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Western Colorado University
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  • 4 Year
  • GUNNISON, CO

COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Most classes, events and activities will be held in person this year. Vaccinated patrons do not need to wear a mask indoors, including hallways and restrooms. Non-vaccinated patrons are encouraged to wear a mask. Additionally, Western will require students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Exemptions will be allowed for health, religious or other reasons. Learn More

Report Card

grade B minus
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B minus
  2. Value
    grade B minus
  3. Diversity
    grade B+
  4. Campus
    grade C+
  5. Athletics
    grade B
  6. Party Scene
    grade B minus
  7. Professors
    grade B
  8. Location
    grade B
  9. Dorms
    grade B minus
  10. Campus Food
    grade C minus
  11. Student Life
    grade B minus
  12. Safety
    grade B

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Western is a public university located in Gunnison, Colorado. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,755 undergraduate students. The Western acceptance rate is 84%. Popular majors include Business, Biology, and Kinesiology and Exercise Science. Graduating 51% of students, Western alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,300.

About

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
84%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1000-1200
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No data available  
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Cost

Net Price
$17,328 / 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
$6,861 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade 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
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
    6%
  • On Campus
    87%
  • Online
    7%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,755 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,318
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
22%
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
51%
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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