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USD is one of Americas Top Colleges according to Forbes

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota ranks as one of “America’s Top Colleges,” according to Forbes. In the magazine’s annual ranking of the best undergraduate institutions in the nation, the University of South Dakota ranks among the top 500 colleges and universities. Additionally, Forbes ranks USD as one of the top 200 Research Universities.

“America’s Top Colleges” rankings are based on five general categories: Post Graduate Success, including alumni in Who’s Who America and alumni salary via; Student Satisfaction, which includes professor evaluations from and freshman-to-sophomore retention rates; Student Debt, which takes into account average federal student loan debt load and student loan default rates; Four-year Graduation Rate; and Competitive Awards, which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright.

“America’s Top Colleges” assesses the quality of the educational experiences at more than 600 institutions nationwide. It also spotlights quality of teaching, great career prospects, and emphasizes financial prudence, particularly low levels of debt, so students can make an informed, consumer choice when it comes to selecting a college or university. The rankings 2011 were prepared exclusively for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C.-based research center.

The complete list of “America’s Top Colleges” is at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News