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USD Ranked as One of the Nation’s Top Universities

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The University of San Diego is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The university is included in the 2010 edition of “The Best 371 Colleges.”

Only about 15 percent of North America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are included in the Princeton Review’s annual college guide.

“We commend USD for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, vice president of publishing. “We make our choices based on institutional data we gather about schools, feedback from students attending them and input from our staff who visit hundreds of colleges a year.”

The guide notes that USD “offers a broad liberal arts core, small classes and close interaction between students and professors” and says “solid test scores and outstanding grades should be a given for applicants.”

The  guide does not rank colleges from 1 to 371, but each university receives ratings from 60 to 99 for academics and other areas. USD’s professors scored 85, and their level of accessibility was 88.

“Looking at the University of San Diego is easy on the eyes, but really seeing our true character demands a little work,” noted the university’s Admissions Office in the guide. “While often compared to much larger institutions, USD seeks to be recognized for undergraduate teaching and residential learning. In comparison to schools of similar character, USD’s academic offerings are truly impressive; a small sample includes marine biology, environmental studies, Latino studies, communication studies, e-commerce and professional programs in engineering, business and education.”

The annual review also includes 62 ranking lists, entirely based on student surveys. USD was ranked No. 6 for Most Beautiful Campus and No. 18 for Great College Towns.

— Liz Harman

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