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Western Colorado University Stats, Info and Facts

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2,907 Students

86% Admitted

  • 2,814 full time
  • 650 part time
  • 1,263 men full time
  • 994 women full time
  • 1,955 applied
  • 1,681 admitted
  • 447 enrolled

2,431 Undergraduates

$6,624 Tuition/Year

  • 373 Graduates
  • 227 Non-Degree
  • $6,624 in state
  • $3,490 fees
  • $9,635 room & board
  • $1,300 books and supplies

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At a Glance

Institution Type: Public
Campus Setting: Rocky Mountains Rural area, remote from an urban area
Highest Degree Offered: Master's degree
Level of Institution: Four or more years
Calendar: Semester
School Mascot: Mountaineer
School Colors: Crimson and Slate
Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • Sara from Broomfield, CO
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  • Super outdoorsy, tons of fun stuff to do, lots of opportunities to get involved, small class sizes, interaction with professors, encouragement to achieve.…

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  • Kathryn from Castle Rock, CO
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  • western state is an outdoor laboratory with outstanding opportunities for field experience, connections, and internships. western is the most hospitable college with people who genuinely want to know you and…

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  • student
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  • It is a great place to learn and it feels like your in a community and your opinion matters. The teaching staff is good and willing to help were ever…

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  • Cody from Firestone, CO
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  • WSCU is a very laid back environment, teachers are very nice and will always help you. The people at WSCU are very friendly and will help you find your way…

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Mission Statement

Western Colorado University promotes intellectual maturity and personal growth in its students and graduates citizens prepared to assume constructive roles in local, national, and global communities. Western helps its students to develop the skills and commitments needed to continue learning for the rest of their lives and strives to unifying academic domains which have traditionally existed separately: the sciences, the liberal arts, and professional programs. The University provides students with a solid foundation of skills in written and spoken communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity. Programs encourage a breadth and depth of knowledge, which will serve as a foundation for a professional career or graduate study, and an appreciation of values appropriate to a liberally educated individual.


Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
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  • Sarah from Colorado Springs, CO
  • I am a current student here

    I love the smaller college feel and the personal attention that I get. People are really friendly and, eventually, it seems like you know everyone. I have made friends with some of my teachers and see them skiing and biking. The scenery is great and I get to go outside in most of my classes. The science classes (and others, but I am a biology major) are very hands on because there is an example of almost everything just off campus.

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  • Beverly from Estes Park, CO
  • I am a current student here

    I have grown up in a small town and so am used to tiny Gunnison. It is an extremely friendly community and you can walk or bike to everything in town. You might even see your professors at the supermarket. The Gunnison Basin is also gorgeous. Lots to do outside whether is camping, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, or having a bonfire at Hartman's. There is also a ski resort about 45 minutes away. The laves in the fall are amazing along with the breath taking sunsets over the mountains. I also had an amazing time in my dorm and made very close friends that will continue on through the years.

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  • Jacob from Yoder, CO
  • I am a current student here

    If you are looking for adventure, you couldn't find a better place. The town is like one big close-knit community. There are two ski areas within an hour from here. Great views of the mountains that are all around us. Especially when they are covered with snow! The campus is really small, about a five minute walk to get to any class. There are about 2,700 kids and you get to know most of them, which I really like.

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  • Jacquelyn from Grand Rapids, MI
  • I am a current student here

    The atmosphere, the students, the teacher, the campus; what's not to love about Western. Everything here in Gunnison is amazing. The people, both classmates and towns people, are incredibly friendly and laid back. It is a great environment to attend school. It's easy to study here and find things to do. You'll never get bored and will make plenty of friends. I came here not knowing anyone, and made friends in a heart beat. Everyone is so open and will welcome you right into the Gunnison community. The school itself is also amazing. The building are very nice and we just had our new Student Center open, and it's a great place to go and just hang out. We even got a new movie theater in it.

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