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USD Ranked As One of Nation's Best in U.S. News & World Report

USD was ranked one of the nation USD was ranked in a U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's best national and public universities.

VERMILLION, S.D. – U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of South Dakota among the top national and public universities in its 2019 Best Colleges Ranking. USD tied for 129th place in the top public colleges category.

USD was also ranked highly as a national university for its business programs and by a survey of high school counselors.

The U.S. News rankings methodology focuses on academic excellence, with schools evaluated on hundreds of data points and up to 15 measures of academic quality. Overall, the rankings emphasize student outcomes – such as graduation and freshman retention rates – which carry the most weight at 30 percent. The top national universities and national liberal arts colleges have significantly higher graduation and freshman retention rates than other schools.

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