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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B-
  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 1,832 undergraduate students. The Western acceptance rate is 86%. Popular majors include Business, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Biology. Graduating 41% of students, Western alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,300.
About Western Colorado University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Address
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
86%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
910-1140
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$16,790/ 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
$6,195/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
91%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.21 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.25 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,832Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
599
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
19%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Active
    41%
  • Hippie
    24%
  • Environmentalist
    12%
  • No applicable umbrella term
    12%
  • Redneck
    6%
  • Redneck, Environmentalist, and Hippie
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
Poll
86%
of students say they don't have Greek life.22 responses
Poll
35%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.34 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Eclectic
    50%
  • Great
    33%
  • Boring
    11%
  • Revitalizing
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
41%
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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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.
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This is really only a school for those interested in going into outdoor recreation or emergency management programs. There other programs really aren't great and make it hard to get acquainted. This is not a real deal school. If you're not getting a good scholarship here or paying cheap tuition then I definitely would not recommend it. I'd say the one redeeming factor at this school is their collegiate search and rescue team (a great opportunity if you're considering emergency management) and then also the location (although that should never be your main reason for choosing a school).
This will be my fourth year here and had nothing short of a great time. You will meet great people if you are laid back and have a good attitude. Hike, ski, fish, etc., whatever you want to do outside it is accessible thru Wilderness Pursuits for free or for cheap gear rentals. The business program goes above and beyond setting their students up with good contacts, I have had multiple friends get internships and jobs from professor recommendations. My biggest tip, get involved. You will find your niche if you just try. Check out Western I.C.E. (innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship) Club, great people that throw sweet events.