Fort Lewis College
"Fort Lewis College is a selective public liberal arts college that launches careers and...
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Fort Lewis College

Durango, Colorado

Fort Lewis College is the Southwest’s crossroads of education and adventure. Our blend of small classes, dynamic academic programs, and a liberal arts perspective leads to transformative learning experiences that foster entrepreneurship, leadership, creative problem solving, and life-long learning. And our unique & beautiful mountain campus, on a mesa above historic Durango, Colorado, inspires an active and friendly community with a spirit of engagement, exploration, and intellectual curiosity.

Student Profile

4,028 undergraduate students from 50 states, 17 countries, and 146 Native American Tribes and Alaskan Villages. 41% multicultural population.

Faculty Profile

21:1 student/faculty ratio. Full-time Faculty: 158 Part-time Faculty: 70

Residence Life

38% of students live on campus. Students have the option of living in a traditional residence hall or two-, three-, or four-bedroom suites in specialized halls.

School Location

Durango, Colorado.


Fort Lewis College offers a wide-range of men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports. We especially excel in cycling, with 21 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, 2009, and 2011. 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 FLC 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.

Other Information

Fort Lewis College is a public, four-year, liberal arts college founded in 1911. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools, as well as departmental accreditation in the following areas: Athletic Training (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education), Business (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International), Chemistry (American Chemical Society), Engineering (Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET),  and Music (National Association of Schools of Music).

More Distinctions

  • Business Insider’s Complete Ranking of America’s Smartest Colleges

  • Council of Public Liberal Arts

  • Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges

  • Forbes’ Best Western Colleges

  • Military Friendly School

  • Princeton Review’s Best in the West

  • U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges, National Liberal Arts 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.
  • Undergraduate research: Undergraduate research is the principal Senior-year experience in many disciplines, including the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. At Fort Lewis College, 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 College Career Services Office, students can earn upper-division credit while applying their knowledge in the real world by working in professional settings.
  • Study abroad: About 10 percent of Fort Lewis students study abroad each year through a variety of programs, including Engineers without Borders, departmental programs, National Student Exchange, 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 21:1 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; Mountains beyond Mountains; The Beast in the Garden; Enrique’s Journey; The Heart and the Fist; Full Body Burden; and Dead Man Walking.
  • 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 Ballantine 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: $5,544
Out-of-state tuition: $16,072


Because of FLC’s selective admission standards, about 7 out of 10 freshmen receive merit scholarships. Along with many departmental scholarships, FLC also offers:

Freshman Tuition Scholarship for in-state students

Eligibility: 133-146 admission Index
Annual award: $4,000 early action / $3,500 regular decision

Eligibility: 122-132 admission Index
Annual award: $3,500 early action / $3,000 regular decision

Eligibility: 117-121 admission Index
Annual award: $3,000 early action / $2,500 regular decision

Eligibility: 112-116 admission Index
Annual award: $2,500 early action / $2,000 regular decision

Eligibility: 102-111 admission Index
Annual award: $2,000 early action / $1,500 regular decision

Eligibility: 95-101 admission Index
Annual award: $1,000 early action / $500 regular decision

Freshman Tuition Scholarship for out-of-state students

Eligibility: 133-146 admission Index
Annual award: $9,000 early action / $8,000 regular decision

Eligibility: 122-132 admission Index
Annual award: $8,500 early action / $7,500 regular decision

Eligibility: 117-121 admission Index
Annual award: $8,000 early action / $7,000 regular decision

Eligibility: 112-116 admission Index
Annual award: $7,500 early action / $6,500 regular decision

Eligibility: 102-111 admission Index
Annual award: $6,000 early action / $5,000 regular decision

Eligibility: 95-101 admission Index
Annual award: $4,000 early action / $3,000 regular decision

Transfer Student Tuition Scholarships

Academic Achievement Scholarship — 3.5 GPA

Eligibility: 3.5 College GPA and higher
Annual award: $3,000 out-of-state / $2,000 in-state

Academic Achievement Scholarship — 3.0 GPA
Eligibility: 3.0-3.49 College GPA
Annual award: $2,000 out-of-state/ $1,000 in-state

Other Scholarships

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.