Augustana University Rankings

By the Numbers

“These rankings reflect the distinctive education of enduring worth available at Augustana. Whether it is studying away, internships or rigorous research, students develop transferable skills and a vocational sense of purpose that prepares them to be global leaders." — Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success & Engagement Billie Streufert

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U.S. News & World Report

Best University in the Midwest
Best Undergraduate Teaching in the Midwest
Best Value in the Midwest

The Princeton Review

  • The Princeton Review ranked Augustana as one of its 2023 Best Regional Colleges (in the Midwest) considered academically outstanding and well worth consideration in a college search.
  • The Princeton Review featured AU in its "2023 Guide to Green Colleges" for being an environmentally friendly university.


  • WalletHub ranked Augustana as one of its 2023 Best Universities — the top university in South Dakota and No. 157 out of more than 800 universities nationwide across 30 key measures, ranging from student-faculty ratio and graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.


  • Niche ranked Augustana among the 2023 Best Colleges in South Dakota, Best Christian Colleges in America and the Best College for Nursing in the state and one of the best in the nation.
Overall Niche Grade

College Raptor


Overall Ranking in South Dakota
Overall Ranking in NSIC Conference
Student Life Ranking in NSIC Conference

Leading Colleges

  • Leading Colleges, LLC recognized Augustana University with a 2023 Leading Colleges Award for its student outcomes.

Augustana University Outcomes Report

  • Augustana graduates who completed their bachelor’s degrees between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, were surveyed within six months of graduation. The report by the AU Student Success Center offers a snapshot of post-graduation activities and destinations for members of the Class of 2022.
of 2022 Grads Achieved a Positive Career Outcome
of 2022 Grads Enrolled in Graduate School or Professional Programs
of 2022 Grads Participated in Experiential Learning
Top 5
Employers that Hired 2022 Grads: Avera Health, Fairview Health, Sanford Health, Harrisburg School District, Sioux Falls School District
Unique Organizations Hired 2022 Grads in 23 States & Across the Globe
Full-Time Median Salary Reported by 2022 Grads