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USD Beacom School of Business honored for reputation, value by national publications

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Princeton Review – known for its widely-followed college rankings in dozens of categories based on how students rate their schools – recently released the 2015 edition of “The Best 296 Business Schools” that features the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business.

The Beacom School of Business earned praise from The Princeton Review for its value, reputation and flexibility with courses. The publication says, USD’s Beacom School of Business “has a good orientation program to help potential students familiarize themselves with the program” and has “accessible, high quality professors.”

The Princeton Review tallied its lists based on its surveys of 41,100 students overall attending the schools profiled in the books, including 21,600 students attending the 296 business schools. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their experiences at them.

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“The Beacom School of Business has developed a new strategic plan that aims to rapidly advance the Beacom School as the school of choice for high quality students and employers through innovation programs and a transformative learning community,” stated Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business. “The Beacom School has also set a strategic vision of becoming a dominant player in economic development in the state of South Dakota and the region. This ambitious strategic plan aims to grow the Beacom School of Business both in enrollment and in reputation as a leading business school on the region and the nation.”

In addition to The Princeton Review, the Beacom School of Business was also named to SR Education Group’s 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings and was tied at No. 27 for having the Best Online Graduate Business Program, as stated by U.S. News & World Report’s Grad Business Rankings. U.S. News & World Report cited USD’s student success rate as well as the fact that USD’s online graduate business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the gold standard of business school accreditation.

USD degrees rank No. 17 in Business, according to SR Education Group, which is an education publishing company focused on creating authoritative online education and career-related resources. SR Education Group compiled data such as the cost of attending different online colleges and then analyzed the outcome-based statistics to find the best value online colleges. The publishing company was impressed with USD and the Beacom School of Business’ ability to continue to offer quality degrees at a reasonable price. The complete rankings can be found at


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


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