Augsburg in Fall 2020
Augsburg University is called to welcome students into the community and help them develop a sense of discovery and belonging. Our plans reflect a commitment to the well-being of the community while adhering to public health guidelines. So, we are launching Augsburg Bold, a reflection of the distinctive experience offered at the university.
This is a snapshot of what we have planned.
Augsburg is offering face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes this fall. Records and Registration is updated to show the format for each fall course with schedule details, including technology platforms and instructor availability outside class hours. All fall courses have been designed, in the context of the pandemic, to ensure strong faculty/student engagement, maximize face-to-face learning time, and accommodate varied needs of students and faculty.
Campus housing, dining, and life
Augsburg is preparing to welcome students to campus this fall under the guidance of public health policies. Students will live in a broad variety of living arrangements—from traditional residence hall units to apartments—with dining options. Students will have the opportunity to participate in events virtually and in-person as they are welcomed into the community.
Returning undergraduate students will not see their tuition increase for the coming year. New incoming first-year and transfer day students will receive a mailing that documents the revised tuition, the lower cost of attendance, and the resulting savings for the 2020–21 academic year. The amount of financial aid that students receive from Augsburg will not be reduced.
Global Twin Cities Scholars is an engaging program that connects first-year Auggies to culturally diverse Midtown Minneapolis and Mexico. Mexico-based faculty teach courses online, and the program concludes with a 10-day trip to Mexico where Augsburg will cover airfare, lodging, and meal expenses. Learn more from the Center for Global Education and Experience.
Free online summer courses
Augsburg is offering—for free—a selection of our most popular courses online to our incoming traditional day program undergraduate students. This option allows students to get a head start on earning college credits in a relaxed environment, while learning more about what to expect at Augsburg in the fall. Details will be provided during Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR).
For the fall 2020 season, our athletic conference has postponed competition in cross country, football, soccer, and volleyball, all sports deemed medium- to high-risk for COVID-19 transmission by the NCAA. The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) is working to develop spring schedules for those sports. Men's and women's golf—categorized as low-risk sports—will compete only against conference opponents this fall. Practice schedules are being developed at this time for the fall semester.
How we keep our campus safe during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Augsburg coronavirus task force monitors new directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health and works to implement public health guidelines across our programs. The task force includes an epidemiologist, nursing faculty, academic deans, global education leadership, other staff, and dedicated student representatives.
All members of our community—students, faculty, and staff—will complete a daily symptom screening before coming to campus (or leaving their residence hall). All staff, faculty, and students must wear face coverings while in any common areas on Augsburg property and observe physical distancing requirements. Hand sanitizer will be readily available across campus, and we have developed enhanced cleaning protocols. Our Center for Wellness and Counseling is an important resource and will offer virtual appointments when classes start September 2. Find more details about Augsburg’s response to the pandemic and resources for students at the Outbreak Planning website.