Augsburg Distinctions

Honors, Rankings, and Distinctions

distinction_flowersAugsburg is the only college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America located in the heart of a large urban area, and we consider this city our metropolitan classroom. We engage with the city—with our neighbors, with arts and culture, with Fortune 500 companies, and with all it can teach us about our diverse, urban environment.

For our students, the Twin Cities provide boundless opportunities for service-learning, internships, research, jobs, and more. An Augsburg education prepares students in many ways for leadership and service in our global society.

Accreditation, Approvals, and Memberships

2013 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. 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.

Throughout the United States, college and university students contributed $2.5 billion in value in community service.

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 named to the list were nominated by college presidents, chief academic officers, and deans from more than 1,500 higher education institutions, to schools that 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.

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 Princeton Review

In 2013, Augsburg College was again named one of 155 colleges that The Princeton Review has named “Best in the Midwest” for academic excellence.

Top 200 Schools in 2013 by Winds of Change

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

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.

High ROI College

Augsburg College was named a top college for return on investment (ROI) in Minnesota for having high-earning graduates in comparison to tuition and fees. The ranking, by Affordable Colleges Online, is the result of a partnership among the National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System, the Carnegie Foundation, and

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 (MAE) has selected Augsburg College as a top military-friendly school in the Military Advanced Education 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities. MAE staff evaluates each submission by strict criteria. As the first publication to do a military-friendly list, MAE has been improving the process every year in order to provide our men and women in uniform information that will help them make the right choices about college.

National Society for Experiential Education Award

Augsburg College’s commitment to experiential education was recognized for the third time in as many years on October 5 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.

The award, presented by the NSEE and funded by The Washington Center for Academic Internships and Seminars, celebrates the dedication of a sitting college or university president who has made significant contributions to experiential education on campus and in the community.

Pribbenow was nominated for the award by Garry Hesser, sociologoy professor and Sabo Professor for Citizenship and Learning; Orval Gingerich, assistant vice president for international programs; and Lois Olson, former director of the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work.

The Burke Award, a testament to the fact that hands-on learning is a core part of the College’s curriculum, includes a $2,000 scholarship that will be awarded to a deserving Auggie who is involved in experiential learning.

2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll—Presidential Awardee

Augsburg is one of six higher education institutions in the nation to receive the 2010 Presidential Award for Community Service from the Corporation for National and Community Service. This is the highest award given that recognizes institutions for their commitment to and achievement in community service, and Augsburg is the only Minnesota school to receive this honor. In three previous years, the College has been named to the President’s Honor Roll with the additional designation of “With Distinction.”

During the 2009-10 school year, Auggies contributed nearly 200,000 hours of community service to programs including course-based service-learning, Campus Kitchen, Bonner Leaders, Urban Scrubs Camp, Community Gardens, GEMS/GISE/STEM summer programs, and much, much more. More than 1,700 students more than 200 faculty and staff participated in academic service-learning last year.

2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll—with Distinction

Augsburg was named to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll for the third time in 2009 and was the only college in Minnesota named this year “with distinction.” The President’s Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

In 2008-09, 900 Augsburg students participated in service-learning, and 1,200 students participated in more than 20 hours of community service per semester. In addition, students who are Bonner Leaders are paired with nonprofit community organizations and contributed nearly 5,000 hours of service, while students involved in Campus Kitchen volunteered more than 3,000 hours of their time.

Gilman International Scholarship Awards

More than 30 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.

2009 Rhodes Scholar

Brian Krohn ’08, BA Chemistry, Environmental Change and Management

Fulbright Scholars for 2010-11

Bethany Hellerich ’09, English Teaching Assistantship, Indonesia

Heidi Le ’10, English Teaching Assistantship, Vietnam

Jens Olsen ’10, English Teaching Assistantship, Vietnam

Colin Irvine, Associate Professor of English, Fulbright Roving Scholar, Norway

Center for Global Education, Fulbright-Hays Group Project Award, Namibia

Goldwater Award (for 2009-10)

Alex Garver ’10, Mathematics

Rossing Physics Scholarship, ELCA (for 2009-10)

Nate Johnson ’10

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Research Stipend 2010

Dallas Liddle, Associate Professor of English

2009 Milken Family Foundation Educator Award

Martha Spriggs ’96, Andersen United Community School, Minneapolis, Minn.

Outstanding Youth Award 2009, Association of Fundraising Professionals

Campus Kitchen at Augsburg College

ASCAP award, Concert Music Division, 2009-10

Carol Barnett, Studio Artist, music composition

2009 NCAA Division III national championship

Augsburg wrestling team (11th title in 20 years)

2009 NCAA Division III Coach of the Year

Mark Matzek ’05, Head Football Coach

Rose and Jay Phillips Scholars, Minnesota Private College Fund

2009-2011, PaDao Yang ’11—Helping Hmong refugee youth to combine traditional Hmong art with modern art to express themselves

2010-2012, Marisol Campusano ’12—Project to empower Latina women by educating them about family structure and family planning

Award of Excellence 2009, American Music Therapy Association

Music Therapy Department, for 35 years of excellence; with lifetime membership awarded to Roberta Kagin, associate professor and program director

“25 on the Rise”

The Minnesota Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named Hector Matascastillo ’10 MSW as one of the “25 on the Rise in 2010.”

Gilman Awards—for study abroad, fall 2010

Claire Bergren (Namibia)

Kong Lee (China)

Katherine Martinson (Morocco)

Maizoua Vang (South Korea)

Mai Sia Yang (Thailand)

Outstanding Student Paper Awards

Randy Krug 10, chemistry, Beta Beta Beta, 2nd place

National Certifying Examination, Physician Assistant master’s degree graduates

Class of 2009—placed in 85th percentile (Augsburg mean score, 596; national score, 535)

Going Green Production Award, University and College Designers Association (UCDA)

Augsburg Now magazine, Spring 2009 issue

Serve 2.0 Star Community Partner Profile Award, Bonner Summer Leadership Institute

Mallory Carstens and Kate Lewis, Bonner Scholars, for the video introducing Augsburg