Western State University

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School Overview

Western State Colorado University (formerly Western State College) is four-year public university that focuses on undergraduate liberal arts education. The university has an average annual enrollment of 2400 students, about 25% of which come from out of state. Western State offers bachelor degree programs in an array of academic and professional fields including business, biology, recreation, art, biology, outdoor leadership, and environmental studies.

General Information

Admission Office

600 North Adams Street

Gunnison, CO 81231

(970) 943-2119

(800) 876-5309

Fax: (970) 943-2212

Contact: Tim Albers

Director of Admissions
Main Address

600 North Adams Street

Gunnison, CO 81231

(970) 943-2119


Total undergrads: 2,150


Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $6,244 $6,538 $6,104 $4,775 -21.77%
Books and Supplies $1,446 $1,500 $1,500 $1,200 -20.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,812 $7,516 $8,324 $8,162 -1.95%
Other $2,625 $3,025 $2,797 $2,797 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $18,127 $18,579 $18,725 $16,934 -9.56%
In-state Off Campus $7,690 $8,038 $7,604 $5,975 -21.42%
In-state with Family $7,690 $8,038 $7,604 $5,975 -21.42%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $14,700
In-state Student Fees $0
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $14,700
Out-of-state Fees $0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 423 79%
Grant or scholarship aid 373 69% $1,721,132 $4,614
• Federal grants 115 21% $425,455 $3,700
• Pell grants 115 21% $345,125 $3,001
• Other federal grants 85 16% $80,330 $945
State/local government grant or scholarships 111 21% $240,954 $2,171
Institutional grants or scholarships 355 66% $1,054,723 $2,971
Student loan aid 263 49% $1,198,368 $4,557
• Federal student loans 263 49% $1,053,919 $4,007
• Other student loans 13 2% $144,449 $11,111

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 397
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 21
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 21
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 107
Accounting 11
Business/commerce 90
Management Information Systems 6
Communication and Journalism Programs 13
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 13
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 15
English Language and Literature 15
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 5
Spanish Language and Literature 5
History 6
History 6
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 5
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 5
Mathematics and Statistics 7
Mathematics 7
Natural Resources and Conservation 26
Environmental Science 26
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 65
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 29
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 36
Physical Sciences 17
Chemistry 3
Geology and Earth Science 14
Psychology 36
Psychology 36
Social Sciences 45
Anthropology 9
Economics 6
Political Science and Government 4
Sociology 26
Visual and Performing Arts 29
Fine/studio Arts 27
Music 2
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 91%

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music Management/Merchandising B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Management Information Systems B
Resort Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B


Art Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Outdoor leadership B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Police Science B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Western Colorado University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (970) 943-2119
Website: www.western.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: www.western.edu/admissions-office/apply-now
Address: 1 Western Way, Gunnison, CO 81231
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,487
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 41%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,732 (78% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $10,436
Out-of-state Tuition: $21,908
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 95%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $6,861

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Western Colorado University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Western Colorado University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 2
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 11
English Language and Literature/Letters 111
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 4
Visual and Performing Arts 21
Grand total 1235

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Western Colorado University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $10,436
Out-of-state $21,908
Books and supplies $1,300

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $17,371
Out-of-state $17,371

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 474 95%
Grant or scholarship aid 436 87% $6,861
Student loan aid 289 58% $6,551

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,861 71% $6,714
Federal student loans 1,046 40% $7,261

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Western Colorado University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Western Colorado University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 2,504 1,233 1,271
Percent admitted 100% 83% 85%
Percent admitted who enrolled 18% 21% 15%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Western Colorado University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,487
Undergraduate enrollment 3,073
Graduate enrollment 414

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Western Colorado University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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