Augsburg University was founded in 1869 in Marshall, Wisconsin. The university moved to Minneapolis in 1872.
Augsburg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Although 9.9% of students are Lutheran, 8.6% represent the Catholic Church, 22.3% represent other Christian denominations, 12.6% are Muslim, and 7.1% represent other religions.
Accreditation and approvals
Augsburg University has been continuously accredited since 1954 by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is an institutional accreditation agency that accredits colleges and universities in the United States. HLC conducts periodic reviews of accredited institutions to ensure they are meeting their standards of quality.
Degree programs at Augsburg are accredited or approved by the following appropriate agencies.
- Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
- Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
- American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)
- American Chemical Society (ACS)
- American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation (APA-CoA)
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
- Minnesota Board of Nursing
- National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
- Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)
Augsburg University is an institutional member of:
- American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
- American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)
- American Association of Higher Education (AAHE)
- Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC)
- Campus Compact
- Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
- Lutheran Education Conference of North America (LECNA)
- Minnesota Private College Council
- National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology (NCSPP)
- Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)
Enrollment (Fall 2021)
Day programs: 2,158
Adult Undergraduate program: 187
Rochester program: 36
Graduate programs: 771
- Master of Arts in Education/Master of Arts in Teaching: 187
- Master of Arts in Leadership: 55
- Master of Arts in Nursing: 22
- Master of Business Administration: 105
- Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: 25
- Master of Music Therapy: 41
- Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies: 82
- Master of Social Work: 130
- Doctor of Nursing Practice: 67
- Doctor of Psychology (new): 57
Undergraduate Day (Fall 2021)
Students of color: 58%
First-generation college students: 51%
Total Augsburg Students (Fall 2021)
Students of color: 50%
Undergraduate Day: 20
Adult Undergraduate: 34
Resident day students: 35% (entering first-year students: 60%)
Geographic origin of undergraduate students
34 U.S. states and 52 countries
55 international students
More than 30,000 alumni since 1869
Most Declared Majors (Undergraduate Day Program)
- Computer Science
- Social Work
- Elementary Education
- Management Information Systems
- Exercise Science
Student to Faculty Ratio
12 to 1
Average class size: 16
Augsburg is now one of the most accessible campuses in the region. A skyway/tunnel/elevator system provides access to most major buildings without going outside.
BA, BS, BM, MA, MBA, MFA, MS, MSW, DNP, PsyD
More than 97% of undergraduate day students receive some form of financial aid from the university and many other sources.
Lindell Library has nearly 500,000 books and e-books, 150,000 streaming videos and audio files, and more than 200 databases. The library belongs to Minitex, a consortium of libraries across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and students may borrow materials from member libraries free of charge. Students have access to another 500 million titles worldwide through the OCLC WorldCat database. The James G. Lindell Library opened in September 1997.
Undergraduate and graduate programs: two semesters from August to April, two summer sessions from May to August.
Study Abroad and Study Away
Augsburg’s Center for Global Education and Experience offers more than 200 study abroad and study away (in the United States) programs, including its own nationally recognized programs in Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Namibia, Nicaragua, Palestine/Israel, and South Africa.
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III.
Augsburg University, as affirmed in its mission, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or disability in its education policies, admissions policies, employment, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and/or school administered programs, except in those instances where there is a bona fide occupational qualification, or to comply with state or federal law. Augsburg University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to its employees and its students.
Majors and Programs
Augsburg University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees for traditional and non-traditional students. For a complete list, visit the Majors and Programs page.