Augustana is classiﬁed by the Carnegie Foundation as an Arts and Sciences plus Professions institution, and ranks among the top 60 private undergraduate colleges in the country, based on the number of graduates who earn the Ph.D. Since 1950, Augustana has had a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
Admission is selective. Students accepted to Augustana typically rank in the top quarter of their high school classes and score well above national norms on the ACT and SAT. The middle 50 percent of enrolled students for the class of 2014 scored 24-29 on the ACT.
A third of Augustana’s graduates attend graduate school. Ninety-eight percent of graduates are employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school shortly after graduating.
Ninety-one percent of the 181 full-time faculty hold Ph.D.s or the terminal degrees in their ﬁelds. The 11-to-1 student-faculty ratio allows students to pursue their own academic careers on a personal level.
Augustana’s curriculum and faculty also are consistently recognized through grants for innovative projects by major foundations, including the Kresge Foundation, Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Teagle Foundation, the Dow Chemical Company Foundation, W.M. Keck Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. A $7.5 million grant from the F.W. Olin Foundation was based on academic excellence.
Augustana actively promotes, underwrites and administers research projects involving both professors and students. Research work has included major projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, Argonne National Laboratories and the American Heart Association.