employees, and those who know the college casually refer to it as “Augie.” Prior to September 2015, the university was known as Augustana College.
The university identifies 1860 as the year of its founding, the same as its Rock Island, Illinois Swedish-heritage sister-school, Augustana College. It celebrated its sesquicentennial during the 2010–2011 academic year.
Augustana offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 50 major fields of study, as well as several pre-professional programs, most notably nursing. Students also participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, including musical ensembles and NCAA athletic programs.
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