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Schools in Washington Near Fort Lewis

This February, Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base merged to become Joint Base Lewis-McChord, bringing it to full operational capacity and consolidating support functions to create one of 12 joint bases in the world. As such, Fort Lewis is growing and shifting as it moves through phases of consolidation.

The nearest city is Tacoma, the third-largest in the state of Washington, located at the base of Mount Rainier. There are plenty of activities both on-base and in Tacoma, and the base Website offers comprehensive layouts of things to do including golf, camping, hunting, guided tours, and intramural sports, as well as two free on-base museums.

A number of nearby colleges offer Fort Lewis education opportunities including:

  • Pierce College
  • Troy University
  • Brandman University
  • Central Texas College
  • Saint Martin's University

The colleges on-base provide residents of Fort Lewis education choices ranging from associate's degrees to master's degrees in a number of fields including psychology, education, business administration, engineering, and international relations. There are also several institutions in nearby Tacoma including University of Washington.

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