Western Colorado University Overview
Western Colorado University is a public institution situated in Gunnison, Colorado. Gunnison is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.
What Is Western Colorado University Known For?
- The master's degree is the highest award offered at Western.
- In 2017-2018, 76% of the faculty were full-time.
Western Colorado University Rankings
These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Western.
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Where Is Western Colorado University?
Contact details for Western are given below.
|Address:||1 Western Way, Gunnison, CO 81231|
How Do I Get Into Western?
You can apply to Western online at: www.western.edu/admissions-office/apply-now
Admission Requirements for Western
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Western?
Approximately 52% of accepted students are men and 48% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 86%, and the acceptance rate for women is 86%.
Average Test Scores
About 19% of students accepted to Western submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 600. Math scores were between 500 and 600.
Can I Afford Western Colorado University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Western, approximately 56% of students took out student loans averaging $6,283 a year. That adds up to $25,132 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Western is 7.8%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.
Western Colorado University Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 414 graduate students at the school.
Of the 1,755 full-time undergraduates at Western, 58% are male and 42% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Western Colorado University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||47|
|Hispanic or Latino||205|
Colorado students aren't the only ones who study at Western Colorado University. At this time, 39 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 12 countries are represented at Western. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Poland, Ecuador, and Australia.
Online Learning at Western Colorado University
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Western has changed over the last few years.
Online Growth Rankings of Western
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Western Colorado University was -5.8%. This is the #2,501 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Western regardless of major.
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Western Colorado University Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
|Business Administration & Management||102||0||102|
|Natural Resources Conservation||31||29||60|
|Health & Physical Education||45||0||45|
|Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies||40||0||40|
|Communication & Media Studies||16||0||16|
|Fine & Studio Arts||16||0||16|
|General English Literature||12||0||12|
|Geological & Earth Sciences||12||0||12|
|Teacher Education Grade Specific||9||0||9|
|Political Science & Government||8||0||8|
|Physiology & Pathology Sciences||0||5||5|
|Arts & Media Management||0||1||1|
|Liberal Arts General Studies||0||0||0|
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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