University of Alberta Augustana Faculty
|Location||Camrose, Alberta, Canada
Augustana has a long history in Alberta, beginning in 1910 as "Camrose Lutheran College". It was merged into the University of Alberta as of July 1, 2004.
Approximately 1000 students of the University of Alberta study full-time at the Augustana Campus. About half of the students live on campus. The Faculty is very diverse and draws both from the surrounding area (especially rural areas around Camrose) and from the rest of Canada and elsewhere to make up its student population and staff. There is a strong contingent of International Students on campus.
The campus has residency options, including a special building for First Years centred in the middle of all the buildings to facilitate new students still learning the layout of the campus. First Year students are generally expected to live their first year in residence, with the option of continuing in residency or finding their own residence elsewhere after that. Residency ensures a student not only a room but also three meals a day at the all-you-can-eat cafeteria. Typically students in and beyond their second year, as well as mature students, may choose to reside very close to the main area in a set of buildings commonly referred to as "The Ravine", which sports a central common-area building with cooking and laundry facility known as "The Dish".
The Faculty has four departments: Fine Arts, Humanities, Science, and Social Science. The Augustana Campus also hosts a Bachelor of Science in Nursing after-degree program being run by the Faculty of Nursing and a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy program run by the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. Augustana offers a Community Service Learning certificate, and has introduced a psychology certificate in Community Mental Health. These certificates can be pursued in addition to one's degree. Augustana students benefit from small class size, proximity to the teaching staff, and "a close knit lively campus community". They also benefit from the fact that Augustana offers only undergraduate courses, which means that they have the opportunity to work as Research Assistants for professors over the summer while still in their undergraduate years.
Augustana competes predominantly in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference and Canadian Colleges Athletic Association as the Augustana Vikings. Team sports include: biathlon, cross country skiing, cross country running, basketball, volleyball, curling, and hockey. The Viking Cup is an annual hockey tournament, hosted by Augustana, which features teams from North America and Europe.
Augustana holds preview days four times a year, where prospective students are shown a tour of the campus by current students, have a chance to sit in for a class, get help with applying for university, and meet professors, and learn about activities the campus provides. Private tours of the campus are also available.
The Augustana Campus Library supports the research needs of approximately 1000 undergraduate liberal arts and sciences students and 75 teaching faculty. Augustana's new library boasts large windows and wonderful ravine views. It is a wireless hotspot, provides access to over 100 full productivity computer workstations, a variety of student work spaces and group rooms, and the Writing Centre.