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IPEDS ID: 128391
OPE ID: 00137200
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Western Colorado University
1 Western Way, Gunnison, Colorado 81231
Distance from ZIP:  162.4 miles from 80538
General information:  (970) 943-2119
Website:  www.western.edu/
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:  Town: Remote
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  3,203 (2,749 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  18 to 1
Admissionswww.western.edu/admissions-aid
Apply Onlinewestern.edu/admissions-aid/apply/
Financial Aidwestern.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/
Net Price Calculatorwestern.edu/admissions-aid/tuition-costs/net-price-calculator/
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veteranswestern.edu/admissions-aid/admissions/application-requirements/veterans/
Disability Serviceswestern.edu/academics/academic-resource-center/disability-services/
Athletic Graduation Ratesgomountaineers.com/documents/2020/8/10/NCAA_Grad_Rates_WCU.pdf?id=4843
Mission Statement
  Western Colorado University fulfills its statutory mission by promoting intellectual maturity and personal growth in its students, and graduates citizens prepared to assume constructive roles in local, national and global communities. Western Colorado University helps its students develop the skills and commitments needed to continue learning throughout their lives and strives to elucidate the connections unifying academic domains, which have traditionally existed separately: the sciences, liberal arts and professional programs. The University provides students with a solid foundation of skills in written and spoken communication, problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. Our programs encourage a breadth and depth of knowledge to serve as a foundation for a professional career or graduate study, and an appreciation of values appropriate to a liberally educated individual. Western Colorado University's distinctive character emerges from its unity among academic and professional disciplines, its high standards of scholarship and its unique environment in the mountains of Western Colorado.
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
6%
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education – undergraduate courses offered, programs not offered
Distance education – graduate courses offered, programs not offered
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2020Full timePart time
Total faculty13640
Instructional13640
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-19
Instructional-6
Research-13
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021% change 2019-2020 to 2020-2021
Tuition and fees
In-state$9,802$10,114$10,436$10,6462.0%
Out-of-state$21,274$21,586$21,908$22,4302.4%
Books and supplies$1,300$1,300$1,300$1,3000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$9,546$9,635$9,704$9,8741.8%
Other$3,024$3,024$3,069$3,1051.2%
Off Campus
Room and board$10,332$11,547$11,799$11,439-3.1%
Other$3,024$3,024$3,069$3,1051.2%
Off Campus with Family
Other$3,024$2,871$3,069$3,1051.2%
Total Expenses2017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021% change 2019-2020 to 2020-2021
In-state
On Campus$23,672$24,073$24,509$24,9251.7%
Off Campus$24,458$25,985$26,604$26,490-0.4%
Off Campus with Family$14,126$14,285$14,805$15,0511.7%
Out-of-state
On Campus$35,144$35,545$35,981$36,7092.0%
Off Campus$35,930$37,457$38,076$38,2740.5%
Off Campus with Family$25,598$25,757$26,277$26,8352.1%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2020-2021
Tuition$16,048
Fees$1,323
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2019-2020
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid142394%————
Grant or scholarship aid39888%$3,180,480$7,991
Federal grants15033%$796,956$5,313
Pell grants14733%$653,362$4,445
Other federal grants15033%$143,594$957
State/local government grant or scholarships16336%$385,906$2,368
Institutional grants or scholarships37283%$1,997,618$5,370
Student loan aid25356%$1,614,292$6,381
Federal student loans25356%$1,193,556$4,718
Other student loans276%$420,736$15,583
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid11,613$13,155,109$8,156
Pell grants518$2,292,853$4,426
Federal student loans975$7,503,256$7,696
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2017-20182018-20192019-2020
Average net price$17,230$17,328$16,951
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2017-20182018-20192019-2020
$0 – $30,000$13,562$13,018$13,146
$30,001 – $48,000$13,421$14,744$13,136
$48,001 – $75,000$17,507$15,866$16,216
$75,001 – $110,000$19,099$19,264$18,169
$110,001 and more$20,788$21,264$21,481
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2020
Total enrollment3,203
Undergraduate enrollment2,749
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment105
Graduate enrollment454
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 59%
Part-time: 41%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 53%
Female: 47%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 5%
Hispanic/Latino: 19%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 56%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 12%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 91%
25 and over: 9%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 74%
Out-of-state: 26%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2019.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 74%
Part-time: 26%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 9%
Enrolled in some distance education: 33%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 58%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 50%
Enrolled in some distance education: 29%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 22%
Undergraduate application fee (2020-2021): $30
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2020
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants2,6251,3191,306
Percent admitted88%88%89%
Percent admitted who enrolled18%18%19%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2020 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT34584%
ACT12430%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing500600
SAT Math500590
ACT Composite2026
ACT English1825
ACT Math1826
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 67%
Part-time students: 50%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2019 and Returned in Fall 2020
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 27 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2020.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 50%
Transfer-out rate: 17%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2012]
4-year: 24%
6-year: 48%
8-year: 50%
[Began in Fall 2014]
4-year: 28%
6-year: 50%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2012 or Fall 2014
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 44%
Female: 60%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 75%
Asian: 75%
Black or African American: 29%
Hispanic/Latino: 45%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 52%
Two or more races: 52%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 62%
Non-resident alien: 50%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 49%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 36%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 43%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 37%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 52%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 35%
PART-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
Received a Bachelor's degree: 50%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 25%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 56%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 57%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 27%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 55%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 22%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 30%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 35%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 33%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 33%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 29%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 36%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2019-2020
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterPostgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General50--
Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology-8-
Category total508-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting7--
Business Administration and Management, General6922-
Category total7622-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric20--
Category total20--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General9--
Category total9--
Education
Education, General-66-
Elementary Education and Teaching9--
Category total966-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-100
English Language and Literature, General11--
Category total11100
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature2--
Category total2--
History
History, General9--
Category total9--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies0--
Category total0--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General11--
Category total11--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies3143-
Category total3143-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology
Exercise Science and Kinesiology38--
Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies16--
Category total54--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General4--
Geology/Earth Science, General14--
Category total18--
Psychology
Psychology, General42--
Category total42--
Social Sciences
Anthropology, General2--
Economics, General7--
Political Science and Government, General19--
Sociology, General9--
Category total37--
Visual and Performing Arts
Fine and Studio Arts Management-4-
Fine/Studio Arts, General27--
Music, General7--
Category total344-
Grand total4131530
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2019-2020
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 39
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 9
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 4
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 5
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $8,899
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $10,957
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $4,430
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $4,500
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 73%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2019-2020 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II with footballMenWomen
All Track Combined164132
Basketball1717
Football102
Soccer28
Swimming and Diving56
Volleyball16
Wrestling42
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Higher Learning CommissionAccredited since ((!)01/01/1915)08/31/2023
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/107938.
On-Campus
Criminal Offenses201620172018
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape111
d. Fondling022
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary301
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201620172018
a. Domestic violence001
b. Dating violence200
c. Stalking100
Arrests201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations162535
c. Liquor law violations111818
Disciplinary Actions201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.400
b. Drug abuse violations564663
c. Liquor law violations13012490
On-Campus Student Housing Facilities
  • On-campus Student Housing Facilities statistics are a subset of On-Campus statistics.
Criminal Offenses201620172018
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape111
d. Fondling012
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary201
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201620172018
a. Domestic violence001
b. Dating violence200
c. Stalking000
Arrests201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations132532
c. Liquor law violations101617
Disciplinary Actions201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.400
b. Drug abuse violations534661
c. Liquor law violations12912288
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201820172016
Default rate5.8%8.8%7.8%
Number in default364743
Number in repayment618533549
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)