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. 

Academics

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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:

Augustana College logo
October 2013

Augustana ranks high in both academics and athletics in the 11th annual NCSA Athletic Recruiting Collegiate Power Rankings. Augustana is the eighth ranked NCAA Division II school and ranks 85th amongst 1,066 active NCAA member schools. The NCSA Athletic Recruiting power rankings assess the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country. Augustana was the highest ranked school from the NSIC on this year's list. Fewer than six percent of colleges and universities earned a spot in the NCSA top 100 for 2013; Augustana is in this elite class.
 

US News Best Colleges
September 2013

For the third year in a row, U.S. News has 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 2014” by U.S. News Media Group. The College 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 Monthly
August 2013

Augustana is ranked the No. 11 baccalaureate college in the nation, according to a recent report from Washington Monthly. The publication’s "2013 College Ranking" rates 350 baccalaureate institutions based on 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.
 

August 2014

Augustana is ranked among the best colleges in the Midwest, according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. The College is one of 158 premier institutions included in The Princeton Review's "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature, "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region."
 

Forbes ranking
August 2014

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.