Available on newsstands today, USD is the only college or university from South Dakota featured on this year’s prestigious list and earns praise for its honors program for being “the best-kept secret in the country” and for having professors that are “nearly always willing to go the extra mile for students” in classes such as pre-medicine, biology, business, psychology and law. Additional comments in the guide’s review states that the University boasts winners “almost every year for big scholar­ships like the Goldwater and Truman, competing with big, Ivy League, private colleges that charge quadruple the amount for the same education.”

“This list is further recognition of the quality academic and research programs available to students who choose USD,” explained Jeff Baylor, vice president of marketing, enrollment and student services at USD. “And students know that our faculty are committed to providing them with outstanding educational opportunities.”

“The Best 376 Colleges” is the New York-based education services company’s flagship annual college guide and lists only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges along with three outside the United States. The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically or from 1 to 376 in any category. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 122,000 students attending the colleges in the book and not on The Princeton Review's opinion of the schools. A profile in the guide includes student responses to academics, student life as well as the publication’s own breakdown of admissions, financial aid and the “Inside Word.”

According to Robert Franek, senior vice president at The Princeton Review, colleges and universities featured in the “Best 376 Colleges” were selected primarily for outstanding academics. Institutional data collected by the education services company, including feedback provided by students and independent college counselors, was also used to evaluate each school.

An online list can be found at http://princetonreview.com/rankingsbest.aspx where readers can find all of the colleges profiled in “The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition.”

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