Augustana College has been a vibrant part of Rock Island since it moved here in 1875. Founded in 1860 in Chicago by Swedish immigrants, Augustana is a Lutheran church-related college which welcomes students of all faiths. Augustana became a Phi Beta Kappa institution in 1949, and today is considered one of Americas leading liberal arts colleges.
During the 1990s, Augustana produced more Academic All-America honorees than all but two schools in the country, regardless of size. A 1961 graduate, physicist Daniel Tsui, became the first Augustana alum to win a Nobel Prize in 1998. Also during the 1990s, Augustana invested approximately $50-million in campus improvements, including sixteen new buildings and extensive technological upgrades.
The beautiful 115-acre campus, located between Rock Islands scenic Lincoln and Weber Parks, is home to the John Deere Planetarium, the PepsiCo Student Recreation Center, the F.W. Olin Educational Technology Center, and two public art galleries which display both travelling exhibits and works from Augustanas extensive 1,800-piece art collection. The Augustana Library holds one of the finest small-college collections in the nation, with some 400,000 items.
Augustanas faculty-student ratio is a low 13:1, and nine out of ten faculty hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their fields. There are no teaching assistants at Augustana, and all faculty, regardless of seniority, teach both introductory and advanced courses. Through the Augustana Research Foundation students and faculty receive support for independent research, often on behalf of Rock Island businesses and organizations.
Black Hawk Community College in Moline has an enrollment of 10,000 full-and part-time students. It offers numerous courses of study in liberal arts, business, vocations, technology and more. In 1999, Black Hawk Technology Center opened on 11th Street in Rock Island. The Technology Center provides state-of-the-art technology training for both traditional college students and adults continuing their education.
The Quad Cities Graduate Study Center in Rock Island is a consortium of 11 public and private institutions of higher learning in Illinois and Iowa: Augustana College, Bradley University, Illinois and Iowa State Universities, Illinois University, St Ambrose University, the Universities of Illinois and Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, and Western Illinois University-Moline. All of these institutions of higher education are within a short drive of Rock Island, offering four-year degree programs in hundreds of courses of study.
Institutions in nearby Davenport include American Institute of Commerce, Marycrest International University, The Palmer College of Chiropractic, founded in 1897 by the "father" of modern chiropractic, David D. Palmer, and St. Ambrose University.
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