Princeton Review picks USD as ‘one of nation’s best’

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review and its “Best Colleges” issue. USD is also the only institution from South Dakota named to this year’s prestigious list.

In its 2010 edition of "The Best 371 Colleges," the New York-based education services company's flagship annual college guide features comments such as USD's honors program has professors "nearly always willing to go the extra mile for students" in classes such as pre-medicine, biology, business, psychology and law. Based on survey results from 120,000 students, USD was described as having great educational value for having national scholarship recipients "almost every year for big scholarships like the Goldwater and Truman, competing with big, Ivy League, private colleges."  Students also praised USD’s wide selection of quality academics and for having student organizations that "call out to many."

"This list is another confirmation of USD's commitment to provide students with quality academic and research programs," explained Teddi A. Joyce, Ph.D., vice president of marketing, enrollment and student services at USD. "Students know that The U’s faculty and staff are committed to providing an extraordinary educational value."

The 2010 edition of "The Best 371 Colleges" lists only 15 percent of the 2,500 four-year colleges in the United States along with two from Canada. A profile in the guide includes student responses to academics, student life as well as The Princeton Review's own breakdown of admissions, financial aid and the "Inside Word."

According to Robert Franek, vice president of publishing at The Princeton Review, colleges and universities featured in the "Best 371 Colleges" were selected primarily for outstanding academics. Institutional data collected by the education services company, including feedback provided by students and independent college counselors, was also used to evaluate each school.

USD's ranking in "Best 371 Colleges" can be found at www.princetonreview.com/TheUniversityofSouthDakota.aspx where users can also read FAQs about the book, which was released July 28.