Augustana University

Augustana University, founded in 1860, is a selective, private, residential, comprehensive university (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 1800 students. The Augustana community (faculty, alumni, students, administrators, and staff) strives to embody Five Core Values: 1) Christian - As a university 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. More than 80 percent of Augustanas full-time tenured and tenure-track professors hold the highest degree in their field. The university offers more than 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 universitys 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 180,000 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 Canaries (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 citys 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 many 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.

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school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Private, Coed 1860 Evangelical Lutheran Church 4-1-4 $65.4 million + 2001 S. Summit Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57197 (605) 274-5516
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91 100.0 South Dakota Sioux Falls 103 121