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

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U.S. News has again ranked Augustana among the best in the Midwest.

In its latest annual guidebook, “Best Colleges: 2017," the news agency ranked Augustana No. 3 among the "Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest" and No. 2 among regional colleges in the Midwest offering the best value.

In its "Best Regional Colleges" analysis, the report examines key measurements to illustrate academic quality, including freshman retention rate, average graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, SAT/ACT percentiles, acceptance rates and the average rate of alumni giving.

In its "Best Value" analysis, the study "takes into account a school's academic quality, based on its U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2015-16 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid."

"The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal," the report said.

Such is the case at Augustana. Here, 100 percent of full-time students receive merit, talent and/or need-based financial aid assistance. The average overall financial aid award (scholarships, grants, work study and loans) for new, domestic first-year students was $26,592, meaning Augustana's average price for new, domestic first-year students was $14,506 after gift aid.

Additionally, Augustana was named to the "A+ Schools for B Students" list, which looks at schools accepting smart individuals with imperfect records. "If you're a good student with less-than-stellar test scores or a so-so GPA, these are the schools for you," the report said. "These colleges, which have strong ratings in the 2017 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, accept a significant number of students with nonstratospheric transcripts."

AU was also ranked No. 2 among "Best Regional Colleges for Veterans" in the Midwest, a listing of top-ranked schools that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees

"Best Colleges: 2017" ranks nearly 1,400 schools nationwide.

Recently, Augustana was featured among the best colleges in the Midwest by the Princeton Review and was listed among “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes.