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!
Majors & Degrees
|Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|American Indian/Native American Studies|
|Biological And Biomedical Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Cell And Molecular Biology|
|Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Business Administration And Management|
|Entrepreneurial And Small Business Related|
|Tourism And Travel Services Management|
|Communication, Journalism And Related Programs||Associate||Bachelors|
|Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Computer And Information Systems Security|
|Biology Teacher Education|
|Chemistry Teacher Education|
|Early Childhood Education|
|English/language Arts Teacher Education|
|Music Teacher Education|
|Physical Education Teaching And Coaching|
|Spanish Language Teacher Education|
|Engineering Physics/applied Physics|
|English Language And Literature/Letters||Associate||Bachelors|
|English Language And Literature Related|
|Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics||Associate||Bachelors|
|Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences|
|Mathematics And Statistics||Associate||Bachelors|
|Natural Resources And Conservation||Associate||Bachelors|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|Parks, Recreation And Leisure|
|Sport And Fitness Administration/management|
|Philosophy And Religious Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|Industrial And Organizational Psychology|
|Political Science And Government|
|Visual And Performing Arts||Associate||Bachelors|
|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 %||75th %|
|SAT Critical Reading||563||510||610|
Tuition & Fees
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||
|Black or African American||1.01%|
|White or Caucasian||46.12%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||26.54%|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.21%|
|Two or more races||10.55%|
Freshman car parking
|% of undergrad students who live in college housing||42%|
SkyFest, Homecoming and Hozhoni Days
KDUR - Campus/community radio, Environmental Center, Student Union Productions, Dance Co-Motion and Master Plan Ministries
|Track And Field||No||Division 2|
|Cross-country Running||No||Division 2|
|Track And Field||No||Division 2|