Fort Lewis College

1000 Rim Drive, Durango, CO 81301-3999
Tel: (970)247-7010
Public | 3,891 students
Fort Lewis College offers accessible, high quality, baccalaureate liberal arts education to a diverse student population, preparing citizens for the common good in an increasingly complex world.

School Overview:

Fort Lewis College
CountyLa Plata County, CO
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPublic
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
192 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment3,891 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
3,565 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
326 students137 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted88%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)428-643450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)433-618460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)430-610440-570
ACT English (25-75%)19-2419-25
ACT Math (25-75%)18-2418-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)19-2420-25

School Notes:

  • Fort Lewis College is named after a former U.S. Army post established in the late 1870s. In 1891, it became a boarding school for American Indians. Twenty years later, Congress gave the school to the State of Colorado with the agreement that American Indians would be offered tuition-free education. Fort Lewis became an agricultural high school in 1911 and later evolved into a junior college. The campus moved to its present-day Durango site in 1956, first offered four-year degree programs in 1962, and graduated its first baccalaureate class in 1964.
  • Fort Lewis College sits on a mesa-like terrace overlooking Durango and the 13,000-foot peaks of the La Plata Mountains. Facilities includes 15 residence halls and apartment buildings (mostly coed) and 14 academic facilities including the Center of Southwest Studies, Community Concert Hall, Education/Business Hall, Chemistry Hall, Art Hall, Noble Hall, Sage Hall, Berndt Hall, Theatre, Student Life Center, John F. Reed Library, Acquatic Center, Whalen Gymnasium, Linda & Ben Nighthorse Campbell Child & Family Center, College Union.
  • As Colorado's public liberal arts college, Fort Lewis College focuses on undergraduate education, offering quality baccalaureate degree programs in the arts, sciences, and professional areas of education and business. The College has an enduring commitment to develop and maintain its programs at a level equal to those of other outstanding undergraduate institutions in the nation.
  • 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.
  • Fort Lewis College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies and the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.
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