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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 academic honor society since 1950. Only 10 percent of U.S. colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters.

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-eight percent of recent graduates were in graduate school, employed or in professional service within six months of graduation. 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. All classes are taught by faculty; Augustana does not have graduate teaching assistants. The 11-to-1 student-faculty ratio allows students to work closely with professors and advisors while pursuing their academic careers. The largest majors at Augustana are biology, business administration and psychology, followed by education, accounting and mathematics/computer science.

Among liberal arts colleges, U.S. News and World Report in 2020 ranked Augustana as:

• No. 36 in First-Year Experiences and the top Illinois college in this category

• No. 42 in Most Innovative Schools and the only Illinois college ranked

• No. 43 in Best Undergraduate Teaching

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.