Western State Colorado University

600 S Adams St, Gunnison, United States
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Overview of Western State Colorado University

About this school

Western State, founded in 1911, is a public, multipurpose college. Its 228-acre campus is located in Gunnison, in the Rocky Mountains southwest of Denver.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:2,429
    • Men:1,374 Men (56.6%)
    • Women:1,055 Women (43.4%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Western State Colorado University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
4
-
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
1
2
Social Studies
3
-
History
1
-
Academic Electives
2
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
Not reported
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
Considered if submitted
Not reported
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: No policy as of now ACT: No policy as of now

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
600 North Adams Street
City, State, Zip
Gunnison, CO 81231
Phone
(970) 943-2119
Fax
(970) 943-7069
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$30
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling, notification begins November 15
Accept Offer Of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
86% of 1,955 applicants were admitted
Women
86% of 927 applicants were admitted
Men
86% of 1,028 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
1,080 (64%) of 1,681 admitted students enrolled
Women
411 (51%) of 800 admitted students enrolled
Men
669 (76%) of 881 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.05
375 And Above
20%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
23%
2.00 - 2.49
10%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
500-590 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
1%
• Score 600 - 700
28%
• Score 500 - 600
49%
• Score 400 - 500
17%
• Score 300 - 400
5%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
4%
• Score 600 - 700
22%
• Score 500 - 600
49%
• Score 400 - 500
18%
• Score 300 - 400
7%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
20-25 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
5%
• Score 24 - 29
33%
• Score 18 - 23
54%
• Score 12 - 17
8%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $9,802|Out-of-state: $21,274 (41.41%)
  • Room & Board: - $9,546 (40.33%)
  • Other Expenses: - $1,300 (5.49%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $3,024 (12.77%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Western State Colorado University accepts installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline April 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001372
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
421 (94.6%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
269 (63.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
269 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
8 (3.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
61%
Average Award
$11,049
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 250 (92.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $9,266
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 186 (69.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,169
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 250 (92.9%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
129 (29.0%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,480

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
1,619 (89.3%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
1,038 (64.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,038 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
24 (2.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
60%
Average Award
$11,207
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 940 (90.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,821
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 752 (72.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,965
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 482 (46.4%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
470 (25.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $2,403

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
61%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$26,950
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Performing Arts
Special Achievements/Activities
Leadership
Special Characteristics
Children and Siblings of Alumni

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


122

Part-Time Faculty


47

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


61%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 30% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 30% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 23% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 15% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 2% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 0% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 0% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • Not reported

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
-
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
Not Reported
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Western State Colorado University provides hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


64.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


20.8%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


36.8%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


41.0%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (70)


  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Business/Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Anthropology
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Cell Biology and Anatomy
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Graphic Design
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
  • Mathematics, General
  • Metal and Jewelry Arts
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Music Management
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Painting
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other
  • Photography
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Sculpture
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other
  • Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Parks and recreation, Biological/life sciences, Social sciences, Psychology

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Not reported

Master's Programs of Study (6)


  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Film, Television, and Video Production
  • Reading Education
  • Writing

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


5,873

Nearest Metropolitan Area


Campus Size


381 acres

Weather


Temperature
16.1 average low in January, 79 average high in September
Rain
71 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Gunnison
Nearest Train Station
126 mile(s) from campus in Grand Junction

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


37% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


63%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Mountaineer
School Colors
Crimson and slate

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Soccer
Swimming And Diving
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Soccer
Swimming And Diving
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, football, golf, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Western State Colorado University offers choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, mountain search and rescue team, student government association, rodeo club, wilderness pursuits, peak productions

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


1,832

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
2,429
Women
1,055
Men
1,374

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.7% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 0.7% Asian
  • 3.2% Black/African-American
  • 11.1% Hispanic/Latino
  • 4.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 71.1% White
  • 8.5% Unknown

International Students


0.4%

Average Age


21

Number of Graduate Students


385

Student Resources

Study resources