USD receives top rating from magazine

USD receives top rating from magazine The University of South Dakota has been tabbed one of the 249 best universities in the nation, according to rankings released last week by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

In its annual college guide, "America's Best Colleges 2002," USD was ranked in the fourth tier of the National Universities-Doctoral category.

Two South Dakota doctoral universities ranked in the magazine's National University-Doctoral category; USD and SDSU (South Dakota State University). USD has been included in the U.S. News and World Report college guide for 11 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 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 249 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.

U.S. News gives USD a "reputation score" as good or better than several other national universities in the same category (tier four), including North Dakota State, the University of Missouri at St. Louis, Illinois State, and the University of New Orleans. In addition, USD tied with the University of Montana for the highest alumni giving rate, 19 percent.

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