Western State Colorado University

323 reviews
  1. Gunnison, CO
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    D-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    A-
Western State Colorado University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Address
600 N. Adams Street
Gunnison, CO 81231

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
97%
SAT Range
910-1140
ACT Range
17-23
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$15,210/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,135/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,488/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,802/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,696/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,978/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.21 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.24 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.24 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,883Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
29%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Active
    44%
  • Hippie
    25%
  • Environmentalist
    13%
  • No applicable umbrella term
    13%
  • Redneck
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
Poll
86%
of students say they don't have Greek life.21 responses
Poll
36%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.33 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Eclectic
    53%
  • Great
    35%
  • Boring
    6%
  • Revitalizing
    6%

After Western State Colorado University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
42%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
73%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.22 responses

Reviews

323 reviews
  • Excellent
    67
  • Very Good
    107
  • Average
    110
  • Poor
    23
  • Terrible
    16
Western recently opened the Mountaineer Field House and Fitness Center, and it is simply amazing. With three full size basketball courts inside of the 200m track, there is a ton of room for multiple activities. There are also three activity rooms and a fitness center with plenty of equipment for the amount of students who are there at any given time. The two story rock wall is also a huge bonus, and I rarely, if ever see it empty! The Field House was a fantastic addition to student life here at Western and definitely helps those of us who didn't come here to ski or snowboard stay active in the winter!
  • College Junior
  • 10 months ago
Western students and staff are very health-conscious. There is a lot of emphasis on sustainability here at Western because our Environment & Sustainability (Environmental Studies) program is the fifth best in the nation. This leads to a lot of health initiatives in the cafeteria (such as use of organic, campus garden grown, and local food). Also, the surrounding Rockies are a playground for mountain bikers, skiers, snowboarders, etc. The most dangerous part about campus is probably the ice patches in the winter. The most common crime in Gunnison is bike theft, after all. On top of that, the community offers a shuttle for drunks on weekend nights to prevent drunk driving.
  • College Freshman
  • 10 months ago
I have lived on campus for three years now. The buildings themselves are pretty decent and they get their job done, but they're honestly not as good as they could be, and sometimes I'm not sure the school cares too much about how their students are living. My first year, water caused enough damage to the community lounge area ceiling that it crumbled while students were in there studying. My second year, my building had a rat problem and I had to have my heater fixed multiple times because of rats chewing through the wires. This year, the building I'm living in has sub-par carpeting. Most of the rooms, including the RA room have water damaged carpet that is extremely loose and even ripped in multiple places.
  • College Junior
  • 10 months ago