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Fort Lewis College chosen as one of the Princeton Review's "Best in the West" colleges

 2009 CASE Colorado Professor of the Year Ron Estler is one of the reasons why Fort Lewis College is one of the best colleges in the West.
2009 CASE Colorado Professor of the Year Ron Estler is one of the reasons why Fort Lewis College is one of the best colleges in the West.

Fort Lewis College is one of the Princeton Review’s “Best in the West” colleges, it was announced today. This puts Fort Lewis on an elite list of 121 colleges in the western United States that are above-the-rest academically.

"We're pleased to recommend Fort Lewis College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior VP / publisher. “We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.”

The “Best in the West” schools come from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The Princeton Review also designated 220 colleges in the Northeast, 153 in the Midwest, and 135 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists.

“From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite,” explains Mr. Franek. “We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists."

In total, 629 institutions from across the country make up the Princeton Review’s “2012 Best Colleges” list. That represents only about 25 percent of all the four-year colleges in the U.S.

One point of academic pride that Fort Lewis College holds that helps justify its ranking on the “Best in the West” list is the number of CASE Colorado Professors of the Year that have taught among its faculty. In all, five FLC professors have earned the coveted award, which ranks second only to the U.S. Air Force Academy (6) in the number of Colorado Professors of the Year, when looking at individual campuses.

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