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Rankings and recognition

Augustana College was ranked no. 96 of 233 liberal arts colleges nationally in 2020 by U.S. News and World Report.

U.S. News and World Report also ranked Augustana as:

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

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

No. 43 in Best Undergraduate Teaching

No. 66 in Best Value Schools

No. 94 in Top Performers on Social Mobility

Augustana College has had a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society since 1950. Only 10% of colleges and universities in the U.S. have been invited to form a chapter.

Other rankings

No. 74 on the 2021 Niche list of best 100 liberal arts colleges in America

24th among U.S. baccalaureate colleges for number of international students  (Open Doors 2020)

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award2020 and 2019

Best for the Money by College Factual: 46th out of 1,510 colleges (top 5 percent nationally) in 2019

Princeton Review: Best in the Midwest 2019

Kiplinger's Best Values in liberal arts colleges for 2019 (#89)

Money: Best Colleges by Value 2019

No. 10 nationally for number of Academic All-Americans; No. 1 in our conference

No. 11 Best Colleges in Illinois (Niche 2019)

Top 50 Safest Colleges (Shenyang Daily News 2015)

Top 25 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America (Thrillist.com 2014)

Biology at Augustana is ranked ranked No. 84 out of 820 schools nationwide by College Factual.

Psychology at Augustana is ranked No. 1 of 33 colleges in Illinois for value, and No. 26 out of 814 programs nationally by College Factual.

36th of the Top 250 Private Colleges that Offer the Most Creative Scholarship Money (2017)

The Lincoln Academy of Illinois honors one Augustana student each  year.