International Students Admission Requirements

Applying from abroad

We are so glad that you are interested in Fort Lewis College in beautiful Durango, Colorado! About 100 international students representing 15 nations attend FLC each year. Our small campus is located in a safe community, comprised of a caring faculty and staff, and offers excellent academic programs. Additionally, living in Durango puts you at the center of the Southwest’s natural and cultural treasures.

We welcome international students to apply as either first-year students, with no prior university level coursework, or as transfer students with prior university-level coursework. In addition to demonstrating success in academic coursework, international students whose primary language is not English must also have a minimum TOEFL score of 61 or a minimum IELTS score of 5.5.

To apply

A complete application includes:

  • Timely submission of the application.
  • For first-year students: official transcripts from the institution that awarded your secondary school certificate/high school diploma. Transcripts must be certified and translated to English. Foreign transcript evaluations must be completed by a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) member.
  • For transfer students: official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Please submit both translated and untranslated copies of college/university transcripts. University-level transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services.
  • Official ACT or SAT scores are required only if you’re graduating from a U.S. high school or if you are an NCAA athlete. Note: Students without ACT/SAT scores will be required to take the Accuplacer exam upon arrival for placement purposes.
  • Official English proficiency test scores (TOEFL or IELTS). See English Proficiency Exemptions below.
  • Declaration & Certification of Finances.
  • $40 (USD) application fee.
Supplemental application materials

Transcripts

Official transcripts from the institution that awarded your secondary/high school diploma must be sent directly from the issuing institution.   

High school diplomas require a document-by-document evaluation for the U.S. equivalent grade point average (GPA) by a NACES member

If you have previously attended any college or university, official transcripts from all colleges and universities must be sent directly to the Admission Office. Please submit translated and untranslated copies of your transcripts.  

Transcripts for academic work where the language of instruction was other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation and certified evaluation, both in English.  University-level transcripts require a course-by-course evaluation by World Education Services.  

High school diplomas require a document-by-document evaluation for the U.S. equivalent grade point average (GPA) by a NACES member.

SAT or ACT scores

Official SAT or ACT scores are required only if graduating from a U.S. high school or are a NCAA athlete. If you are not graduating from a U.S. high school or playing an NCAA athletic sport for at FLC, these test scores are required only if you would like to be considered for the Freshman Merit Scholarship.  

Scores may be sent directly from the testing agency. Fort Lewis College’s ACT code is 0510 and SAT code is 4310. FLC does not require the essay portion of either ACT or SAT.

English proficiency exams

International students from countries where the primary language is not English are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS test scores. TOEFL scores must come directly from the Educational Testing Service.  Admission to Fort Lewis College requires a minimum TOEFL score of 61 (internet-based) or 500 (paper-based). IELTS scores must come directly from the testing agency and a minimum score of 5.5 is required for admission to Fort Lewis College.

Admission requirements

TOEFL/IELTS waver requirements: 
  • Graduated from a U.S.-accredited school abroad with English as the language of instruction. 
  • Graduated with a bachelor's degree in the U.S. or successfully completed a minimum of two semesters of full-time study at a U.S.-accredited institution. 
  • Graduated from and completed a minimum of one year of secondary school in the U.S. that included at least one unit of college preparatory English. 
AP: Completion of English Language & Composition with a score of 4 or better. 
IB: Completion of English A, Literature HL, English A Language & Literature HL, or English A Language & Literature SL with a score of 4 and higher. 
SAT: critical reading score of 470 or better (FLC code is 4310). 
ACT: English sub-score of 18 or better (FLC code is 4310). 
  • ACT Exempt countries: Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, England, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Wales, and Zimbabwe.

Declaration and certification of finances

In order to enroll at Fort Lewis College, all international students must submit the Declaration & Certification of Finances, including bank statements as supporting documents. The form may be submitted via email to admission@fortlewis.edu. In order to enroll at Fort Lewis College, international students must also complete the I-20 student visa process.

Application fee

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

Application deadlines

Consideration for fall semester

  • Deadline June 1  

Consideration for spring semester

  • Deadline October 1 

Consideration for summer semester

  • Deadline February 1 

Admission decisions are determined on a rolling basis and applicants are notified by email within 4-6 weeks of receipt of their completed application.


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
USA

Phone: +1-970-247-7184
Fax: +1-970-247-7179
admission@fortlewis.edu

International Students Admission Counselors

Scott Miller email
Yuriko Miller email