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Fort Lewis College

Durango, Colorado, United States
FLC is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, with additional program-level accreditations in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, and Marketing; Athletic Training; Chemistry; Engineering Physics; Music; and Teacher Education.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (1)



In 1911, the fort's property and buildings in Hesperus were transferred to the state of Colorado to establish an "agricultural and mechanic arts high school." That deed came with two conditions: that the land would be used for an educational institution, and “to be maintained as an institution of learning


Our blend of small classes, dynamic academic programs, and a liberal arts perspective leads to transformative learning experiences that foster entrepreneurship, leadership, creative problem solving, and life-long learning.

Our unique and beautiful mountain campus, on a mesa above historic Durango, Colorado, inspires an active and friendly community with a spirit of engagement, exploration, and intellectual curiosity.


Undergraduate research - original work done by students and mentored by faculty - allows students to develop creativity, analysis, problem-solving, communication skills, and independent thought. These are the same skills that employers say that they want from college graduates, and are the reason why undergraduate research is considered a "high-impact practice" in higher education.


Career Services helps prepare students for the transition from college to the world of work. We connect students and alumni with employers seeking qualified applicants and we provide the tools necessary for career exploration. We strongly encourage students to meet our Career Services experts as early as your first year at Fort Lewis College.

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Student services

Fort Lewis College offers many different opportunities to study abroad. The programs offered through the International Programs Office are categorized as Exchange, Direct Enrollment or Study Abroad. These programs are for students who will travel and enroll independently. All students planning to study abroad on one of these programs are required to take GS 250 and GS 251 (International Studies) prior to departure.

Housing services


to Fort Lewis College Student Housing! We are lucky to live in such breathtaking proximity to the La Plata Mountains. Our eight residential communities, including two apartment complexes, are caring communities.

Our professional and student staff are here to help students create environments where we all belong.

Library services

Reed Library offers a variety of options for study and research to support individual study and group collaboration. From open areas in the library with comfortable seating and awesome views to reservable presentation rooms with large display screens, we seek to provide an environment reflecting the needs of students and others in their learning and research activities.

ICT services

The Information Technology department provides centralized technology, telecommunication, services, support and infrastructure, meeting diverse student, academic, student services, administrative and community needs.

Medical services

Our experienced professional staff of registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and family physicians provides "one-stop shopping" for most student health needs, including laboratory and pharmacy services. The FLC Student Health Center supports the medical and mental health of all Fort Lewis College students so each may achieve academic success and personal fulfillment.

Student Life

Campus life

Our beautiful mountain campus in Durango, Colorado, inspires an active and friendly community, and offers transformative learning experiences that foster entrepreneurship, leadership, and creativity.

The 247-acre Fort Lewis College campus is in southwestern Colorado is situated at 6,872 feet atop a mesa overlooking the Animas River Valley and downtown Durango. A network of trails as well as city bus service (free to students with FLC IDs) connects the campus and town.The campus' distinctive architectural theme utilizes locally quarried sandstone to acknowledge the region's Native puebloan building style and evoke the Four Corners landscape and colors. 

Sports facilities

Fort Lewis College is an active and athletic campus offering you lots of ways to get on the field, court, pitch, or course -- or to just join in the cheering. You can also stay fit while meeting friends through our many intercollegiate club sports or intramural leagues.

Current Varsity Sports:

  • Basketball (Men's & Women's)
  • Cross-country (Men's & Women's)
  • Football (Men's)
  • Golf (Men's & Women's)
  • Lacrosse (Women's)
  • Soccer (Men's & Women's)
  • Softball (Women's)
  • Track & Field (Women's)
  • Volleyball (Women's)

Student clubs

There are more than 60 student-run organizations, ranging from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society to KDUR Radio to the Taekwon-Do Club.

The Student Union is an integral part of the educational mission of Fort Lewis College.  It is the community center of the College providing high quality facilities and services that are both student oriented and environmentally focused. The Student Union strives to provide resourceful, courteous and attentive services in partnership with our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We seek to enhance the College experience by ensuring opportunities for participation and involvement in a diverse array of organizations, programs, and activities.


  • Fort Lewis College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • The Fort Lewis College Engineering Physics program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, the national organization that accredits engineering programs.
  • Our Chemistry Program is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
  • Fort Lewis College is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It was a good experience. I liked the small class sizes and strong relationships with my mentors.

Study at a remote Liberal Arts School in SW Colorado
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

This college provides a very unique experience for students seeking a Liberal Arts education. The location in SW Colorado is beautifully settled in a high alpine desert and has access to vast wilderness areas. The college offers free tuition to Native American students which gives the school a diversity that most will never experience in the United States. Being able to...

Durango, Colorado, United States

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