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WESTERN COLORADO UNIVERSITY, GUNNISON, COLORADO

Gunnison, ColoradoLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1901Established Year
  2814Enrollment

Western Colorado University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

Shishant Kumar Shishant Kumar
Study Abroad Expert

Western Colorado University is a public university in Gunnison, Colorado. Gunnison has been known for being the first town on Colorado's western slope to have a college, Colorado State Normal School, which is now called Western Colorado University. Established in 1901 the university was listed in Forbes America’s top colleges of 2019, it’s also one among the top Adventure colleges. 

The university offers more than 100 programs at undergraduate, graduate, and accelerated graduate levels to international students to study in the USA.

Rankings

  • #28 in Top Public Schools according to the US News
  • #8 in Best Colleges for Business according to Niche.com
  • #16 in Best College with Best Student Life according to Niche.com
  • One of the top colleges among Adventure Colleges
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Highlights

Type of universityPublic
Established Year1901
Campus SettingRural
Student-to-faculty ratio18:1
Number of Undergraduate Seats2,658
Number of Postgraduate Seats356
Annual Acceptance Rate89%
Work-Study1,200 Positions on-campus
Test Scores AcceptedTOEFL, IELTS, ACT/ SAT
Official websitewestern.edu 

Western Colorado University Programs, Campus, and Residence

Programs

Western Colorado University is renowned for its accelerated degree programs (3+2). Additionally, it offers more than 100+ Degree and Non-Degree programs. The three main full-time Degree Programs offered by Western Colorado are:

  • Seven graduate degree programs, few being in Creative writing, Environmental management, Outdoor industry MBA.
  • Undergraduate degrees offered are copious, major ones are Computer science& Mathematics, Engineering, Communication, language and literature and few trending ones like Data Science.
  • One can also earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years through Accelerated Degree Programs.

Campus

  • Western has only one campus, which nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains within Gunnison Valley.
  • A rural campus spread over 350 acres of land, equipped with the best facilities.

Residence

Western offers a large variety of living options, from traditional residence halls to two-bedroom suites and apartments. International students have a lot of housing options to study in the USA at Western Colorado University.

  • The Escalante Complex is located at the top of campus and is comprised of 3 halls which can facilitate approximately 320 students.
  • All the incoming freshers can get into this traditional-style residence having single and two occupant rooms with laundry, floor lounges, ICE(Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship) and coffee labs.
  • Ute Hall is another traditional-style residence hall, can be an alternative option and accommodates 132 more students.
  • Housing for returning and transfer students has 3 options, a Suite-style residence hall and a duo of apartment-style residence halls.

Application Process

The earlier, the better. Western offers a yearlong admissions policy, which allows students to apply at any time. The earlier one is accepted, the better the chances for housing, classes, and financial aid. If accepted before November 1, 2019, they are eligible for merit aid i.e., an additional 500USD during the first year.

How to apply: Online

Application fee: 50 USD

Admission Requirements: International Students have slightly different requirements than domestic students. For graduate programs at Western, one must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree.

The following are the admission requirements:

  • Official Transcripts
  • Minimum acceptable English Proficiency scores are as follows:
TOEFL iBT79
TOEFL PBT550
TOEFL CBT213
IELTS6.5
  • To submit ACT and/or SAT scores.

To add more value to the application:

  • An essay stating “Why Western?”
  • A personal statement
  • Recommendation letter(s)
  • A Resume

Cost of Attendance

Here at Western the cost of attending is different for In-state and Out-of-state and fee structure is widely varied for undergraduate, graduate and their 5 year accelerated program.

ExpensesCost
Tuition fee18,096 USD – 21,882 USD
Room and Board10,350 USD
Optional and other expenses13,766 USD
Books and Supplies1,300 USD
Personal Expenses3,024 USD

Financial Aid

Once admitted, every student is considered for a Merit Scholarship to study in the USA based on their GPA and ACT/SAT scores. One can also apply for both common and program-based scholarships. For international students, the scholarship ranges from 8,000 USD - 10,000 USD provided the student meets the criteria of 2.75 GPA. The scholarship details are as follows:

MeritBenefit
Basin merit8,000 USD
Ridgeline merit9,000 USD
Peak merit10,000 USD
  • Western also offers a special scholarship based on alumni recommendations called Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship (MARS)
  • If one fails to qualify for a merit scholarship, they may qualify for a Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), Central Plains (CP) or Neighboring States discount, based on your residency.

Work While you Study

Western has a community named Handshake, for making appointments with Career Services and for searching for jobs, internships, and careers. New student accounts are created automatically, within the first week of classes.

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Western Colorado University Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population4023
FAFSA Code001372
Application Cost$30
Accreditation NCA
Average Cost of Attendance$21,586 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio2 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

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April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

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April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFL-79- -
IELTS-6.5- -
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score10959901200 19%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing545490600-
Mathematics550500600-
ACTCheck Detailed Score232025 87%
English221925-
Mathematics221825-

Western Colorado University Acceptance Rate

86.0%

Acceptance Rate

1954

Total Applicants

4023

Total Enrolled

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Female

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Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program86.0%
Total Applicants3889
Total Enrolled3343
Graduate
Graduate Programs86.0%
Total Applicants791
Total Enrolled680

Western Colorado University Enrollment

Enrollment
Western Colorado University Enrollment4023
Undergraduate Enrollment3343
Graduate Enrollment680
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate46.8%

Attendance Cost

$21,586

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$21,586 / Year
Post Graduate Program$21,000 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,300 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$9,546 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$3,024 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$10,332 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$3,024 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$2,610 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$3,024 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Program Wise Accreditations
Music ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Music

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
228216466367

College rating

based on 1 student ratings

8.3/10

9/10academic
9/10infrastructure
7/10placements
9/10faculty
8/10extracurricular
8/10accommodation

Reviews

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Maria j. festa, AUSTRIA Bachelor of arts [b.a] graphic design
Western Colorado University
Current student , Batch : 2020
8.3
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MY COLLEGE LIFE

Students are encouraged to take cross-disciplinary studies either as paired electives or independent projects. Independent study courses are particularly great choices for developing individual interests in print production, illustration, fonts, package or web design, and other creative or experimental directions.


Course Curriculum - 

Through a mixture of training and experience, the Graphic Design emphasis develops students’ creative and problem-solving capabilities while expanding technical and visual skills across industry-relevant media and materials

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infrastructure
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Restaurant

McDonald's0.25 Km
Quality Inn Near Western State Colorado University0.37 Km
Sherpa Cafe0.51 Km
5 B's BBQ0.54 Km
Subway Restaurants0.66 Km
Asian influenced American food at Twisted Fork0.68 Km
Twisted Fork0.69 Km
The Gunnisack0.69 Km
Double Dragon0.8 Km
Domino's Pizza0.83 Km
Mochas Coffeehouse & Bakery0.88 Km
Mario's Pizza & Pasta0.9 Km
Palisades Restaurant0.9 Km
Taco Bell1.02 Km
Powerstop1.1 Km
House of China1.15 Km
Comfort Inn1.24 Km
Godfather's Pizza Express1.39 Km
Pie-Zan's1.55 Km
Garlic Mike's3.95 Km
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Pharmacy

Karen E. Gorman, Pharm0.69 Km
City Market Pharmacy0.91 Km
Gunnison Valley Veterinary Clinic1.02 Km
Walmart Pharmacy1.04 Km
Rocky Mountain Cannabis1.7 Km

Book Store

The Brushfire0.71 Km
Bookworm0.74 Km

Airport

Gunnison Valley Hospital Heliport0.75 Km
Avflight Gunnison2.33 Km

Hospital

Gunnison Valley Health Hospital0.78 Km
Mountain Legacy Veterinary Center2.3 Km

Shopping Mall

Meadows Shopping Center0.97 Km
High Plains Shopping Center1.18 Km

*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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