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News Release

LC State named No. 1 Best Value in Idaho and No. 7 in West

LEWISTON, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State College has been named the No. 1 Best Value College in Idaho and was ranked No. 7 overall in the West by in its 2023 ranking of U.S. colleges.

LC State was also No. 29 in the nation for Best Value College. is a leading, data-driven platform for scientists, but expanded this year to roll out its first edition of Best Colleges in America. Compiled by a team of data scientists, the rankings will aid students in the college selection process by taking into account academic excellence, range of degree programs, affordability, and return on investment as key factors. The research was conducted by a data science team using a category weight system to enhance the rankings’ integrity by minimizing biases.

It its rankings, credited LC State for its student-focused practical learning approach and for providing a small, private school experience at a public school cost. LC State is the most affordable among Idaho’s public four-year institutions.

LC State offers more than 130 degrees and certificates in both academic and career and technical education fields, including more than 20 fully online degree programs.

The college is currently accepting applications for spring semester. The deadline to apply is Jan. 8 and the semester begins Jan. 16. To apply or for more information, visit