First-Year Programs (Viking Voyage)

As a community, Augustana students and staff embark on a voyage of growth and development. Socially, academically, publicly, and privately, we are called to expand our horizons, set sail on a future and Voyage forward. First-Year Programs (Viking Voyage) are co-curricular programs dedicated to helping students transition to Augustana College. They include Welcome Week and two residence hall communities (Solberg Hall and Bergsaker Hall) committed to helping students develop competencies, learn to think critically, and integrate socially and academically.

Viking Voyage includes:


Augustana is growing and expanding the way freshmen and transfer students engage the community. The Viking Voyage is a key component in our Orientation, Transition, and Persistence program. The Viking Voyage sets the tone for building expectations (both academically and socially,) and is key to developing the future graduates of Augustana.

A key element to our history is that Augustana is a "student-driven" community. Students mentor each other, they practice leadership skills so that upon graduation, they are ready to be active in their organization and community. Viking Guides (VGs) are responsible for leading a small group of first-year students during Welcome Week and fall orientation activities. Once classes begin, VGs continue to work with their group by participating in the students’ class. Throughout the course of the academic year, VGs will serve an integral role in the success of Campus Life programming with specialized training in the areas of orientation, transition, and persistence.

Learn more and read a Viking Guide Job Description.

We hope you are as excited as we are. For more information, please contact Jeff Venekamp at 605.274.4412 or