Deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Western Colorado University delivers a full liberal arts curriculum and career preparation in more than 100 areas of study. Encouraging a tight-knit community, WCU’s goal is to provide personalized attention to ensure students gain real-world experience before graduation. Western is home to the new Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science and Engineering, made possible through a collaboration with the University of Colorado Boulder. Located in Gunnison Valley, students can take advantage of Western’s location through the Wilderness Pursuits program, or by visiting either of the two ski resorts, both within 43 miles of campus. To top it all off, Western provides a number of study abroad options for its Mountaineers, including Semester at Sea and semester- or year-long stays at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.
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You will easily find great friends because everyone is super friendly. The professors are very willing to help you with anything if you ask for it. Lastly, location is everything. If you love the outdoors, or if you want to get more into outdoorsy things like ice climbing or mountaineering, this is the place to be.
It is a great place to learn and it feels like your in a community and your opinion matters. The teaching staff is good and willing to help were ever needed. There are tons of activities for everyone and the Gunnison community is great as well.
western state is an outdoor laboratory with outstanding opportunities for field experience, connections, and internships. western is the most hospitable college with people who genuinely want to know you and build a friendship. western state challenges you academically and helps you create a bright and successful future.