Tuition & Fees

$10,436

$21,908

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
2%
600-699
23%
500-599
54%
400-499
20%
300-399
1%
700-800
1%
600-699
18%
500-599
55%
400-499
23%
300-399
3%
30-36
7%
24-29
27%
18-23
43%
12-17
22%
6-11
1%
30-36
3%
24-29
33%
18-23
41%
12-17
23%
30-36
4%
24-29
33%
18-23
53%
12-17
10%
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undergraduateRatios

56%

male

44%

female

1

teacher

19

students

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Not Selective

88%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,755
Declined + 217
Total Received 1,972
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Public

2,612

undergraduate students

427

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Business Administration
  2. Recreation Outdoor Education
  3. Biology
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Codes

SAT 4946
ACT 0536

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Location

School Facts

Western State Colorado University, founded in 1901, is a public, multipurpose college. Its 228-acre campus is located in Gunnison, southwest of Denver.

Public/private Public
Campus Enrollment 3,039
Established in 1901
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  HLC Higher Learning Commission
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council)

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Gunnison, CO

350-acre campus in Gunnison (population: 6,530), 166 miles from Colorado Springs. Served by air and bus; major airport serves Denver (200 miles); train serves Grand Junction (125 miles).

Western Colorado University
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
47%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
89%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
7%
Top 1/4
21%
Top 1/2
46%
Bottom 1/2
54%
Bottom 1/4
37%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
2%
600-699
23%
500-599
54%
400-499
20%
300-399
1%
700-800
1%
600-699
18%
500-599
55%
400-499
23%
300-399
3%
30-36
7%
24-29
27%
18-23
43%
12-17
22%
6-11
1%
30-36
3%
24-29
33%
18-23
41%
12-17
23%
30-36
4%
24-29
33%
18-23
53%
12-17
10%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $30
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline June 1 (priority deadline)
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Required of some
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Not used
SAT or ACT Required

Not Selective

88%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,755
Declined + 217
Total Received 1,972

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Standardized test scores

Important

Essay
Secondary school record

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Extracurricular activities
Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

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Admissions Contact

Lauren Shondeck
Director of Admissions
P: 970 943-2119
F: 970 943-2363
admissions@western.edu

Financial Aid

67%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$11,482

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $6,624
Room $5,030
Board $4,674
Additional fees $3,812
Books & supplies $1,300
Total $21,440
Average Financial Aid - $11,482
Total with Avg. Aid $9,958

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $2,633,546
State $1,078,245
Institutional $5,148,926
Other external $665,200
Total $9,525,917

Non-need-based

Federal
State $18,000
Institutional $3,225,408
Other external $1,052,372
Total $4,295,780
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Office

P: 970 943-3085
finaid@western.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Carrie Shaw
Director of Financial Aid
cshaw@western.edu

Varsity Sports

M W
basketball
cross-country
football
soccer
swimming
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
wrestling

Club Sports - Men's

adventure race team, Alpine skiing, baseball, ice hockey, lacrosse, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, rugby, soccer

Club Sports - Women's

adventure race team, Alpine skiing, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, rugby, soccer

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Athletic Directors

Miles Van Hee (men's)
Director Of Athletics
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
NCAA, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Mascot
Mountaineers
School colors
crimson and slate

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Anthropology
Art
Biology
Business Administration
Chemistry
Communication Arts
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Economics
Education
English
Environment/Sustainability
Environmental Management
Exercise/Sport Science
Gallery Management/Exhibits
Geology
History
Mathematics
Music
Politics/Government
Psychology
Recreation/Outdoor Education
Sociology
Spanish
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Business Administration
  2. Recreation Outdoor Education
  3. Biology

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science

Pre-professional Programs

  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-veterinary science

3,039

total students

71%

in-state

29%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

86%

2,612
students

Female
44%
1,160

Male
56%
1,452

14%

427
students

Female
65%
279

Male
35%
148

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

72%

1,883
students

Female
41%
770

Male
59%
1,113

28%

729
students

Female
54%
390

Male
46%
339

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Student Break-down

< 1%
Nonresident aliens
2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
8%
Hispanic/Latino
53%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
7%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

94%

Transfer applicants accepted

48%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.30
High school transcript Required of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Not Required/Recommended
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement Recommended of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Spring: rolling

Summer: rolling

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

90

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

30

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Note-taking services
  • Tape recorders
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