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Western Colorado University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Western Colorado University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Western Colorado University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Western Colorado University was awarded 62 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health and physical education.

Overall Quality

Western landed the #1,613 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 39 colleges in Colorado, Western is ranked at #23.

See all of the rankings for Western Colorado University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Western?

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 86%, some consider Western to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

Average Test Scores

About 19% of students accepted to Western submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 600. Math scores were between 500 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Western Colorado University  ( 490 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for Western Colorado University  ( 500 to 600 )
Western received ACT scores from 87% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Western Colorado University  ( 20 to 25 )

Learn more about Western Colorado University admissions.

Western Colorado University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Western Colorado University, this ratio is 18 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Western Colorado University is 66%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  66 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Western Colorado University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Western Colorado University is 65%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  65 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 19% for first-time, full-time students at Western, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  19 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Western Colorado University.

Western Colorado University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,073 undergraduates at Western with 1,755 being full-time and 1,318 being part-time.

How Much Does Western Colorado University Cost?

The overall average net price of Western is $17,282. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Western

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,018 $14,744 $15,866 $19,264 $21,264

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Western, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Western, approximately 56% of students took out student loans averaging $6,283 a year. That adds up to $25,132 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Western is 8.8%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Western Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Western make around $39,000 per year during the early years of their employment. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Western Colorado University make the most money.

Location of Western Colorado University

Western Colorado University is a public institution situated in Gunnison, Colorado. Gunnison is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

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Contact details for Western are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Western Way, Gunnison, CO 81231
Phone: 970-943-2119

Western Colorado University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 27 majors graduated from Western Colorado University. Of these students, 461 received undergraduate degrees and 153 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 82 $33,600
General Psychology 51 $24,700
General Biology 50 $24,800
Health & Physical Education 38 $27,100
Natural Resources Conservation 38 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 28 NA
Political Science & Government 23 NA
Communication & Media Studies 22 $24,800
Sociology 16 $25,000
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 16 $21,600

Learn more about the majors offered at Western Colorado University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Western

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 755 students took at least one online class at Western Colorado University. This is an increase from the 418 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 755 432
2017-2018 418 143
2016-2017 417 154
2015-2016 344 119
2013-2014 306 255

Learn more about online learning at Western Colorado University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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