Class of 2016: Engaged Learning, Grad Schools, Employers, Starting Roles

Outcomes for members of the Augustana University Class of 2016

A snapshot of engaged learning opportunities, graduate schools, employers and starting roles for the Class of 2016. Each list represents a sample.


Top Employers

Members of the Augustana Class of 2016 were hired by 131 unique organizations.

The top employers of 2016 Augustana graduates were:

  • Sanford Health
  • Avera Health
  • Sioux Falls School District
  • Lutheran Social Services of SD

The mean reported salary for graduates who sought full-time employment was $43,471. The maximum salary reported was $67,000.


Job Titles

From “White House Reporter” to “Minnesota Viking,” “teacher,” “accountant” and more, Augustana graduates secured competitive positions.  

A sampling of job titles includes:

  • Accountant
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Applications Developer
  • Assistant Brand Manager
  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Creative Content Writer
  • Digital Content Producer
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Legal Assistant
  • Marketing Manager
  • Page Designer & Copy Editor
  • Network Engineer
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Professional Athlete
  • Project Manager
  • Registered Nurse
  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Teacher
  • White House Reporter

Grad School Bound

Twenty percent of the Augustana Class of 2016 reported they are pursuing additional education. Among those, 93 percent were admitted into a program of their choosing. 

Continuing education programs include:

  • Allied Health: 29 percent
  • Medicine: 27 percent
  • Human Services, Education and Seminary: 19 percent
  • Natural Sciences: 8 percent
  • Law: 5 percent
  • Other: 12 percent


The Class of 2016 chose graduate schools throughout the U.S. and around the globe.
A sampling of graduate schools includes:

  • Creighton University
  • Iowa State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Rockhurst University
  • Saint Ambrose University
  • Saint Catherine University
  • Saint Scholastica University
  • South Dakota State University
  • St. Louis University
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of South Florida

Engaged Learning

Augustana graduates reported engagement both in and out of the classroom. Of those who responded to the Student Success Center’s survey, 99 percent reported participating in an engaging activity during their college career.

Engaged learning activities for the Class of 2016 included:

  • Internships & Practicums
  • Clinicals
  • Student Teaching
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Co-curricular Activities
  • Student Clubs
  • Performing & Visual Arts
  • Athletics
  • Study Abroad
  • Part-time Employment
  • Volunteerism or Service Learning