Awards and Rankings

Augsburg College has been nationally recognized for welcoming and supporting a wide range of students, both locally and abroad. The following awards are a testament to our commitment to service, accessibility, academic excellence, diversity and inclusion, and radical hospitality.

Academic Excellence

Fulbright Scholars

In Fall 2013, the U.S. Department of State recognized Augsburg College for being among the top colleges and universities for producing Fulbright students. The College, ranked No. 11 among master’s institutions, has had 18 Fulbright students since 2007. The Chronicle of Higher Education also recognized the College in 2010-11 for being a top producer of Fulbrights.

Gilman International Scholarship Awards

More than 36 Augsburg students have been awarded a Gilman International Scholarship since 2008. The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding and are in good academic standing to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Goldwater Scholarships

Augsburg had the highest number of scholars in 2015 among Minnesota’s private colleges. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type for students pursuing research careers in STEM.

Milken Educator Awards

Seven Augsburg graduates have received the prestigious Milken Educator Award, which provides public recognition and financial awards to elementary and secondary education professionals who further excellence in education.

National Scholarship Award Winners

In addition to the above awards, Augsburg has produced Newman Civic Fellows, Phillips, Rhodes, and Rossing Physics scholars among many other prestigious scholarship award winners.

For a list of the most recent award winners, see Celebrating Student Success in the Spring 2015 issue of Augsburg Now.

Community Engagement

President’s Interfaith and Community Service Honor Roll: Finalist with Distinction

Augsburg College was one of five finalists in the United States named to the prestigious President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction in the interfaith and community service category in both 2014 and 2015. The College has been named to the top tier of recognition—the honor roll with distinction—for this prominent national award six times.

President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll—with Distinction

Augsburg College was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction in 2013. Augsburg was  one of only three in Minnesota to earn this distinction. This is the fourth time the College has earned this honor. The award, presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service, recognizes the work of colleges and universities in overall community service.

In 2010, Augsburg won the 2010 Presidential Award for Community Service, the highest honor possible for service work. At the time, Augsburg was the only Minnesota college or university to have received this honor.

Excellence in Experiential Education

Augsburg College’s commitment to experiential education was recognized for the third time in as many years on October 5, 2012 when the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) presented President Paul C. Pribbenow with the 2012 William M. Burke Presidential Award for Excellence in Experiential Education, which is a testament to the fact that hands-on learning is a core part of the College’s curriculum.

Top 25 schools for service-learning

U.S. News & World Report designated Augsburg College as one of the top 25 colleges and universities in the nation—and the only Minnesota school—for its dedication to service-learning in 2013. Schools listed require volunteering in the community as an instructional strategy and a requirement of a student’s coursework.

Augsburg was also named to the list in 2009.

Top 100 nationally for contribution to the public good

Augsburg College was the No. 2 institution in Minnesota named by Washington Monthly in its 2013 Master’s Universities Rankings. The list rates schools based upon their contribution to the public good in three categories: social mobility, research, and service.

Diversity and Inclusion

50 Best disability friendly colleges and Universities

College Choice ranked Augsburg #13 of the 50 Best Disability Friendly Colleges and Universities in 2016 for having strong programming and solid support services that meet the physical, social, and academic needs of students with learning disabilities and special needs.

Best LGBT Friendly Colleges and Universities

College Choice ranked Augsburg among the 50 Best LGBT Friendly Colleges and Universities, 2016 for having a strong and proven history of creating quality programming for the LGBTQ community and its allies.

#5 Most Transgender-Friendly College

College Magazine named Augsburg the #5 Most Transgender-Friendly College in the country in 2015. Schools are ranked to help students choose an institution that works hard to make their campus feel like home for transgender students and offers comfort, safety, and freedom to all students.

Top 50 LGBT-friendly Colleges & Universities

Augsburg was featured on Campus Pride’s Top 50 LGBT-friendly List in 2014. Campus Pride is the leading national organization for creating safer, more LGBT-friendly colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the Top 50 campuses for leading the way in LGBT-inclusion and creating a safe learning environment.

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity recipient

Insight Into Diversity awarded Augsburg its Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award in 2015.

Top 200 Schools for Native Americans

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society Winds of Change magazine has selected Augsburg as one of the Top 200 Schools in 2013 and 2014 for Native American and Alaska Native students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Top Colleges for Older Students

Augsburg College was listed as one of 50 Top Colleges for Older Students by in 2014, who examined each school’s academics, student engagement, percentage of students above age 25, and programs geared toward nontraditional students. Augsburg was listed as number nine of 50 for it’s programs designed for nontraditional students, it’s hybrid learning format, percentage of students over the age of 25 (31 percent), and schedule flexibility.

College Awards

Best Regional Universities by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report named Augsburg one of the Best Universities in the Midwest. Rankings are based on several factors, including average first-year retention rates, graduation rates, class sizes, student-faculty ratios, acceptance rates, and more.

Best in the Midwest by The Princeton Review

In 2016, The Princeton Review again named Augsburg College one of the Best in the Midwest for academic excellence.


The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranked Augsburg no. 2 in Minnesota for student engagement in the learning process in their inaugural ranking of U.S. colleges and universities. The student engagement score is based largely on results of student survey that addressed how challenging classes are, whether they foster critical thinking and prompt students to make connections to the real world, and how much interaction the students have with faculty and other students.

Best Value Colleges or Universities in Minnesota

Best Value Schools has listed Augsburg College no. 6 on a list of 20 Best Value Colleges or Universities in Minnesota 2015. Rankings are based on graduation rate, net price, acceptance rate, and 20-year net return on investment.


Twelve-time NCAA Division III national champions in wrestling.

For more information on Auggie athletics, visit the athletics homepage.

Military Friendly

Top Military-Friendly School

Augsburg was named a 2016 Military Friendly® School, a list which is compiled through extensive research and a free, data-driven, survey of more than 10,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. Military Friendly Schools have gone above and beyond to provide transitioning veterans the best possible experience in higher education.

Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report

Augsburg College was ranked one of the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report for participating in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for, and complete their degrees.

Top Military-Friendly School

Military Advanced Education has selected Augsburg College as a top military-friendly school in the Military Advanced Education 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities.


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