Augustana College (South Dakota)

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Augustana College
Ole, Augustana's mascot.
MottoVerbum Dei manet in aeternum
Motto in English
The Word of God endures forever
AffiliationEvangelical Lutheran Church in America
EndowmentUSD $43.0 million[2]
PresidentRobert C. Oliver
DeanJames Bies, Mark Braun
Academic staff
Joseph Dondelinger, Patrick Hicks, Joel Johnson, Reynold Nesiba, David O'Hara, Peter Schotten, Robert E. Wright
Students1,745 full-time[3]
LocationUnited States Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
43°31′36.7″N 96°44′13.3″W / 43.526861°N 96.737028°W / 43.526861; -96.737028Coordinates: 43°31′36.7″N 96°44′13.3″W / 43.526861°N 96.737028°W / 43.526861; -96.737028
100 acres (40 ha)
NewspaperThe Mirror
ColorsNavy blue      and gold     
AthleticsBasketball, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
MascotOle the Viking
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Augustana University is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The school is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States. The 100-acre (40 ha) campus makes the school the largest private university in South Dakota.[4] Some people call the college “Augie.”

It was first called "The Lutheran Normal School". It was started for the purpose of educating teachers. In 1918, the college got its current name after joining with Augustana College in Canton. This happened because synod officials worried about having enough money to run two institutions so close together. The schools were only 20 miles (32 km) apart. The college claims its founding as 1860, the same as its sister-school (which shares the same name) in Rock Island, Illinois.[1] Augustana gets its name from the Confessio Augustana, the Latin name for the Augsburg Confession of 1530.

Augustana regularly gets high rankings among other Midwestern schools. Publications such as The Princeton Review named Augustana a "Best Midwestern College" and U.S. News & World Report listed Augustana as a "Best Buy" in 2009. U.S. News & World Report has listed the school a top tier baccalaureate college in the Midwest for 13 years in a row, with Augustana placing third as of 2009. It got this ranking again in 2010.[5][6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Augustana History. Augustana College. Retrieved on July 8, 2009.
  2. As of June 30, 2009."U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 19, 2010.
  3. [1]. Augustana College. Retrieved on September 27, 2011.
  4. "Doing Business in South Dakota (Public Universities)". Governor's Office of Economic Development. Retrieved 2007-11-26.
  6. Augustana Academics. Augustana College. Retrieved on July 9, 2009.

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