About Fort Lewis College - Awards and Rankings

Awards & Rankings

Current Awards

AISESAISES (American Indian Science & Engineering Society) Top 200 Schools for Native Americans  - 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 we look at data that measures indicators like student life, curriculum, financial aid, support services, and graduation rates.

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.

Forbes Top Colleges - 2012Forbes America’s Top Colleges (#572), Best Western Colleges (#101) - The 2016 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?

Great Small Colleges for Nature LoversGreat Value Colleges' Top 10 Small Colleges for Nature Lovers (#10) - This list includes colleges that have student populations under 10,000. Then the following factors were considered: the number of outdoor-oriented sports, clubs and teams; the proximity to outdoor opportunities; the university’s green status; the campus and surrounding area; and the number of nature-focused courses/degree programs.

Princeton Review Best in the WestNiche Best College Towns (#4) - This list is based on livability using dozens of factors. A high ranking indicates that the college town is a great place to live for both students and non-students alike.

Princeton Review Best in the WestPrinceton Review Best Western Colleges - The 2015 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 SchoolsPrinceton Review Green Schools - In 2016 and 2017, Princeton Review 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.

Sierra Club Cool School - In 2016 and 2017, Fort Lewis College was named a Sierra Club Cool School in recognition of the campus's ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability. Recent action for sustainability on campus has centered around climate planning, sustainable food purchasing, and green buildings.

U.S. News & World Report Best CollegesU.S. News & World Report Best Colleges; National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2 2016 - 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
  • Forbes America's Best Colleges
  • Colleges of Distinction 2013-2014
  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education Top 100
  • Military Friendly Schools
  • Sierra Magazine  Cool School
  • Outside Magazine Top 40 College Towns
  • Princeton Review Best Green Colleges