Nestled in Southwest Colorado, Fort Lewis College resides on the homelands of the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Indian tribes.
FLC’s lively campus overlooks the San Juan Mountains and the Animas River running through downtown Durango’s myriad cultural delights. On any given day, the clocktower chimes, deer graze, and the seasons present a rotating backdrop of white snow, quaking aspens, and a classic Colorado blue sky.
After more than a century of adaptation and growth, FLC is currently defined by its powerful connection to the region's landscape and culture and diverse student body. More than half of the student body identify as students of color, while Native American students make up 41% of the student population. These students come from 177 American Indian tribes and Native Alaskan villages, introducing a vast array of remarkable heritages central to the heart of FLC.
These days, learning at 6,872 feet above sea level happens as much out of the classroom as it does within. Studies are pulled beyond books into more than 2.3 million acres of public lands where natural laboratories help shape FLC’s dynamic academic programs through field trips, lab work, undergraduate research, and service learning opportunities that are usually only offered in graduate school.
With just over 3,300 students, small classes are taught by Ph.D.-holding faculty, who know students by name. With the support of FLC’s network of resources from the Leadership Center to the Counseling Center, every Skyhawk experiences equal access to their definition of success and boundless opportunities to soar into their futures with not only a college degree but the confidence to tackle the greatest challenges of our times.