Admitted Students

Student gets help from his advisor

Step 5: Advising and Registration

An advising and registration appointment is a structured conversation between you and an advisor. To get the most out of your individualized advising appointment, please read the content on this page. The more you can tell us about your interests, goals and previous college credits, the better we can advise you on the appropriate classes to take.

Make an Advising Appointment

We will begin scheduling advising appointments for Fall 2016 classes on 

April 11, 2016. 

Note:  Admitted students who attend Preview Weekend can schedule their advising appointment beginning on April 8. 

We encourage you to schedule your advising appointment as soon as possible to maximize the course selection process. Generally, appointments are available within 5-7 business days from the time you   call – sometimes sooner!

You can have your advising appointment over the phone or in person, whichever you prefer. If you schedule a phone appointment, you’ll need to be sitting at a computer (with internet access) during this one-hour appointment.

To schedule your advising appointment, please call the Office of Student Success at (970) 382-6985 or toll free (866) 385-3949.

Previous College Credits

Credit-by Exam

If you have taken an Advanced Placement (AP) exam, an International Baccalaureate (IB) program, or a College Level Examination (CLEP) test, you may have earned college credit. It’s important to submit official scores to the Registrar’s Office to be evaluated.  If you would like to see the how the credits are awarded for AP, IB, and CLEP please go to: Credit by Exam in Course Catalog

Transfer Credit

If you have taken college level courses at another institution or earned an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree, it’s important to submit official transcripts to the Registrar’s Office to be evaluated.  If you would like to see the how the credits are awarded, please go to the Transfer Equivalency Table to estimate how your courses will transfer. An official evaluation will be completed before your advising appointment for all submitted transcripts.

Degree Requirements

To meet the requirements to graduate with a Bachelor's degree, you must complete the following:

  • Earn a minimum of 120 credits (some programs require more credits)
  • Earn 36 credits at the upper-division level (courses numbered 300 or above)
  • Complete all Fort Lewis College Liberal Arts Core Requirements
  • Complete all major and auxiliary requirements
  • Maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in your major field and any minor fields (some programs require students to meet a higher standard)


  • Majority of FLC courses are 3 or 4 credits
  • Most majors are about 40-65 credits (some are more)
  • Fort Lewis College is on a semester plan, which is 16 weeks of school.

Liberal Arts Core

To give our students a well-rounded, liberal arts education, Fort Lewis College requires all students to complete a set of classes called the Liberal Arts Core. To prepare for your advising appointment, review these courses and talk to your advisor about the courses that are of interest to you.

Course Catalog, Liberal Arts Core section

Getting Started in a Major

One of the most important decisions you will make in your college career is selecting your major. At least one-third of your overall classes will be in your major, so you want to ensure that you choose something that is right for you and your goals.

You don't have to declare a major right away. Here at Fort Lewis College "undeclared" means you're doing necessary and valuable exploring.

Course Catalog, Majors

Mathematics & Composition Placement

Your mathematics and composition placements are initially based on your ACT English and Mathematics scores or your SAT Critical Reading and Mathematics scores and your high school GPA. ACT or SAT scores may be no more than three years old from the date of your advising appointment. 

Some major and minor fields require specific courses or sequence of courses, so make sure to select your courses accordingly.

You can challenge your mathematics and composition placement by taking the Accuplacer exam. For more details, please visit the Testing Center website.

If you have questions about your placements, please discuss it with your advisor during your one-on-one appointment.

Enriching Electives

Electives are courses that you do not need for your major or Liberal Arts Core requirements. Electives are courses you can choose just for fun, to expand your breadth of knowledge in another field, for your own personal curiosity and growth, or to pursue extracurricular interests. We have provided a short list of some of the most popular electives to enrich your college experience, but you may view all courses in the catalog below.

Enriching Electives

Help How-To's

The following webpage provides access to a video collection of useful tutorials designed to assist students with the Fort Lewis College academic advising and class registration processes.  We encourage students to view these videos to fully understand various aspects of the registration process such as viewing your schedule and using the course waitlist.  If you have any follow-up questions about the information presented in the videos, please contact the Office of Student Success at (970) 382-6985.

View  Advising Tutorial Videos

Read and Accept Payment Terms and Conditions

A student, by the act of registration, automatically incurs a financial obligation to the College requiring full payment of tuition and fees, as well as any other charges that are incurred while at the College, and accepts responsibility for complying with all College policies and procedures. To read and accept the full payment terms and conditions, visit the following webpage. We encourage all students to read and accept these conditions before their New Student Advising and Registration appointment. Please direct any questions about tuition and fees or payment terms and conditions to Student Billing and Cashiering at (970) 247-7380 or


Read and accept payment terms and conditions