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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
Western is a public university located in Gunnison, Colorado. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,883 undergraduate students. The Western acceptance rate is 89%. Popular majors include Business, Biology, and Kinesiology and Exercise Science. Graduating 48% of students, Western alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,300.
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

Western Colorado University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Colorado Admissions

Acceptance Rate
89%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1000-1170
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$17,230/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,517/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
93%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.21 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.26 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.26 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    5%
  • On Campus
    94%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,883Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
723
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
21%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 18 responses
  • Active
    39%
  • Hippie
    22%
  • No applicable umbrella term
    17%
  • Environmentalist
    11%
  • Redneck
    6%
  • Redneck, Environmentalist, and Hippie
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
Poll
87%
of students say they don't have Greek life.23 responses
Poll
34%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.35 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 19 responses
  • Eclectic
    47%
  • Great
    32%
  • Boring
    16%
  • Revitalizing
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
48%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
73%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.22 responses
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The campus is gorgeous. The professors and courses are great. However, the same jocks, same partying, same scenario as any university, but extremely isolated. I would not recommend sending a freshman straight out of high school here. An established, level-headed, mature, independent college student that loves skiing and nature would do well.
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Gunnison is a great place to be. I love the small town and the small school. Classes are small and the professors really care about each of there students. Western is a great school for those who love to be outside. They have everything. You can hike, bike, camp, ski, snowshoe, paddle board, rock climb to name a few. The ski resort is close and has a free bus going up every hour. Its great to be able to ski on a school day and still have time to get school work done.
Overall, I have enjoyed my time here at Western. The school has a small campus and the buildings are overall in okay shape-nothing spectacular. The cost to attend is pretty steep and they don't offer as many classes as the bigger schools. This makes it difficult to take summer courses here. The class sizes are small and the professors are really invested in you.
Gunnison is unfortunately expensive and lacks many amenities I was used to. The outdoor aspect of Gunnison is great-there is always something to do but I wish there were more options other than outdoor activities.