Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. When is the application deadline?

A: Freshmen—Fort Lewis is on a rolling admissions deadline. Once your application is complete, it takes about 4-6 weeks to receive a decision. We encourage students to apply by January 15 to be fully considered for scholarships.

A: Transfers—The deadline is Aug. 1 but we encourage you to apply before that deadline. To be fully considered for scholarships, we encourage you to apply by Feb. 15.

A: We recommend that all students fill out the FAFSA form to apply for financial aid by February 15. To apply, go to the FAFSA website at

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Q: What are our admission application requirements?

A: Freshmen— Check your admissibility. Note: For the SAT, Fort Lewis College uses just the Critical Reading and the Mathematics section.

A: Transfer—2.4 cumulative (all colleges/universities attended) GPA.

Q: What do I need to submit with my application?

A. The following is needed:

  • Official high school transcripts
  • Test scores (ACT or SAT; Note: For the SAT, Fort Lewis College uses just the Critical Reading and the Mathematics section.)
  • $40 application fee
  • Optional—not required but recommended

Q:  Can I fax my transcripts?

A:  No, we need to have official transcripts sent directly from the school in a sealed envelope.  We also accept electronically-sent official transcripts from high schools or transcript-sending services.

Q:   When will I know the admission decision?

A:  Once your application is complete, it will take about 4-6 weeks for you to receive a decision.

Q:  How do I check the status of my application?

A:  You can check the status of your application by calling 970-247-7184, emailing the Office of Admission, or contacting your admission counselor.

Q: How do I pay the $40 application fee if I did not do it when I applied?

A: You can either call 970-247-7184 to give credit card information or you can mail a check made out to Office of Admission. Please mail to:

Fort Lewis College
Office of Admission
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301

Q: May I have a paper application mailed to me?

A: Yes, please email your name and mailing address to

Q: What is Fort Lewis College's ACT or SAT or TOEFL code? 

A:  The ACT code is 0510 and SAT code is 4310.  The TOEFL code is also 4310.


Q: How do I get in touch with a coach?

A. You'll find a list of the coaches within the Athletic Department here. Also, you should complete the prospective athlete questionnaire.

Q: What NCAA Division is Fort Lewis?

A: Division II (except Cycling, which is a Division I club sport).

Q: Can you receive an athletic scholarship?

A: Yes, you can receive a scholarship when playing for a Division II school. Please contact the coach in your sport for more specific qualifications.

Q: How can I meet a coach when I am on campus for a visit?

A: Please complete this Athletic Questionnaire to let our coaches know of your interest in our program.

Colorado Residency

Q: How long must I live in Colorado before I can be considered "in-state" for tuition purposes?

A: By law, an "in-state" student, or student's parents, must be domiciled in Colorado for 12 or more continuous months immediately preceding the first day of classes.  In order to be considered an in-state student, individuals also must be U.S. citizens.  Non-U.S. citizens living in Colorado are considered international students and need to follow the international student admission process.

Q: Can I establish "in-state" status while a student?

A: Yes, but the mere fact that you are a student, part-time or full-time, is not alone sufficient evidence to consider you an "in-state" student. You must still demonstrate your physical presence and intent before you can be considered "in-state."

Q:  Where can I get more specific information about residency guidelines and requirements?

A:   Visit our Colorado Residency page.

Q: How old must I be to establish my domicile in Colorado?

A: According to the tuition law, there are three possible situations:

Individuals at least 22 years of age are eligible to establish domicile in Colorado. Physical presence and intent must be established for 12 months prior to the first day of classes. Thus, an individual will meet the requirements of the law no sooner than his/her 23rd birthday.

Individuals under 23 years of age with parents or legal guardians who have established domicile for 12 months prior to the first day of classes could be considered "in-state" for tuition purposes.

Students emancipated prior to the age of 22 are eligible to establish domicile.


Q: How many majors does Fort Lewis College offer?

A: We offer a variety of majors, which can be customized in the form of different options and minors.  A listing can be found on the Academics pages.

Q: I already have a degree, how can I obtain my teaching licensure?

A: Please visit our Post-Baccalaureate Program page on the Teacher Education website.

Q: Do you offer pre-medicine?

A: Yes, we have a pre-health track for students. Typically pre-health students will major or minor in one of the sciences. The pre-health advising committee offers students assistance in preparing for the various required standardized tests (i.e. MCAT), medical school applications and interviews.

Native American Tuition Waiver

Q: What is the Native American Tuition Waiver?

A: It is a program at Fort Lewis College that will cover the cost of tuition for Native American students who meet the admission requirements and who are a member of a federally recognized tribe. The student is responsible for room, board, books, and fees.

Q: How can I qualify for the tuition waiver?

A:  Most students send in their Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) when they send in their admission application. Learn more about the tuition scholarship.

Q: Should I still apply for financial aid?

A: Yes, we encourage you to fill out the FAFSA form on-line.

Q: What does the tuition waiver cover?

A: It covers the cost of tuition. The student is responsible for room, board, books and fees.

Q: Is Fort Lewis College free if you are a Native American?

A: Because of a historical agreement between the U.S. Government and the State of Colorado, we offer a Native American Tuition scholarship that covers the cost of your tuition. The student is responsible for room, board, books and fees.

Scholarships and Tuition

Q: How much does Fort Lewis College cost?

A: The total cost of attendance (tuition, room, board, fees, and related expenses) for a Colorado resident (in-state) is about $22,392 per year. For an out-of-state student, it is $33,494.

 Q: Do you offer any scholarships?

A: Yes, you are automatically evaluated for all merit-based scholarships when you apply. See a listing of our scholarships here. You can also calculate what the cost of attending Fort Lewis using our net price calculator.

Q: Do I have to fill out a separate application in order to be eligible for scholarships?

A: No, you do not, but we do encourage you to answer one of the essay questions.

Transferring Credits

Q: What credits can transfer to Fort Lewis College?

A: Courses that are academically based and completed with a C- or better at a regionally accredited school can transfer. You can check which classes have previously transferred to Fort Lewis College using our transfer equivalency table.

Q: I do not see my school or courses listed on the equivalency table; does that mean nothing will transfer?

A: No, the table is not a complete one. It is a list of courses/schools that have transferred previously to FLC but it does not mean that if you do not see your course/school on there that it will not transfer.