FLC at a glance

Durango as seen from FLC campus

FLC is a college like no other—from its students, to their studies, from its campus to its place in the Southwest. Scan the facts, pore over the pics, and if you haven’t visited yet (in-person or virtually), put that on your to-do list. Out of 4,300 colleges and universities, we've been recognized by Forbes magazine as among the best, and we are frequently mentioned in other top colleges lists, typically for affordability, diversity, the high quality of our faculty, and the benefits of being in Durango.

Students

FLC student at a camp set up for field work in one of the Four Corners region's desert areas.

Roughly 3230 undergraduate students and 80 graduate students make up our student body, and just over half are students of color. About 1/3 of students are the first in their family to go college, and first-year students enter with a high school GPA of 3.26, on average. 41% of students are Native American or Alaska Native, representing 177 Tribes and Native Alaskan villages.

  • 46% of students are from Colorado
  • 47 US states represented
  • 15 countries represented

 

Learn outside the lines

98% of classes at FLC have fewer than 50 students. In fact, the average class size is 24, and the student to faculty ratio across all departments is 15:1. This means that you get individualized attention and mentorship that supports your transition from student to professional.

LEARN BY DOING

What’s more, with an experiential approach to education across all 55 majors, you’ll get a taste for the practical application of your studies through field schools, internships, original research, or other opportunities.

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Campus environment

FLC student using the climbing wall at the Student Life Center

With the best view in town, FLC breathes human innovation into 247 acres sitting at 6,872 feet. 12% of our “Tree campus” is xeriscaped with native and low-irrigation plants. Over half of campus energy comes from solar and wind power, and we have reduced carbon emissions by 58% since 2011.

42% of students call campus their home while they’re here, and enjoy a range of recreational options including a climbing wall, disc golf course, campus events throughout the year, and over 55 student organizations.

 

How others see us

Time and again we make third-party lists for diversity and inclusion, sustainable practices, outdoor access, and affordability. These are just a few of the lists we've made in comparison to other schools.

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Durango & beyond

FLC students hiking on a trail between town and campus
  • Durango's Population: 17,000; La Plata County: 52,000.
  • 2.3 million acres of public lands adjacent to town
  • 13 National parks & monuments within a 4-hour drive
  • World-class skiing at Telluride, Wolf Creek, Purgatory and Silverton within 2 hours’ drive
  • Free Purgatory ski pass for incoming first-year students
  • Hot springs, restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, skate park
  • White water rafting, rock & ice climbing, trail running, desert and mountain hiking
  • Outdoor Pursuits offers guided adventure travel and outdoor gear to borrow
Student diversity
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52%

Students of color

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177

Tribes & Alaska Native villages represented

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32%

First-generation students

Campus
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58%

Reduction in campus carbon emission

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42%

Students living on campus

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55+

Student groups

Academics
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24

Average class size

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55

Undergraduate majors

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72%

Full-time faculty

Student diversity

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52%

Students of color

Student diversity

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177

Tribes & Alaska Native villages represented

Student diversity

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32%

First-generation students

Campus

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58%

Reduction in campus carbon emission

Campus

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42%

Students living on campus

Campus

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55+

Student groups

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24

Average class size

Academics

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55

Undergraduate majors

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72%

Full-time faculty