See what students say:

Academics

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.”

Student Body

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.

Campus Life

“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.”

Overview

Applicants
Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA
3.31

GPA Breakdown

21%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — January 15

Regular — August 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
264
with Terminal Degree
187

134
Men
130
Women
20
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
21%
Graduate in 5 years
37%
Graduate in 6 years
40%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American Indian/Native American Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Multicultural Education.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Engineering, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Public Health, General.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Megan Chambellan
2016 B.S. Physics. Megan is a PhD student in Physics at the University of Northern Arizona where she is studying physical optics. She is currently learning a software called Zemax for optical design and optimizations.

Tara Trask
CEO of Tata Trask & Associates, a litigation strategy, trial consutling

Marissa Molina
White House's "Chamion s of Change" award 2015

Matt Taylor
Executive Vice President, Global Integrated Payments and SMB eCommerce

Marshall Masayesva
2014 B.S. Adventure Education. Marshall started a non-profit organization called Adventures for Hopi upon his graduation from FLC. His program is a developmental adventure education program catering to Hopi youth. They utilize cultural relevancy as the foundation of their program.

Howard Grotts
Olympian

Adrienne Chalapah
Native American comedienne

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
21%
Graduate in 5 years
37%
Graduate in 6 years
40%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,204

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,493

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,821

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$20,402

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,137

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,056
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,712
Required Fees
$1,816
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,250

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,192
Transportation for Commuters
$1,480

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,878
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,299
Foreign Countries Represented
14

Demographics

25.70%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.16%
African-American
11.42%
Hispanic
48.38%
Caucasian
3.36%
Unknown

52% female
48% male
52% are out of state
89% are full time
11% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
42%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services Office and Testing Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Dian Jenkins

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Documentation from a previous Education institution that provided academic accommodations; Assessments with scores and narrative for FSIQ and Performance such as Woodcock Johnson.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Documentation from a previous Education institution that provided academic accommodations; Assessments with scores and narrative for FSIQ and Performance such as Woodcock Johnson and an assessment that measures concentration such as the Nelson-Denny.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
70
Number of Honor Societies
6

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

11% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Skyhawks)
5 Sports

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

Basketball
Cross Country
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


Sustainability

98/99
AASHE STARS® rating
REPORTER
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
7%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, HP, Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Ayla Owens
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301

Phone
(970) 247-7176

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
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

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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