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Western Colorado University

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Western Colorado University delivers a full liberal arts curriculum and career preparation to 2,900 intellectually adventurous students, deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The university’s small size, unique setting and low-cost ensure students receive personalized attention, gain hands-on experience and graduate without taking on excessive debt.

Institutional Mission
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Inclusion
Awards


Western Colorado University fulfills its statutory mission by promoting intellectual maturity and personal growth in its students, and graduates citizens prepared to assume constructive roles in local, national and global communities. Western helps its students develop the skills and commitments needed to continue learning throughout their lives and strives to elucidate the connections unifying academic domains, which have traditionally existed separately: the sciences, liberal arts and professional programs.

The University provides students with a solid foundation of skills in written and spoken communication, problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. Our programs encourage a breadth and depth of knowledge to serve as a foundation for a professional career or graduate study, and an appreciation of values appropriate to a liberally educated individual.

Western's distinctive character emerges from its unity among academic and professional disciplines, its high standards of scholarship and its unique environment in the mountains of Western Colorado.

INSTITUTIONAL PROFILE

Opened: 1911
Located in: Gunnison, CO (city pop. approx. 6,000; county pop. approx. 16,000)
President: Greg Salsbury, Ph.D.
Enrollment: 2,911
Instructional Faculty: 169
Average class size: 18 students

Acceptance rate: 86%
Retention rate: 71%
Graduation rate: 41%
Alumni: approx. 28,000
Mascot: Mad Jack the Mountaineer
Colors: Crimson and Slate

STUDENT PROFILE

2,911   Total university enrollment

2,503   Undergraduate

408   Graduate

Male: 52%
Female: 48%
Colorado Resident: 69%
Non-Resident: 31%

States represented: 50
Countries represented: 10
NCAA Athletes: 10%
Pell Grant: 32%

ETHNIC DIVERSITY

White: 67%                                                  Asian: 1%
Hispanic: 12%                                             American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Unknown: 13%                                            Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: <1%
Multi-Race: 4%                                            Nonresident Alien: <1%
Black or African American: 3%              

MOST POPULAR MAJORS

Business Administration
Biology
Exercise & Sport Science
Environment & Sustainability
Psychology
Recreation & Outdoor Education

MOST POPULAR GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Education
Master in Environmental Management
Creative Writing
High Altitude Exercise Physiology
Gallery Management

FINANCIAL AID

100% of students are considered for merit aid

80% of students receive aid

Student loan default rate: 50% less than national average

 

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