Applying from abroad

FLC students out on the town

You won't find anywhere else in the US like Durango, Colorado. A charming mountain town with a bustling downtown flanked by 13,000-foot (4,000-meter) mountains, on the edge of a desert landscape that holds thousand-year-old ruins of indigenous cities tucked into canyon walls. Each year we host about 100 students from 15 nations. We think you'll find campus to be a welcoming home, your faculty to be caring and engaged, and Durango to be safe and exciting place to be.

To apply

A complete application includes:

  • Timely submission of the application.
  • Official transcripts from the institution that awarded your secondary school certificate/high school diploma. Transcripts must be certified and translated to English. Course-by-course transcript evaluations must be completed by a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) member.
  • Official ACT or SAT scores are required only if you’re graduating from a U.S. high school or if you are an NCAA athlete. Note: Students without ACT/SAT scores will be required to take the Accuplacer exam upon arrival for placement purposes.
  • Official English proficiency test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo). See English Proficiency Exemptions below.
  • Declaration & Certification of Finances.
  • $40 (USD) application fee.

Application deadlines

FLC student with his bike on the canyon rim at the edge of campus

Fall semester
Application due June 1

Spring semester
Application due October 1

Summer semester
Application due February 1 

Admission decisions are determined on a rolling basis and applicants are notified by email within 4-6 weeks of receipt of their completed application.

Supplemental application materials

Transcripts

Official transcripts from the institution that awarded your secondary/high school diploma must be sent directly from the issuing institution.   

High school diplomas require a course-by-course evaluation for the U.S. equivalent grade point average (GPA) by a NACES member

Transcripts for academic work where the language of instruction was other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation and certified evaluation, both in English.

High school diplomas require a document-by-document evaluation for the U.S. equivalent grade point average (GPA) by a NACES member.

SAT or ACT scores

Official SAT or ACT scores are required only if graduating from a U.S. high school or are a NCAA athlete. If you are not graduating from a U.S. high school or playing an NCAA athletic sport for at FLC, these test scores are required only if you would like to be considered for the Freshman Merit Scholarship.

Scores may be sent directly from the testing agency. Fort Lewis College’s ACT code is 0510 and SAT code is 4310. FLC does not require the essay portion of either ACT or SAT.

English proficiency exams

International students from countries where the primary language is not English are required to submit official TOEFL. IELTS, or Duolingo test scores. TOEFL scores must come directly from the Educational Testing Service.  Admission to Fort Lewis College requires a minimum TOEFL score of 61 (internet-based) or 500 (paper-based). IELTS scores must come directly from the testing agency and a minimum score of 5.5 is required for admission to Fort Lewis College. Duolingo scores must come directly from Duolingo and a minimum score of 85 is required for admission to Fort Lewis College.

TOEFL, IELTS & Duolingo Exempt Countries: Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, England, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Wales and Zimbabwe.

Admission requirements

TOEFL/IELTS waiver requirements: 
  • Graduated from a U.S.-accredited school abroad with English as the language of instruction. 
  • Graduated with a bachelor's degree in the U.S. or successfully completed a minimum of two semesters of full-time study at a U.S.-accredited institution. 
  • Graduated from and completed a minimum of one year of secondary school in the U.S. that included at least one unit of college preparatory English. 
AP: Completion of English Language & Composition with a score of 4 or better. 
IB: Completion of English A, Literature HL, English A Language & Literature HL, or English A Language & Literature SL with a score of 4 and higher. 
SAT: critical reading score of 470 or better (FLC code is 4310). 
ACT: English sub-score of 18 or better (FLC code is 4310). 
  • TOEFL/IELTS exempt countries: Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, England, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Wales, and Zimbabwe.

Declaration and certification of finances

In order to enroll at Fort Lewis College, all international students must submit the Declaration & Certification of Finances, including bank statements as supporting documents. The form may be submitted via email to admission@fortlewis.edu. In order to enroll at Fort Lewis College, international students must also complete the I-20 student visa process.

Application fee

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

Contact information

For questions, or to check on the status of an application, please contact our Admission office.

Scott Miller
International Admission Counselor
Schedule a meeting with Scott

Phone: +1-970-247-7184 | Fax: +1-970-247-7179
international@fortlewis.edu

Admission Office
Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301
USA