Oct 17, 2012

The Princeton Review cites law school, b-school among nation’s best

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Princeton Review ranks both the University of South Dakota School of Law and the Beacom School of Business among the nation’s best in its annual guidebook released this week. The USD School of Law is listed among “The Best 168 Law Schools” and while the Beacom School of Business is featured in the publication’s “The Best 296 Business Schools” edition.

The Princeton Review—known for its widely-followed college rankings in dozens of categories based on how students rate their schools—released the 2013 editions of its guides to law and business schools. The rankings include lists uniquely based on student surveys. The USD School of Law earned praise for having a “diverse, non-judgmental, reputable and highly knowledgeable faculty,” tuition that’s “fairly inexpensive,” and its “excellent relationship with the state bar association, the Circuit Court, and the State Supreme Court” while the Beacom School of Business received plaudits for its “great facilities,” “solid administration” and “extremely affordable” tuition.

“Each school in our books offers outstanding academics: no single law or business school is ‘best’ overall,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president, publisher, The Princeton Review. “We present rankings in several categories and detailed profiles of the schools to give applicants broader information to decide which law or business school will be best for them.”

The Princeton Review does not rank hierarchically. The publication tallied its lists based on surveys of 18,000 students attending the 168 law schools and 19,000 students attending the 296 business schools. The 80-question survey asked students to rate multiple attributes of their schools, including their professors and fellow classmates. Some rankings factored in school-reported data. All institutional data reported in the books was collected in 2011-12.

“The Best 168 Law Schools” can be found at www.princetonreview.com/law-school-rankings while “The Best 296 Business School” rankings are at www.princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings.

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 www.usd.edu/press/news.

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