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Fort Lewis College

Durango, CO

Campus Is Currently Not Accepting Students

About This Campus

Fort Lewis College is located in Southwest Colorado at the crossroads of the Rocky Mountains and the desert southwest. It is an area of diverse alpine, desert, and red-rock canyon environments offering world-class biking, kayaking, climbing, skiing, and hiking. At 6850 feet, the campus overlooks historic Durango and the rugged San Juan Mountains. Recently named one of Outside magazine's "Best Outside Towns" list and one of the "best adventure towns to live and play in" by National Geographic Adventure magazine, Durango is an active, thriving community with a small town atmosphere. The historic downtown offers a variety of shops, restaurants, galleries, and the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The regional airport, served by four major airlines, is just 20 minutes from downtown.

Location Information

Durango is located in Southwest Colorado at the foot of the San Juan Mountains, 20 miles north of the Colorado-New Mexico border at the crossroads of US highways 160 and 550.

Helpful Information

Students wanting to attend Fort Lewis College MUST BE VERY FLEXIBLE WITH THEIR CLASS CHOICE. Adventure Education classes can be difficult to register into because of the strict requirements. Students must come with flexible academic needs and not "require" a specific class in order to do the exchange. We will try to help you with your registration requests, but we are unable to guarantee that you will be able to register into specific courses.

Chance of Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Fast Facts

Location | Durango
Population | 17,000
Enrollment | 3,715
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Host (A)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/29-12/16
Spring | 01/09-04/28

Campus Diversity

White | 52%
Black | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 11%
Asian | 1%
Native/1st Nation | 24%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 7%
Other | 4%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Adventure Education

Notable Academic Programs

  • Native American Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Anthropology
  • Geology
  • Business Administration

Unique Academic Programs

  • Exercise Science
  • Public Health
  • Engineering Physics
  • Native American Studies

Honors Access: Yes
RA Exchange: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnic Studies, Forensic Anthropology

Area Studies: Hispanic Studies, Latin American Studies, Mexican American Studies, Native American Studies, Southwest Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Studio Art, Theater Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Coaching, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology

Business: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Finance and Operation Management, International Business, Management, Marketing

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Media News, Writing/Editing

Criminal Justice: Criminology, Forensic Science

Earth Sciences: Geology

Economics: Economics

Education: Early Childhood, English, Junior High/Middle School, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Kindergarten Education, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Preschool Education, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Spanish, Theatre Education

Engineering: Engineering, Engineering Management, Engineering Physics

English: English, Literature, Writing

Environmental Studies: Environmental Studies

Foreign Language: Spanish

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, Public Health

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Tourism Management

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Acting, Music, Music Business/Merchandising, Music Education, Music Performance, Music/Jazz Studies, Performance, Technical Theater, Theater Arts Administration, Theater Design Technology, Theater Education

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Peace Studies, Political Science

Pre-Professional : Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional, Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Adventure Education, Sports Administration

Sociology/Social Work: Human Services, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.50 GPA
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
  • Prefer students who will live on campus
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500 paper, 173 computer or 61 Internet
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 05/16/16.
  • Estimated cost: $4028.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18 ($302.15 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18 ($302.15 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 05/16/16.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $150 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $120 Year Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee $50 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Enrollment Fee $35 Year Plan A & B Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 001353

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/16/16

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 30% living on campus
  • Double: $3219
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $682
  • Proximity to campus: 5 minutes
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
A $150 housing deposit is required.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2354 per semester for 14 meals per week.
  • $2233 per semester for 12 meals per week.
  • $2112 per semester for 10 meals per week.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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