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Fort Lewis College

Durango, CO

Fort Lewis College


Fort Lewis College

The future awaits at Fort Lewis College, where academic excellence guides and dreams are realized. As Colorado’s crossroads of education and adventure, FLC blends liberal arts and focused, relevant areas of study with powder days and powwows, mountain biking championships, and break-dancing clubs. With the support of an engaged faculty and small class sizes, FLC’s diverse student body charges forth with the confidence, resilience, and skills needed to pursue career goals and their best lives yet.

Located at 6,872 feet on a pine-clad mesa overlooking downtown Durango, the Animas River, and San Juan Mountains, FLC sits in the heart of Southwest Colorado’s endless canyons, deserts, rivers, and alpine. With 300 miles of hiking and biking trails and more than 300 days of sunshine, Southwest Colorado is home to more than 2.3 million acres of public lands, including four world-class ski resorts on national forest, and cultural monuments, such as Mesa Verde National Park and Canyons of the Ancients.

These remarkable destinations serve as a second classroom for FLC’s dynamic academic programs, with curriculum weaving in field trips and lab work, internships with local businesses and nonprofits, and undergraduate research and service learning opportunities that are usually only available in grad school.

This unique experiential learning model is made possible by a devoted faculty, who pride themselves on providing personal attention to each student, taking an active interest in their students’ progress, and tailoring their assistance to each learner’s specific needs. Faculty are on a first-name basis with their students, working closely on research projects and providing the platform students need to flourish.

FLC’s most popular departments include Health Sciences, Physics & Engineering, Adventure Education, Teacher Education, Environmental Studies, Business Administration, Biology, and Psychology, to name a few. Built on a liberal arts perspective, all majors incorporate interdisciplinary course study, ensuring students graduate with a nimbleness and ability to adapt to the swiftly-changing technology that often determines career choices.

Beyond boasting one of the world’s greatest natural laboratories, top-notch faculty, and well-rounded academic programs, FLC is refreshingly small, with 3,356 students. Most classes average around 20 students, making classroom discussion and teamwork flow with ease. Meanwhile, diversity keeps campus lively, with students of color representing more than half of the student body. Students come to Durango from 17 countries, 48 states, and more than 170 American Indian tribes and Native Alaskan villages.

In fact, student services are around every corner at FLC, from career services to tutoring services, from counseling options to financial aid. One of the best places for students to find support is through building community with likeminded peers. FLC’s student-led organizations top 70 each year with interests spanning from theatre, art, and the environment to wellness, faith, diversity, and leadership. 

One of the most popular arenas of extracurricular activity are intramural sports, with more than 20 for students to choose from, like badminton, cornhole, dodgeball, video gaming, volleyball, racquetball, ultimate frisbee, and others. These serve as awesome outlets for working up a sweat (or not) and an excellent complement to the competitive Skyhawks athletics legacy.

Led by Skyler, the Skyhawk mascot, Skyhawks athletes participate in 14 NCAA Division II sports, including basketball, football, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, track & field, and volleyball. As well, FLC’s Division I Cycling team has claimed 23 national championship titles but is not limited to only stellar riders; rather the Cycling Club welcomes anyone who’s curious about biking, wants to improve their skills, or just seeks a place to find fellow pedaling friends. 

When students aren’t eyeballs deep in study or busy participating in clubs or residence hall life, they’re probably out exploring the many cultural and culinary treasures of downtown Durango, located below campus. Durango holds a little something for everyone with art galleries and farmers markets, festivals and concerts, coffee shops and more restaurants per capita than San Francisco. It’s a walkable, bikeable town, and, thanks to all students receiving a free transit pass, also easily accessed by public transportation.  

Like the surrounding community, many FLC students are involved in outdoor activities - in all four seasons - like backpacking, kayaking, canyoneering, stand-up paddleboarding, climbing, trail running, and cycling. Gear is available for rental and group outings are organized through the on-campus Outdoor Pursuits program, included in every student’s fees.

During winter, skiing and snowboarding are simply irresistible. Experienced riders can choose from boundless backcountry access in the San Juan Mountains, while Purgatory Resort nestled 25 miles north of Durango offers all levels of terrain. Beginning in Fall 2019, all first-year students receive a free season pass to Purgatory, an alluring treat that almost seems too good to be true!

Most of FLC and Durango feels like stepping into the most exciting chapter of a really good book, where students can write their own stories, explore their passions, and define their own career goals. The staff and faculty at FLC know students work hard to get into college, so the institution works hard to keep tuition affordable and resources aplenty.

For example, in-state students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships up to $5,000 per year, and out-of-state students have access to up to $10,000 per year. The Western Undergraduate Exchange and New Mexico Reciprocal Agreement are also available, not to mention numerous other financial aid and scholarship options.

When students are ready to make the leap from daydreaming to reality, they can send FLC their official high school transcript, ACT or SAT scores, and application with a $40 fee. In the meantime, there’s no better time than the present to see if soaring with the Skyhawks is all it’s hawked up to be, so campus tours and specialty events are available throughout the year. With the future around the corner, there’s no better time than the present!   

Location & Contact

Address 1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO  81301
United States
Contact Jess Savage
Director of Admissions
Phone: 877-352-2656
Fax: 970-247-7147

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
American Indian/Native American Studies Checkmark
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Biochemistry Checkmark
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Ecology Checkmark
Environmental Biology Checkmark
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Accounting Checkmark
Business Administration And Management Checkmark
Business/managerial Economics Checkmark
Entrepreneurial And Small Business Related Checkmark
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International Business/trade/commerce Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management Checkmark
Operations Management Checkmark
Tourism And Travel Services Management Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
Biology Teacher Education Checkmark
Chemistry Teacher Education Checkmark
Early Childhood Education Checkmark
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English/language Arts Teacher Education Checkmark
Multicultural Education Checkmark
Music Teacher Education Checkmark
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching Checkmark
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Spanish Language Teacher Education Checkmark
Engineering Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Physics/applied Physics Checkmark
Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
Engineering/industrial Management Checkmark
English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
English Checkmark
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Sport And Fitness Administration/management Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
Counseling Psychology Checkmark
Industrial And Organizational Psychology Checkmark
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Anthropology Checkmark
Criminology Checkmark
Economics Checkmark
Political Science And Government Checkmark
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Acceptance Rate

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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Required for some programs Interview
Recommended Essay
2 recommendations

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Out of state Fall freshmen August 1st Not reported
Other early decision plan November 15th December 31st
Transfer August 1st Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 563 510 610
SAT Math 545 500 590
ACT Composite 21 18 24

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
Room & board
Room only
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Minorities
Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

Avg. Financial Aid Package
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99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 11.1%
Black or African American 1.01%
White or Caucasian 46.12%
American Indian or Alaska Native 26.54%
Asian 0.61%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.21%
Two or more races 10.55%
Other 3.03%


Male (48.39%)
Female (51.61%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 42%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
SkyFest, Homecoming and Hozhoni Days

Student Services

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Student Organizations

Greek fraternities
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Most popular organizations:
KDUR - Campus/community radio, Environmental Center, Student Union Productions, Dance Co-Motion and Master Plan Ministries

Campus Security & Safety

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Checkmark No
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
Fencing No Checkmark No
Football Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Golf Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Ice Hockey No Checkmark No
Lacrosse No Checkmark No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing No Checkmark No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Skiing (cross-country) No Checkmark No
Skiing (downhill) No No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark No No
Tennis No Checkmark No
Track And Field No Division 2 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Wrestling No Checkmark No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
Fencing No Checkmark No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse No Division 2 Checkmark
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing No Checkmark No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Skiing (cross-country) No Checkmark No
Skiing (downhill) No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Tennis No Checkmark No
Track And Field No Division 2 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Wrestling No Checkmark No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 170
Part-time - 71
Male - 123
Female - 118