Resources › For Students and Parents Western Colorado University Admissions ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More Share Flipboard Email Print Taylor Hall at Western Colorado University. Peternoon / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0 For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated July 01, 2020 Western Colorado University Description: Western Colorado University (formerly Western State College of Colorado), better known simply as "Western," is a public liberal arts university located in Gunnison, Colorado. Surrounded by mountains, lakes, national parks and forests, the school's stunning location is part of the reason it draws students from all 50 states. Grand Junction is about two hours away, Pueblo is three hours, and Denver is a four hour drive (roads permitting, of course). Near campus students will find some of the best skiing, climbing, hiking, mountain biking and kayaking opportunities in the country. Not suprisingly, some of Western's more popular majors are related to the great outdoors -- environmental science and outdoor education. Academics are supported by a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 21. Student life is active with over 50 clubs and organizations including a highly regarded campus radio station. In athletics, the Western Mountaineers compete in the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Located at over 7,700 feet, Western's athletic facilities will certainly give students' lungs a workout. Admissions Data (2016) Western Colorado University Acceptance Rate: 92%Test Scores -- 25th / 75th PercentileSAT Critical Reading: 450 / 570SAT Math: 440 / 550SAT Writing: - / -What these SAT numbers meanColorado colleges SAT comparisonACT Composite: 19 / 25ACT English: 18 / 24ACT Math: 17 / 24What these ACT numbers meanColorado colleges ACT comparison Enrollment (2016) Total Enrollment: 2,908 (2,498 undergraduates)Gender Breakdown: 58% Male / 42% Female78% Full-time Costs (2016 - 17) Tuition and Fees: $1,193 (in-state); $20,497 (out-of-state)Books: $1,300 (why so much?)Room and Board: $9,446Other Expenses: $2,763Total Cost: $22,702 (in-state); $34,006 (out-of-state) Western Financial Aid (2015 - 16) Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 90%Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of AidGrants: 84%Loans: 52%Average Amount of AidGrants: $6,379Loans: $6,871 Academic Programs Most Popular Majors: Art, Biology, Business Administration, Environmental Studies, Exercise and Sports Science, Recreation and Outdoor Education, Sociology Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 69%Transfer Out Rate: 16%4-Year Graduation Rate: 22%6-Year Graduation Rate: 45% Intercollegiate Athletic Programs Men's Sports: Football, Basketball, Wrestling, Track and Field, Cross CountryWomen's Sports: Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball Data Source National Center for Education Statistics Profiles of Other Colorado Colleges Adams State | Air Force Academy | Colorado Christian | Colorado College | Colorado Mesa | Colorado School of Mines | Colorado State | CSU Pueblo | Fort Lewis | Johnson & Wales | Metro State | Naropa | Regis | University of Colorado | UC Colorado Springs | UC Denver | University of Denver | University of Northern Colorado Western Colorado University Mission Statement: complete mission statement at http://www.western.edu/academics/strategicplan/index.html/ "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 helps its students to develop the skills and commitments needed to continue learning for the rest of their lives and strives to elucidate the connections unifying academic domains which have traditionally existed separately: the sciences, the liberal arts, and professional programs..."