Augustana University Named a 2020 “Hidden Gem” by College Raptor

Hidden Gem 2020

Augustana University has been selected as a 2020 Hidden Gem in a recent announcement by College Raptor, a leading college planning platform that helps families discover college matches driven by algorithms to find the best colleges at the best price.

This recognizes Augustana as one of the best colleges in the country based on a methodology that analyzes a number of factors including the number of applications received, graduation rates, campus diversity, endowment per student, and other key metrics as reported via the National Center for Education Statistics for the most recently available enrollment year.

Augustana was selected for both Hidden Gems in the U.S. for the second year in a row and Hidden Gems in the Midwest marking the third year to hold this distinction.

“We are pleased to have been recognized again as a Hidden Gem in higher education. We take pride in providing quality education families can afford. Prospective students can estimate the cost of attending Augustana with our net price calculator,” said Augustana University Vice President for Enrollment Nancy Davidson. “Our university boasts smaller class sizes providing more opportunities for students to learn from professors whether online or at our beautiful 100-acre campus.”

“Finding hidden gem schools for students is core to how we help families discover great college choices. We take pride in making it easy for students to make those connections through our Hidden Gems Rankings lists by highlighting excellent schools like Augustana,” said Bill Staib, CEO of College Raptor. 

About College Raptor, Inc.

College Raptor builds mobile-first products to help students, parents, counselors, and colleges resolve some of the most significant challenges in college planning. It is the only college search platform that enables students and families to discover quality, affordable college options based on personalized estimates of financial aid, scholarships, academic match, and acceptance chances at every four-year college in the country. As a result, students and their families find cost-effective, academically-appropriate college options that prepare them for their careers.

About Augustana University

Founded in 1860, Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a selective, comprehensive university affiliated with the Lutheran Church. With more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs for undergraduates — along with graduate degree and continuing education programs — Augustana is committed to enriching lives and fostering development by combining a foundation in the liberal arts with professional skills and advanced study.

Nationally recognized for academic excellence, graduate outcomes and affordability by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and the Princeton Review, Augustana serves more than 2,100 students from 33 states and 32 countries. Most are part of our residential community and call our 100-acre campus home. Our graduate and continuing education programs serve students online and during times that are convenient for adult learners.


Nikki Troxclair, APR
Strategic Communications & Marketing