USD once again receives high ranking

USD once again receives high ranking The University of South Dakota has been tabbed one of the 228 best universities in the nation, according to rankings released by U.S. News and World Report magazine. In its annual college guide, "America's Best Colleges," USD was again ranked in the fourth tier of the National University category.

USD is the only South Dakota college or university ranked in the magazine's National University category and has been included in the U.S. News and World Report college guide for nine consecutive years (since 1990). Other area colleges and universities are listed in the U.S. News and World Report's rankings but were listed in the regional universities and regional liberal arts college categories. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University and University of Iowa are also in the National University category. Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and California Institute of Technology University were rated the top five schools (National University category) by the magazine.

"The University of South Dakota is very pleased to be named one of the 228 best universities in the nation. The U.S. News and World Report ranking is indicative of the quality education our students receive. Wonderful learning opportunities are available at USD," said USD President James W. Abbott.

The categories used by U.S. News and World Report are derived from those established by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The criteria used by the magazine include academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and the rate of alumni giving.

The National University category included 147 public and 81 private colleges and universities. These schools offer a full range of majors as well as master's and doctoral degrees. In many cases, the institutions place strong emphasis on research and receive federal money to support their research endeavors.

"This national ranking reaffirms USD as a quality institution of higher learning," said Abbott. "We take pride in our outstanding faculty, dedicated to teaching and research, and in our active and progressive student body." he said.

Founded in 1862, USD is a doctorate-granting, state flagship university with a broad curriculum in liberal arts and professional programs in six schools and colleges. Nearly 6,500 students are enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs at USD and additional students are enrolled at other instructional sites statewide. USD has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913.

For more information about USD contact: Roger Kozak, Executive Assistant to the President, (605) 677-5759.

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