USD honors program, faculty, affordability drive choice as ‘one of nation’s best’ by Princeton Review

VERMILLION, S.D. -- With an honors program cited as “one of the best-kept secrets in the country” and faculty “willing to go the extra mile for students,” The University of South Dakota is again one of the nation’s best academic institutions, according to The Princeton Review which listed USD in its “The Best 373 Colleges: 2011 Edition.”

The publication utilizes survey results from more than 120,000 students in putting together its annual college guide. Students submitting comments about USD praised The U’s honors program, and commended USD’s faculty and affordability as “great student to faculty communicative experience at a reasonable price.” USD also received plaudits for having a wide selection of quality academics, particularly the nursing, business, biology, pre-medicine, law and psychology programs.

“This is affirmation of what the campus community already knows to be true,” stated Jeff Baylor, vice president of marketing, enrollment and student services at USD. “The University of South Dakota provides an outstanding education and a great college experience at an affordable price.”

The 2011 edition of “The Best 373 Colleges” lists only 15 percent of the 2,500 four-year colleges in the United States along with two from Canada. Institutional data collected by the education services company, including feedback provided by students, comments from Princeton Review’s staff and a 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, was also used during the evaluation process.

Colleges and universities featured in the “Best 373 Colleges: 2011 Edition” were selected primarily for outstanding academics, according to Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP  of Publishing and author of “The Best 373 Colleges: 2011 Edition.” “The Best 373 Colleges” is the 19th edition of The Princeton Review's annual “best colleges” book, which is available on newsstands today. To see the complete list of “The Best 373 Colleges,” please visit www.princetonreview.com/rankingsbest.aspx.