New Student Registration FAQs

Congratulations on being offered admission to Augustana University! Augustana is a community of people who are committed to helping you achieve your academic and personal goals. We are so happy you have chosen to join us! As you prepare for your new student registration session, we have anticipated some of the questions you may have. If you have a question that does not appear below, please e-mail our Registrar, Joni Krueger, at joni.krueger@augie.edu, or contact your admission counselor.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q: What’s going to happen during my new student registration session?
  2. Q: Does Augustana offer a Foreign Language Placement Exam?
  3. Q: If I am a new student who has never attended college (this includes new students who have taken courses for college credit in high school), are there any required courses that I will take my first semester?
  4. Q: Can my ACT scores influence which courses I take?
  5. Q: Do I need to declare a major before I am registered for classes?
  6. Q: How many credits should I take during my first semester at Augustana?
  7. Q: What are the requirements for my schedule if I am receiving a South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship (SDOS)?
  8. Q: What are the requirements if I am receiving a Pro Musica Scholarship?
  9. Q: What are the requirements for my schedule if I am receiving a Theatre Scholarship?
  10. Q: What are the requirements for my schedule if I have been provisionally admitted?
  11. Q: How will I know what courses are available in the Fall term?
  12. Q: How will I decide what courses to take?
  13. Q: I took AP courses in high school. Will I get any college credit for those?
  14. Q: Will I get credit for CLEP tests?
  15. Q. I have earned college credit. How do I make sure that my previous coursework and the credits earned are recorded on my Augustana transcript?


Q: What’s going to happen during my registration session?

1 A:
 One of the primary objectives of new student registration is to provide you with an opportunity to meet with an academic advisor to review the course schedule that will have been created for you prior to your arrival. This is a good time to ask questions and make necessary adjustments. We will also use this time to provide information to assist you with your transition to AU. You and your parents or other family members will be given the opportunity to ask questions of representatives from Financial Aid, Campus Life, and other administrative offices. And, you will leave campus with your new Augustana photo ID card!

Q: Does Augustana offer a Foreign Language Placement Exam?

2 A:
Yes. You will complete an online assessment prior to your new student registration session if you studied Spanish, French, German, or Latin in high school. The results will help us place you in an appropriate level course so you can continue your study of a foreign language, should you choose. Our requirement is that you demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to two college semesters. If you studied American Sign Language (ASL) in high school, be sure to let your admission counselor know so he/she can schedule a face-to-face assessment during your registration session (available on select dates).

Q: If I am a new student who has never attended college (this includes new students who have taken college courses and earned college credit during high school), are there courses that I will definitely take my first semester?

3 A: Yes. Every first-time freshman will be registered for FYS 110: First-Year Seminar.  There are a variety of topics from which to choose. You will ilst your top five choices on your pre-registration form and will learn which course you will take during your new student registration advising session. No transfer courses will satisfy the FYS 110 course requirement.

Q: Can my ACT scores influence which courses I take?

4 A:
Yes if,  for example, your math sub-score is 30 or higher, you will be waived from taking a math course unless your major requires it. To receive a course waiver you will need to have an official copy of your ACT score report sent to Augustana.

Q: Do I need to declare a major before I am registered for classes?

5 A: No. You may want to consider a major based on some initial interests, but it is not necessary. We do recommend, however, that you select courses that will not only help you make progress toward fulfilling core requirements, but will also allow you to explore possible majors. It is not unusual for students to change their declared major at least once during their college career. The Registrar's office can help you with major and advisor changes.

Q: How many credits should I take during my first semester at Augustana?

6 A: It is recommended that most students take 14-16 credit hours - typically 4 or 5 courses. Being a full-time student at Augustana requires a minimum of 12 credit hours, which is also a requirement of most forms of  federal financial aid and athletic scholarships.

Q: What are the requirements for my schedule if I am receiving a South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship (SDOS)?

7 A: Freshmen receiving the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours during their first year of college. This includes any credits completed during J-term. All courses completed for the first time, whether letter-graded or graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis, count towards the total. 

Q: What are the requirements if I am receiving a Pro Musica Scholarship?

8 A: If your Pro Musica Scholarship is for piano, you will need to register for piano lessons (1 credit hour). If it is for another instrument or for voice and is awarded at the $1,000 or $2,000 level, then you will need to register for a major ensemble (1 credit hour). If it is awarded at the $3,000 level or higher, then you will need to register for both music lessons (1 credit hour) and for a major ensemble (1 credit hour).

Q: What are the requirements for my schedule if I am receiving a Theatre Scholarship?

9 A:
This scholarship requires that you register for THEA 095: Backstage Practicum (1 credit hour).

Q: What are the requirements for my schedule if I have been provisionally admitted?

10 A: You will not be taking more than 13 credit hours and you will be registered for GENL 116: Becoming a Master Student. Depending on your ACT scores, you may also be registered for ENGL 110.

Q: How will I know what courses are available in the Fall term?

11 A: Augustana's official Fall class schedule will be online. This will help you consider what classes might be available. Although taking a look at the course schedule is a good idea, we recommend that you do not actually plan a specific schedule of classes beforehand.

Q: How will I decide what courses to take?

12 A: If you have selected a major, there will probably be one or more courses that you will want to take. In a few majors, it will be necessary that you take the recommended courses in order to ensure completion of that major within four years. The advisor assisting you will have that information. Most new students will want to select courses that fulfill general education requirements, and in almost every general education area, you should have a variety of courses from which to select.

Q: I took AP courses in high school. Will I get any college credit for those?

13 A: If you not only took the course, but also took the AP test in that subject and earned a score of 4 or 5, then yes, Augustana will award credit for specific courses associated with those AP tests. The Office of Admission has a sheet describing the exact course equivalents for the different AP tests (or click here for the online version).You will need to ensure that your official test score report is sent directly to the Registrar’s Office at Augustana.

Q: Will I get credit for CLEP tests?

14 A: Yes. The Office of Admission can provide you a brochure about CLEP tests and the credit awarded by Augustana for various tests (or click here for the online version). You will need to have the official CLEP test score report sent to Augustana’s Registrar’s Office. If you’ve not taken a CLEP exam before but believe you have proficiency in a particular area of knowledge, you can take CLEP exams here at Augustana by contacting Susan Bies, Director of Student Academic Support Services (605.274.5503).

Q. I have taken a course that grants college credit. How do I make sure that course gets recorded on my Augustana transcript?

15 A: This is most likely what we refer to as a "dual credit" course (one that applies to both your high school diploma and to your college transcript) or it might be one that you took on your own at a local college or university. In both cases, you will need to contact the Registrar's Office of the college or university that is awarding the college credit and ask that an official copy of your transcript be sent to the Registrar's Office at Augustana. Please inform the Augustana faculty member assisting you during registration that you plan to have this course credit transferred here so that you do not duplicate it by registering for the equivalent course.

Please feel free to contact the Registrar's Office by calling 605.274.4121 or at registrar@augie.edu for additional information. Welcome to Augustana!