Four Years to Graduate

Here, 86 percent of recent grads earned their degrees in four years.

Graduating in four years affirms good advising and academic planning, motivated students, and a supportive learning environment that fosters success. It also means students start their career earlier or will be enrolled in graduate or professional education sooner than their public-funded university peers.

"Most of our students don't spend a fifth or sixth year at Augustana the way they do at many public universities. Instead, they are in the workplace or starting graduate and professional school. When you factor in the state university "opportunity cost" of being out of the workforce for an extra year or two, it makes Augustana an even better value, and even more attractive to those wanting to make every dollar count."

— Dr. Susan Hasseler
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

What about those who don’t finish in four years? Typical of a NCAA Division II athletic program, freshmen normally “red-shirt,” meaning they only practice during their freshman year and begin game participation when they are sophomores academically. Naturally, this extends the time they are in college. Most of these students finish 4 ½  to 5 years. Other exceptions are those who double-major or pursue professional programs which may require more than the 130 credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree.

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