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LC State receives multiple top rankings from U.S. News & World Report

LEWISTON, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State College continues to receive high marks and accolades in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

LC State was named the No. 3 top public regional college in the West in the 2022 U.S News & World Report rankings, which were released on Monday. The West region includes colleges as far east as Oklahoma and Texas. LC State also was ranked No. 8 for Best Value in regional colleges in the West, and was named among the top regional private and public colleges in the West for Best Undergraduate Nursing.

LC State also was ranked No. 31 in a new category this year, Social Mobility. The category considers how a college does in serving economically disadvantaged students and the graduation rate for students receiving Pell Grants.

“This is just one more affirmation of what we know to be true,” LC State President Cynthia Pemberton said. “LC State is accessible, affordable and a high quality education value!”

The rankings continue a tradition of strong honors for LC State by U.S. News & World Report. LC State has been ranked as the No. 1 public college in the West twice and is regularly ranked among the top 10 public colleges and top 25 public and private colleges in the West.

LC State was the only non-private school ranked in the top 8 for Best Value for regional colleges in the West and just two of 15 public institutions ranked in the top 15.

U.S. News & World Report rankings are put together to provide data-driven information and guidance to help prospective students and their families understand higher education options. The rankings are based on data collected from each college in as many as 15 areas of academic excellence. These areas include graduation and retention rates (22.5 percent of the college’s overall score) undergraduate academic reputation (22.5 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (12.5 percent), financial resources (10 percent), graduate rate performance (7.5 percent) and alumni giving rate (5 percent).

LC State has the lowest tuition among Idaho’s four-year public institutions and has an enrollment of around 3,800 students. LC State was one of more than 1,800 colleges and universities to submit data to be included in rankings, which started in 1983 to provide college-bound students information on schools and to make comparisons.