First Year Admission Requirements

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Applying as a first-year student

Congratulations on all you have accomplished to get this far—the hard work at school, hours-long tests on Saturdays, or maybe figuring out family responsibilities, finances and how to balance work and school—all the fears faced and obstacles overcome.

Your next steps will be a breeze in comparison.

To apply

A complete Fort Lewis College application includes:

  • Timely submission of our admission application
  • Official high school transcript or equivalency
  • Official ACT or SAT scores
  • $40 application fee

Our online application for admission should take about 15-20 minutes to complete, or you may choose to submit a paper application by mail.

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Admission requirements

Candidates for admission are reviewed based on their academic performance in high school and either SAT or ACT scores.

The minimum GPA for admission consideration is a 2.0. The mid-50% average high school GPA for admitted students last year was 3.08-3.81, though students were admitted with GPAs ranging from 2.0 to 4.0 depending on other qualifications.

The average ACT composite is 20-25, and the average SAT composite is 1030-1200. ACT sub-scores in English and Math, SAT scores in Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing and Math are especially important in admission decisions, as they also determine placement in courses at FLC.

High school coursework

Official high school transcripts may be sent by your school via mail, fax, or through Naviance (if available at your school). A homeschool transcript should include subjects and grades for each year. The coursework requirement may also be met with a high school equivalency certificate or diploma score (such as the GED, HiSET, or TASC).

Successful candidates for admission have completed the following high school-level courses:

  • Four years of English
  • Four years of math (including algebra II)
  • Three years of natural/earth science (two years must include lab work)
  • Three years of social science (at least one year must be in U.S. or world history)
  • One year of a foreign language
  • Two years of academic electives

Submitting test scores

Official test scores may be sent directly from the testing agency or from your high school. FLC does not require the essay portion of either ACT or SAT. Fort Lewis College’s testing codes are:

  • ACT: 0510
  • SAT: 4310

For students who are 23 or older, or have been out of high school for 5 years, Accuplacer scores may be submitted in lieu of ACT or SAT scores. Accuplacer is a college placement exam which determines skills in reading, writing and math. The test is available at our testing center and may also be offered at your local community college. Learn more about Accuplacer at FLC.

Application fee

A non-refundable $40 application fee is required to process your application. When you apply online you will be asked to submit a credit or debit card, or you may submit without an online payment and send a check to the Admission Office payable to “Fort Lewis College.” Please ensure your full name and date of birth are included in the comment section on the check.

You may request a fee waiver if you have extreme financial need, or a low expected family contribution (EFC) as identified on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application by completing the fee waiver form

Application deadlines

Consideration for Fall semester

  • Early action: November 15  
  • Priority deadline:  January 1  
  • Late deadline: May 1  

Consideration for Spring semester

  • Priority deadline: November 15
  • Deadline: December 1

Consideration for Summer semester

  • Deadline: April 1

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and applicants are notified by mail within 4-6 weeks of submitting a complete application. We recommend applying by January 1 for the fall semester.

Supplemental materials, such as academic transcripts and test scores, may arrive after the deadline without impacting admission decisions. Students who submit complete applications, including supplemental materials, by January 1 may be eligible to apply for scholarships by the February 1 deadline.


Contact information

For questions, or to check on the status of an application, please contact our Admission office.

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

Phone: 970-247-7184
Fax: 970-247-7179
admission@fortlewis.edu

Contact your admission counselor directly.