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Forbes ranks USD as one of America’s Top Colleges

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Forbes has released its rankings of America’s Top Colleges of 2014 and the University of South Dakota made the list.

USD is ranked among the publication’s Top Colleges overall and also placed as one of Forbes’ Top Research Universities and Best in the Midwest.

The Forbes list of 650 schools distinguishes itself from competitors by its belief in “output” over “input.” Rather than focusing heavily on selectivity metrics such as high school class rank, SAT scores and the like, Forbes examines what students are getting out of college using categories like Student Satisfaction, Post-Graduate Success, Graduation Rate, Academic Success and Student Debt to categorize its top colleges.

“It’s a nice honor to be recognized nationally by Forbes, especially considering their criteria in ranking America’s Top Colleges because student success and educational value are important factors in their rationale,” said Scott Pohlson, vice president of Enrollment, Marketing and University Relations.

America’s Top Colleges also highlights faculty expertise, career prospects, and emphasizes financial prudence, so students can make an informed, consumer choice when it comes to selecting a college or university. For more information and to see the complete list of 650 schools, please visit


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 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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