Facilities Master Plan
Fort Lewis College is a four-year, state-assisted, undergraduate institution that offers quality baccalaureate degree programs in the arts and sciences and in the professional areas of education and business. The College has an enduring commitment to develop and maintain its programs at a level equal to these of other outstanding undergraduate institutions in the nation. Fort Lewis College has an approximate enrollment of 4,000 students. Fort Lewis College sits on a mesa-like terrace overlooking the City of Durango with wonderful views of the 13,000-foot peaks of the La Plata Mountains.
Fort Lewis College offers a number of programs leading to the bachelor’s degree. The Bachelor of Science degree is offered in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics; the Bachelor of Arts degree is granted in all other four-year programs. In addition, the College offers a program leading to the Associate of Arts degree in agricultural science.
The Fort Lewis College teacher education programs have been approved by the Colorado Department of Education. Licensure programs are offered for the following: early childhood (pre-school, K-2), middle childhood (elementary), young adult (secondary), and K-12 (art, music, physical education).
The distinctive architecture of custom stonework found on the Fort Lewis campus reflects the heritage of Southwest Colorado’s Ancestral Pueblo Indians. The backdrop of the rugged San Juan Mountains creates a learning environment of incomparable natural beauty and sets off the architecture that is based on the ancient and contemporary living sites of the first inhabitants of this region.
Academic activities are centered in Chemistry Hall, Education and Business Hall, Center of Southwest Studies, Sage Hall, Art Hall, John F. Reed Library, Theatre Building, Dan Noble Hall, and the academic wing of Berndt Hall. The College Union Building houses a cafeteria, snack bar, post office, bookstore, lounge and meeting rooms, as well as Student Government offices, the student newspaper, public radio station, and Student Activities.
The on-campus Housing Office, Financial Aid Office, Records Office, Native American Center, Advising Center, Career Services, and Health Center are in Miller Student Center.
About 1,580 students live on campus in residence halls and apartment complexes. Physical education and recreation facilities include the Student Life Center, Outdoor Pursuits, a large gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, football stadium, tennis courts, softball fields, soccer fields, track, nature trials, and nearby, cross-country ski tracks in winter and golf course in summer.
Founded on, and continuing a scared trust with Native Americans, Fort Lewis College offers accessible, high quality, baccalaureate liberal arts education to a diverse student population, preparing citizens to make contributions for the common good in an increasingly complex world.
Fort Lewis College envisions itself as the premier public liberal arts college in the western United States.
Strategic Plan for Fort Lewis College