Augustana Outcomes Report

Class of 2021

A new report by Augustana University's Student Success Center found that 99% of recent Augustana graduates are employed in a position related to their major and/or chosen field.

The report offers a snapshot of post-graduation activities and destinations for members of the Class of 2021. Graduates who completed their bachelor’s degrees between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, were surveyed within six months of graduation.

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Key Findings

  • Ninety-nine percent of responding graduates achieved a positive career outcome (e.g., continuing their education, working, serving in the military or volunteering).
  • Among the respondents, 26% enrolled in graduate school or professional programs.
  • Upon graduation, Class of 2021 alumni reported working in 20 states, as well as China and Vietnam.
  • South Dakota retained 72% of Augustana's full-time graduates — 60% working in the Sioux Falls region.
  • Top occupational classifications for 2021 graduates included occupations related to health care and technical, education, business and financial, management and sales, the life, physical and sports sciences, as well as architecture, engineering and computers. 
  • Members of the Class of 2021 were hired by 128 unique organizations. The top employers included Sanford and Avera Health, the Sioux Falls and Harrisburg School Districts, Mayo Health and First PREMIER Bank.
  • The mean salary for undergraduate students who were working full time in the Class of 2021 was $47,089, with a median salary of $45,000.

The Augustana Experience

  • Ninety-four percent of graduates reported that they were satisfied overall with their experience at Augustana.
  • Ninety-two percent of graduates agreed that faculty at Augustana cared about them as a person.
  • Ninety-six percent of graduates reported that they had at least one professor who made them excited about learning.
  • Ninety-two percent of graduates said they received a solid education from Augustana.
  • Ninety-six percent of graduate who responded reported that they participated in experiential learning.


of 2021 Grads Employed in their Major and/or Chosen Field
of 2021 Grads Enrolled in Grad School or Professional Programs
of 2021 Grads Participated in Experiential Learning
Top 5
Employers that Hired 2021 Grads: Sanford Health, Avera Health, Sioux Falls School District, Mayo Clinic, Harrisburg School District
Unique Organizations Hired 2021 Grads in 20 States & Across the Globe
Full-Time Median Salary Reported by 2021 Grads

2021 Graduate Spotlights

  "The results reflect the valuable resources provided by our dedicated faculty, supportive alumni and career specialists. The positive outcomes also are a testament to the enduring value of the liberal arts. Employers appreciate graduates' ability to think critically, communicate effectively and solve complex problems." — AU Provost & Executive Vice President Dr. Colin Irvine