Students Say

Combining a “beautiful location,” “excellent” professors, “small class size,” and a “helpful” administration, Fort Lewis College offers a “quality education provided in an intimate learning environment coupled with an outgoing and outdoor community.” “The professors are wonderfully talented, and many are over-qualified for their positions.” Why do such accomplished professors come here? “Durango attracts really high-end professors even though it is a small town because it is so beautiful and so many people want to live here.” Professors bring a “well-balanced mix of instructional styles as well as academic, life, and career advice.”

Overview

Applicants
2,439
Acceptance Rate
91%
Average HS GPA
3.21

GPA Breakdown

16%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
26%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 632
SAT Math
465 - 565
ACT Composite
19 - 24

Deadlines


Regular
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Combining a “beautiful location,” “excellent” professors, “small class size,” and a “helpful” administration, Fort Lewis College offers a “quality education provided in an intimate learning environment coupled with an outgoing and outdoor community.” “The professors are wonderfully talented, and many are over-qualified for their positions.” Why do such accomplished professors come here? “Durango attracts really high-end professors even though it is a small town because it is so beautiful and so many people want to live here.” Professors bring a “well-balanced mix of instructional styles as well as academic, life, and career advice.” And “they are always willing to spend time outside of class tutoring or talking, and most of them use several learning methods in the classroom.” Like the faculty, “The administration seems connected and accessible.” It seems as though students can’t go wrong in choosing a major, as students cite “archaeology, chemistry, teaching majors,” “great English and history departments,” “business” and “music” as academic strengths of the college. But “Because Fort Lewis is a liberal arts institution, you get a very well rounded experience.” And there’s a “bonus—no grad school, so profs teach their own classes.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
19:1
Total Faculty
239
with Terminal Degree
155

121
Women
118
Men
19
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
47%
Graduate in 5 years
84%
Graduate in 6 years
38%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Alexandria Bombach
Film maker & producer, Red Reel

Adrianne Chalepah
Comedian, 49 Laughs

Eric Coble
Broadway-produced playwright

Chris Parker
Editor & writer, Rock & Ice magazine

Noah Price
Denver restauranteur

Samantha Solimeo
Ph.D., university professor, and U.S. Veterans Administration staff

Scott R. Tipton
U.S. Representative, 3rd Congressional District of Colorado

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
75
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,813

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,808

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,988

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$19,507

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,312

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$5,544
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$16,072
Required Fees
$1,708
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,208

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,120
Transportation for Commuters
$1,152

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

You will find on the Fort Lewis College campus an abundance of “outdoor loving, open-minded,” “laid back,” “liberal,” “super artistic, super environmentally aware, intellectual” “hippies.” They profess “all ranges of religious beliefs,” and they are “generally involved in extracurricular activities, such as intramural sports and outdoor pursuits.” As far as where they all come from, one student estimates that “the student body is split in thirds: one-third local, one-third from the Front Range, one-third from all over.” One unique aspect of the Fort Lewis student body is that it “has a high Native American population,” as well as a “lot of good opportunities specifically for Native Americans.” This in large part is a result of the tuition waiver the school generously offers to all Native American students.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,751
Out of State
47%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
17

Demographics

23.99%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
10.46%
Hispanic
55.42%
Caucasian
2.23%
Unknown
1.44%
International

48% female
52% male
47% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“The great outdoors are very important” to those who attend Fort Lewis College. “Winter allows for all sorts of snow sports (snowboarding, skiing, ski-surfing, snowshoeing, ice climbing, winter backpacking/camping), and the summer provides its own set of activities (mountain biking, camping, backpacking, kayaking).” When they’re not on the mountain or in the river, students “hang out in the small downtown area.” “Downtown Durango is very beautiful and historic. There are tons of cool stores to check out, and there are as many restaurants per capita [as] San Francisco, so you won’t get bored with the food.” Durango is also “a very liberal town. Many residents are, for lack of a better name, ‘old hippies.’ This makes for a small town with big dreams.” Case in point, “Durango…likes to shut down Main Street to throw random parties, so that’s right up our alley.” Students enjoy going to the downtown bars, which they describe as “chill.” “A lot of people drink, but no one judges you if you don’t (we’ll just ask you for a ride).” One main attraction of the bars is the fact that “there is great beer in Durango,” reportedly of the “fresh brewed” variety. When students get to thinking, they “think about the environment a lot. Durango is a very environmentally friendly town.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
38%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
88
First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
80

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
65
Number of Honor Societies
6

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

8% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Skyhawks)
5 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Women's Sports (Skyhawks)
6 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Volleyball

Student Services


Sustainability

Green Rating
79

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
62

Average Number of PC's per Lab
24

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
80%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, HP, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mary Shepherd
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301

Phone
(970) 247-7652

Email
admission@fortlewis.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Union
Student Life Center
Community Concert Hall
Rim Trail
Factory Trails bicycle and disk golf course
The Fort Lewis College campus is set on a mesa above the beautiful Animas River Valley, between the foothills of the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. Our spectacular location and the convergence of diverse cultures creates a thriving multicultural community that is active and engaged, and enjoys exploring and sharing healthy, balanced lifestyles.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Durango
Purgatory Ski Area at Durango Mountain Resort
Animas River
Telluride, Co
Mesa Verde National Park
Located at 6,872 feet atop a mesa overlooking historic downtown Durango, FLC is renowned for its outdoor opportunities. Situated between the southern Rocky Mountains and the desert southwest, the region's mountains, deserts, rivers, and canyons serve as both classrooms and playgrounds. Balancing academics with an active, healthy lifestyle is a way of life at Fort Lewis College, which also motivates our students' profound commitment to environmental sustainability.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:30 AM, 1:30 PM
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
andrew_l@fortlewis.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Half-hourly bus service to Durango area free to Fort Lewis Students. The closest airport is the Durango LaPlata County Airport, which is 20 minutes from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Denver area: From Hwy 285 South, turn right on Hwy 112 heading West to Del Norte. In Del Norte, turn right onto Hwy 160. Follow Hwy 160 West in to Durango. Hwy 160 becomes Hwy 160-550. When it splits, follow Hwy 550 to College Drive. Turn right onto College Drive, follow for 1.8 miles. Turn left onto Fort Lewis Drive. Follow signs to Office of Admission. From Albuquerque, NM I-25 North to Hwy 550. Hwy 550 North to Durango. Follow 550 North to College Drive. Turn right onto College Drive, follow for 1.8 miles. Turn left onto Fort Lewis Drive. Follow signs for Office of Admission.

Local Accommodations
Durango has numerous hotels and motels for economy and upscale lodging.
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Key Stats

2,439
Applicants
3,751
Size
91%
Acceptance Rate
1060
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists