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TitleUniversity of San Diego Ranks #94 Among Top National Universities
ContactLiz Harman
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University of San Diego tied for the # 94 spot among top national universities in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.

The exclusive rankings, which include rankings of more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today at, and will also be published in the September issue of U.S.News & World Report, on newsstands starting August 31.

Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

“We are extremely proud to be acknowledged among the nation’s top national universities,” says Mary E. Lyons, PhD, President of the University of San Diego. “Since 2003, the University of San Diego has consistently appeared on U.S. News & World Report’s top school’s list, but this year was our best appearance ever. It is very gratifying to know our peers and other reviewers have recognized the quality of our academic programs,” added Lyons. Once again, USD’s Engineering Program received recognition by U.S. News as the nation’s #21 Undergraduate Engineering Program.

The 2011 Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and, for National Universities and National Liberal Art Colleges, "graduation rate performance" and high school counselor ratings of colleges. U.S. News has made some significant changes to the 2011 Best Colleges' ranking methodology and presentation.

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