U.S. News has again ranked Augustana among the best in the Midwest.
In its latest annual guidebook, “Best Colleges: 2018," the news agency ranked Augustana No. 3 among the "Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest," gave the University high marks for its commitment to teaching undergraduates, and listed AU among regional colleges in the Midwest offering the best value.
Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest
Augustana University is ranked No. 3. in this analysis, which examines key measurements to illustrate academic quality, including graduation and retention rates, academic reputation, student satisfaction, SAT/ACT percentiles, acceptance rates and the average rate of alumni giving.
Best Undergraduate Teaching in the Midwest
Augustana is ranked No. 3 in this study, which lauds universities who "put a particular focus on undergraduate teaching ... these schools emphasize undergraduate education as opposed to the postgraduate research that is a priority at many universities."
Best Value Schools in the Midwest
AU comes in at No. 3 in this review, which "takes into account a school's academic quality, based on its U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2016-17 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 $26,277, meaning Augustana's average price for new, domestic first-year students was $15,978 after gift aid.
"Best Colleges: 2018" ranks more than 1,800 schools nationwide.
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