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USD Ranked Highest of South Dakota Universities in 'Best National Universities' List

Seal o the University of South Dakota USD ranked highest of all South Dakota universities in the latest U.S. News and World Report's "Best National Universities" list.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota ranked the highest of all South Dakota universities in the latest U.S. News and World Report’s “Best National Universities” list.

In the “Best Colleges 2020” guidebook released Monday, USD ranked #263 in the National Universities category. This is the 28th consecutive year USD has been ranked as one of the “Best National Universities” by U.S. News and World Report.

USD also ranked the highest of South Dakota public universities in the “Top Public Schools” list, coming in at #128.

“I am extremely proud that USD earned the honor of being among the nation’s best universities in this year’s U.S. News and World Report listing,” said USD President Sheila K. Gestring. “Deciding where to attend college is a difficult decision. We hope USD’s inclusion on this esteemed rankings list encourages those who are not familiar with USD to visit campus and learn more about our incredible programs and campus life.”

U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges rankings compare bachelor’s degree-granting institutions from across the nation on 15 diverse measures of academic quality, such as average ACT/SAT scores of admitted students, student-faculty ratios, graduation and retention rates, financial resources and alumni giving. Schools in the National Universities category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and Ph.D. programs. According to U.S. News and World Report, these colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research.

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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