"America’s Best Graduate Schools" status is based on several academic quality categories surveyed during the fall 2007 and early 2008. Graduate schools included in this category were assessed by peer institutions. Additionally, they were evaluated on total research activity, student selectivity and mean undergraduate grade point average for incoming students.

The publication’s overview of the USD Sanford School of Medicine as well as the overall rankings for the nation’s top “Medical Specialty Rankings: Rural Medicine” graduate schools can be found at this Web site: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/grad/mdr/rural.

According to U.S. News and World Report editors, these rankings spotlight the country’s academically excellent graduate programs in business, law, medicine, engineering, education, library and information studies, social sciences and humanities, health, public affairs, fine arts and the sciences. Exclusive rankings are featured in the magazine’s 176-page print edition, which is available on newsstands or online at www.usnews.com/usnews/store/products/prod_bestgradprint2009.htm.

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