The University of South Dakota has been distinguished as one of the nation’s top universities by The Princeton Review in its annual report, “The Best 377 Colleges: 2013 Edition.”
According to the official press release, this list was comprised entirely from survey information provided by 122,000 students around the country. Students answered various questions regarding their respective college’s professors, financial aid programs and even meal plans.
USD was the only college in South Dakota to be recognized by The Princeton Review, which marks the 14th consecutive year of being named on the list.
President James Abbott aid USD was selected because of the outstanding interaction between students and faculty. He also said USD’s professors have such a positive, profound impact upon their students’ lives, which ultimately yields positive feedback from student surveys.
Vice President of Marketing, Enrollment and Student Services Jeff Baylor said USD is the perfect fit, “not too big, not too small.”
He believes being recognized by The Princeton Review makes USD a more attractive choice for post-secondary education, especially for high school seniors looking to narrow down their list of possible universities to consider.
“Anytime we’re recognized for something like this, we become a more desired institution,” Baylor said. “These reports definitely affect the public’s perception of USD.”
Baylor expressed a sense of pride for being part of this honorable list.
“I feel very proud to be a part of a community where students really feel that they’re getting a great experience,” Baylor said.
Dean of Students Kimberly Grieve also shared in the enthusiasm about appearing in the 2013 edition.
“I personally think USD has been put on this list for its wonderful academics, affordable cost, financial aid and outstanding faculty,” Grieve said. “USD is an all-around great institution.”
She said USD’s graduate programs are another great attraction for the university. Grieve said the remarkable passion, excitement, and energy that circulates around campus from students and faculty alike makes the university exceptional.
“I feel great pride in being a part of such an outstanding university,” Grieve said.
Current students weighed in on why they personally chose USD as their post-secondary choice.
First-year Nina Weidert said USD’s new facilities make it really stand out from other colleges.
First-year Devon Amezquita, originally from California, traveled across the country to attend this unversity.
“USD has a great nursing program, plus it’s affordable,” Amezquita said.