Awards & Rankings

Current Awards

AISESAISES (American Indian Science & Engineering Society) Top 200 Colleges for Indigenous Students  - Unlike any other “best schools” list, this one focuses on schools in every state that are notably supportive of their indigenous students. To rate the schools AISES looks at data that measures indicators like student life, curriculum, financial aid, support services, and graduation rates.


Best Colleges in Colorado (#15) - Colorado college's and universities are nationally renowned for their competitive programs and diverse program offerings.The Best Colleges ranking methodology is grounded in statistical data and a few consistently applied guiding principles, including academic quality, affordability, and online competency.


Best Values' Best Outdoor Colleges - Best Values lists the top schools in the country with great outdoor programs and activities, taking into consideration the number of yearly days of sunshine, outdoor activities and clubs at the school.

COPLAC (Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges)COPLAC (Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges) - COPLAC institutions have collective educational missions that commit to providing superior liberal arts and sciences education to their students, evidenced by the allocation of resources and outcomes achieved.

Diverse Education's Top 100 Producers of Minority Bachelor's Degrees - #1 for Native Americans in Business, English/Literature, Parks & Recreation, and Social Sciences.

Forbes Top Colleges - 2012Forbes America’s Top Colleges (#634), Top Western Colleges (#117), Top Liberal Arts Universities (#198), Top Public Colleges (#241) - The 2018 Forbes list of 650 schools distinguishes itself from competitors by their belief in “output” over “input.” They're not all that interested in what gets a student into college, like their peers who focus heavily on selectivity metrics such as high school class rank, SAT scores and the like. Forbes' sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college?

Knowledge Review's 10 Best Green Schools in America - Knowledge Review recognized FLC as the "Harbinger of Environmental Education" for the hands-on courses and field studies focused on modern-day issues, like local farming, water conservation, natural resource management, energy production, public policy, urban planning, tribal land uses, and more.

Princeton Review Best in the WestPrinceton Review Best Western Colleges - The 2019 Princeton Review ranking features colleges in four regions of the country—Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West—that they consider academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search. Collectively, these fine schools represent an outstanding cross section of colleges. Though they differ in size, campus culture and other aspects, all offer excellent undergraduate programs. Many are also great buys.

Guide to Green Schools Princeton Review Green Schools - Since 2016, Princeton Review has named Fort Lewis College one of the 375 most environmentally responsible colleges in recognition of our work to advance sustainability in academics, operations, engagement, and planning and administration. Best Schools for Anthropology (#4), Sociology (#5), & Chemistry (#9) - ranked FLC programs using data points provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.

U.S. News & World Report Best CollegesU.S. News & World Report Best Colleges; National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2 2019 - This list includes national liberal arts colleges that emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study.

Previous Awards

  • Business Insider's America's Smartest Colleges
  • Colleges of Distinction 2013-2014
  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education Top 100
  • Forbes America's Best Colleges
  • Great Value Colleges' Top Ten Small Colleges for Nature Lovers
  • Military Friendly Schools
  • Niche Best College Towns
  • Outside Magazine Top 40 College Towns
  • Princeton Review Best Green Colleges
  • Sierra Magazine Cool School