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Fort Lewis College #1 liberal arts school for Native American population

After recognizing Fort Lewis College as one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars in February, the Chronicle of Higher Education has added another recognition for FLC in March. In the Chronicle article “Highest Representation of Racial and Ethnic Groups at Liberal-Arts Colleges, Fall 2015,” Fort Lewis College was ranked first among liberal arts institutions for percentage of Native American students.

Per the Chronicle article, which pulled data from the U.S. Department of Education, 25.7 percent of the FLC student body was Native American. The second-place finisher, the University of Science and Arts in Oklahoma, came in at 16.8 percent Native American.

Fort Lewis College has held a special commitment to educating Native American and Alaska Native peoples for over a century. FLC is the only Native American-serving, non-tribal institution in Colorado and no baccalaureate institution in the country awards more degrees, including STEM degrees, to Native Americans than Fort Lewis College. Today students from more than 160 tribes are enrolled.

In addition to Native American students, the FLC student body is 11 percent Hispanic. In fact, when adding in all the ethnic minority populations, nearly 50 percent of FLC students come from minority backgrounds.

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