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.
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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.
Located in: Gunnison, CO (city pop. approx. 6,000; county pop. approx. 16,000)
President: Greg Salsbury, Ph.D.
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
2,911 Total university enrollment
Colorado Resident: 69%
States represented: 50
Countries represented: 10
NCAA Athletes: 10%
Pell Grant: 32%
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
Exercise & Sport Science
Environment & Sustainability
Recreation & Outdoor Education
MOST POPULAR GRADUATE PROGRAMS
Master in Environmental Management
High Altitude Exercise Physiology
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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