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Augustana Ranked No. 3 Among Best Regional Colleges by U.S. News

Augustana is ranked No. 3 among the "Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest" according to the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group. The No. 3 ranking is a jump from the College’s No. 5 ranking by U.S. News for 2011.

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 “Best Value Schools” study, Augustana is ranked No. 3 in the Midwest.

The report, which ranks more than 1,600 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 12:1 and the average class has 23 students.

In its "Best Value Schools" 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.”

Just last month, Augustana was featured among “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes.