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About Western Colorado University

Western Colorado University is a public, state school that was founded in 1901. It is moderately difficult to get into Western Colorado University. It enrolls around 3,203 students a year, including 2,728 undergrads.

Western Colorado University does not offer early action and does not offer early decision.

Acceptance Rate for Western Colorado University

Western Colorado University admitted 89% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 2,625 applications received in 2021, 2,324 students were offered admission .

Western Colorado University Application Deadlines

All regular decision applicants will be notified by October 1.

Early Admissions at Western Colorado University

Western Colorado University does not offer early decision. Western Colorado University does not offer early action.

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 89%
Average GPA 3.4
In-State Tuition $6,816
Out-of-State $18,600

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to Western Colorado University.

Financial Aid at Western Colorado University

Western Colorado University meets 93% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Western Colorado University full-time are awarded $13,021 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Does Western Colorado University Provide Dorms?

Western Colorado University offers housing for up to 1,241 students.

The majority of Western Colorado University students live on campus.

The most popular organizations for Western Colorado University students to join are • Student Government Association & respective subcommittees, Mountain Search and Rescue Team and Omicron Delta Kappa. All Campus Activity Fair, Homecoming, and and SpringFest are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Western Colorado University.

What GPA Do I Need For Western Colorado University?

Western Colorado University is considered moderately difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities , recommendations and essays. The average high school GPA for a student at Western Colorado University is 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.

Does Western Colorado University Require the ACT or SAT?

Western Colorado University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, .

Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates. Western Colorado University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is Western Colorado University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Western Colorado University

About 67% of students who start at Western Colorado University come back for their second year of college. Out of the 448 students who started at Western Colorado University as first-time freshman, 123 graduate within four years.

Western Colorado University's six-year graduation for undergrads is 51%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Western Colorado University Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $24,760 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Western Colorado University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Western Colorado University a good school for you?

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Where is Western Colorado University?

Western Colorado University is located in the rural setting of Gunnison, Colorado .

If you want to see Western Colorado University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 50 to Gunnison, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Western Colorado University and Gunnison are like without leaving home.

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College Info

600 North Adams Street Gunnison, CO 81231

Campus Setting: Rural

Western Colorado University Application Deadline

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Western Colorado University is Continuous processing.

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Wondering what life at Western Colorado University is like? There are approximately 3,203 students enrolled at Western Colorado University, including 2,728 undergraduate students and 475 graduate students. 59% percent of students attend school full-time, 73% percent are from CO and 27% percent of students are from other states.


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