The University is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a city with a population of more than 178,000 in a metropolitan area of approximately 260,000.
Augustana’s beautifully maintained, tree-lined campus is situated on 100 acres in a residential area.
More than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students come from 33 states and 32 foreign countries. Most are part of our residential community and call our 100-acre campus home. Our graduate and continuing education programs serve students online and during times that are convenient for adult learners. Approximately140 international students are enrolled. Students typically enter the University with an average ACT of 26 and a high school grade point average of 3.69. Of students whose schools report class rank, 63 percent ranked in the top quarter of their graduating class.
Nearly 82 percent of our 133 full-time and tenure-track faculty possess the highest degree in their disciplines. The student to faculty ratio is 11:1 with an average class size of 20 students.
Beyond the classroom, we provide opportunities for involvement in more than 100 student organizations and activities, including special interest groups, 19 NCAA Division II athletic teams and 20 performing arts ensembles in music and theatre.
Major university traditions include Opening Convocation, Viking Days, Christmas Vespers, Community Service Day, Semester Shutdown, the Augustana Symposium, Senior Celebration, Family Weekend and the Faculty Gauntlet at Commencement. Ole, the Viking statue in the center of the Quadrangle, is often decorated for special seasonal events. The Green is the large expanse of green space used for frisbee, bonfires and all kinds of student activities. An age-old university tradition — university football — returned to campus after 52 years with the inaugural season in Kirkeby-Over Stadium in 2009.
Living opportunities include six residence halls, 16 theme houses and five apartment complexes.