Augustana College

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2001 S. Summit Avenue

Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Phone: (605) 274-5516
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#3 Overall Score: 91 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Augustana College is a private institution that was founded in 1860. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,771, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Augustana College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 3. Its tuition and fees are $28,630 (2013-14).

Augustana College is located in the city of Sioux Falls in South Dakota, about 180 miles north of Omaha and about 250 miles southwest of Minneapolis. Augustana, which is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is a selective institution that offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and about a dozen pre-professional programs, including nursing. Outside the classroom, many Augustana students get involved in prayer and community service. Each morning, there is a 40-minute break for students to worship, and many students also participate in Serving and Learning Together (SALT), an organization that plans community service events on campus and in town.

Augustana students can explore more than 90 clubs, as well as Greek-letter honors societies and The Augustana Mirror newspaper. Student athletes can play at the intramural level or try out for the many Augustana Vikings varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Notable Augustana alumni include Mary Hart, who broke the Guinness World Record for the longest-serving entertainment news host for her work on "Entertainment Tonight," which she left in May 2011.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Augustana College, founded in 1860, is a selective, private, residential, comprehensive college (liberal arts and professional) affiliated with the Lutheran church. Challenging academics, a friendly, vibrant community and reasonable cost come together to create an exceptional value for our 1750 students. The Augustana community (faculty, alumni, students, administrators, and staff) strives to embody Five Core Values: 1) Christian - As a college of the church, we welcome all faiths, encourage spiritual growth, and relate Christian faith and ethics to learning and service. 2) Liberal Arts - Augustana provides an education of enduring worth by affirming that teaching and learning are central and life-long; the breadth of our curriculum provides students with the skills and flexibility necessary for successful careers in a complex world. 3) Excellence - Engaged students, great teaching, high standards, and integrity lead to successful outcomes. 4) Community - Augustana fosters an environment of participation, caring, respect, and empowerment. 5) Service - Students enter to learn and leave to serve.

The heart of the Augustana experience is a rigorous academic program taught by a remarkable collection of professors. All are passionate about their disciplines and their teaching. Publishing, conducting research, and attaining national prominence have helped to create the rich liberal arts environment that exists on campus today. Over 80 percent of Augustana's full-time tenured and tenure-track professors hold the highest degree in their field. The College offers over 50 majors and pre-professional specializations within a 4-1-4 academic calendar. Extensive internship, study-abroad and undergraduate research programs supplement the curriculum. Civitas, the College's honors program, provides an environment for students who desire an even more challenging and rigorous intellectual experience.

Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a city of 156,000 and one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in America, Augustana is in a prime location for anyone wishing to live in a great small city that offers valuable experience in their field before graduation. Sioux Falls is the business, health care, research, shopping, entertainment, sports, and cultural center of the region. Our largest employers include Sanford Health, Avera Health, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and the Sioux Falls School District. The city is also home to four semi-professional sports teams: the Fighting Pheasants (baseball), Storm (arena football), Stampede (hockey), and SkyForce (basketball). These organizations represent a small sampling of the many internships, practicums, and part-time jobs that enhance and support the education of Augustana students. For example, our students may join scientists from around the world at the EROS Data Center to work on United Nations projects and to study satellite imagery or do cancer research with a physician at Sanford Health.

For outdoor recreation enthusiasts, Sioux Falls has a fantastic 22-mile bike trail that loops around the city following the Big Sioux River, with several adjoining public parks. Great Bear Recreation Park offers downhill and cross-country skiing as well as snowboarding in the winter and hiking trails in the summer. Sioux Falls is also home to a number of golf courses, a water park, and of course, Falls Park, the city's namesake. Finally, South Dakota is known for its spectacular hunting and fishing.

Augustana participates in NCAA Division II athletics in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and has recently made over $16 million in improvements to its athletic facilities. Students are involved in outstanding performing and visual arts programs, campus ministry, service learning, student leadership, environmental awareness, and more.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1860
Religious affiliation ELCA Lutheran
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting city
2012 Endowment $53,081,643


When applying to Augustana College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 75.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 75.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Augustana College is 11:1, and the school has 53.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Augustana College include: Education, General; Health Professions and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; and Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 52%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education, General 19%
Health Professions and Related Programs 16%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 9%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 7%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7%

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Student Life

Augustana College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,771, with a gender distribution of 40.4 percent male students and 59.6 percent female students. At this school, 78 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 22 percent of students live off campus. Augustana College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,839
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Augustana College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Augustana College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Augustana College, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Augustana College.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Augustana College, 65.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,566.

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Tuition and fees $28,630 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,170 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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