Apply as a First-year student
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.
A complete Fort Lewis College application includes:
Our online application for admission should take about 15-20 minutes to complete, or you may choose to submit a paper application by mail.
Candidates for admission are reviewed based on their academic performance in high school and either SAT or ACT scores.
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.
The average ACT composite is 20-25, and the average SAT composite is 1030-1200. ACT sub-scores in English and Math, SAT scores in Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing and Math are especially important in admission decisions, as they also determine placement in courses at FLC.
Note for Fall 2020 applicants: If you were unable to take an ACT or SAT test due to test cancellations, we are able to review your information and make an admission decision based on your high school course work, rigor, and grade trends. You must notify the Admission Office that you were not able to take a standardized test in order for us to move forward with your file review.
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:
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:
For students who are 23 or older, or have been out of high school for 5 years, Accuplacer scores may be submitted in lieu of ACT or SAT scores. 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.
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 by completing the fee waiver form.
Application is due August 1
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and applicants are notified by mail within 4-6 weeks of submitting a complete application.
Supplemental materials, such as academic transcripts and test scores, may arrive after the deadline. Note for Fall 2020 applicants: If you were unable to take an ACT or SAT test due to test cancellations, we are able to review your information and make an admission decision based on your high school course work, rigor, and grade trends. You must notify the Admission Office that you were not able to take a standardized test in order for us to move forward with your file review. You will also receive consideration for merit-based scholarships based on academic performance.
For questions, or to check on the status of an application, please contact our Admission office.
Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301
Contact your admission counselor directly.