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. Augsburg Bold is a reflection of the distinctive experience offered at the university.

The Student Services Index shows Auggies the breadth of services available to support student success and how to access those departments and services during this time.

Augsburg Bold

Augsburg Bold Experiences

Augsburg Bold underscores our connections in the community for addressing the most pressing issues of our time. Augsburg’s quad has been set up as a physically distanced outdoor seminar room, and we are pleased to announce a series of distinguished speakers. In-person attendance is reserved for Augsburg students and limited to 60; all speakers will be available to stream via Zoom.

Olivia House

Olivia House '20

The Summer of Resistance By Black Youth

Wednesday, September 30
12:30–1:15 p.m.

Olivia House September 23 Webinar Registration

Olivia House September 23 In-Person RSVP

or email

This past summer was filled with events that sparked a national and global movement for black lives. Minneapolis has been the epicenter of the uprisings. Many efforts coming out of our city are being led by the black youth. From mutual aid efforts, to startups, to art, we, the youth, are the drivers of this movement, and we cannot stop.

Robert M. Franklin, Jr.

Robert M. Franklin, Jr.

Moral Leadership: Integrity, Courage, Imagination

Thursday, October 01
11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Robert Franklin October 1 Webinar Registration

As part of the Christensen Symposium, Franklin proposes a model for moral leadership anchored in intellectual and ethical integrity, a vision of and commitment to the public good, and personal investment in transformative community. He shares ways in which we can discover and foster those qualities in ourselves.

Gov. Walz and First Lady Gwen Walz

Gov. Walz and First Lady Gwen Walz

Leadership and Relational Activism

Monday, October 5
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Gov. Walz and First Lady Gwen Walz October 5 Webinar Registration

Gov. Walz and First Lady Gwen Walz October 5 In-Person RSVP

or email

They will share their perspectives on public service during COVID-19, as well as the challenges and opportunities that entails.

Jodi Harpstead

Jodi Harpstead, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Thursday, October 8
12-1 p.m.

Jodi Harpstead October 8 Webinar Registration

Jodi Harpstead October 8 In-Person RSVP

or email

In addition to the speaker series, Augsburg Bold will also include opportunities for students to learn about important topics in our community through experiences off campus—all designed following COVID-19 mitigation practices—and to participate in Homecoming 2020 celebrations on campus.

tables arranged in the quad read Augsburg Bold

Fall semester

Augsburg is offering face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes this fall. 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

Students are living on campus this fall under the guidance of public health policies. Students live in a broad variety of housing—from traditional residence hall units to apartments—with dining options. Student leaders, clubs, and organizations are holding various virtual and in-person events to be engaged on campus.

Digital resources

To ensure that every Auggie has the tools needed to be successful in college, Augsburg launched a program earlier this year to support students who need laptops or internet access.


The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) has postponed all competition until January 2021. MIAC coaches have begun work on building a framework and schedules for a compressed conference season beginning in January 2021.

Tuition freeze and free courses

Augsburg froze undergraduate tuition at the 2019-20 level for the 2020-21 academic year. At the same time, the university increased the total financial aid awarded to students in 2020-21, as we have over the last several years. In addition, over the summer we offered a free selection of our most popular courses online to our incoming traditional day program undergraduate students, allowing them to get a head start on earning college credits while learning more about what to expect at Augsburg in the fall.

Study abroad

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 when travel is possible where Augsburg will cover airfare, lodging, and meal expenses. Learn more from the Center for Global Education and Experience.

Augsburg University banners hang from a skyway on campus

How we support our community 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—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 is readily available across campus, and we are executing enhanced cleaning protocols. Our Center for Wellness and Counseling is an important resource and offers virtual appointments. Find more details about Augsburg’s response to the pandemic and resources for students at the Outbreak Planning website.