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:

ForbesJuly 2016

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.


AugustanaNovember 2014

Augustana ranks high in both academics and athletics in the 12th annual NCSA Athletic Recruiting Collegiate Power Rankings. Augustana is the nineteenth ranked NCAA Division II school amongst more than 1,200 active NCAA member schools. The NCSA Athletic Recruiting power rankings assess the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country.

US NewsSeptember 2016

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

Augustana is ranked No. 3 among the "Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest" according to the latest edition of “Best Colleges 2017” by U.S. News Media Group. The University also received high rankings in the report’s analysis of schools that offer students the best value. Among the regional colleges listed in the “Best Value Schools” study, Augustana is ranked No. 2 in the Midwest. Learn more about the report.


Washington MonthlyAugust 2015 —

Augustana is ranked the No. 13 baccalaureate college in the nation, according to a recent report from Washington Monthly. The publication’s "2015 College Ranking" rates 344 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.


Princeton ReviewAugust 2016

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 156 premier institutions included in The Princeton Review's "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature, "2017 Best Colleges: Region by Region."