In the “Best Colleges 2013” guidebook released Tuesday, the University of South Dakota is among the top 200 institutions ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the National Universities category. 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, these colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research.

“This recognition is really a tribute to the people and programs that make the University of South Dakota one of America’s ‘Best National Universities’ for the 22nd consecutive year,” said James W. Abbott, president of the University of South Dakota. “Whether it’s in a classroom or laboratory, on the football field or volleyball court, or a semester abroad to study foreign culture, students know that they’re going to have every opportunity to succeed at USD.”

“Best National Universities” criteria is based on several key credentials of higher education standards, including undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

Since 1983, the U.S. News college rankings group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The annual guidebook has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. This year, more than 1,600 colleges and universities were surveyed for “Best Colleges 2013,” spotlighting schools with outstanding academic programs, study abroad opportunities, successful internship programs and service-learning curriculum. These exclusive rankings are available in the guidebook, available on newsstands today, or online at

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