Classiﬁed by the Carnegie Foundation as an Arts and Sciences plus Professions institution, Augustana is in the nation's top 60 private undergraduate colleges for 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 2016 scored 24-29 on the ACT.
A third of Augustana’s graduates attend graduate school. Ninety-five percent of graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school within a year of graduation.
Ninety-three percent of the 182 full-time faculty hold Ph.D.s or the terminal degrees in their ﬁelds. The 12-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, the American Chemical Society's Petroleum Research Fund, Argonne National Laboratories and the American Heart Association.