Campus Activities and Orientation (CAO) strives to create innovative programming that fosters individual and community development and that creates an environment where students can connect, engage, and invest in the Augsburg community.
How We Work
CAO recognizes the benefits associated with the first-year experience and student engagement outside of the classroom. We work to enhance and supplement the liberal arts instruction at Augsburg College through quality transitional programs for new students as well as through leadership education.
CAO Program Areas
Campus Activities: CAO offers several programs and activities throughout the academic year designed to connect and engage students with the Augsburg and surrounding community.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual Services: LGBTQIA Services works to improve the campus climate for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors at Augsburg College by developing and supporting inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality, as well as fostering a community that honors and affirms the wholeness of all identities.
Student and Group Leadership Development:
Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is an initiative designed to develop new leadership at Augsburg College by empowering first-year students to cultivate and to apply their inherent leadership skills through a semester-long skill-building training program.
Student Group Development workshops and advising are available on topics ranging from inclusion, recruitment, event planning, meeting facilitation, conflict resolution, and other pertinent areas.
SOAR is a required two-day, overnight orientation experience for incoming first-year students designed to help with the transition to Augsburg College. Students will meet fellow classmates, faculty, and staff; learn about college resources and services; obtain fall semester schedules; and get a taste of life on campus.
Parent SOAR/Evening Parent SOAR is an optional orientation experience for the parents and guardians of first-year students that runs concurrently with their student’s SOAR session. Parents will obtain important information about the campus; meet fellow parents, faculty, and staff; learn about college resources and services; and get a taste of what life will be like for their students on campus. Evening Parent SOAR is an abbreviated version of Parent SOAR.
Transfer SOAR is a required day-long orientation experience for transfer students designed to help with the transition to Augsburg College. Students will learn about college resources and services, hear about academic programs, and discover why being a part of the Augsburg community is so rewarding.
Auggie Days is a required week-long orientation experience for incoming first-year students designed to complement SOAR, provide opportunities to enhance academic and personal success, and offer a helpful advantage in starting at Augsburg College.
Student Groups: Students have the opportunity to become involved in a number of different student groups at Augsburg College. Participation allows students to meet fellow classmates, have fun, and lead and develop a group around a common purpose while making an impact on both the Augsburg and greater community.