Money Gives Augustana Top Marks for Quality, Affordability, Outcomes

Money has ranked Augustana among the nation's best colleges. The ranking is based on education quality, affordability and outcomes.

Money has ranked Augustana No. 168 among 711 colleges and universities nationwide for its education quality, affordability and outcomes.

The ranking is included in Money's 2017 Best Colleges report.

"We estimate a college’s 'value-add' by calculating its performance on important measures such as graduation rates, student loan repayment and default rates, and post-graduation earnings, after adjusting for the types of students it admits," the report said. "We believe this analysis gives students and parents a much better indication of which colleges will provide real value for their tuition dollars."

The report analyzed three key areas: 

Quality of Education — a review of graduation rates, instructor quality and institutional financial standing.

At Augustana: 

  • 86 percent of graduates earn their degrees in four years.
  • 97 percent of recent grads strongly agreed or agreed that they had at least one professor who made them excited about learning.
  • The endowment stands at $74 million — up from $47 million a decade ago. As a result, Augustana is able to award scholarships and financial aid to 100 percent of its full-time students.

Affordability — a review of the institution's net price, graduate debt and social mobility efforts for low-income students.

At Augustana: 

Outcomes — a review of job placement and earnings for recent graduates.

At Augustana: 

  • 98 percent of recent grads are employed in a position related to their major or chosen field.
  • 99 percent engaged in internships, clinical work, research, study abroad, volunteerism or student teaching during their college careers.
  • The mean salary reported for 2016 grads was $43,471. The maximum salary reported was $67,000.

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Kelly Sprecher
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