As part of the publication’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” issue, where guidance counselors weighed in, USD ranks 194th overall, receiving a score of 3.3 (out of a possible five) for national universities offering high school graduates the best undergraduate education. Other universities receiving the same score and ranking as USD were the University of New Mexico, University of Rhode Island and University of Wyoming.

USD also merited “Best National Universities” distinction, one of 259 institutions recognized by the magazine’s editors for undergraduate and graduate educational quality, research focus, faculty resources, graduation and retention rates, and student selectivity. This is the 20th consecutive year that USD has been featured in the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” issue.

Since they were first published in 1983, the annual rankings provided by U.S. News and World Report are a significant resource for college-bound students and their parents. More than 1,400 colleges and universities were surveyed for the “America’s Best Colleges 2011,” which spotlights schools with outstanding academic programs, study abroad opportunities, successful internship programs and service-learning curriculum.

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