Applying to FLC as a first-year student

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Steps for applying to FLC

  1. Submit your admission application
  2. Include high school transcript or equivalent
  3. Provide ACT or SAT scores (optional)
  4. Pay a $40 application fee

Plan for the online admission application to take about 15-20 minutes to complete. You can also mail your completed paper application.

Admission requirements for first-year students

  • Admission requirements
  • High school coursework
  • ACT/SAT scores (optional)
  • Application fee
  • Deadlines
Admission requirements

Our office reviews FLC admission candidates based on their high school GPA, courses, and general academic performance.

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

High school coursework

You or your school can send high school transcripts via mail, fax, or Naviance. A homeschool transcript should include subjects and grades for each year. The coursework requirement can also be met with a high school equivalency certificate or diploma score (like 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 the U.S. or world history)
  • One year of a foreign language
  • Two years of academic electives

Keep in mind, this list of coursework is not required for admission to Fort Lewis College. The Admission Team looks for rigor of coursework, sequence of classes, and performance in those classes. If you have concerns, you should contact the Admission Office.

ACT/SAT scores (optional)

Admission to Fort Lewis College is test optional. ACT or SAT scores are no longer required to complete an application for admission. Students can indicate on their application if they want their scores considered as part of their application for admission. 

Test scores can be sent directly from the testing agency or 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 five years, Accuplacer scores may be required to determine math and comp placement. Accuplacer is a college placement exam that determines reading, writing, and math skills. 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 can pay online with a credit or debit card or choose to send a check to the Admission Office payable to "Fort Lewis College." Ensure your full name and date of birth are included in the comment section on the check.

You can 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. You will select "yes" on the admission application when asked if you would like to request a fee waiver due to financial hardship.


Fall 2023
Early Action Deadline: November 15, 2022
Priority Deadline: January 1, 2023 
Regular Deadline: May 1, 2023

Spring 2023
Regular Deadline: December 10, 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.

Admission decision appeal

Applicants denied admission to Fort Lewis College could request to appeal the decision for reconsideration. Admission appeals and supporting documents must be received by the appeal deadline.

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.