Graduate Outcomes, AU Reputation and National Rankings


In this region, Augustana’s reputation is second to none. Prospective employers, civic and business leaders hold high regard for AU and its graduates.

Augustana University graduates number nearly 30,000 individuals around the world. They are innovative thinkers, bright entrepreneurs, creative masterminds and compassionate healers — and they are unapologetic about their desire to build a brighter tomorrow.

Employer Perceptions of Augustana

A nationally-recognized higher education research firm* recently surveyed Sioux Falls area human resource professionals and influential civic and business leaders in the community to determine the attributes most associated with Augustana and its graduates and how the University compares to area colleges and universities. The percentage of those responding to the various attributes of the University and its graduates are as follows:

  • Quality faculty (89%)
  • Personal attention (89%)
  • Rigorous academics (86%)
  • Reputation for excellence (87%)
  • Graduates are well-rounded (88%)
  • Graduates leaders (86%)
  • Graduates effective communicators (90%)

National Recognition

Augustana is a place where imaginations are fired and intellects are engaged, which contributes to why we consistently receive national recognition for academic excellence in rankings:

US NewsSeptember 2019

U.S. News has ranked Augustana among the best universities in the Midwest.

Augustana is ranked No. 9 among the "Best Regional Universities in the Midwest" according to the latest edition of “Best Colleges 2020” by U.S. News Media Group. AU is also ranked #2 in Best Value Schools and #8 (tie) in Most Innovative Schools and #12 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Teaching. Learn more about the report.

Washington MonthlyAugust 2018

Augustana is ranked the No. 32 baccalaureate college in the nation, according to a recent report from Washington Monthly. The publication’s "2018 College Ranking" rates baccalaureate institutions according to their contribution to the public good in three areas — social mobility: recruiting and graduating low-income students; research: producing cutting-edge scholars and Ph.D.s; and service: encouraging students to give something back to their country.

ForbesAugust 2018

Augustana is again ranked among the nation’s best colleges and universities according to Forbes’ published annual list of “America’s Top Colleges.” Forbes ranked the top U.S. undergraduate colleges and universities based on student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rates and nationally competitive awards.

Augustana earns top marks from MoneyAugust 2018 —

For the second consecutive year, Money listed Augustana as the Best College in South Dakota as part of their “Best College in Every State” list. AU ranked 277 among colleges nationwide taking into consideration factors such as: cost, graduation rates, academic offerings and social scene.

Princeton ReviewAugust 2018

Augustana is ranked among the best colleges in the Midwest, according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. The University is one of 159 premier institutions included in The Princeton Review's "Best Midwestern" section of its website feature, "2019 Best Colleges: Region by Region."

AugustanaNovember 2018

Augustana ranks high in both academics and athletics in the 14th annual NCSA Athletic Recruiting Collegiate Power Rankings amongst more than 1,200 active NCAA member schools. Augustana is ranked first in the NCAA Midwest ranking. The NCSA Athletic Recruiting power rankings assess the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country.

*The Lawlor Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota