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USD named one of the nation's best universities by The Princeton Review

VERMILLION, S.D. -- For the 16th consecutive year, The Princeton Review says the University of South Dakota is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education. The education services company features USD in the new 2015 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges.”

Fewer than 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in this year's issue, which is The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges based on the publication’s surveys of 130,000 students attending the colleges. USD receives praise for its attentive faculty and the Honors Program is described as “the best-kept secret in the country.” While the nursing program is the most frequently praised, The Princeton Review profile says USD’s “business, biology, premed, law and psychology classes are very solid” and that the “dental hygiene, music, and journalism” programs also standout.

The Princeton Review’s school profiles and ranking lists in “The Best 379 Colleges” are posted at USD is the lone South Dakota college or university featured in “The Best 379 Colleges,” which does not rank colleges academically or numerically from 1 to 379 in any category.

“Rankings like this one are the direct result of our extraordinary faculty, quality programs and outstanding facilities,” said USD President James W. Abbott. “USD is focused on providing our students the best academic and student life experiences possible.”

“The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition,” the 23rd issue of The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, was released this week and can also be found 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, 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