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Augustana University


Founded in 1860, Augustana is a selective, comprehensive university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). With more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs for undergraduates, along with graduate degree and continuing education programs, the University is committed to enriching lives and fostering development by combining a foundation in the liberal arts with professional skill and advanced study.

Augustana serves approximately 2,100 students from 42 states and 35 countries. Of those, more than 1,600 are undergraduates. Most of our students are part of our residential community and call our 100-acre campus home. Our graduate and continuing education programs serve students online and during times that are convenient for adult learners.

Augustana’s academic divisions — the Humanities, the Social Sciences and the Natural Sciences — work together to help the University garner consistently high national rankings, including a No. 3 ranking among "Best Regional Colleges" and a No. 2 listing among “Best Value Schools” in the Midwest by U.S. News; a No. 13 ranking among baccalaureate colleges in the nation for our efforts to advance social mobility, research and service by Washington Monthly; and a “Best Midwestern College” ranking from The Princeton Review. Augustana University is also listed among the nation’s best colleges and universities according to Forbes’ published annual list of “America’s Top Colleges.”Augustana University campus


Augustana is committed to supporting hands-on and experiential learning opportunities.

Our most recent Outcomes Report notes that 99 percent of recent grads participated in key engaged learning opportunities, such as experiential learning, internships, undergraduate research, clinicals, student teaching, study abroad and more.

Augustana’s numerous partnerships with businesses and employers throughout the city of Sioux Falls, as well as nationally and internationally, provide students with choice options from which to gain hands-on experience, develop professional connections and build their portfolios.

Each spring, Augustana hosts the Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium, a gathering that fosters and celebrates student research from each academic division.

Augustana’s Undergraduate Summer Research Program is a robust endeavor serving a growing number of students interested in the Natural Sciences. For Summer 2016, nearly 70 AU students gained invaluable hands-on experience and personal perspective by participating in undergraduate research, internships and volunteer opportunities organized through the University’s Natural Science Division and supported through agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN), the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), the Avera Genomics Institute and more.

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Augustana University profTHE ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Some call it the Liberal Arts. Others call it teaching for twenty-first century skills. At Augustana, we specialize in providing an education designed for the innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

Learning from a faculty of renowned professors, AU students build a foundation of knowledge, discover their passions, explore their vocation, develop specialties and realize the significance and meaning of serving others.

Students are encouraged to pursue multiple majors and minors while building experience through choice hands-on learning opportunities. And on Commencement Day, they graduate with an education of enduring worth, a vast professional network, an entrepreneurial mindset and a passport to possibility.

Augustana offers majors in more than 50 disciplines. The most popular are: Business Administration, Biology, Nursing, Psychology, Elementary Education, Exercise Science, Spanish, Political Science/ Government & International Affairs, All Grades Education and Sport Management.

At the graduate level, Augustana offers master’s degree programs in Business, Education, Sports Administration & Leadership, Professional Accountancy and Genetic Counseling. Formed in partnership with Sanford Imagenetics, Augustana’s Genetic Counseling master’s degree program is one of only 32 such programs nationwide.

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The Augustana campus is located on 100 tree-lined acres in the heart of Sioux Falls, the state’s largest city – just minutes from downtown, shopping and dining, premier entertainment venues, and outdoor recreation.

With a population of more than 173,000 – more than 250,000 in the metropolitan statistical area – a robust economy, countless outdoor activities, hundreds of restaurants, coffee shops and stores, sought-after internship and clinical opportunities and a vibrant entertainment scene, Sioux Falls is a great place to live and work.Augustana University students

Home to major health care centers, Fortune 500 businesses, a vibrant downtown, great options for entertainment and dining and an entrepreneurial spirit, Sioux Falls is considered one of America’s great small cities. Recent accolades include:

  • For 11 straight years, Sioux Falls has been identified within the top 5 in nation for “Best Small Metro for Business and Careers,” according to (2015).
  • In 2016, MSN Money ranked Sioux Falls No. 10 among the “25 Most Livable Cities in the U.S.”
  • ranks Sioux Falls No. 7 among “Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs” and No. 6 among “Cities with Affluent Young People.”
  • WalletHub ranked Sioux Falls as the No. 1 “Best Large City to Start a Business In 2016” and among the Top-10 “Best Run Cities.”

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