Education Designed for the Innovators and Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow

Some call it the Liberal Arts. Others call it teaching for twenty-first century skills. At Augustana, we specialize in providing an education designed for the innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.  

Learning from a faculty of renowned professors, here you’ll build a foundation of knowledge, discover your passions, explore your vocation, develop specialties, and realize the significance and meaning of serving others. 

You’ll have the option to pursue multiple majors and minors while building experience through choice hands-on learning opportunities. And on Commencement Day, you’ll graduate with a vast professional network, an entrepreneurial mindset, and a passport to possibility.


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Here, we challenge the intellect. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1, the personal atmosphere of the classrooms allows open dialogue and interaction. Our professors encourage conversation as students connect concepts, consider their larger implications, and apply their significance to real-life situations.

Experiential learning takes place at Augustana through discovery and experimentation, internships, student teaching, off-campus study and hands-on research. And because Augustana professors from across the academic disciplines often invite their students to collaborate on their scholarly projects, our students work on teams making innovative breakthroughs and even present their findings at national conferences.

National Recognition

Augustana is a place where imaginations are fired and intellects are engaged, which contributes to why we consistently receive national recognition for academic excellence in rankings:

US NewsSeptember 2019

U.S. News has ranked Augustana among the best universities in the Midwest.

Augustana is ranked No. 9 among the "Best Regional Universities in the Midwest" according to the latest edition of “Best Colleges 2020” by U.S. News Media Group. AU is also ranked #2 in Best Value Schools and #8 (tie) in Most Innovative Schools and #12 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Teaching. Learn more about the report.

Washington MonthlyAugust 2018

Augustana is ranked the No. 32 baccalaureate college in the nation, according to a recent report from Washington Monthly. The publication’s "2018 College Ranking" rates baccalaureate institutions according to their contribution to the public good in three areas — social mobility: recruiting and graduating low-income students; research: producing cutting-edge scholars and Ph.D.s; and service: encouraging students to give something back to their country.

ForbesAugust 2018

Augustana is again ranked among the nation’s best colleges and universities according to Forbes’ published annual list of “America’s Top Colleges.” Forbes ranked the top U.S. undergraduate colleges and universities based on student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rates and nationally competitive awards.

Augustana earns top marks from MoneyAugust 2018 —

For the second consecutive year, Money listed Augustana as the Best College in South Dakota as part of their “Best College in Every State” list. AU ranked 277 among colleges nationwide taking into consideration factors such as: cost, graduation rates, academic offerings and social scene.

Princeton ReviewAugust 2019 —

Augustana is ranked among the best colleges in the Midwest, according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. The University is one of 159 premier institutions included in The Princeton Review's "Best Midwestern" section of its website feature, "2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region." Augustana also made the "Guide to Green Colleges." The University is one of the 413 colleges the company chose out of nearly 700 schools it surveyed in 2018-19 with strong commitments to green practices and programs.

AugustanaAugust 2019

Augustana ranks high in both academics and athletics in the NCSA Athletic Recruiting Collegiate Power Rankings. The NCSA Athletic Recruiting power rankings assess the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country.