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Western Colorado University

Gunnison, CO 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate91%
Acceptance Rate91%

About Western Colorado University

Western Colorado University Overview

Western Colorado University is a public, state school in the rural setting of Gunnison, Colorado. Western Colorado University was founded in 1901 and the school currently enrolls around 3,692 students per year, including 3,242 undergrad students. Western Colorado University provides on-campus housing for up to 1,241 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 75% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from Western Colorado University by October 1.

Student Involvement at Western Colorado University

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Western Colorado University's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Western Colorado University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Western Colorado University does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? Western Colorado University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Western Colorado University on the Student Life page.

2022 Western Colorado University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 91%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 37%
In-State Tuition $8,936
Out-of-State $18,960
Percent of Need Met 66%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $13,422

Is Western Colorado University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a better idea of what Western Colorado University offers and if the school might be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Western Colorado University

It is moderately difficult to get into Western Colorado University. The acceptance rate at Western Colorado University is 91%. Last year, 3,243 students applied to Western Colorado University and 2,947 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Western Colorado University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Western Colorado University, around 74% are still enrolled their sophomore year. Around 48% of students who started at Western Colorado University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. 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 for Western Colorado University Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Western Colorado University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Western Colorado University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Western Colorado University meets 66% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Western Colorado University full-time are awarded $13,422 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $27,139 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Western Colorado University.

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 another! 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, be sure to 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

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Western Colorado University is Continuous processing.

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

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Western Colorado University ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Western Colorado University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1050 - 1240


Math SAT Range

510 - 600


Reading SAT Range

530 - 630

Western Colorado University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Western Colorado University is like? There are approximately 3,692 students enrolled at Western Colorado University, including 3,242 undergraduate students and 450 graduate students. 51% percent of students attend school full-time, 72% percent are from CO and 28% percent of students are from other states.


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