USD Ranks 86th Nationally in 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings

SAN DIEGO – September 13, 2016 - U.S. News & World Report today released its 2017 Best Colleges rankings, and the University of San Diego was ranked 86th among the nation’s top national universities. As the youngest private university included on the U.S. News & World Report list of Best National Universities, USD improved by three positions from the 2016 rankings.

U.S. News & World Report

  • Best Engineering Schools Whose Highest Degree is a Bachelor’s or Master’s – USD ranks 13th
  • Best Business Programs – USD ranks 94th
  • Best Schools for Vets, and
  • A+ Schools for B Students

“The University of San Diego’s outstanding performance in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings is affirmation of USD’s world-class academic programs, award-winning faculty and thriving alumni network," said USD President Dr. James T. Harris III. “Our commitment to the liberal arts and engaged scholarship develops graduates with the ability to write and speak effectively, construct and evaluate arguments, apply knowledge in real-world settings, make ethical decisions, and work well in teams to confront humanity’s urgent challenges.”

“In the three years since our school was established, the USD Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering has consistently climbed in the rankings,” said Chell Roberts, PhD, founding dean of the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. “We are very pleased to be ranked 13th in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report list of Best Engineering Schools Whose Highest Degree is a bachelor’s or master’s degree. We are determined to become one of the top 10 programs in the country within the next two years.” 

USD’s School of Business 2017 ranking at 94 represents an improvement of 20 rank positions compared to 2016 results. “The 2017 U.S. News & World Report ranking is an important achievement for USD’s School of Business, said Dean Jaime Alonzo Gómez. “It is one of several indicators that acknowledges our school’s ongoing progress and efforts to offer our students an outstanding global business education that is academically rigorous, relevant, globally focused and values based.”

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


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