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USD ranked as one of the ‘Best National Universities’ by U.S. News

VERMILLION, S.D. -- For the 22nd straight year, the University of South Dakota is ranked as one of the “Best National Universities” by U.S. News and World Report.

In the “Best Colleges 2013” guidebook released Tuesday, the University of South Dakota is among the top 200 institutions ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the National Universities category. Schools in the National Universities category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and Ph.D. programs. According to U.S. News, these colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research.

“This recognition is really a tribute to the people and programs that make the University of South Dakota one of America’s ‘Best National Universities’ for the 22nd consecutive year,” said James W. Abbott, president of the University of South Dakota. “Whether it’s in a classroom or laboratory, on the football field or volleyball court, or a semester abroad to study foreign culture, students know that they’re going to have every opportunity to succeed at USD.”

“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 group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The annual guidebook has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. This year, more than 1,600 colleges and universities were surveyed for “Best Colleges 2013,” spotlighting schools with outstanding academic programs, study abroad opportunities, successful internship programs and service-learning curriculum. These exclusive rankings are available in the guidebook, available on newsstands today, or online 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