Start your college career at Fort Lewis College

Why become a Skyhawk? For lots of reasons. We are a community of thinkers, doers, creators, innovators, and leaders. We’re diverse and inclusive. And we shape the future and solve the world’s most challenging problems.

Transform your passions into reality on a beautiful campus with small classes, close-knit departments, abundant hands-on learning opportunities, and a devoted and friendly faculty. Become part of the next class of Skyhawks.

Admission process

It takes 15-20 minutes to complete your admission application and start your next adventure.

1. Fill out your application & pay the application fee

A non-refundable $40 application fee is required to process your application. 

You can pay your application fee with a bank debit or credit card online with your application.

You can also submit your application without payment and send a check from a United States bank or a bank money order in United States currency payable to “Fort Lewis College.” If you choose to send a check, please be sure your full name and date of birth are included on it.

Application fee waiver

You can request a fee waiver if you have extreme financial need. Select "yes" on the admission application when asked if you want to request a fee waiver due to financial hardship.

2. Provide your transcripts

The minimum GPA for admission consideration is 2.0. With the mid-50% average high school GPA for admitted students last year between 3.08 to 3.81, students were accepted with GPAs ranging from 2.0 to 4.0, depending on other qualifications.

Successful candidates for admission typically complete the following high school coursework:

  • 4 years of Math
  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of Social Science
  • 3 years of Science  
  • 1 year of world language
  • 2 years of high school academic electives.

While these aren't requirements, our admission team takes a close look at the individual classes and the course sequence among other factors to determine admission.   

  • If you haven't graduated high school yet, submit your unofficial high school transcripts.
  • If you have already graduated from high school, submit your official high school transcript.
  • If you are a homeschool student, submit a transcript that includes subjects and grades for each year.
  • If you have taken a high school equivalency certificate or diploma score (GED, HiSET, or TASC, etc.), provide the official score report sent directly from the testing agency.

You can upload transcripts to the admission portal, email or fax them, or have your high school counselor send them to us.

3. Include your personal statement or college essay (optional)

We encourage you to submit a personal statement or essay as a part of your admission application. While optional, it can provide valuable information for our review process.

This is a writing sample and should be between 200 and 500 words. You can choose one of the following: 

  • A Personal Statement that helps us understand who you are beyond your grades and transcripts. You might highlight your academic journey or provide context to understand your experiences thus far. 
  • An essay on a topic of your choice. Something you’d like to share with the Admission Committee can be a paper you’ve written for a class that you are particularly proud of or something more you’d like us to know.
4. Provide your test scores (optional)

ACT & SAT scores

Admission to FLC is ACT/SAT test score optional. FLC testing codes are:

  • ACT: 0510
  • SAT: 4310

Accuplacer exam for math and composition placement

Students who are 23 or older or have been out of high school for at least five years may be required to take the Accuplacer exam to determine math and composition placement. The test is available at our testing center or often at your local community college.

Learn more about the Accuplacer at FLC

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Application deadlines

  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester
Fall semester



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Late consideration deadline

Spring semester

Spring 2024 application will open on August 1, 2023.

Admission decisions

Applicants are notified by email within 4-6 weeks of submitting a completed application.

Applicants denied admission can request to appeal the decision for reconsideration.


First-year students are automatically considered for Merit Scholarships during the admission process.

Learn about tuition & aid

Free ski pass

Incoming first-year, first-time students through Spring 2024 receive a free season ski pass at Purgatory Mountain.

Eligibility information

Guaranteed housing

First-year students are guaranteed campus housing in our beautiful town of Durango, CO.

Reserve your space

Reed Honors

You have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.5 and want to join a community of motivated students.

Join the honors program

Contact us

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Admission Office

Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301

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

Talk with admission counselor

Connect with your admission counselor over the phone, in email, or take a campus tour and meet them in person.

Schedule an appointment