Western Colorado University

Gunnison, Colorado
4-year Public university


Western State Colorado University is a public institution established in 1901 with a rural setting located at Gunnison. It is ranked 74 in Regional Universities West in the 2024 edition of Best Colleges. Its in-state tuition and fees are $11,083; out-of-state tuition and fees are $23,683. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,098. It practices a semester-based academic calendar.

#74 in Regional Universities West
Location Gunnison, Colorado
Type 4-year Public
Year Founded 1901
Selectivity Unselective
Size Small
3,098 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Business/ Marketing
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • History
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $11,083
Outstate Tuition Fee $23,683
Room and Board Fees $10,286
$30,788 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


92% (Unselective) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Minimally Difficult
$30 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.4 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Not Required
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Not Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

70 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, DET Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

English is National Language

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Regular Decision Deadline
Rolling Admission
Priority Application Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$13,032 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$10,116 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $--
57% Students with need received Financial Aid
65% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application --
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships
Total Worth $2,500-$10,000
Eligibility Freshmen with 3.35-4.0 GPA
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Total Worth --
Details Any Western alumnus/a may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship ($250 per semester).Deadline is June 1. Must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time. The student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.)


3,098 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
64% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
32% Students graduate within 6 years