Overview

Applicants
1,955
Acceptance Rate
86%
Average HS GPA
3.05

GPA Breakdown

23%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
23%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 590
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 590
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
169
with Terminal Degree
126

85
Men
84
Women
6
Minority

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
21%
Graduate in 5 years
37%
Graduate in 6 years
41%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

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

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

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

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other.
  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Communication, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

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

  • EDUCATION.

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

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

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

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • 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, General.
  • Mathematics.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General.
  • 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
21%
Graduate in 5 years
37%
Graduate in 6 years
41%

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

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,266

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,821

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,142

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,187

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 Private Scholarships
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)

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

Direct Lender
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,429
Foreign Countries Represented
7

Demographics

3.15%
African-American
11.04%
Hispanic
70.68%
Caucasian
8.41%
Unknown

43% female
57% male
70% are out of state
75% are full time
25% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
37%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
89%

Campus Environment
Rural

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


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.

AASHE STARS® rating
BRONZE
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
8%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
PC's

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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