Western State Colorado University

600 North Adams Street, Gunnison, CO 81231
Tel: (970)943-2119
Public | 2,584 students
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Western State Colorado University delivers a private college experience at an affordable cost, deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. With classes averaging 17 students, you won't be just a number. Your professors will know your name, and help tailor your education to meet your dreams and career goals. ·         With 2,500 students, undergraduate students, have opportunities to perform research that most large universities reserve for graduate students. 

School Overview:

Western State Colorado University
CountyGunnison County, CO
Title IV EligibleYes
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level4 or more years
Institution ControlPublic
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
179 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment2,584 students1,633 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted96%64%

School Notes:

  • Western offers a broad range of courses of study in a beautiful mountain setting. Many degree programs take advantage of this environment, which has been called "one of the world's greatest natural laboratories." Western offers students an opportunity to study in a wide range of fields such as business, computer science, communications, the social and behavioral sciences, professional recreation, the arts, the sciences and teacher education. There are over 50 clubs and organizations active on campus and we have award winning radio and TV stations. Western has the nation's only college based Mountain Search and Rescue team.
  • Academic Programs offered includes Accounting, Anthropology, Art, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Communication Arts, Computer Information Science, Economics, Education (Teacher Licensure), English, Environment and Sustainability, Exercise and Sport Science, Geography (minor only), Geology, History, Honors Program (non-degree), interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Music, Politics and Government, Physics (minor only), Psychology, Recreation & Outdoor Education, Resort Managment, Sociology and Spanish.
  • Rankings: Fprbes“America’s Top Colleges” –Top 100 in the West, based on “output over input,” ROI data provided by the D.C. based Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP); US News & World Report – 10 Colleges Where Merit Aid is Most Common; Mountain Bike Action Magazine – Top 10 colleges for Mountain Bikers; GI Jobs- Top Military Friendly School 
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