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Western State Colorado University
Gunnison, CO
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.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,495
   Women 1,053 (42.2%)
   Men 1,442 (57.8%)
Graduate Students 412
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 92% of 2,191 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.03
SAT Math 508 average
440-550 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 507 average
450-570 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 22 average
19-25 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance In-state: $22,702
Out-of-state: $34,006
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $9,193
Out-of-state: $20,497
  Room and Board $9,446
Average Percent of Need Met 60%
Average Freshman Award $9,105
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 117
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 28% of classes
10-19 students: 30% of classes
20-29 students: 26% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Gunnison Population 5,873
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 89% of freshmen, 45% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division II
Mascot Mountaineer
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.7% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.7% Asian
3.1% Black/African-American
11.0% Hispanic/Latino
4.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.4% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
73.0% White
7.1% Unknown
International Students 0.3% from 8 countries
First-Year Students Returning 69.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 22.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 25%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported