Class of 2018: Engaged Learning, Grad Schools, Employers, Starting Roles

Class of 2018: From AU to ...

Top Employers

Members of the Augustana Class of 2018 were hired by 149 unique organizations.

The top five employers of 2018 Augustana graduates were:

  • Avera Health
  • Sanford Health
  • Sioux Falls School District
  • Lifescape
  • Wells Fargo

The median reported salary for graduates who sought full-time employment was $47,736.

Job Titles

From the professional baseball player with the Minnesota Twins to the software engineer at Citi and an Audit Associate at KPMG, our graduates land competitive positions.  

A sampling of job titles includes:

  • Social Media Strategist
  • Director of Operations
  • Director of Information Technology
  • Director of Annual Giving
  • Registered Nurse
  • Staff Scientist
  • Software Engineer
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Human Resources Analyst
  • Campaign Field Representative
  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Choir Teacher
  • Wellness Center Supervisor
  • Financial Representative
  • Assistant Controller
  • Business Development Analyst
  • Trust Administrator
  • Project Manager
  • Copy Editor

Grad School Bound

Twenty-two percent of the Augustana Class of 2018 reported they are pursuing additional education. Among those, 91 percent were admitted into a program of their choosing. 

Continuing education programs include:

  • Allied Health: 24 percent
  • M.D.: 24 percent
  • Master's, J.D., or Ph. D.: 24 percent
  • BSN: 10 percent
  • Economics, MBA, MPA: 9 percent
  • Sports Administration: 9 percent

The Class of 2018 chose graduate schools throughout the U.S. and around the globe. A sampling of graduate schools includes:

Allied Health

  • Avera Health, Radiography
  • George Fox University, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Illinois College of Optometry, Optometry
  • Indiana State University, Clinical Psychology
  • Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, Surgical First Assistant
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead, Speech-Language Pathology
  • Rockhurst University, Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Speech-Language Pathology
  • University of Mary, Occupational Therapy
  • University of Arizona, Audiology
  • University of Louisville, Social Work
  • University of Louisville, Counseling Psychology
  • University of South Dakota, Physical Therapy
  • University of South Dakota, Speech Pathology (2)
  • University of South Dakota, Counseling


  • A. T. Stills University, Medicine
  • Drexel University, Medicine
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Medicine
  • Seton Hall Medical School, Medicine
  • University of Washington, Medicine
  • University of Kansas, Medicine
  • University of Nebraska, Medicine (2)
  • University of South Dakota, Medicine (8)


  • University of St. Thomas, Law
  • University of South Dakota, Law
  • Wake Forest University, Religion & Law Dual Degree

Advanced Degree (Master’s or Doctorate’s) in Diverse Programs

  • Columbia University, Engineering
  • Colorado State University, Computer Science
  • Colorado State University, Economics
  • Duke University, Nicholas School of Environment
  • Kansas State University, School Counseling
  • Michigan State University, Nuclear Chemistry
  • South Dakota State University, Biological Studies
  • South Dakota State University, Industrial/Organization Psychology (2)
  • South Dakota State University, Sport and Recreation Administration
  • University of Kansas, Philosophy
  • University of Nebraska, Economics
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln, Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Sioux Falls, Business Administration (2)
  • University of South Dakota, Basic Biomedical Sciences

Engaged Learning

Augustana graduates reported engagement both in and out of the classroom. Of those who responded to the Student Success Center’s survey, 97 percent reported participating in an engaging activity during their college career.

Engaged learning activities for the Class of 2018 included:

  • Internships & Practicums
  • Clinicals
  • Student Teaching
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Co-curricular Activities
  • Student Clubs
  • Performing & Visual Arts
  • Athletics
  • Study Abroad
  • Part-time Employment
  • Volunteerism or Service Learning