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Awards and Rankings

Augsburg 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

Augsburg is one of the top producers of Fulbright scholars among liberal arts colleges across the nation and has had 22 Fulbright students since 2007. In the last eight years we have been highlighted by both the Chronicle of Higher Education and the U.S. Department of State as being a top institution for producing Fulbright students. Learn more about our 2018-19 Auggie Fulbright Scholars.

Gilman International Scholarship Awards

More than 50 Augsburg students have been awarded Gilman International Scholarships 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.

Community Engagement

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

Augsburg 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. Augsburg 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 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 Augsburg 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’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 Augsburg’s curriculum.

Top 50 Nationally for Contribution to the Public Good

Augsburg was the No. 2 institution in Minnesota named by Washington Monthly in its 2017 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.

50 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.

25 LGBT Friendly Colleges

College Consensus, a unique new college review aggregator, has recognized Augsburg University in its survey of the 25 LGBTQ Friendly Colleges of 2019. College Consensus works to bring attention to schools that other ranking publishers overlook. Intentional gender neutral language, explicit non-discrimination policies, and gender neutral dorms and restrooms were some of the factors taken into account.

#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 30 LGBTQ-friendly Colleges & Universities

Augsburg was named to Campus Pride’s list of the top 30 LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities in 2017 and 2018. Campus Pride is the leading national organization for creating safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities.

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity recipient

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

Top 200 Schools for Indigenous Americans

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society Winds of Change magazine has selected Augsburg as one of the Top 200 Schools for Indigenous American and Alaska Native students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math for many years, most recently in 2018.

Top 50 Colleges for Older Students

Augsburg 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.

University Awards

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

U.S. News & World Report again named Augsburg one of the Best Universities in the Midwest in 2019. Rankings are based on several factors, including average first-year retention rates, graduation rates, class sizes, student-faculty ratios, and more. Augsburg was the best Minnesota school on the list for undergraduate teaching (#5) and best value schools (#10), as well as #14 for most innovative.

Best in the Midwest by The Princeton Review

In 2018, The Princeton Review again named Augsburg one of the Best in the Midwest for academic excellence.

Best Student Engagement in Minnesota

For the second year in a row, The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranked Augsburg No. 2 in Minnesota for student engagement in the learning process in their ranking of U.S. colleges and universities. The student engagement score is based largely on results of a 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 no. 6 on a list of 20 Best Value Colleges or Universities in Minnesota 2018. 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.

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Military Friendly

Top Military-Friendly School

Augsburg was named Military Friendly® School in 2016 and 2019, 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 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.


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