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Fort Lewis College: Narrative Description


1000 Rim Dr.
Durango, CO 81301-3999
Tel: (970)247-7010
Admissions: (970)247-7184
Fax: (970)247-7179
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State-supported, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1911. Setting: 350-acre small town campus. Endowment: $3.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $194,011. Educational spending 2003-04: $3582 per student. Total enrollment: 4,190. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 3,025 applied, 74% were admitted. 8% from top 10% of their high school class, 20% from top quarter, 51% from top half. Full-time: 3,815 students, 48% women, 52% men. Part-time: 375 students, 47% women, 53% men. Students come from 49 states and territories, 15 other countries, 32% from out-of-state, 18% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 15% 25 or older, 32% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 56% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; English. Core. Calendar: modified trimesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: electronic application. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $2270 full-time, $113 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,862 full-time, $593 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $790 full-time, $43.50 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $5894. College room only: $3104. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 56 open to all. Most popular organizations: Business Club, AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Club), Circle K, Cycling Sport Club, Dance Team. Major annual events: Weekend Wipeout, Homecoming, Hozhoni Days. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,460 college housing spaces available; 1,357 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. John F. Reed Library plus 1 other with 184,860 books, 339,467 microform titles, 5,800 serials, 4,334 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. 607 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Durango is located in the Four-Corners region where the states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico come to a common point. Durango has magnificent mountain landscapes and glistening sunshine at an elevation of 6,700 feet. A modern jet port serves the area. Near Durango nestled in the spruce of the high country gleam thousands of mountain lakes, including two of the larger, Lemon and Vallecito. A few miles south is Navajo Lake, which extends into New Mexico. Agriculture and tourism are an integral part of the economy, as is retailing education, medicine, and law. La Plata County is home to over 27,000 people, and Durango has a population of over 13,000. Purgatory ski area offers complete ski resort facilities.

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