Forbes ranks USD as one of “America’s Top Colleges” as based on the quality of the educational experiences at 650 national institutions and highlights faculty expertise, career prospects, and emphasizes financial prudence, so students can make an informed, consumer choice when it comes to selecting a college or university.
America's Top Colleges: 2004, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
The University of South Dakota School of Law is one of the nation's most outstanding law schools, according to the Princeton Review.
USD earns praise for excellent relationships with the state bar association, the Circuit Court and the State Supreme Court.
Princeton Review names USD's Beacom School of Business as one of its "Best Business Schools." The publication praises USD's "good orientation program to help potential students familiarize themselves with the program” and “accessible, high quality professors.”
The USD School of Law ranks fifth in the nation for "Best Value" according to preLaw magazine, a National Jurist publication. Criteria used to identify the “Best Value” law schools, according to the magazine, were based on a two-year average for both first time bar pass rate and percent of students employed.
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
The University of South Dakota has one of the nation’s best online graduate degree programs for business, according to U.S. News and World Report. Ranking factors include retention and graduation rates, students in debt at graduation, the average undergraduate GPAs of new entrants, proportion of faculty members with terminal degrees, proportion of full-time faculty who are tenured or tenure-track, and whether the program offers support services like career placement assistance and academic advising so they are accessible to students remotely.