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Western Colorado University

Gunnison, CO 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate92%

Western Colorado University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Western Colorado University. The acceptance rate at Western Colorado University is 92%. Out of 3,116 applications received in 2023, 2,862 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Western Colorado University, the fee for the application is $30.

Students who submit their applications to Western Colorado University for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than October 1.

Western Colorado University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Western Colorado University's admissions stats.

Western Colorado University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 10%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 37%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 11%
Waitlist No

Western Colorado University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Western Colorado University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Considering Applying Early to Western Colorado University?

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

➡️ Find a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Western Colorado University Admissions

How To Get Into Western Colorado University

It is moderately difficult to get into Western Colorado University. Western Colorado University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Western Colorado University accepted 92% of all applicants, approximately 2,862 of the 3,116 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Western Colorado University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Western Colorado University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Western Colorado University

Western Colorado University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Western Colorado University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Western Colorado University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Western Colorado University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Western Colorado University for more information on admission factors.

Western Colorado University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Western Colorado University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Western Colorado University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Western Colorado University?

Students admitted to Western Colorado University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 52% submitted a class rank. At Western Colorado University 10% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 31% were in the top 25% and 67% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Western Colorado University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 24%
3.75 and 3.99 17%
3.50 and 3.74 18%
3.25 and 3.49 12%
3.00 and 3.24 11%
2.50 and 2.9 15%
2.00 and 2.49 3%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Western Colorado University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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.

In 2022, 37% of Western Colorado University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 11% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Western Colorado University?

To be competitive with other Western Colorado University applicants, you should strive to score between 1050 and 1240 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Western Colorado University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1240 and 25% of scored lower than 1050, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Western Colorado University students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 530 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Western Colorado University students scored 630 or higher, and 75% scored a 530 or higher.

To be most competitive at Western Colorado University, you should strive to earn between 21 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Western Colorado University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Western Colorado University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

More Information on Transferring to Western Colorado University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Western Colorado University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Western Colorado University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Western Colorado University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Western Colorado University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Western Colorado University.

Does Western Colorado University accept transfer credits?

✅ Western Colorado University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Western Colorado University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Western Colorado University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Western Colorado University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Western Colorado University?

✅ Western Colorado University is not test optional.

What is Western Colorado University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Western Colorado University is 92%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Western Colorado University?

❌ Western Colorado University does not offer early decision.

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Western Colorado University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Western Colorado University? Western Colorado University is a somewhat selective institution. The Western Colorado University acceptance rate is 92%. This means that the institution accepts 91 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1050 - 1240


Math SAT Range

510 - 600


Reading SAT Range

530 - 630

Western Colorado University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Western Colorado University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.39. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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