Apply as a first-year student

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Congratulations on all you have accomplished to get this far—the hard work at school, hours-long tests on Saturdays, or maybe figuring out family responsibilities, finances and how to balance work and school—all the fears faced and obstacles overcome.

Your next steps will be a breeze in comparison.

To apply

A complete Fort Lewis College application includes:

  • Timely submission of our admission application
  • High school transcript or equivalent
  • ACT or SAT scores (optional)
  • $40 application fee

Our online application for admission should take about 15-20 minutes to complete, or you may choose to submit a paper application by mail.

  • Admission requirements
  • High school coursework
  • ACT/SAT Scores (Optional)
  • Application fee
  • Deadlines
Admission requirements

Candidates for admission are reviewed based on their high school GPA, courses taken, and general academic performance. 

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

Beginning Spring 2021, admission to Fort Lewis College is test-optional. Students may choose to submit ACT and/or SAT scores for consideration, but they are not required. 

The average ACT composite is 20-25, and the average SAT composite is 1030-1200. 

High school coursework

High school transcripts may be sent by your school via mail, fax, or through Naviance (if available at your school) or may be submitted by the applicant. A homeschool transcript should include subjects and grades for each year. The coursework requirement may also be met with a high school equivalency certificate or diploma score (such as the GED, HiSET, or TASC).

Successful candidates for admission have completed the following high school-level courses:

  • Four years of English
  • Four years of math (including algebra II)
  • Three years of natural/earth science (two years must include lab work)
  • Three years of social science (at least one year must be in U.S. or world history)
  • One year of a foreign language
  • Two years of academic electives
ACT/SAT Scores (Optional)

Beginning Spring 2021, admission to Fort Lewis College is test optional. ACT or SAT scores are no longer required to complete an application for admission. Students may indicate on their application if they'd like to have their scores considered as part of their application for admission. 

Test scores may be sent directly from the testing agency or from your high school. FLC does not require the essay portion of either ACT or SAT. Fort Lewis College’s testing codes are:

  • ACT: 0510
  • SAT: 4310

For students who are 23 or older, or have been out of high school for 5 years, Accuplacer scores may be required for purpose of determining math and comp placement. Accuplacer is a college placement exam which determines skills in reading, writing and math. The test is available at our testing center and may also be offered at your local community college. Learn more about Accuplacer at FLC.

Application fee

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

You may request a fee waiver if you have extreme financial need, or a low expected family contribution (EFC) as identified on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application. On your application for admission, please select "yes" when asked if you would like to request a fee waiver due to financial hardship.


Fall 2022

Fall 2022 deadline: May 1, 2022

Fall 2023

Fall 2023 application opens: August 1, 2022

Admission Decisions 

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and applicants are notified by mail within 4-6 weeks of submitting a complete 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

Phone: 970-247-7184
Fax: 970-247-7179

Contact your admission counselor directly.