Student Profile3,836 undergraduate students from 49 states, 23 countries, and 144 Native American Tribes and Alaskan Villages.
Faculty Profile18:1 student/faculty ratio. Full-time Faculty: 168 Part-time Faculty: 71
Residence Life34% of students live on campus. Students have the option of living in a traditional dorm hall or two, three, or four suites in specialized halls.
School LocationDurango, Colorado.
Fort Lewis College offers a wide-range of men's and women's intercollegiate sports. We especially excel in cycling, with 19 national championships and earning the #1 ranking in USA Collegiate Cycling Division I for 2005-06, 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12 seasons. Skyhawks men's soccer won NCAA Division II national championships in 2005, 2010, and 2012. And Skyhawks women's basketball joined the list of powerhouses in 2010 when the team earned a berth in its first NCAA national title game.
The Fort Lewis Skyhawks play in modern and scenic on-campus facilities, including Whalen Gymnasium, Ray Dennison Memorial Field, the Softball Complex, and Dirks Field. Our varsity teams compete in NCAA athletics at the Division II level in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross-country, football, men's golf, women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, women's softball, and women's volleyball.
Club Sports teams are organized, coached, and administered by student team members, so they give students an opportunity to play an intercollegiate sport at a high level without the time commitment expected by varsity sports. Current club sports include men's baseball, men's and women's cycling, men's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, men's and women's rugby, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's snowboarding, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's track and field, and men's and women's ultimate Frisbee.
- The Princeton Review ranked Fort Lewis College as one of the best universities in the western United States in the first edition of The Best Western Colleges: 121 Great Schools to Consider.
- U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges ranked Fort Lewis College second in the nation in campus diversity for public, bachelor degree-granting liberal arts and sciences colleges.
- Durango was among Outside magazine's “Forty Best College Towns.”
- Kaplan Publishing named Fort Lewis College a “hidden treasure” in The Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges.
Fort Lewis College is a public, four-year, liberal arts college founded in 1911.
The Princeton Review ranked Fort Lewis College as one of the best universities in the western United States in the first edition of The Best Western Colleges: 121 Great Schools to Consider.
U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges ranked Fort Lewis College second in the nation in campus diversity for public, bachelor degree-granting liberal arts and sciences colleges.
Durango was among Outside magazine's “Forty Best College Towns.”
Kaplan Publishing named Fort Lewis College a “hidden treasure” in The Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges.
Beyond the classroom
- Field studies: FLC emphasizes hands-on learning that takes advantage of the opportunities available in the Four Corners region. Don't just read about archaeological sites, Native cultures, forest succession, volcanic fields, river ecology, or wildlife resources--explore them first hand.
- Service learning: The Center for Civic Engagement works closely with academic departments to integrate service-work experiences into their courses. Students get to learn while they are active in real-world social, environmental, economic, and civic issues by partnering with community-based groups, grassroots associations, non-profit organizations, and for-profit businesses.
- Undergraduate research: Undergraduate research is the principal Senior-year experience in many disciplines, including the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. At Fort Lewis, students have research opportunities that are often reserved for only graduate students at larger universities, meaning our undergraduate researchers make real and meaningful contributions to their fields. We provide faculty mentors and grants to pay for research.
- Internships: Through the Fort Lewis Cooperative Education Program, students can earn upper-division credit while applying their knowledge in the real world by working in professional settings anywhere in the world.
- Study abroad: About 10 percent of Fort Lewis students study abroad each year through a variety of programs, including Innovative Months, Engineers without Borders, departmental programs, and International Student Exchange Programs, a non-profit world-wide network of more than 300 colleges and universities in 45 countries cooperating to provide affordable access to international studies.
A personalized learning experience
- Because our focus is on teaching, classes here are always instructed by faculty and never by graduate students. And with our small class sizes and low 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio, you'll get to know your professors and will receive the attention you want and deserve. Since they work closely with their students, teachers at FLC pride themselves on keeping their office doors open, being involved in their students' progress, and tailoring their assistance to each learner's needs.
- Some of our greatest learning occurs in day-to-day interactions between students and faculty. Because we are a small school, and thanks to our location and outdoor Colorado lifestyle, it's in our campus community's nature to be active -- and interactive. So you'll share experiences with your teachers outside of class as well as within, everywhere from the Student Union to sporting events to lectures and movies, and also outside running the river, skiing at the ski area, and exploring in the mountains.
- At Fort Lewis College, our teachers are also learners. Through the Common Reading Experience, students and faculty explore ideas together by reading and discussing the same book and the vital, important issues it highlights. Since its creation, the Common Reading Experience has examined such books as Folding Paper Cranes: An Atomic Memoir; Mountains beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World; Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother; and The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL.
- Our adventurous faculty also have the chance to share their knowledge and interests with their students outside the classroom through the Innovative Month program. Innovative Months give faculty the freedom to create month-long travel-based Summer-session courses, for which students can receive credit. These classes take place all over the United States and beyond, with about 80 percent based abroad.
- FLC offers many learning support and academic success programs designed to ensure that all students receive the academic and personal support they need to graduate and pursue the career of their dreams. Students can find academic assistance through a variety of services, including the Tutoring Center, Modern Language Lab, Algebra Alcove, Math Assistance Center, and the Writing Center. The Native American Center's peer tutoring program offers academic support to all students with a special focus on Native American Students. El Centro de Muchos Colores supports Hispanic students and all students who are studying Spanish with tutoring and a large study space.
A vibrant campus life
- The arts are alive and well at Fort Lewis College. Students have regular opportunities to see films, concerts, plays, lectures, and art exhibitions in our many on-campus facilities, including the Community Concert Hall, the Theatre Building's Main Stage, the Art Building Gallery, the Roshong Recital Hall, and the recently renovated Student Union.
- The newly renovated Student Union is the hub of campus activity. The $41.5-million refurbishing and expansion provides the campus community a nexus for student entertainment and activities, from movies, concerts, and lectures, to places to meet, eat, socialize, and study. Also housed in the new building is a state-of-the-art Media Center that brings together student media in a central location, and the Terry R. Bacon Leadership Center, home to campus student organizations and where students can explore options and avenues for manifesting their interests and passions.
- For students who seek to stay in shape while having fun and meeting new people, Recreational Services offers a range of intramural sports, including basketball, flag football, softball, soccer, volleyball, kickball, dodge ball, ultimate Frisbee, badminton, and tennis. Recreational Services is housed in the Student Life Center, an award-winning $7.5-million recreation facility providing students places to exercise, play, meet, learn, and relax. The Center features a 2,800-square-foot climbing and bouldering area, three basketball and four volleyball courts, an elevated running track, a racquetball court, a dance and aerobics studio, and an outstanding weight room.
- Also housed in the Student Life Center is Outdoor Pursuits, which warehouses an expansive variety of outdoor gear for members' use. The program is one of the most popular programs on campus, offering as many as 20 trips per semester, as well as frequent clinics, movies, and guided outings for all skill levels.
Education that lasts a lifetime
- "I'm very happy I went to a liberal arts college," says Peter Mesard (Student Constructed Major: Engineering-Geology, '77), principal engineer with an international engineering and scientific consulting firm. "In working with a wide range of clients, I have found it incredibly important to have a broad-based education. I received a superb scientific education, but I also had an enlightened and culturally expansive experience at Fort Lewis College."
- Says Kristin Loitie (Humanities, '94), consultant with the Colorado Department of Education's Capital Construction division: "I love learning. I love ideas. I came away from Fort Lewis with the ability to discern information, to analyze. Even when I was struggling to learn the ins and outs of construction project management, I took comfort in knowing that I'm good at thinking critically."
- Gayle Giguere (Mathematics, '79) describes herself as a "free, independent thinker, unbounded b convention," and credits Fort Lewis with making her that way. "The liberal arts curriculum totally lent itself to my self-discovery," says Giguere, today the chief information officer for a major financial company. "Fort Lewis made me someone who embraces challenge. I became a creative, yet analytical, thinker."
- "The liberal arts helped me improve my people and communication skills," says Mike Coons (Computer Science & Information Systems, '04), who travels the world managing information and data collection systems on arctic research ships. "The person I became at Fort Lewis is someone well-suited to do a crazy job like this. I have a passion for adventure, and Fort Lewis definitely fueled that."
In-state tuition: $6,352
Out-of-state tuition: $17,624
Because of our selective admission standards, about 7 out of 10 freshmen receive merit scholarships. Along with many departmental scholarships, FLC also offers:
Eligibility: 121 admission Index
Annual award: $8,000 out-of-state / $2,000 in-state
Eligibility: 110-120 admission index
Annual award: $7,000 out-of-state / $1,500 in-state
Eligibility: 101-109 admission index
Annual award: $6,000 out-of-state / $1,000 in-state
Academic Promise Scholarship
Eligibility: 92-100 admission index
Annual award: $4,000 out-of-state / $750 in-state
Transfer Student Tuition Scholarships
Academic Achievement Scholarship -- 3.5 GPA
Eligibility: 3.5 College GPA and higher
Annual award: $2,500 out-of-state/ $1,000 in-state
Academic Achievement Scholarship -- 3.0 GPA
Eligibility: 3.0-3.49 College GPA
Annual award: $1,500 out-of-state/ $500 in-state
New Mexico Reciprocal Scholarship
Approved New Mexico residents pay the in-state tuition rate. This scholarship is currently valued at about $12,000.
Native American Tuition Scholarship
Under an agreement signed more than 100 years ago, students who are members of federally registered tribes receive a full-tuition scholarship.