Freshmen Admission Requirements

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2017-2018 Admission Standards

Students are candidates for admission if they have a GPA of 2.0 or higher, an ACT English of 15 or higher, and an ACT Math of 15 or higher.

ENGLISH   MATH >3.50 3.00-3.49 2.80-2.99 2.50-2.79 2.00-2.49
ACT 25 and above
Old SAT 570
New SAT 620
& ACT 25 and above
Old SAT 570
New SAT 590
ACT 18-24
Old SAT 430-560
New SAT 470-610
& ACT 19-24
Old SAT 460-560
New SAT 500-580
ACT 16-17
Old SAT 410-420
New SAT 450-460
& ACT 16-18
Old SAT 400-450
New SAT 440-490
ACT 15
Old SAT 390-400
New SAT 430-440
& ACT 15
Old SAT 370-390
New SAT 410-430

Dark green section Candidate for Presidental Scholars admission
Light green section Candidate for admission
Ornage section Candidate for admission with conditions

*Applicants must meet the minimum test score in each column to qualify for a given admission band.

By the time of enrollment, students will have successfully completed full academic years of high school or college in:

  • English - 4 years   
  • Math - 4 years Algebra I or higher
  • Science - 3 years Should include at least 2 years of lab based coursework
  • Social Studies - 3 years Should include at least 1 of US History or World History
  • Academic Electives – Courses may come from any academic area already listed or foreign languages, computer science, art, music, journalism or drama

Application Materials

  • Application (online or paper),
  • Official high school transcripts
  • ACT or SAT Test scores (Note: For the SAT, Fort Lewis College uses only the Critical Reading and the Mathematics sections)
  • $40 application fee
  • College transcripts (from concurrent coursework)
  • Optional

College Admission Statistics

  • Freshman applicant acceptance rate: 68%
  • Mid-50% range high school GPA: 2.8-3.6
  • Mid 50% range ACT composite score: 20-25
  • Mid-50% range ACT English score: 19-25
  • Mid-50% range ACT Math score: 18-24
  • Mid-50% range SAT scores: Critical Reading: 460-570, Math: 460-560

Merit Scholarships

Fort Lewis College offers merit scholarships as part of the admission process. These scholarships range from $1,000-$10,000 per year and are available for all four years of your education. All applicants are automatically considered for our merit scholarships and do not need to submit additional materials. Click here for additional information about our merit scholarship program.

Freshman applicants must confirm their enrollment by July 15 (for the fall term) and December 15 (for the spring term) in order to receive a tuition scholarship.

Freshman Application & Confirmation Deadlines

Merit Scholarship Consideration
Without Merit Scholarship Consideration
Merit Scholarship Awarded
Without Merit Scholarship Awarded

Fall 2017

June 2, 2017

August 1, 2017

July 15, 2017 August 24, 2017

Spring 2018

Dec 1, 2017

Dec 1, 2017

Dec 15, 2017 Dec 15, 2017

Summer 2018


April 1, 2017

N/A April 26, 2018

Fall 2018

June 2, 2018

August 1, 2018

July 15, 2018 August 23, 2018

*Applicants can submit additional materials, such as official transcripts, after the stated deadlines so long as the application for admission was submitted and received by the deadline.

Admission Decision

Once your application is complete, it will take about 4-6 weeks to receive a decision. To check the status of your application:

 A completed application is one that is not missing any of the required application materials listed at the top of this page.

Important Freshman Information:

Colorado Residency Is Based On:

  • Continuous physical presence in the State of Colorado
  • Proof of intent to become a Colorado resident
  • Financial emancipation - defined as parental relinquishment of any and all financial support to the student.

Additional information on Colorado Residency requirements