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National website cites USD as one of the best universities for out-of-state student costs

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota has been recognized as one of the best schools in the nation on’s 2014 Best Colleges and Universities A-Lists.

USD is No. 13 on’s rankings for Best Colleges and Universities 2014 based on out-of-state tuition ( and 51st best based on in-state tuition ( USD is one of two South Dakota institutions to be featured on both lists (top 100).

The A-List rankings are notable from others in that the algorithm rewards top schools that have the best combination of Academic Quality (a great education), Affordability (low tuition costs), and Accessibility (high acceptance rates) -- resulting in a list of schools with high academic standards, feasible tuition rates, and challenging, yet realistic acceptance standards.

Instead of highlighting elite, exclusive, expensive schools that cater to the few, has created its own algorithm that provides a fresh, unbiased look at the concept of a college ranking list and rewards colleges and universities for factors that are most important to students seeking quality academics at an affordable cost. For more information about the rankings and the A-List criteria, please go to


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, 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