Augsburg in 2020-21
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.
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.
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.
- Katie Clark '10 MAN, '14 DNP - "Being Bold: Caring while in Solidarity"
- Ben Weaver performance
- Olivia House '20 - "The Summer of Resistance By Black Youth"
- Robert M. Franklin, Jr. - "Moral Leadership: Integrity, Courage, Imagination"
- Gov. Tim Walz and Gwen Walz - "Leadership and Relational Activism"
- MN Commissioner Jodi Harpstead - "Managing 5 Crises at Once!"
- Ecological Restoration in the Mississippi River Gorge
- Make your own canoe paddle
Test-free admissions policy
Augsburg is piloting a test-free admissions policy. The pandemic has added risks and restrictions to standardized test taking, and this policy assists prospective students in completing their applications during a time when testing and scheduling are more challenging. The shift also supports the university's commitment to conducting the enrollment process in an anti-racist and anti-biased manner.
Graduate program scholarship
Augsburg will support the undergraduate class of 2021 by offering a large one-time scholarship toward their continuing education in an eligible graduate program. Learn more about the Augsburg Bold Graduate Scholarship. You must be logged into Inside Augsburg to view the document.
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.
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.
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.