Augustana: By the numbers

spring summer bell tower Old Main (2)

1: Bell tower on campus. Legend has it that if you kiss your special someone under the belltower, you’ll get married. (If you’re single, it still makes for a pretty good picture).

$2 thousand dollars – the amount given to each student to use for an internship, research or international study program – we call it Augie Choice

3: Places to dine – You can grab a hot meal in the dining center on the 5th floor of The Gerber Center, in the 4th floor Brew by the Slough, or across the Quad in the snack bar in the Brunner Theatre Center.

4: Cities! Augie is located in Rock Island, Ill., one of the Quad Cities. The others are Moline (Ill.), and Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa. East Moline (Ill.) also likes to make a bid as one of the Quad Cities, so maybe there are five?

5: Residence halls – Andreen and Seminary Halls, Westerlin and Erickson Residence Centers, and Swanson Commons.

Sloughfest 36: Musical artists who performed at last year’s 2nd annual Sloughfest music festival. Rapper Goldlink headlined the show.

7: Seventh place nationally for number of Academic All-Americans, across all athletic divisions. Only Emory, MIT, Penn State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and  Stanford surpass Augustana in the top rankings for scholar athlete success.

8: Presidents throughout the years, from Lars Esbjörn, whose tenure started in 1860, to Steven Bahls, who has served us since 2003.

9: Athletic facilities both on and off campus. The way of the Viking: win at everything. And we especially like to win on our home court or track or course or field.

10: Bronze squirrels hidden around campus. Augustana’s campus is home to both grey and (more rare) black squirrels. There are a couple of legends around the infamous black squirrels on campus.  

11: Musical ensembles, ranging from the Augustana Symphonic Band to percussion ensemble to the Augustana Choir.

12:1 Student-to-faculty ratio.
Stonehenge Salisbury England (2)
13: Ranked 13th nationally for short-duration international study programs. (2016 Open Doors Report). Over 60% of Augustana students participate in all study away and international programs.

14: The number of social fraternities and sororities on campus, all local and unique to Augustana.

15: States and countries in which Augustana students complete internships.

16: different flavors to choose from to customize your drink at Augustana’s coffee shop Brew by the Slough.

17: Hannah Lohmeier is the 17th Augustana student-athlete to win an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in the last decade. Overall 38 Augustana student-athletes have won the prestigious award granting them $7,500 to use for postgraduate work.

18: Staff members in CORE (Career, Opportunities, Research, Exploration). CORE offers one-on-one advising, workshops, job fairs, internship and resume assistance and much more to help students navigate their next step after graduation.

19: out of every 20 faculty members hold a Ph.D. or the terminal degree in their field.

20: countries the Augustana Choir and Symphonic Band have toured including China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Norway, Scotland, Spain and Sweden.
Nelly Cheboi and Professor Stonedahl
21: students is the average class size.

22: feet in the skeleton of Cryolophosaurus elliotti, discovered by Augustana’s Dr. William Hammer in Antarctica.

23: Viking varsity sports teams playing NCAA Division III athletics.

24: Viking Pups we’ve had on campus. Unfortunately, we aren’t allowed to pet them while they’re working…

25: Ranked in the top 25 most beautiful college campuses in the nation. (

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About meghancooley

Meghan Cooley has worked in admissions for over 15 years. She's served in a variety of roles, ranging from tour guide to admissions counselor to her most recent position as Director of Admissions and Recruitment. Through many admissions cycles - she's experienced the ebb and flow of the higher education landscape in the Midwest, become an expert on family dynamics within the college search, guided many through the details of the college search and witnessed the joy and disappointment of student college decisions.

Now, as the Director of Recruitment Communication and Manager of social media at Augustana College, Meghan and her team of talented students focus on marketing Augustana to prospective families, educating families about the college search process, and enhancing professional development opportunities in the profession. She is passionate about increasing diversity (socio-economic and ethnic) in private higher education, alleviating the fears and frustrations that often come with a college search (especially in first generation families), and above all, helping students find the best fit for them as they explore all the educational opportunities available.

Meghan often invites guest bloggers mostly including Augustana admissions staff and current students to contribute. The talented students and staff offer a perspective in the trenches of the college search and college experience.

A 1999 graduate of Augustana College, Meghan holds Bachelor's Degrees in English and Spanish. An avid international traveler, she recommends hiking the Inca Trail to Manchu Picchu in Peru, eating Gelato in Rome, Italy, and seeing an opera at the Volksoper in Vienna, Austria. She is married to Augustana graduate and Modern Woodmen project manager, Luke Cooley. They have three sons, Charles, Oliver and Bennett.

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