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Western Colorado University

Gunnison, CO

At A Glance

Main Address

1 Western Way

Gunnison, CO 81231-7002

https://www.western.edu/

Admission Office

1 Western Way

Gunnison, CO 81231

(970) 943-2119

Fax : (970) 943-2363

admissions@western.edu

Contact : Lauren Shondeck

Director of Admissions

Type of School

Small

Public

university

liberal arts college

4-year school

Coed

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Regionally Accredited

College Board Code: 4946

Quick Facts

Percentage of students graduating within 6 years : 51.0%

Total undergraduates : 3,040

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 454

Percentage of financial need met (average) : 71.0%

Average financial aid package : $12,301.00

In-State Tuition : $10,646.00

Out-of-State Tuition : $22,430.00

School Calendar

Semester

Degrees Available

Bachelor's

Master's

Setting

Small Town (2,500-10k)

Rural

Residential campus

Deadlines

Admission

Regular application due: No Regular Application Deadline

Priority application due : --

College will notify student of admission : --

Student must reply to acceptance by : --

Housing deposit due : Aug 24

Early Decision And Action

Early action application due : --

College will notify student of early action admission by : --

Tests

SAT Reasoning/ACT Score report due : --

SAT subject score report due : --

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application due : --

Financial Aid Priority Application due : --

College will notify student : --

Student must reply : --

Transfer Students

Transfer Application closing date : --

College will notify student of transfer decision by : --

Transfer priority application date : --

Transfer student must reply : --

Transfer deadline for filing financial aid forms : --

Transfer priority financial aid deadline : --

College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about : --

Student must reply to financial aid decision by : --

Major and Learning Environment

Learning Environment

Calendar type : Semester

Student-faculty ratio : 18 to 1

Degrees Offered in : Bachelor's, Master's degrees

Graduating in 6 years : 51.0%

Returning for sophomore year : 65.0%

Accreditation and Associations

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Regionally Accredited

Most Popular Majors

Bachelor's
Business/Marketing : 26.0%
Parks And Recreation : 19.0%
Biology : 11.0%
Social Sciences : 10.0%
Environmental Science : 7.0%
Psychology : 7.0%

All Majors

Levels at which colleges offer undergraduate majors are designated by these letters :

A = Associate degree, B = Bachelor's degree, C = Certificate degree, D = Doctor degree, M = Master degree

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General B

Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support
Accounting B
Business Administration and Management, General B
Management Information Systems, General B
Resort Management B

Communication, Journalism & Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric B

Education
Art Teacher Education B
Elementary Education and Teaching M
English/Language Arts Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
Mathematics Teacher Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching B
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education and Teaching, General M

English Language, Literature & Letters
English Language and Literature, General B

Foreign Language, Literatures & Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature B

History
History, General B

Legal Professions & Studies
Pre-Law Studies B

Mathematics & Statistics
Mathematics, General B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Studies B M

Parks, Recreation & Fitness Studies
Exercise Science and Kinesiology B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General B
Geology/Earth Science, General B

Psychology
Psychology, General B

Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Police Science B
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics, General B
Political Science and Government, General B
Sociology B

Visual & Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General B
Fine/Studio Arts, General B
Music Management B
Music, General B

Learning outside the classroom

Many colleges offer special programs like the opportunity to study abroad or participate in internships to get on-the-job training. Nearly all colleges provide extra academic help or tutoring to students who need it.

Special Study Options

Double Major

Dual Enrollment of High School Students

Honors Program

Independent Study

Internships

Liberal Arts/Career Combination

Teacher Certification

Visiting/Exchange Student Program

Accelerated Program

Off-Campus Study Options

Semester At Sea

Study Abroad

Extended Class Availability

Distance Learning

Computer Services

200 Public computers, available in: Dorms, Libraries, Student Center

Dorms wired for access to campus-wide network

Dorms wired for high speed internet connections

Computer repair service available on campus

Wireless network available

Campus Life

Campus General Information

Size : Small

Unique Facilities : high altitude physiology lab, student-run radio station, gear rental and guide service wilderness pursuits, esports arena, museum, gallery

Geographic Location : 200 miles from Denver.

Small Town

Rural

Residential Campus

Total undergraduates : 3,040

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 454

Degree-seeking undergrads : 1,822

Graduate enrollment : 453

Student General Information

All students average age : 21

Full time students average age : 21

In state students : 71.0%

Out of state students : 29.0%

Part Time students : 5.0%

Percentage of males : 58.0%

Percentage of females : 42.0%

Race/Ethnicity

Two or more races : 4.0%

Black African American : 3.0%

Hispanic/Latino : 11.0%

Race Ethnicity Unknown : 10.0%

White : 70.0%

Other Activities & Organizations

Student Newspaper : Top O' the World

Housing Policies

First-year students living in college housing : 95.0%

All undergraduates living in college housing : 57.0%

Housing Options

Apartments For Married Students

Apartments For Single Students

Special Housing For Disabled Students

Theme Housing

Coed Housing

Additional Housing Options

Housing deposit : $250.00

Housing deposit due : Aug 24

Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.

Car is allowed for freshman

Pet is not allowed in the Dorm

General Athletics

Team Name : Mountaineers

Sport Member : NCAA

Sport's Levels Available

Intramural

Club

Scholarship

NCAA Division II

Intercollegiate

Counseling And Wellness

Career counseling

Health services

On-campus daycare

Personal counseling

Adult (re-entering) student services/programs

Veteran's counselor

Financial aid counseling

Additional Programs for Students with Disabilities

Comprehensive services for students with learning disabilities

Services and/or facilities for hearing impaired

Services and/or facilities for visually impaired

Wheelchair Accessibility

Academic Support Programs

Study skills assistance

Tutoring

Writing center

Remedial instruction

Activities

Y indicates available and N indicates not available

Activity Name

Available on Campus

Campus Ministries

Y

Choral Groups

Y

Concert Band

Y

Dance Activity

Y

Drama/Theater

Y

Film Society

N

Fraternities

N

Government or Political Activity

Y

International Student Organization

Y

Jazz Band

Y

Literary Magazine

Y

Marching Band

N

Model United Nations

Y

Music Ensembles

Y

Musical Theater

N

Opera

N

Pep Band

Y

Radio Station

Y

Sororities

N

Student Newspaper

Y

Symphony Orchestra

Y

Television Station

Y

Yearbook

N

Sports

Sport Name

Levels Available

Baseball

Men's Intramural

Men's Club

Basketball

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Boxing

Men's Club

Women's Club

Cross-Country

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Diving

Women's Intercollegiate

Football

Men's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Men's NCAA Division II

Golf

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Ice Hockey

Men's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Lacrosse

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Rodeo

Men's Club

Women's Club

Rugby

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Skiing

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Soccer

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Women's NCAA Division II

Softball

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Swimming

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Women's NCAA Division II

Tennis

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Track and Field

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Track: Indoor

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Track: Outdoor

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Volleyball

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's NCAA Division II

Wrestling

Men's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Men's NCAA Division II

Other Sports : cycling, extreme skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboarding


Applying

General Applying Information

Application Fee: Not reported

Application Fee Waiver Available: Yes

Total applicants : 2,504

Admitted : 2,107

Enrolled : 454

Less selective 84.0% of applicants admitted

Applied early admission : --

Admitted early admission : --

Applied early action : --

Admitted early action : --

Plan Available for early admission : Early action - not restrictive



Admission stats are based on first-time, degree seeking freshmen from Fall 2016 and Fall 2017.

Very Important

Academic GPA

Standardized Test Scores

Important

Application Essay

Rigor of secondary school record

Considered

Alumni Relation

Character/Personal Qualities

Class Rank

Extracurricular Activities

First generation college student

Geographical Residence

Interview

Level of Applicant's Interest

Racial/Ethnic Status

Recommendations

Religious Affiliation or Commitment

State Residency

Talent/Ability

Volunteer Work

Work Experience

Test Policies for Admission Decisions

Required: SAT or ACT

Test Policies for placement

SAT Reasoning Test

ACT

AP

CLEP

Institution's own exam

SAT score use policy

Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates

Other Test Policies

Information not supplied by college

A note from the college

School achievement record, test scores very important; recommendations considered.

High school class rank of incoming freshmen

Top Tenth : 6.0%

Top Quarter : 17.0%

Top Half : 37.0%

Bottom Half : 63.0%

Bottom Quarter : 50.0%

GPAs of incoming freshmen

3.5 - 3.74 : 19.0%

3.25 - 3.49 : 14.0%

3.00 - 3.24 : 13.0%

2.50 - 2.99 : 16.0%

2.00 - 2.49 : 5.0%

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

700 - 800 : 3.0%

600 - 699 : 30.0%

500 - 599 : 46.0%

400 - 499 : 20.0%

300 - 399 : 1.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

SAT Math

700 - 800 : 3.0%

600 - 699 : 21.0%

500 - 599 : 53.0%

400 - 499 : 20.0%

300 - 399 : 3.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

ACT Composite

30 - 36 : 6.0%

24 - 29 : 39.0%

18 - 23 : 44.0%

12 - 17 : 11.0%

ACT Math

30 - 36 : 5.0%

24 - 29 : 39.0%

18 - 23 : 38.0%

12 - 17 : 18.0%

ACT English

30 - 36 : 10.0%

24 - 29 : 27.0%

18 - 23 : 43.0%

12 - 17 : 19.0%

6 - 11 : 1.0%

Advanced Placement Program (AP) Information

Offers credit for AP Exams : Yes

Offers placement into higher-level courses for AP Exams : Yes

Offers sophomore standing for qualifying AP scores : Yes

AP credit policy depends on student’s major, school, or program : Yes

From the college: Western Colorado University recognizes that many students have challenged themselves in the Advanced Placement (AP) program. Credit can be earned for AP exams. Official score reports must be submitted for consideration.

High school Coursework

High School diploma required, GED accepted

Course Name

Required

Recommended

History

0

0

English

4

0

Math

4

0

Science

3

0

Science Lab

0

0

Social Studies

3

0

Foreign Language

1

0

Academic Electives

2

0

TEST Scores

Percent who submitted SAT scores : 85.0% and Percent who submitted ACT scores : 33.0%

Test Subjects

Middle 50% of First-Year Students

SAT Math

500 - 590

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

500 - 610

ACT Composite

20 - 26


AP & Admission Policy

Exam

Min Score Required

Number of Credits (By semester credits)

Equivalent Course(s)

Applicable Program

2-D Art and Design

3

6

--

All

3-D Art and Design

3

6

--

All

Art History

3

3

ART 222

All

4

6

ART 222, 223

All

Biology

3

3*

BIOL 150 *With verified lab

Biology

3

3

BIOL 120

All

4

4*

BIOL 150 *With verified lab

Biology

4

3

BIOL 120

All

5

3

BIOL 120

All

5

8*

BIOL 150, 151 *With verified lab

Biology

Calculus AB

3

4

MATH 151

All

Calculus BC

3

4

MATH 151

All

4

8

MATH 151, 251

All

Chemistry

3

3

CHEM 101

All

3

4*

CHEM 1XX *With verified lab

Other

4

3

CHEM 111

All

4

4*

CHEM 111, 112 *With verified lab

Other

5

8*

CHEM 111, 112, 113, 114 *With verified lab

Other

5

6*

CHEM 111, 113

All

Chinese Language and Culture

3

3

--

All

Comparative Government and Politics

3

3

POLS 255

All

Computer Science A

4

3

CS 190

All

Computer Science Principles

3

3

--

All

Drawing

3

6

--

All

English Language and Composition

3

3

ENG 102

All

5

6

ENG 102, COM 202

All

English Literature and Composition

3

3

ENG 150

All

5

6

ENG 102, 150

All

Environmental Science

3

3

BIOL 130

All

European History

3

3

HIST 102

All

4

6

HIST 101, 102

All

French Language and Culture

3

3

--

All

5

6

--

All

German Language and Culture

3

3

--

All

Human Geography

3

3

--

All

Italian Language and Culture

3

3

--

All

Japanese Language and Culture

3

3

--

All

Latin

3

3

--

All

Macroeconomics

3

3

--

All

4

3

ECON 201

All

Microeconomics

3

3

--

All

4

3

ECON 202

All

Music Theory

3

3

MUS 129

All

Physics 1

3

4

PHYS 140

All

4

4

PHYS 170

All

Physics 2

3

4

PHYS 140

All

4

4

PHYS 171

All

Physics B

3

4

PHYS 140

All

4

8

PHYS 170, 171

All

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

3

4

PHYS 140

All

4

4

PHYS 200

All

Physics C: Mechanics

3

4

PHYS 140

All

4

8

PHYS 200, 201

All

Psychology

3

3

PSY 100

All

Spanish Language and Culture

3

3

--

All

4

3

SPAN 201

All

5

6

SPAN 201, 202

All

Spanish Literature and Culture

3

3

SPAN 385(lower div)

All

5

6

SPAN 202, 385(lower div)

All

Statistics

3

3

MATH 113

All

United States Government and Politics

3

3

POLS 180

All

United States History

3

3

HIST 127

All

4

6

HIST 126, 127

All

World History: Modern

3

3

HIST 102

All

4

6

HIST 101, 102

All

*Check with the related academic department at the college for more information.


College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Exam

Minimum Grade for Credit

Credit Hours Awarded

American Government

50

3

American Literature

50

3

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

50

3

Biology

50

3

Calculus with Elementary Functions

50

3

Chemistry

50

3

College Algebra

50

3

College Mathematics

50

3

English Literature

50

3

French I

50

3

French II

50

3

German I

50

3

German II

50

3

History of United States I

50

3

History of United States II

50

3

Human Growth and Development

50

3

Humanities

50

3

Information Systems and Computer Applications

50

3

Introduction to Educational Psychology

50

3

Introductory Business Law

50

3

Introductory Psychology

50

3

Introductory Sociology

50

3

Natural Science

50

3

Pre Calculus

50

3

Principles of Macroeconomics

50

3

Principles of Management

50

3

Principles of Marketing

50

3

Principles of Microeconomics

50

3

Social Sciences and History

50

3

Spanish I

50

3

Spanish II

50

3

Western Civilization I

50

3

Western Civilization II

50

3

Paying

Financial Aid Distribution & Stats

% of scholarship / grants : 56.0%

% of loans / jobs : 44.0%

% of freshmen with need who received financial aid : 100.0%

% Applied for need-based aid : 90.0%

% Judged to have need : 63.0%

% that were offered aid : 63.0%

% that had need fully met : 3.0%

% of need met : 71.0%

Average 1st year financial aid package : $12,301.00

Avg non need-based aid : $5,460.00

Avg need-based scholarship or grant award : $10,157.00

Avg need-based loan : $3,347.00

Avg indebtedness at graduation : $26,060.00

Financial Aid Deadlines

Contact Information

Financial aid contact name : Carrie Shaw

Financial aid office phone : (970) 943-7015

Financial Aid Forms

Domestic first-year financial aid applicants must submit the following forms, if applicable:

FAFSA

Part-Time Costs

Cost per credit hour (in-state): $284.00

Cost per credit hour (out-of-state): $775.00

Note: These costs are tuition fees only. In some cases, fees and other expenses can be additional.

Financial Aid Policies

This school practices need-blind admissions.

Scholarship Opportunities

Merit Scholarship: $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students; $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students

Need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

State/District Residency

Non need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Alumni Affiliation

Art

Athletics

Leadership

Music/Drama

State/District Residency

Work Study Programs

Nights

For part-time students

Weekends

Tuition payment plans

Credit card payment

Installment payment

Annual College Costs

Cost Category

On Campus

Off Campus

At Home

In-state tuition and fees:

$10,646.00

$10,646.00

$10,646.00

Out-of-state tuition and fees:

$22,430.00

$22,430.00

$22,430.00

Room and board:

$9,874.00

$11,439.00

$2,484.00

Books and supplies:

$1,300.00

$1,300.00

$1,300.00

Estimated personal expenses:

$1,440.00

$1,440.00

$1,287.00

Transportation expenses:

$1,665.00

$1,665.00

$1,665.00

Estimated Total In-state:

$24,925.00

$26,490.00

$17,382.00

Estimated Total Out-of-state:

$36,709.00

$38,274.00

$29,166.00

The prices listed above are probably not what you and your family will pay. Most college students receive financial aid, which reduces the amount the family actually pays. For U.S. colleges, use the college's net price calculator to get the best estimate of what your family will pay.


Athletic Scholarship Opportunities

Sport

Male

Female

Basketball

Available

Available

Cross-Country

Available

Available

Football

Available

Skiing

Available

Available

Track and Field

Available

Available

Volleyball

Available

Wrestling

Available

For Transfer Students

Credit Information

Minimum number of credits: --

Minimum college GPA (on a 4.0 scale): 2.5

Lowest grade earned for course that may be transferred for credit (on a 4.0 scale): 1.7

Maximum credits/courses from a 2-year institution: 90

Maximum credits/courses from a 4-year institution: 90

Minimum credits transfers must complete to earn bachelor's degree: 30

Admission Requirements (Required)

College Transcript(s)

Admission Requirements (Recommended)

Essay or Personal Statement

Students who applied for transfer

Total students who applied for transfer: 238

Transfers admitted percentage: 96.0%

Transfers admitted: 229

Transfers enrolled percentage: 51.0%

Transfers enrolled: 122

Terms in which transfer students may enroll

Fall

Spring

Summer

Transfers accepted as

1st semester freshman

2nd semester freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Services for students transferring IN from another school

Advisor

Orientation

Special Requirements

SAT/ACT and high school transcript required for applicants with fewer than 30 credit hours.

For International Students

Admission for International Students

Application fee: --

Annual College Costs

Tuition and Fees: $22,430.00

Room & Board(on-campus): $9,874.00

Room & Board(off-campus): $11,439.00

Additional estimated expenses: $2,300.00

Costs per credit hour: $775.00

Financial Aid

International students eligible for need based aid

International students eligible for non-need based aid

Total Amount Awarded: $119,174.00

Number of enrolled international undergraduates received aid: 9

Tests for International Students

TOEFL Required of non-resident alien applicants

TOEFL (internet-based test) average score: --

TOEFL (internet-based test) minimum score: 79

TOEFL (paper) average score: --

TOEFL (paper) minimum score: --

Services for International Students

International Student Adviser