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Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois – A Pleasant Surprise


On a recent trip across country, Mark stopped at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Check out this short video to see what he discovered, or you can read the transcript below.

Mark Montgomery
Educational Consultant
You know, every time I visit a college campus I learn something new, and sometimes when I visit a college campus I’m really surprised; pleasantly surprised about what I find.  I am here to day on the campus of Augustana College.  It’s in Rock Island, Illinois which is right along the Mississippi in what they call the quad cities, which include Rock Island, Moline, Illinois, and Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa.  Anyway, so that’s the geography, but this is a gorgeous campus.  A really pleasant place.  We’re here on a very hot summer day and there’s not a lot happening on the campus, but just walking around and seeing the really nice buildings.  The geo-science building is over here.   The biology building is not far away.  The library is down the way.  There’s a nice little pond in the middle of the campus; very attractive place, but academically terrific too.  It’s a selective liberal arts college with about 2,500 students and the mid 50% range for the ACT is say somewhere between a 24 and a 29.  So, good students come here and the strongest programs are probably in English, Biology, Music, Art, a good pre-law program, Education, what am I missing – Business.  It’s also got a good Business program.  This is a very nice place, very attractive location, and good academics; something that is really surprising.  Again, visiting colleges can help to give you a stronger sense of what it would be like to go to this particular college, and you can learn so much by looking at the guide books, or looking at websites, sometimes you really do have to visit to convince yourself that wow, this could be a fantastic place to go to college.


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