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

www.western.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 2,150

Setting

Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s

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

Education

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

History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Mathematics

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

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 State Colorado University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(970) 943-0120
Website:www.western.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:www.western.edu/applynow
Address:600 N Adams, Gunnison, CO 81231
Setting:33
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:2,908
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):42%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:2,564 (88% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$9,193
Out-of-state Tuition:$20,497
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:90%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$6,379

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Western State Colorado University Programs

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

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services2
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
Education1
English Language and Literature/Letters111
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1
History1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics1
Natural Resources and Conservation11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies2
Physical Sciences2
Psychology1
Social Sciences4
Visual and Performing Arts2
Grand total1223

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Western State 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 Fees2016-2017
In-state$9,193
Out-of-state$20,497
Books and supplies$1,300

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$20,000
Out-of-state$20,000

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid41790%
Grant or scholarship aid39084%$6,379
Student loan aid24152%$6,871

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid1,56565%$7,362
Federal student loans1,18449%$11,258

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Western State 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 State Colorado University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants2,1911,1281,063
Percent admitted100%91%92%
Percent admitted who enrolled21%26%17%

Admissions Considerations

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

Western State Colorado University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment2,908
Undergraduate enrollment2,498
Graduate enrollment410

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 State Colorado University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The 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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