Freshmen Admission Requirements

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2016-2017 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 or
SAT 570
AND ACT 25 or
SAT 570
ACT 18-24 or
SAT 430-560
AND ACT 19-24 or
SAT 460-560
ACT 16-17 or
SAT 410-420
OR ACT 16-18 or
SAT 400-450
ACT 15 or
SAT 370-400
OR ACT 15 or
SAT 370-390

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-$9,000 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.

Application Deadlines


Fall 2016

August 1, 2016

Within 5 weeks of
application submission

Spring 2017

December 1, 2016

Within 5 weeks of
application submission

Summer 2017, Sessions 1 - 3 (May)

April 1, 2017

Within 5 weeks of
application submission

Summer 2017, Sessions 4 & 5 (June)

May 1, 2017

Within 5 weeks of
application submission

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