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Fort Lewis College 2019-2020 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Fort Lewis College (FLC) admissions are less selective with the acceptance rate of 91% and consider the record of academic achievement of great importance. In the latest factual year, total 3,310 students got enrolled during college admissions, 3,230 out of them were undergraduates and 80 were graduates. Hence, FLC is rated among top undergraduate schools in the US Education System in terms of affordability, diversity and the high quality of faculty.

Being a public art college, it offers 55 undergraduate majors in fields such as Business, Chemistry, or Gender & Sexuality Studies, etc., and various graduate majors in Teacher Licensure, Teacher Leadership and Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education, etc. The academic functions at Fort Lewis College are classified into departments and schools such as School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education, etc. These schools consist of various departments that cover a large number of programs and various courses of study within their disciplines.

Some salient points regarding admissions at Fort Lewis College are as follows:

  • It opens applications for Fall, Spring and Summer sessions.
  • FLC has managed to set some specific application deadlines for the admissions at undergraduate level but provides no deadlines at graduate level.
  • Applicants may upload the supporting documents while making the online application on their official website.
  • The mid-50% average high school GPA for admitted students in 2018 was 3.08-3.81.
  • The average ACT composite is 20-25, and the average SAT composite is 1030-1200.
  • ACT subscores 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.
  • Every year, 91% of students are provided with a financial aid package of 18,822 USD, in the form of loans, grants, work-study and scholarships.
  • Transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope or must be electronically mailed for all educational institutions attended.


Application PortalOnline portal
Application Fee (International Applicants)UG: 40 USD
PG: 50 USD
Acceptance rate91%
Minimum GPA2.0
Average SAT score1030-1200
Average ACT score20-25
Mode of PaymentCredit card, debit card and eCheck
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall/Spring/Summer
Work ExperienceRequired for Graduate Programs
Financial AidWork-study, Loans, Grants, and Scholarships available

Admission Deadlines

The university provides a range of courses for international students and has the same application procedure for applicants applying for undergraduate and graduate level, but provides different deadlines. Here are the deadlines for the enrollment seasons:

Undergraduate applicants
FallAugust 1
International applicants
FallJune 1
SpringOctober 1
SummerFebruary 1
Graduate applicants
FallAugust 7
SpringJanuary 3
SummerJanuary 3

Note: Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and applicants are notified by mail within 4-6 weeks of submitting a complete application.

International Students Admission

Fort Lewis College has mandated that the students must have completed secondary education with a college preparatory curriculum, fulfilled the minimum grade point equivalency, provided required official academic records, met the appropriate deadlines, and verified financial support for one academic year. The application process is similar for both international and domestic applicants. However, international applicants need to meet some additional entrance requirements:

Application Portal: Students may apply online at the university’s official website.

Application Fee: 40 USD

Admission Requirements: International applicants must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for Fort Lewis College admissions:

  • A completed formal application with all the required details.
  • All official academic transcripts, certificates, or grade records from the institution that you received your secondary/high school education.
  • Course-by-course transcript evaluations must be completed by a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) member.
  • Submit ACT/SAT scores if you would like to be considered for the Freshman Merit Scholarship.
  • Minimum IELTS, TOEFL and Duolingo scores for proof of English proficiency.
  • Submission of AP or IB coursework with a score of 4 or above in English respectively.

Optional Requirements: Letters of recommendation and statement of purpose

Students must mail the admission materials to the admission office of the university also:

Fort Lewis College

1000 Rim Drive

Durango, CO 81301


Phone: +1-970-247-7184

Fax: +1-970-247-7179


SAT/ACT Scores

Good SAT/ACT plays a major role in getting admission to one’s desired college. If a candidate scores exceptionally well in SAT/ACT, they have a high chance of getting admitted.

  • If a candidate wishes to opt-out of the SAT/ACT exam, they would have to give an accuplacer exam before getting admitted.
  • The essay portion in both ACT and SAT is not required.
  • These are the minimum scores for SAT/ACT.
Test type25th percentile75th percentile
SAT Evidence-Based510610
SAT Math500590
ACT Composite1824
ACT English1723

English Proficiency Test Scores

International applicants are required to present TOEFL, IELTS and Duolingo Test scores to demonstrate English proficiency. The minimum required scores by the university are:

TestMinimum score required

Note: TOEFL, IELTS and Duolingo Test scores are exempted in countries like Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, England, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Wales and Zimbabwe.

Visa Process for International Students

Students can apply for a student visa to study in the USA after the acceptance. Generally, students are issued with an F-1 visa after the completion of I-20 form documentation and payment of SEVIS fee. Therefore, aspirants will be required the following documents for a visa interview:

  • An acceptance letter by the Office of Admissions
  • Declaration & Certification of Finances
  • Form I-20 from Fort Lewis College
  • Letter of sponsorship from bank
  • Financial statement

Fort Lewis College Undergraduate Admissions

Fort Lewis College offers Undergraduate Admissions in 55 different majors. The university provides similar deadlines and application procedures for domestic undergraduate applicants as well as international applicants. However, the university asks for different admission requirements from domestic undergraduate applicants.

Where to Apply: Online Application Portal

Application Fee: 40 USD

Admission Requirements: Applicants must submit the following documents at the time of admission:

  • Official ACT and SAT Scores
  • All official academic transcripts, certificates, or grade records from the institution that you received your secondary/high school education.
  • High school transcripts may be sent by your school via mail, fax, or through Naviance or may be submitted by the applicant.
  • English proficiency test score for international applicants.

Note: If students are not able to take ACT or SAT tests for Fall 2020 due to cancellation of the test, the university will review your information and make an admission decision based on your high school course work, rigor, and grade trends.

Fort Lewis College Graduate Admissions

Fort Lewis College offers graduate degrees in various fields such as Teacher Licensure, Teacher Leadership and Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education, Principal Leadership and Special Education to students from all over the country and all around the world seeking to study in the USA. The programs require an average GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 GPA. Therefore, it is also mandatory for the international students to meet the minimum criteria set by the university regarding the scores of English Language Proficiency Tests such as TOEFL and IELTS.

Here are specific academic requirements for some of the popular graduate programs offered by the Fort Lewis College:

RequirementsMasters in Culturally & Linguistically Diverse EducationMasters in Principal LeadershipMaster in Special EducationMaster in Teacher LeadershipMasters in Teacher Licensure
Application Fee (Non-refundable)50 USD50 USD50 USD50 USD50 USD
Work ExperienceRequiredNot requiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Professional CV/ResumeRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
RecommendationsNot requiredRequired (2 letters)RequiredNot requiredNot required
Admission InterviewBy invitation onlyBy invitation onlyBy invitation onlyBy invitation onlyBy invitation only

International graduate applicants are requested to send their transcripts to (for electronic official transcripts)


Fort Lewis College

Graduate Studies

1000 Rim Drive

Durango, CO 81301

Tel: 877-352-2656

Fax: 970-247-7179

Fort Lewis College admits most of the students who apply. Candidates must keep in mind the deadlines and also meet the eligibility criteria. The required scores are also achievable for Fort Lewis. For international students, they must prepare everything in advance and also choose their undergraduate major as it is based on a first-come-first serve basis.

Applicants are recommended to check the official website of the university for the admission deadlines of graduate programs. It may take upto 2-3 business days for the successful processing of application and arrival of decision. Students are notified about the application status through an email notification with the confirmation which includes a request regarding the confirmation of your intent to enroll. Students are required to confirm their intent to enroll and submit a 150 USD undergraduate confirmation fee.


Ques. How to apply for financial aid at Fort Lewis College?

Ans. To apply for financial aid at Fort Lewis College, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the United States Department of Education every year. The FAFSA results are the basis of your financial aid file. Submit it as soon as possible after October 1, or by the recommended application filing date if possible.

Ques. What kind of essay is required by Fort Lewis College?

Ans. Submit a 1,200 to 1,500-word statement to Fort Lewis College that describes 1) your interest in graduate education and how it contributes to your personal and professional goals and 2) how the Fort Lewis College graduate program to which you are applying will help you meet your goals.

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