Class of 2020: Engaged Learning, Grad Schools, Employers, Starting Roles

Top Employers

Members of the Augustana Class of 2020 were hired by 146 unique organizations.

According to the Outcomes Report, the top five employers of 2020 Augustana graduates were:

  • Sanford Health
  • Avera Health
  • Harrisburg School District
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Sioux Falls School District

The median reported salary for graduates who sought full-time employment was $42,300.

Job Titles

The softweare engineer at Dell, Inc. A sales representative at John Deere. Public relations services at Denver Rescue Mission.

These are the jobs graduates secured during the first six months after graduation because of their robust liberal arts background, applied learning and faculty mentorship.

Grad School Bound

Twenty-six-and-a-half percent of the Augustana Class of 2020 reported they are pursuing additional education. Among those, 94 percent were admitted into a program of their choosing. 

The Class of 2020 chose graduate schools throughout the U.S. and around the globe. A sampling of graduate schools includes:

Medical School

  • Iowa Medical School, Medicine
  • Saint Mary's, Medicine
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Geffen School of Medicine
  • University of Minnesota Duluth, Medicine
  • University of South Dakota, Medicine
  • University of Texas, Medicine/Medical Physics

Other Health Science and Allied Health Careers

  • Augustana University, Athletic Training
  • Avera McKennan, Radiology Technology
  • Cleveland University, Kansas City, Chiropractic
  • Concordia University, Wisconsin, Speech-Language Pathology
  • Creighton University, Physical Therapy
  • Des Moines University, Osteopathic Medicine
  • Louisian Tech University, Audiology
  • Midwestern University, Optometry
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, Speech Language Pathology
  • New England College of Optometry
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic
  •  Southern College of Optometry
  • South Dakota State University, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • University of Iowa, Audiology
  • University of Iowa, Audiology
  • University of Jamestown, Physical Therapy
  • University of Mary, Communciation Sciences and Disorders
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dentistry 
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center, Master of Physician Assistant Studies
  • University Nebraska, Omaha, Speech Language Pathology
  • University of North Dakota, Speech Language Pathology
  • University of South Dakota, Occupational Therapy
  • University of South Dakota, Physical Therapy
  • University of South Dakota, Speech Language Pathology

Law School

  • Mitchell Hamline
  • New England
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of St. Thomas

Business Administration

  • Augustana University, Sports Administration and Leadership
  • National University of Singapore, Finance
  • University of Denver, Accounting
  • University of Laverne, Finance
  • University of Mary, Business Leadership
  • University of Sioux Falls, Business Administration


  • Eastern Illinois University, Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Luther Seminary
  • Pennsylvania State University, Cello Performance
  • Wayne State College, Fine Arts, Theatre Lighting

Natural Sciences

  • Colorado State University, Organic Chemistry
  • Cornell University, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Emory University, Biochemistry
  • Iowa State University, Organic Chemistry
  • Purdue University, Aerospace Engineering
  • University of Kansas, Physics
  • University of Minnesota, Electrical Engineering
  • University of Minnesota, Mankato, Information Technology
  • University of Rochester, Biochemistry and Molecular Physics
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Engineering Mechanics

Engaged Learning

Augustana graduates reported engagement both in and out of the classroom. Of those who responded to the Student Success Center’s survey, 98 percent reported participating in an engaging activity during their college career.

Engaged learning activities for the Class of 2020 included:

  • Internships & Practicums
  • Clinicals
  • Student Teaching
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Externships
  • Campus Leadership
  • Performing & Visual Arts
  • Athletics
  • Study Abroad
  • Part-time Employment
  • Volunteerism or Service Learning