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Augustana University Overview

Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Augustana University is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Augustana University Known For?

562 Undergraduate Awards
$31,986 Avg Cost After Aid
71% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Augustana Sioux Falls have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Augustana Sioux Falls.
  • For the 2019-2020 academic year, 73% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Augustana Sioux Falls with a bachelor's degree make about $50,137 a year. That's 23% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average Augustana Sioux Falls student graduates in 4.0 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Augustana University Rankings

Augustana Sioux Falls is ranked #153 out of 2,018 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Augustana Sioux Falls also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in South Dakota ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Augustana Sioux Falls has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#93 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#157 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Augustana Sioux Falls.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#23 Best Anthropology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#43 Best Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#46 Best General English Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#115 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Augustana Sioux Falls has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#9 Best Teacher Education Schools College Factual
#25 Best Secondary Education Schools College Factual
#52 Best Elementary Education Schools College Factual
#54 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Schools College Factual
#81 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#89 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools College Factual

Where Is Augustana University?


Contact details for Augustana Sioux Falls are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2001 S Summit Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57197-0001
Phone: 605-274-5516

How Do I Get Into Augustana Sioux Falls?

You can apply to Augustana Sioux Falls online at:

Admission Requirements for Augustana Sioux Falls

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Augustana Sioux Falls?

71% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
9% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 71%, Augustana Sioux Falls may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 67%, and the acceptance rate for women is 75%.

Average Test Scores

About 9% of students accepted to Augustana Sioux Falls submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 535 and 670. Math scores were between 520 and 720.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Augustana University  ( 535 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for Augustana University  ( 520 to 720 )
Augustana Sioux Falls received ACT scores from 89% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 28. Math scores were between 22 and 27. Composite scores were between 22 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Augustana University  ( 21 to 28 )
ACT Math Scores for Augustana University  ( 22 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for Augustana University  ( 22 to 28 )

Can I Afford Augustana University?

$31,986 Net Price
63% Take Out Loans
1.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Augustana Sioux Falls is $31,986. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Augustana Sioux Falls, approximately 63% of students took out student loans averaging $9,647 a year. That adds up to $38,588 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Augustana Sioux Falls is 1.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Augustana University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,665 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,735 undergraduate students at Augustana Sioux Falls, with 1,665 being full-time and 70 being part-time.


There are also 284 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,665 full-time undergraduates at Augustana Sioux Falls, 38% are male and 62% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Augustana University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 30
Black or African American 45
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 1,425
International Students 68
Other Races/Ethnicities 97

Geographic Diversity

South Dakota students aren't the only ones who study at Augustana University. At this time, 19 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 40 countries are represented at Augustana Sioux Falls. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Ethiopia, Norway, and China.

Online Learning at Augustana University

223 Took All Classes Online
226 Took At Least One Class Online
-1.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 226 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Augustana Sioux Falls has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 6th most popular in South Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of Augustana Sioux Falls

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Augustana University was -1.1%. This is the #1,866 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Augustana Sioux Falls regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Augustana Sioux Falls majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Special Education 33%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Augustana Sioux Falls ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Augustana Sioux Falls.

Major Growth Rate Rank
General Education #204

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Augustana University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
General Education 0 87 87
Nursing 83 0 83
Teacher Education Grade Specific 65 0 65
General Biology 49 0 49
Health & Physical Education 37 12 49
Business Administration & Management 48 0 48
Romance Languages 26 0 26
General Psychology 22 0 22
Accounting 15 6 21
Mathematics 17 0 17
General English Literature 15 0 15
Political Science & Government 15 0 15
Computer Science 12 0 12
Teacher Education Subject Specific 11 0 11
Communication Sciences 10 0 10
Mental & Social Health Services 0 10 10
Special Education 9 0 9
History 9 0 9
Anthropology 9 0 9
Liberal Arts General Studies 8 0 8
Chemistry 8 0 8
Communication & Media Studies 7 0 7
General Engineering 7 0 7
Computational Science 7 0 7
Marketing 6 0 6
Journalism 6 0 6
Computer Information Systems 6 0 6
American Sign Language 6 0 6
Allied Health Professions 0 6 6
Drama & Theater Arts 6 0 6
Business/Corporate Communications 5 0 5
Religious Studies 5 0 5
Fine & Studio Arts 5 0 5
Music 5 0 5
Physics 4 0 4
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 3 0 3
Germanic Languages 3 0 3
Philosophy 3 0 3
Economics 3 0 3
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 2 0 2
International Studies 2 0 2
Sociology 2 0 2
Natural Sciences 1 0 1
Genetics 0 0 0
Engineering Physics 0 0 0
Area Studies 0 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 0 0 0
TOTAL 562 121 683


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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