For the fourth consecutive year, Dakota State University in Madison is the highest ranked public baccalaureate college in the Midwest according to U.S.News & World Report magazine's annual analysis of "America's Best Colleges 2010."
Dakota State is ranked first in the Top Public Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest region. DSU also moved up in the overall rankings, to 35th from 43rd (in the 2009 rankings,) and is the only public university on the first tier (top 45) of the rankings.
In response to the ranking, Dakota State President Dr. Doug Knowlton stated, "This recognition for the 4th year in a row is really an amazing testament to the university and all the staff, faculty, alumni and friends that have contributed to our success. To be the highest ranked and only public institution in the top tier of baccalaureate colleges in the Midwest is an indication of the progress and development of this very unique institution. I hope that everyone associated with DSU will share in the sense of accomplishment that this achievement validates."
U.S. News categorizes the nation's schools by mission and in some cases, region. They base the overall rankings on several measures of academic excellence including graduation and retention rate, ACT percentiles, class size, student to faculty ratios, alumni giving and a reputational score (ratings by presidents and vice presidents of DSU peer institutions in this category. Scores for each measure are weighted to arrive at the final rankings.
The U.S.News & World Report rankings list the top five public baccalaureate colleges in each region. Rounding out the top four institutions in the Midwest are Valley City State (ND) in second place; Northern State (SD) in third; University of Minnesota-Crookston, in fourth; and Missouri Southern State University in fifth.
Dakota State offers undergraduate majors in education, arts and sciences, and business and information systems, graduate degrees in information systems, educational technology, information assurance, and health informatics. DSU also offers a Doctor of Science degree in information systems. The University recently added a computer game design undergraduate degree.