Western State Colorado University campus
Western State Colorado University campus
Western State Colorado University campus
Western State Colorado University campus
Western State Colorado University campus
Western State Colorado University campus
Western State Colorado University campus
Western State Colorado University campus
Western State Colorado University campus
Western State Colorado University campus
Western State Colorado University campus
Western State Colorado University campus
Western State Colorado University campus
Western State Colorado University campus
Western State Colorado University campus
Western State Colorado University campus

From the School

Western State Colorado University is quite simply one of the best higher education values not only in the state but in the entire country. It offers world class academic excellence and choice at a very modest cost. All of this may be why, unlike most of our competitors, enrollment has been up for 3 years in a row.

The benefit of Western’s location, academic excellence and value combine to offer students a private-college experience at an affordable cost. And with an average class size of 17 students, professors will handcraft your education to fit your interests.

Overall

From The School

# Applicants: 1,631
Acceptance rate: 98%
Average HS GPA: 3.12

Deadline: June 1 for scholarship consideration, rolling-deadline application process Other admission factors: Academic – Rigor of Secondary School Record, Class Rank, Academic GPA, Standardized Test Scores; Non-academic – Extracurricular activities, Talent/ability, Character/personal qualities, First generation status, Alumnae relation.

Additional information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Email and Web Access Available
100% of Classrooms equipped with Wireless Internet
11 Computer Labs/Classrooms
Average Number of PC’s per Lab – 15
Online Class Registration Available
No requirements for Undergraduates to own a personal computer
75% of Undergraduates own a personal computer
Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations



Overview

Applicants
1,631
Acceptance Rate
98%
Average HS GPA
2.87

GPA Breakdown

15%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
27%
2.50 - 2.99
13%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
450 - 560
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
17 - 23

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines


Regular
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
164
with Terminal Degree
116

95
Men
69
Women
5
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
18%
Graduate in 5 years
38%
Graduate in 6 years
42%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology, General
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Environmental Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Hospitality and Recreation Marketing Operations
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Communication, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences,Other

  • Education

  • Education, General
  • History Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Robert E. Blackburn
United States District Court Judge

Dr. Sean Markey
Neurosurgeon, Children's Hospital

Elva Dryer
Two-time Olympian

Paul Rady
CEO Antero Resources

Barry Clifford
Undersea Explorer

Michael Aish
New Zealand Olympic Athlete

Dave Wiens
Mountain Bike Racer

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
18%
Graduate in 5 years
38%
Graduate in 6 years
42%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Perhaps the single biggest concern of parents and students with regard to higher education today is VALUE. Western is difficult to beat in this category.

Forbes ranked Western one of the Top 100 Colleges in the West for the last three years in a row.
Both Business Insider and Washington Monthly also ranked Western as one of their top schools.
Western’s tuition is the 3rd lowest of any four-year school in Colorado with in-state tuition of around six thousand dollars and out of state for less than eighteen thousand.
This often amounts to tens of thousands of dollars of savings for a bachelor’s degree as compared to the vast majority of competitors.
All of this is why Western students graduate with dramatically lower student loan debt than our competitors – 42% less than national average.

Western is truly a private school experience at a public school cost.

Tuition in-state: $6,312
Tuition out of state: $17,616
Room: $4,930
Board: $4,516
Fees $2,881

Policies:
Scholarships – Merit scholarships are automatically awarded to incoming Freshmen based on High School GPA and SAT/ACT Scores. Additional merit based scholarships are available through private donors within the university, and by student’s major.
Tuition Discount Programs – Western Undergraduate Exchange, and Central Plains Program, are for out-of-state students who do not qualify for a merit scholarship; they will be charged 150% of in-state tuition. States eligible are Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin. The Neighboring States Program allows students with a permanent address in Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, or Wyoming to be automatically considered for a $1,000/year grant. The College Opportunity Fund is for full-time undergraduate, in-state students, providing a per-credit hour stipend to reduce the cost of tuition. The stipend varies every year, for 2015-16 it was $75/credit hour.


Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,409

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,432

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,775

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
65%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,223

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,473

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

With about 98% of undergraduate students living in residence halls or nearby in Gunnison, campus is a bustling hub of student life. Whether students become involved in growing local food in one of the campus greenhouses, join the only collegiate mountain rescue team in the country, or take part in any of the other 50 clubs and organizations on campus, there’s always something to do.

Men’s intercollegiate Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Track & Field, Wrestling
Women’s intercollegiate Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field, Volleyball
Mountain Sports: Freeride Ski; Mountain Bike/Road Cycling; Nordic Ski
Club sports: Baseball; Boxing; Ice Hockey; Lacrosse; Cheerleading; Rugby; Soccer; Swimming
Intramural sports: Slow-pitch softball; Flag Football; Ultimate Frisbee; Kickball; Bubble Ball Soccer; Indoor Soccer; Floor Hockey; Pickleball; Inner-tuber Water Polo; Dodge Ball; Volleyball; Basketball; Ping-Pong/Billiards

Student organizations: (54)

Clubs: Anthropology Club, Archery Club, Art League, Association for Students of Exercise and Sports Sciences, Chemistry Club, Christian Club, Circle K International (Service Club), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Frisbee Golf, Geology Club, Golf Sports, Gunnison Sockeyes (Fly Fishing), Ignite (Campus Crusades for Christ), History Club, KWSB Radio, Mana Nigame Video Game Club, Model United Nations Team, Mountain Rescue Team, Mountaineer Media, Mountaineers Disc Golf Club, Music Club, Newman Club, Organics Guild, Pathfinder Magazine, Peak Productions, Politics Club, Pre-Health Club, Program Council, Psychology Club, Republican Party Club, Sexual Assault Prevention Advocates, Sociology Club, Spectrum – Gay and Straight Alliance, Student Government Association, Sustainability Coalition, Top O’ the World (Student Newspaper), Urban Gaming Club, Western Association of Professional Landmen, Westerners-West Elk Wranglers, Whitewater Club, Wildlife Society, WordHorde (English Club)

Honor Societies: Alpha Kappa Delta – Sociology, Gamma Chapter of Tri Beta – Biology; Lambda Alpha – Anthropology; Phi Alpha Theta – History; Pi Sigma Alpha – Political Science; Psi Chi – Psychology; Sigma Tau Delta – English.

Multicultural organizations: Amigos, Asian Pacific Islanders Club, Black Student Alliance, Native American Student Council.

Demographics:
Total undergraduate enrollment – 2,726
Foreign Countries represented – 8
Out of State – 28%
Full time: 78% Part time 22%
Female: 45% Male 55%


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,419
Foreign Countries Represented
7

Demographics

2.72%
African-American
10.25%
Hispanic
74.53%
Caucasian
6.00%
Unknown

43% female
57% male
28% are out of state
78% are full time
22% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

Setting: rural
Campus size: 2,726 students
Geographic location: Deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, 200 miles west of Denver
Area facts:
Elevation 7,700 feet
Days of sun per year: 300+
30 minutes from Crested Butte Mountain Resort
45 minutes from Monarch Mountain
10 minutes from Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado’s largest body of water
4 miles from Hartman Rocks, a world-class mountain biking destination
Gunnison population: 5,886

Being in the heart of the Rockies is not only gorgeous, it has a lot of practical advantages as well.
  • We have essentially a backyard laboratory for fields such as exercise science, outdoor recreation, high altitude studies, geology, environmental science, biology, and more.
  • The location lends itself to programs such as Western’s Mountain Sports clubs run by hall of fame mountain biker, Dave Wiens – (the guy who beat both Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis). These clubs include biking, skiing, snowboarding and more.


Campus Facilities & Equipment

University Center – new student center

Hurst Hall – new science building
Kelley Hall – renovated social sciences building
Mountaineer Field House – 65,000 square-foot, state of the art facility with athletic strength and conditioning room, athletic training room, batting cage and golf cage, climbing wall and bouldering wall, fitness center, High Altitude Performance Lab, indoor 200-meter track, in-ground trampoline and foam pit, 3 multi-purpose courts, throwing cage and jump pit for field events, etc.
Newly Renovated Quigley Hall, arts and music departments: 2nd story addition to existing building; 8,000 square feet added; Improved ventilation for art spaces; Improved soundproofing for music rooms; New professional gallery space; Additional art displays in entryway; Wraparound balcony and expanded stage in Recital Hall.
Wilderness Pursuits – fully stocked gear rental shop and guide service available to students
Housing options: Apartment Married, Apartment Single, Dorms Coed, Dorms Male, Dorms Female, Theme Housing, Special housing for disabled students

Off-Campus Opportunities

Career Services helps Western students and alumni create and critique career-related documents: résumés, cover letters, and personal statements. Additionally, the office guides students as they develop, evaluate, and implement career plans including gaining experiential learning: internships, volunteer experiences, and jobs. It helps students polish their interviewing skills and career-search techniques.

Career Services offers:
On-Campus Job Interviews
Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Professional Development Dinner and Etiquette Seminar
Regional Alumni



Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
45%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
89%

Campus Environment
Rural

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Julie Luekenga

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
60
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

14% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Mountaineers)
6 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Mountaineers)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


Sustainability

An ACUPCC signatory, Western State College of Colorado is prepared to meet the challenges of energy efficiency in one of the coldest parts of the nation. The first step was to improve energy efficiency in the existing buildings on campus. Over the past few years, Western has completed energy-related retrofits or renovations on a whopping 65 percent of its buildings. The university has also embarked on a Year of Sustainability. The goal of the YOS was to increase awareness of sustainability initiatives on campus and provide opportunities for campus organizations to get on the green bandwagon. Case in point: the campus is committed to achieving a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2035. With a highly-respected petroleum geology program among its offerings, Western State has experience providing stellar training in environmentally related studies, through its Institute for Applied Sustainability. Interested students can also take advantage of a Center for Environmental Studies, an outdoor environmental education major, a coordinated environmental studies/business administration major, and the professional land and resource management program. The college is committed to having all new buildings and major renovations seek LEED Gold certification. Western State’s College Center, features natural lighting, low-flow plumbing, and ten recycling centers throughout the building. The center, which is LEED Gold-certified, diverted 60 percent of its construction waste from landfills and houses a pulper composter in its café, which will provide material for the college’s community garden.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
11

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
75%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
PC's

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Tonya VanHee
Visit Coordinator

Address
600 N. Adams St.
Gunnison, CO 81231

Phone
970-943-2029

Email
tvanhee@western.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Unviersity Center--new student center
Hurst Hall -- renovated science building
Kelley Hall--renovated social sciences
Mountaineer Field House -- Highest Elevation NCAA basketball Court
Borick Business--new business building
University Center, Borick, Business Building and Kelley Hall are either LEED certified or seeking LEED certification. Kelley also features solar panels for energy efficiency. The new College Center features campus dining and a first-run movie theatre.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Archaelogical Digsite -- Oldest Anasazi site
Gunnison Art Center
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Blue Mesa Reservoir--Largest lake in Colorado

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@western.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
availability of student hosts

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Closest airport, Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional Airport 2 miles Bus service from Denver

Driving Instructions to Campus
www.western.edu/admiss/vist.html

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