Accreditations & Awards

Fort Lewis College

Higher Learning CommissionMark of AffiliationFort Lewis College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Every ten years, Fort Lewis College is reviewed by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools for reaffirmation of its accreditation. This process includes a self-study and a peer evaluation. The College is currently preparing for an accreditation visit in 2015. Click here to learn more about our accreditation process

Engineering Physics Program

The Fort Lewis College Engineering Physics program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, the national organization that accredits engineering programs. This assures students that the degreed program prepares students to meet the quality standards established by the profession. This is the only accredited engineering program in western Colorado and the Four Corners region. The ABET accreditation process, for the new (as of September 2010) Bachelors of Science in Engineering (BSE) program, is in progress. 

Chemistry Program

Our Chemistry Program is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS promotes excellence in chemistry education for undergraduate students through approval of baccalaureate chemistry programs. ACS-approved programs offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that gives students intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals.

School of Business

Our School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education.

Athletic Training Education Program

Currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education(CAATE), the Athletic Training Education Program at Fort Lewis College is an option in the Department of Exercise Science. The Athletic Training Education Program prepares students for certification by the Board of Certification (BOC) and employment as a certified athletic trainer.

Music Program

Our Music Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Institutional Membership in NASM represents a strategic choice. It signifies a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the work of individual institutions and the work of the entire community of institutions that prepare musicians at the collegiate level. It signifies a willingness to connect with others, both in order to give and to receive. It signifies that individuals with high levels of musical capability, expertise, and experience must take leadership responsibility in accreditation and related areas lest a vacuum be created for non-musicians to fill. It signifies a pledge to continue what NASM has always done: seek optimum learning conditions for music students and develop the strength and quality of music in higher education by assisting institutional members and their faculties to do their best work.

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Rankings & Recognitions

Current Awards

Business InsiderBusiness Insider's Complete Ranking of America's Smartest Colleges (#419) - Business Insider created its "Smartest Colleges" listing based on all America's schools' reported SAT and ACT scores for first-year, degree-seeking students in the fall of 2012. 

Colleges of Distinction 2013-2014 - Colleges of Distinction are nationally recognized by education professionals as excellent schools. They are strongly focused on teaching undergraduates, home to a wide variety of innovative learning experiences, have active campus with many opportunities for personal development, and are highly valued by graduate schools and employers for their outstanding preparation.

COPLAC (Council of Public Liberal Arts) - 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.

Forbes Top Colleges - 2012Forbes America’s Top Colleges (#548), Best Western Colleges (#95) - The 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?

Military Friendly School - Military Friendly Schools® are the top 20% of schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students.

Princeton Review Best in the West - The Princeton Review's "2014 Best Colleges" features 644 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.

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges; National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2 2014 - 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

  • Forbes America's Best Colleges
  • Colleges of Distinction 2012-2013
  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education Top 100
  • Sierra Magazine  Cool School
  • Outside Magazine Top 40 College Towns
  • Princeton Review Best Green Colleges
  • Princeton Review Best in the West
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