Academics at Augustana

Consider what’s possible when you begin your journey from the intersection of the liberal arts and life. What we do here – the broad-based knowledge our talented professors provide; the support and guidance offered by our seasoned residential life teams; the exposure and perspective gained through international travel; and the ideas that swell from a culturally and ethnically diverse campus – define the liberal arts. After their time at Augustana, we believe that our graduates are well-suited to contribute and thrive in virtually any field because their foundations are strong – constructed with the materials deemed most durable for success in today’s world: faith, history, science, literature, language and service. 


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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 2015

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

Augustana is ranked No. 2 among the "Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest" according to the latest edition of “Best Colleges 2015” 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.


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 2015

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 in the Midwest" section of its website feature, "2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region."