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Recognition and Rankings 

At USD we take pride in our successes. We celebrate our students, faculty, staff and leadership for continuing to be a leading liberal arts university. Here are just a few acclamations were proud of.

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Named a U.S. News & World Report “Best National University” every year since 1992

Recognized as one of the Princeton Review’s “387 Best Colleges” for 22 consecutive years

USD’s Knudson School of Law was named a Princeton Review “Best Law School” in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

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USD’s Beacom School of Business has held a spot in the Princeton Review’s “Top 20 Online MBA Programs” for the past six years, and has been recognized as one of its “Best Business Schools” for several years.

Distinguished as one of Forbes’ “America’s Best Colleges” in 2004, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

Ranked among Forbes’ “Top Research Universities” and “Best in the Midwest”.

Named a 2021 U.S. News & World Report "Best Online Graduate Business Programs".

alum success story

Success story Ashley Dvorak smiling.
USD greatly opened my eyes to philanthropy and networking. I have been actively involved in the community volunteer organization Epsilon Sigma Alpha since 2013. My roles with this organization have consisted of both State President and Chapter President as well as many other executive board and appointed board positions. Not only have I met a multitude of wonderful people but I have also been able to travel a lot. USD gave me the tools I needed to allow myself to open up, try new things, and recognize my full potential.

Ashley Augspurger-Dvorak

B.B.A. Business Management, Human Resource Management '10
Benefits Specialist, South Dakota Department of Social Services
Sioux Falls, SD

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