Western Colorado University

Gunnison, CO, USA
3.80 Average Rating

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.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed
Level of Institution 4 Year
Campus Setting Town
In State Students
72%
Out of State Students
28%
0
100
86%
Acceptance Rate
Average ACT Composite: 23
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1098
0
1600

Key Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier. November 1, 2019
Fall Regular Decision March 1, 2019
Spring Regular Decision November 1, 2018
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Master's
Total Number of Students
2,814
Total Number of Undergrads
2,431
Academic Calendar

Semester

Non Traditional Learning
  • Online Classes
  • Online Undergrad Degrees
  • Summer Sessions
  • Combined Institution Double Degree Programs
  • Some Programs Requires Co-Op/Internship
Learning Options
  • Study Abroad
  • Honors Program
  • Teacher Certification Offered
0
100
19%
Graduate in 4 Years National: 28%
0
100
36%
Graduate in 6 Years National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
18:1
National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$15,530
Tuition
In-State Tuition
$10,436
Out-of-State Tuition
$21,908
0
100
57%
Need Met
Students Receiving Financial Aid
80%
Average Aid Per Year
$4,251
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Gender
Male
Female
51%
49%
Student Organizations
60
Size of Town
Town: Remote
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Denver
Grand Junction
Colorado Springs
Fort Collins
Los Angeles
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$36,200
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What Students Are Saying

3.80 Average Rating
Western was, without a doubt, one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Almost every professor I had was not only extremely knowledgeable, but also truly cared about the student's success. Similarly, the students were all welcoming and friendly to one another.
ADM from Gunnison, CO
Western State Colorado University is in the top five schools for snowboarding and skiing due to Crested Butte Resort only being 30 minutes away. The summers are beautiful, fishing is superb, the hunting has trophy deer and an abundance of elk, an abundance of mountains and rocks to climb or mountain bike on. The frigid winter brings great snow fall, perfect for snowboarders and skiers. If you love the outdoors, love a small and caring mountain town, this is the place for you!
Harley from Las Animas, CO