Augustana Ranked Among Best Regional Colleges

Augustana College is ranked No. 5 among the Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest, according to the 2011 edition of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.

Augustana also received high rankings in the report’s analysis of schools that offer students the best value. Among the regional colleges listed in the ‘Great Schools, Great Prices’ study, Augustana is ranked No. 2 in the Midwest.

The report, which ranks more than 1,400 schools nationwide, classifies a regional college as a school that focuses entirely on the undergraduate experience and offers a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing and education.

In its Best Regional Colleges analysis, the report examines key measurements, including freshman retention rate, average graduation rate, the percentage of classes with 20 students or less, the student-to-faculty ratio, the percentage of full-time faculty members, SAT/ACT percentiles and acceptance rates.

At Augustana, 70 percent of entering freshman are ranked in the top third of their graduating class. Most enter with an average ACT score of 25 and a high school grade point average of 3.60. Nearly 80 percent of the College’s 111 full-time and tenure-track faculty possess the highest degree in their disciplines. The student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1 and the average class has 23 students.

In its ‘Great Schools, Great Prices’ analysis, the study compared academic quality and net cost of attendance for students who receive the average level of need-based financial aid. As the study indicates, “the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.”

Earlier this month, The Princeton Review again named Augustana one of the best colleges in the Midwest. Augustana was listed among a select group of 152 institutions recommended in the "Best in the Midwest" online feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region."

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations