Fort Lewis College Facts


Fort Lewis College is Colorado’s crossroads of education and adventure, where a uniquely beautiful mountain campus inspires an active and friendly community, and transformative learning experiences foster entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity, and life-long learning.


Our values have evolved from our location, our historical mission, and our educational purpose. Our setting in the southern Rocky Mountains, between the rugged San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest, gives us our passions for adventure as well as environmental sustainability. Our home in Durango, a close-knit mountain community, inspires our commitment to civic engagement. And our 100-year-long mission in Native American education informs our dedication to diversity, democracy, and accessibility.


The 247-acre Fort Lewis College campus is in southwestern Colorado, situated at 6,872 feet atop a mesa overlooking the Animas River Valley and historic downtown Durango. The campus’ distinctive architectural theme utilizes locally quarried sandstone to acknowledge the region’s Native puebloan building style and evoke the Four Corners’ landscape and colors.


  • Forbes' America’s Top Colleges
  • Forbes' Best Western Colleges
  • Military Friendly School
  • Princeton Review's Best Western Colleges
  • State of Colorado's Designated Public Liberal Arts College
  • Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges


  • Number of students 3,856
  • Students from 47 states, 139 American Indian tribes and Native Alaskan villages and 19 countries
  • Male-to-female ratio 53:47
  • Multicultural population 37%
  • Campus residents 1,307
  • Mid-range ACT scores 20-25
  • Mid-range SAT scores

> Critical Reading: 460-570
> Math: 460-560
> Writing: 430-550

  • Average high school GPA of 2011 freshman class 3.13
  • Percentage in top quarter of graduating class 28%


  • Our faculty pride themselves on personal attention to their students, taking an active interest in their students’ progress, tailoring their assistance to each learner’s needs, and assisting students with the graduate school application process and finding employment in the field. “I had some pretty cool professors at FLC. I think that’s because they’re people who are very like-minded with their students.”
    Chris Parker // English ‘11 // Writer and editor, Rock & Ice magazine


  • Most popular majors Art, Biology, Business Administration, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science, Psychology, Sociology
  • Accreditations Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, American Chemical Society, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, National Association of Schools of Music
  • John F. Reed Honors Program is a selective curriculum for students seeking interdisciplinary intellectual exploration through forums, interaction with writers and scholars, and cultural events and field trips.


  • Resident tuition term $2,772 / year $5,544
  • Non-resident tuition term $8,036 / year $16,072
  • Residence hall rates per term

> Residence Halls (double rooms) $2,070
> Residence Halls (suites) $2,540
> West Hall (suites) $3,055
> Animas Hall (single room suites) $3,875

  • Meal plans $450 - $2,225
  • Fees $56.95 per credit hour


  • Scholarships: Fort Lewis College and the Fort Lewis College Foundation offered more than $5 million in merit scholarship aid in 2013-14. Annual awards are valued up to $10,000 and are renewable.
  • Financial aid: The Office of Financial Aid coordinates federal, state, and Fort Lewis College Foundation financing for students with demonstrated need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process.
  • Work opportunities: About 600 students work on campus. Federal, state, and the Fort Lewis College Foundation fund work-study for students with demonstrated finanical need. Fort Lewis College funds on-campus jobs for other students.


  • Freshman standards 92 CCHE Index, defined at fortlewis.edu/admissionindex
  • Freshman applicant acceptance rate 91%
  • Transfer standards 2.4 GPA or higher at previous colleges attended
  • Transfer applicant acceptance rate 95%


  • Career Services offices are located in each of the academic divisions. They coordinate internships, on-campus recruiting by employers and graduate programs, and offer skill-development workshops on resume writing and interviewing.


  • There are more than 60 student-run organizations, ranging from the All People’s Lodge to the Parkour Club to the Women in Science Club, and including a variety of academic clubs, honor societies, and service organizations.


  • Nickname: Skyhawks
  • Mascot: Skyler the Skyhawk
  • NCAA Division II sports: Basketball, Cross-country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
  • Intercollegiate club sports: Baseball, Lacrosse, Cycling, Rugby, Skiing & Snowboarding, Soccer, Track & Field, Tennis, Triathlon, Ultimate Frisbee
  • Intramural sports: Badminton, Basketball, Dodgeball, Flag Football, Kickball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, and more
  • On the podium

> 2005, 2009 & 2011 NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer National Champions
> 2009-10 & 2010-11 USA Cycling Division I National Champions
> 2010 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Runners Up


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Office of Admission & Advising
877-FLC-COLO (toll-free)