The Compass Program helps you soar

First-year students who are conditionally admitted to Fort Lewis College are required to participate in our Compass Program. First-year students identified for the Compass program generally fall below the average GPA for admitted students (3.0-3.8).

While Compass students take part in our Summer Bridge program that starts four weeks before the fall term, your Compass experience will last your entire first year. You'll be able to explore campus, make friends early, and have mentors to guide you every step of the way.

Compass Program requirements

How do I register?

By replying to your offer of admission and confirming your enrollment in your admission portal you are automatically registered for our Compass Program. Starting in March, students in our Compass Program will receive details about the program.

Confirm your enrollment and pay the $235 enrollment fee by May 1, 2023.


You will either take a math or English course that will contribute to your Liberal Arts Core. Advisors in Skyhawk Station will use information in your FLC application and your Advising Questionnaire to enroll you in the Summer Bridge course that best fits your FLC academic plan.

  • Comp 150/100 (4 credits): Your writing and research course! This course introduces students to the discipline of Writing Studies. Students develop a foundation of academic writing as transformative and transferrable through an anthology of readings and emphasis on threshold concepts such as: writing is linked to prior literacy experiences; writing is social and rhetorical activity; good writing depends on the situation; and all writers have more to learn.
  • Math 112/101 (4 credits): The first math course for many STEM majors. This course prepares students for a successful learning experience in MATH 121 and subsequent courses. Algebraic skills and understanding are emphasized. Topics include simplifying algebraic expressions and equations, an introduction to functions, compositions, and inverses. Linear functions, quadratic functions, and power functions are examined in depth with an emphasis on factoring and exponent rules. Exponential and logarithmic functions are introduced.
  • Math 132/102 (4 credits): An introductory course covering the collection and analysis of data for decision-making purposes. Topics to be covered include descriptive statistics, creation, and interpretation of different graphical displays of data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation. Technology will be used extensively throughout the course. Communication of statistics is also emphasized.
  • TRS 82 (3 credits): Review and instruction in elementary algebra and an opportunity to apply these skills to word problems and critical thinking exercises.

  • Faculty will offer individualized support throughout your coursework.
  • Tutoring and support services will be available.
  • Peer Educators will work closely with you to ensure your success both in and out of the classroom. They will provide academic support in your courses as well as mentoring to help you adjust to your new life on our campus.
  • During Summer Bridge, you can also incorporate many other FLC support systems into your routine, including Success Coaching, library research help, counseling, cultural centers, student wellness.
Employment & leadership
  • On the Skyhawk Summer Bridge Registration form, you will select if you either want a paid job or volunteer/leadership experience for approximately 20 hours per week for the 4-week program.
  • In collaboration with our Career and Life Design Center, and our campus partners, we will help you select a position based on the answers to the questions on the form.
  • On-campus jobs could range from helping with new student engagement in the Admission Office to checking students in to the Student Life Center. Students will earn $15-$16/hour depending on the job.
  • Volunteer/Leadership opportunities can range from partnering with the Environmental Center to tend the campus garden or walking dogs at the Humane Society.

Weekly schedule

Monday – Friday: Breakfast, Class, Lunch, Job/Volunteer, Dinner, Academic Support/Fun Activities
Saturday: Participate in engaging activities in and around Durango
Sunday: Rest, catch up on homework, mandatory program meeting

Daily schedule

8:00 a.m. – 10 a.m. — Breakfast in the San Juan Dining Hall
10:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.  — Class
12:15 p.m.– 1 p.m. — Lunch in the San Juan Dining Hall
1:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. – On-campus job or volunteer/leadership experience; workshops and fun activities
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. — Dinner in the San Juan Dining Hall
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. — Tutoring (Sunday-Thursday), evening activities or time on your own


What happens during Check-in?

Check-in is at 10 a.m. on July 29 at the Skyhawk Station. During Check-in you will be welcomed by FLC staff and students into the Skyhawk Summer Bridge Program. You will get your keys to move in to your residence hall, your Skycard (campus ID), and complete any outstanding requirements. Once you are checked in, you will move into your residence hall. We will have an opening dinner, teambuilding activities, and family orientation that weekend.

What should I bring to campus with me? Specifically, what should I bring for the program?

You will be moving into your fall housing assignment when you move in for Summer Bridge. Bring all of the belongings you will need for the academic year. 

We strongly recommend you bring the following items to Summer Bridge:

  • Comfortable clothes for all types of weather
  • Comfortable shoes to walk/hike in
  • Swimsuit

Can I go home during the program? 

We strongly discourage participants from going home during the program except for our family weekend, Aug 11-13.

What food will be provided during the program and what will it cost?

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided during the entire program for FREE! During off campus activities food will also be provided for free.

What types of activities will be a part of the program and what will they cost?

We are planning a host of activities during Skyhawk Summer Bridge for you to experience our beautiful mountain town of Durango. Some examples include rafting down the Animas River, paddle boarding & swimming at Lake Nighthorse, going for a walk in the woods, and going to dinner and a movie downtown.

Where will I be living?

All students participating in the Summer Bridge Program will be living in the same residence hall on campus.

How often will my room get cleaned?

Your room will get cleaned once a week.

How do I do laundry on campus?

We have laundry facilities in your residence hall.

Will I have transportation during Summer Bridge?

You can bring your own car to campus for Summer Bridge. During the summer there aren’t any parking fees. However, you will need to purchase a parking permit for fall and spring semesters.

Transportation will be provided for free for all activities off campus

What materials will I need for my classes?

Bring your laptop. If you don’t have access to a laptop, FLC has a TechPack that you can rent. Additional materials, such as course readings/textbooks, will be provided.

Who should I contact regarding academic accommodations?

Contact the Accessibility Resource Center for support in creating and maintaining equal access and opportunity on campus. We can support you with academic, housing, and other accommodations to remove some of the obstacles that might otherwise inhibit your experience of campus life.

Can I bring a Service Animal or Emotional Support Animal?

If a Service Animal will accompany you on campus, we recommend you contact the Accessibility Resource Center to assist in your animal’s transition. If you are living in campus housing, you will need to register your service animal with our office.

If you are interested in applying for an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) while attending FLC, you will need documentation from a licensed mental health provider.

Do I need to complete my New Student Checklist before the start of the program?

Yes, you will need to complete your new student check list before arriving to campus. You will also need to upload a photo for your Skycard before the start of the program. Checklist items can be found in your admission portal.

Do I attend Orientation?

Yes, Orientation is mandatory for all first-year students. During Orientation you will meet even more friends. Engage in even more programming. And connect with even more resources on campus. You will be automatically registered for Orientation. For more details on the schedule, please go to the orientation website.

Contact us

Admission Office

Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301

Ph: 877-352-2656 or 970-247-7184
Fax: 970-247-7179

Michelle Bonanno
Director of Peer Education & Coordinator of First-Year Experience
Phone: 970-247-7183