Augustana Ranked Among Top Colleges by Washington Monthly

Augustana is ranked the No. 11 baccalaureate college in the nation, according to a recent report from Washington Monthly. The publication’s "2012 College Ranking" rates 352 baccalaureate institutions according to their contribution to the public good in three areas — social mobility: recruiting and graduating low-income students; research: producing cutting-edge scholars and Ph.D.s; and service: encouraging students to give something back to their country.

The report’s introduction, “A Different Kind of College Ranking,” lays the framework for its contents by asking: "What are colleges doing for the country? After all, higher education matters to more than just the people who attend. We all benefit when university researchers produce groundbreaking research in science, medicine, and technology."

"...we value a commitment to service ... The students in our best colleges are taught by example and design to look beyond themselves and give back," the publication writes.

Augustana is committed to helping students from all economic backgrounds fulfill the dream of higher education. For the 2011-12 academic year, 68 percent of Augustana students showed financial need and 29 percent showed high financial need (PELL-Grant eligible).

At Augustana, undergraduate research is on the rise. This summer alone, 69 Augustana students conducted scientific and biomedical research and/or completed internships or volunteer positions at facilities throughout the U.S. as part of the College's Summer Research Program, an initiative that places undergraduates in the field at laboratories, hospitals and study tanks throughout the U.S.

Service to the community continues to be a focus for the Augustana community. Earlier this year, the College was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.