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.

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