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Academic Reputation


Finalized 3-1-2020

Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an Arts and Sciences institution, Augustana has had a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society since 1950.

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 2023 scored 23-29 on the ACT.

About a third of Augustana's graduates attend graduate school. Ninety-four percent of recent graduates were in careers, service or graduate school within six months of graduation, compared with 84 percent nationwide (National Association of Colleges and Employers). Of those who continued to graduate school, 93 percent are in one of their top two choices of schools. 

More than 90 percent of the 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 are consistently recognized through grants for innovative projects by major foundations, including the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, National Institutes of Health, John Deere Foundation, National Science Foundation, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Teagle Foundation and the Wallenberg Foundations of Sweden.

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, the American Chemical Society's Petroleum Research Fund, Argonne National Laboratories and the American Heart Association.

For more information and data about Augustana’s academic community and reputation, see the Office of Institutional Research