Sep 14, 2011

U.S. News’ ‘Best National Universities’ list includes USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota ranks as one of the “Best National Universities,” according to U.S. News and World Report. In the magazine’s 350-page guidebook, “America’s Best Colleges 2012,” South Dakota ranks among the top 200 institutions in the First Tier as defined by U.S. News and World Report. This is the 21st consecutive year that the University of South Dakota has been featured in “America’s Best Colleges.”

“To achieve this recognition for more than two decades is an acknowledgment of our outstanding academic programs, quality research and significant alumni support,” said James W. Abbott, president of the University of South Dakota. “The entire university community is to be commended for this honor and the continued success of the University of South Dakota.”

The National Universities category consists of 280 institutions. USD is one of 172 public universities to be included while 101private schools and seven for-profit universities are also recognized in either the First or Second Tier. “Best National Universities” criteria is based on several key credentials of higher education standards, including undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

Since 1983, the U.S. News college rankings, which groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. This year, more than 1,300 colleges and universities were surveyed for the “America’s Best Colleges 2012” edition, which spotlights schools with outstanding academic programs, study abroad opportunities, successful internship programs and service learning curriculum. These exclusive rankings are available in the guidebook, which is available on newsstands now or online at

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at

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