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U.S. News & World Report Ranks USD Among Best National Universities

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U.S. News & World Report again ranked the University of South Dakota among the top national universities in its 2016 guidebook released Wednesday, the 25th consecutive year USD made the list.

USD tied for 180th place with the University of North Dakota and University of New Mexico.

The 2016 edition the U.S. News guidebook includes data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities, including statistics on borrowing, costs and graduation rates. The rankings weigh the strength of academic programs on up to 16 measures of academic excellence, including average freshman retention rates, SAT/ACT scores, acceptance rates, average alumni giving rates and high school counselor assessments.

Schools like USD in the National Universities category offer a full range of undergraduate majors as well as master's and doctoral programs. The colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research.

“The U.S. News list is among the most respected sources of information for prospective students, so to be ranked among the best in the country for 25 years in a row is a testament to the quality, affordable education USD offers,” said James W. Abbott, USD president.


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