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Univ. of San Diego Ranks Among Nation’s Best

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Several respected media outlets and professional associations have recently recognized the University of San Diego as being among the nation’s top ranked universities.

In print or online, organizations like U.S. News & World, Washington Monthly, Newsweek and the Daily Beast, have evaluated USD through peer and high school counselor surveys that evaluate everything from academic quality and peer assessment to six-year graduation rate and the academic profile of incoming freshmen.

In the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, USD ranked 97th among the nation’s top national universities offering a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees that also emphasize research. U.S. News & World Report also ranked USD’s undergraduate engineering program 27th in the nation, and included USD on their list of A Plus Schools for B Students.

In their 2011 College Rankings, Washington Monthly asked an interesting question, what are colleges doing for the country? Overall, USD ranked 64th among national universities in three distinct categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs) and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). When sorted by service alone, USD ranked fifth in the nation. Rankings criteria evaluated Peace Corps service; ROTC service and community service participation and hours served.

Newsweek and the Daily Beast teamed to publish “The Best Colleges for You” which identified their top schools for 25 different types of students. USD was recognized as one of the nation’s Most Service-Oriented universities and for our great San Diego weather.

Click here to view a complete list of USD’s current rankings.

— Inside USD staff

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