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Academic Reputation


Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an Arts and Sciences 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 2019 scored 24-29 on the ACT.

A third of Augustana's graduates attend graduate school. Ninety-seven percent of 2014 graduates were employed, enrolled in professional internship or pursuing an advanced degress within a year of graduation.

About 90 percent of the 190 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 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.