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U.S. News Ranks USD on National Best College List

VERMILLION, S.D. -- U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of South Dakota 202nd out of 310 national universities in its 2017 guidebook, which was released Tuesday.

South Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota tied for the same spot. USD also shared mentions for top public schools, high school counselor ratings and business programs. Read the full report on USD.

The U.S. News rankings are based on several key measures of quality, including graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

U.S. News said 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.


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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News