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About Augustana College
The words of Augustana’s mission statement reflect both tradition and vision. Founded by Swedish Lutheran settlers in Chicago in 1860, Augustana has grown from a small school educating Swedish immigrants into a selective college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college honors its roots and its affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. At the same time, Augustana’s rich liberal arts environment is enhanced by diversity. Augustana continues to do what it has always done — challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in a complex, ever-changing world. Augustana's charter is granted by the General Assembly of the State of Illinois, and is certified as a degree-granting institution by the state. Augustana College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Augustana is a member of the Annapolis Group. Representing more than 130 leading national liberal arts colleges across the United States, the Annapolis Group hosts Liberal Arts Success as a way to promote the value of a liberal arts education. Additionally: the Augustana College Department of Chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Augustana College Department of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The college has been accredited by NCATE since that organization's inception in 1954. Only 37 percent of Illinois colleges and universities are NCATE-accredited (22 out of 60 state institutions). The Augustana College Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.