LEWISTON, Idaho – The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings were released earlier this month and Lewis-Clark State College was ranked as the fifth best college in the West among public institutions, and the 26th best college in the West overall.
The rankings are based on a number of factors including assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance.
Among being one of the most affordable options, with the lowest tuition among Idaho’s four-year public institutions, LCSC received solid marks for its small class sizes and the reputation of its programs.
The U.S. News rankings included 363 regional colleges, which are defined in accordance with the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as schools that focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing, and education.
U.S. News and World Report, based in Washington, D.C., has published its annual Best Colleges report since 1983.