USD ranked among the nation’s best

USD ranked among the nation's best Two national publications have rated The University of South Dakota one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education. The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report both included USD in their annual rankings and both rated it the highest in the state in its category.

USD is the only school in South Dakota to be featured in the new 2004 edition of The Princeton Review annual college guide, The Best 351 Colleges (Random House/Princeton Review, Aug. 19, 2003). This is the fifth consecutive year that USD has made the prestigious list.

Also, in recently released rankings, USD was tabbed as one of the 190 best doctoral universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report's annual college guide, "America's Best Colleges 2003."

The university moved up a tier in the rankings, the only South Dakota institution in their category to climb in the annual report.

President James W. Abbott said that the inclusion of The University of South Dakota in the two rankings is an indication that USD is making progress toward its goals.

"Our goal has been to be the best, small, publicly funded institution of higher education in the country," Abbott said. "Our move up the rankings is an indication that we are making progress toward our goal."

In Princeton Review's profile on The University of South Dakota, the guide's editors describe the college in three distinct categories, Academics, Life and Student Body. What is particularly relevant, according to Abbott, is that USD's positive rating was derived directly from student surveys, rather than data submitted by the administration.

The Princeton Review sends a team of interviewers to collect data directly from students.

"It's particularly rewarding to find that our students really believe they are getting a good education with a high quality of student life."

The Princeton guide quotes students who describe faculty as "?very kind, understanding, and determined to make us learn?" Further, they give students "ample time to meet with them before and after class."

Says Robert Franek, assistant vice president/Guidebook Publishing, The Princeton Review, "We regard the schools in this book as 'the cr�me of the crop' institutions for undergraduate education. Only about 10 percent of the colleges in America, and only two Canadian colleges are in the book."

Go to for a complete listing and a complete rating of the university in the Princeton Review. For information on U.S. News & World

Report rankings, visit

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