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Augsburg University Seal
|Motto||Education for Service|
|Type||Private liberal arts college|
|Evangelical Lutheran Church in America|
|Endowment||$48.2 million (2018)|
|Budget||$107.9 million (2016)|
|President||Paul C. Pribbenow|
|Provost||Karen L. Kaivola|
|Colors||Maroon and Gray |
|Athletics||NCAA Division III - MIAC|
Augsburg University is a private liberal arts college in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Upon its founding in 1869, it was a Norwegian-American Lutheran seminary known as Augsburg Seminarium. Its first college class began in the fall of 1874. Today, the university enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduate students and 800 graduate students. The school is known for its emphasis on service learning; volunteering in the community is both an instructional strategy and a required part of a student's coursework. In 2010, Augsburg was one of the six higher education institutions to receive the Presidential Award for Community Service, sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. In 2017, the name of the school changed from Augsburg College to Augsburg University.
Augsburg was founded as a seminary by Norwegian Lutherans. It was named after the Augsburg Confession of 1530, the primary confession of faith presented by Lutherans in Augsburg, Germany in and contained in the Book of Concord of 1580. Augsburg Seminarium opened in September 1869, in Marshall, Wisconsin. It moved to Minneapolis in 1872 and the name was changed to The Norwegian Danish Evangelical Lutheran Augsburg Seminary after the church body that sponsored the school. Undergraduate classes began in the fall of 1874 with the first class graduating in the spring of 1879. In 1892, the name was shortened to Augsburg Seminary. In 1893, Augsburg leaders formed the "Friends of Augsburg", which became the Lutheran Free Church in 1897. Women were first admitted to the college in 1921. The school was officially known as Augsburg Seminary until 1942, when the name was officially changed and expanded to Augsburg College and Theological Seminary after that name had been informally used since the 1910s. When the Lutheran Free Church merged with the much larger second American Lutheran Church (ALC) in 1963, the Augsburg Seminary merged with the ALC's Luther Theological Seminary (now renamed Luther Seminary after a merger with neighboring Northwestern Theological Seminary of the former Lutheran Church in America) in Saint Paul and the name of the college became Augsburg College. There was also a high school level Augsburg Academy on campus until it closed in 1933. In 2017, the name of the school officially became Augsburg University.
August Weenaas was Augsburg's first president (1869-1876). Weenaas recruited two teachers from Norway--Sven Oftedal and Georg Sverdrup. These three men clearly articulated the direction of Augsburg: to educate Norwegian Lutherans to minister to immigrants and to provide such "college" studies that would prepare students for theological study.
In 1874, they proposed a three-part plan: first, train ministerial candidates; second, prepare future theological students; and third, educate the farmer, worker, and businessman. The statement stressed that a good education is also practical. Augsburg's next two presidents also emphatically rejected ivory tower concepts of education. This commitment to church and community has led to Augsburg's theme of over 130 years: Education for Service.
This attitude began to change after World War I. In 1911, George Sverdrup, Jr. became president. He worked to develop college departments with an appeal to a broader range of students than just those intending to be ministers. In 1937, Augsburg elected Bernhard Christensen, an erudite and scholarly teacher, to be president (1938-1962). His involvement in ecumenical and civic circles made Augsburg a more visible part of church and city life. After World War II, Augsburg leaders made vigorous efforts to expand and improve academic offerings. The college became a larger part of the institution than the seminary and received the most attention.
As a result, Augsburg added departments essential to a liberal arts college, offering a modern college program based on general education requirements and elective majors. The seminary moved to Luther Theological Seminary (now Luther Seminary) in St. Paul in 1963 when the Lutheran Free Church merged with the American Lutheran Church. Augsburg continues to reflect the commitment and dedication of the founders who believed an Augsburg education should be preparation for service in community and church. Providing an education grounded in vocational calling, that provides students both the theoretical learning and the practical experience to succeed in a global, diverse world.
In 2012 and 2013, Augsburg University housed the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. It provided an opportunity for students and staff of Augsburg to interact with people who have made fundamental changes in the world. The forum is not affiliated with, but modeled after the exclusive Nobel Conference.
Augsburg University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The student-faculty ratio at Augsburg University is 16:1, and the school has 64.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Augsburg University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Social Sciences. Augsburg offers undergraduate degrees in over 50 major areas of study. The University also grants eight graduate degrees, including an MBA program. Augsburg offers one doctoral degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice.
In 2010, Augsburg University was one of six higher education institutions in the nation to receive the 2010 Presidential Award for Community Service, the highest honor in the annual President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.U.S. News & World Report magazine named Augsburg as one of the best colleges for service-learning, which includes 31 schools across the country where volunteering in the community is both an instructional strategy and a requirement of a student's coursework. According to the U.S. News & World Report rankings, Augsburg University is 23rd in its Regional University Midwest Ranking.U.S.N.& W.R. also consistently ranks Augsburg as a Tier 1 institution for its Physician Assistant program. In 2013, Augsburg ranked #70 in the nation. Augsburg shares the #70 rank with the following institutions: University of Southern California, Western University of Health Sciences, and the University of New England. On June 27, 2015, at the United International College's 7th Graduation Ceremony in Zhuhai, Augsburg University's President Dr Paul C Pribbenow was rewarded with the Honorary Fellowships.
Old Main of Augsburg University
|Location||731 21st Ave., S., Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Omeyer, Didrik A.; Thori, Martin P.|
|Architectural style||Renaissance Revival|
|NRHP reference #||83003653|
|Added to NRHP||October 6, 1983|
Augsburg's student body totals approximately 3,800 students representing some 40 states, more than 40 foreign countries, and 24 tribal nations/reservations. The college is involved in providing services to students with physical or learning disabilities . StepUP is Augsburg's program for students in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. The program provides a sober environment for about 60 students in the Oren Gateway Center . The program claims an excellent success rate: 84% abstinence over 538 people between 1997 and 2007.
The on-campus diversity is enhanced by Augsburg's location in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, the Twin Cities' most culturally diverse neighborhood. The largest concentration of Somali immigrants in the U.S. is located throughout the Augsburg neighborhood, and one of the largest urban Native American populations is within one mile. Augsburg is also located in the heart of a major theater center. The university has been designated as a Minnesota Indian Teacher Training Program site.
Augsburg students have opportunities for involvement in more than 50 clubs and organizations, including student academic societies, publications, Student Government, Augsburg Business Organization, Augsburg Asian Student Association, Campus Ministry, Augsburg University Pre-law Society, Pan-Afrikan and Pan-Asian Student Union, forensics, cheerleading, Amnesty International, Intertribal Student Union and the Hispanic/Latino Student Association.
|Publisher||Print Group Midwest|
|Staff writers||appx. 20|
|Headquarters||Christensen Center 1G|
731 21st Ave. S. CB 148
Minneapolis, MN 55454
The Echo is the student-produced newspaper for the university. It consists of eight pages divided into five sections: News, Opinions and Editorials, Sports, Arts and Entertainment, and Features. The paper is printed in black and white on tabloid-sized recycled paper.
KAUG is Augsburg's student radio station, based in the Auggies' Nest in the basement of Christensen Center. KAUG streams 24 hours-a-day online through their website and can be heard on the airwaves on 91.7 FM within a 2-mile radius of the campus.
KAUG provides a venue for a number of DJs, who play several genres of music and talk radio.
Originally known as "Women in Film", Marginalized Voices in Film and Media (MVFM) is a student group dedicated to the advancement of women and other minorities in the film and television industry. The group discusses the depiction of minorities on the screen and their roles behind the camera.
... we affirm the following: that people of all sexual orientations and gender identities share the worth that comes from being unique individuals created by God; that people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome with the Augsburg community; and that as members of this community, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are expected and encouraged to share in the common life of this university.-- Augsburg University Reconciling in Christ Statement, 
Known as "Queer and Straight In Unity" (QSU) until 2014, and originally incorporated as "BAGLS" in 1988, Queer Pride Alliance (QPA) is Augsburg's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual support group. After the hostile campus environment towards LGBTQIA individuals culminated in several anti-LGBTQIA incidences in 2003, students occupied administrator offices to protest the university's lack of action. In response, Augsburg established the GLBTQIA Student Services office (today known as the LGBTQIA Student Services office), which became the primary point of contact and support for QSU and the LGBTQIA student body. QPA is advised by the director of the LGBTQIA Student Services office, which jointly provides the campus community with workshops, performances, weekly group meetings, and speakers, as well as exposing students to the wider Midwestern LGBTQIA rights movement by sponsoring retreats and trips to conferences. Today, the university is certified Reconciling in Christ by ReconcilingWorks, which means that in accordance with its theological values, it welcomes and actively affirms "all people in regard to their gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation."
|Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod in North America||1869-1870|
|Conference of the Norwegian-Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America||1870-1890|
|United Norwegian Lutheran Church of America
also Friends of Augsburg 1893-1897
|Lutheran Free Church||1897-1963|
|American Lutheran Church||1963-1987|
|Evangelical Lutheran Church in America||1988-present|
|Henry N. Hendrickson||1937-1938|
|5th||Bernhard M. Christensen||1938-1962|
|6th||Leif S. Harbo||1962-1963|
|7th||Oscar A. Anderson||1963-1980|
|8th||Charles S. Anderson||1980-1997|
|9th||William V. Frame||1997-2006|
|10th||Paul C. Pribbenow||2006-|
The Augsburg Auggies are a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Augsburg University participates in NCAA Division III Athletics. The wrestling team has won thirteen NCAA Division III National team wrestling champions: 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2015 and 2018. The men's hockey team had won 3 NAIA national ice hockey championships in 1978, 1981 and 1982.
Frank Haege is the current football coach.
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Fall||football, men's||2||1928c, 1997|
|Fall||soccer, men's||4||1973, 1974, 1975, 1980|
|Winter||hockey, men's||8||1928, 1977c, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981c, 1982, 1998c, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|Winter||hockey, women's||2||1999c, 2000c|
|Winter||basketball, men's||13||1927, 1946c, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1975c, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1998, 1999|
|Winter||wrestling,* men's||31||1961, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003|
|Spring||baseball, men's||10||1931, 1943, 1947, 1948, 1959c, 1961, 1963, 1973, 1975, 1987|
|Spring||softball, women's||3||1982, 1983, 1984|
|Spring||tennis, men's||3||1948 doubles, 1951 single, 1968 doubles|