We graduate ...
Students in four years—unlike public-funded universities where it normally takes 5, 6 or more years to complete a degree.
Eighty-three percent of the Augustana graduating class of 2011 finished their degrees in four years.
Our six-year cohort graduation rate is 50 percent higher than the state of South Dakota average and 21 percent higher than the national average. Graduating in four years affirms good advising and academic planning, motivated students, and a supportive learning environment that fosters success.
"Most of our students don't spend a fifth or sixth year at Augustana the way they do at many public universities. Instead, they are in the workplace or starting graduate and professional school. When you factor in the state university "opportunity cost" of being out of the workforce for an extra year or two, it makes Augustana an even better value, and even more attractive to those wanting to make every dollar count. Students coming to Augustana can expect for the most part to graduate in four years. This is a tribute to the strong advising we provide, as well as the focus on academics at Augustana."
Dr. Murray Haar
Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies
It also means students start their career earlier or will be enrolled in graduate or professional education sooner than their public-funded university peers.
What about those who don’t finish in four years? Typical of a NCAA Division II athletic program, freshmen normally “red-shirt,” meaning they only practice during their freshman year and begin game participation when they are sophomores academically. Naturally, this extends the time they are in college. Most of these students finish 4 ½ to 5 years. Other exceptions are those who double-major or pursue professional programs which may require more than the 130 credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree.