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Augustana University Overview

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

What Is Augustana University Known For?

442 Undergraduate Awards
$28,546 Avg Cost After Aid
68% Acceptance Rate
  • The 0% student loan default rate at Augustana Sioux Falls is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Augustana Sioux Falls.
  • In 2017-2018, 78% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Augustana Sioux Falls with a bachelor's degree make about $43,700 a year. That's 7% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average Augustana Sioux Falls student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Augustana University Rankings

We have ranked Augustana Sioux Falls as #182 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

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 been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#148 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
#5 Best Business/Corporate Communications Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Health & Physical Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best General Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#65 Best Accounting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#170 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’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
#16 Best Value Colleges for Health & Physical Education College Factual
#35 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education College Factual
#36 Best Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Teaching Degree Search
#44 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#56 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#76 Best Colleges for Education College Factual

Where Is Augustana University?

Location of 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 required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Augustana Sioux Falls?

68% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
6% Submit SAT Scores
Augustana Sioux Falls has an acceptance rate of 68%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 62%, and the acceptance rate for women is 73%.

Average Test Scores

About 6% 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 530 and 630. Math scores were between 540 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Augustana University  ( 530 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Augustana University  ( 540 to 660 )
Augustana Sioux Falls received ACT scores from 94% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 30. Math scores were between 23 and 28. Composite scores were between 23 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Augustana University  ( 22 to 30 )
ACT Math Scores for Augustana University  ( 23 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for Augustana University  ( 23 to 29 )

Can I Afford Augustana University?

$28,546 Net Price
64% Take Out Loans
0.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Augustana Sioux Falls is $28,546. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Augustana Sioux Falls, approximately 64% of students took out student loans averaging $9,178 a year. That adds up to $36,712 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Augustana Sioux Falls is 0.4%. 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

1,727 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,818 undergraduate students at Augustana Sioux Falls, with 1,727 being full-time and 91 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Augustana Sioux Falls

There are also 295 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,727 full-time undergraduates at Augustana Sioux Falls, 36% are male and 64% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Augustana Sioux Falls

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Augustana Sioux Falls Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 25
Black or African American 38
Hispanic or Latino 52
White 1,457
International Students 114
Other Races/Ethnicities 41

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

274 Took All Classes Online
274 Took At Least One Class Online
20.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 274 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 8th most popular in South Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Augustana Sioux Falls

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Augustana University was 20.9%. This is the #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
Education 13%
General Education 9%

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 #38
Education #195

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 0 136 136
Nursing 62 0 62
Business Administration & Management 48 0 48
Teacher Education Grade Specific 44 0 44
General Biology 40 0 40
Accounting 16 12 28
Health & Physical Education 16 8 24
General English Literature 16 0 16
General Psychology 16 0 16
Teacher Education Subject Specific 14 0 14
Romance Languages 13 0 13
Economics 13 0 13
Sociology 13 0 13
Special Education 12 0 12
Political Science & Government 12 0 12
Communication & Media Studies 10 0 10
Mathematics 10 0 10
Fine & Studio Arts 10 0 10
Communication Sciences 9 0 9
Journalism 8 0 8
Mental & Social Health Services 0 8 8
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 7 0 7
Anthropology 6 0 6
Business/Corporate Communications 5 0 5
Computer Information Systems 5 0 5
American Sign Language 5 0 5
Liberal Arts General Studies 5 0 5
Computer Science 4 0 4
History 4 0 4
Classical Languages & Literature 3 0 3
Physics 3 0 3
Germanic Languages 2 0 2
Philosophy 2 0 2
Religious Studies 2 0 2
Chemistry 2 0 2
Drama & Theater Arts 2 0 2
Engineering Physics 1 0 1
Area Studies 1 0 1
Music 1 0 1
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0
International Studies 0 0 0
Natural Sciences 0 0 0
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 0 0 0
TOTAL 442 164 606


*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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