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Western Colorado University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Western Colorado University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Western Colorado University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Western Colorado University was awarded 12 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

Western landed the #1,090 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Western held the #1,133 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Western is also ranked #13 out of 23 schools in Colorado.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Western?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 86%, Western Colorado University is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

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 )

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Western Colorado University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, Western Colorado University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Western Colorado University is 76%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  76 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 64%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  64 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Western is 19%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  19 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Western

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,431 undergraduates at Western with 1,832 being full-time and 599 being part-time.

Western Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for Western is 75.23 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  75.23 out of 100
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How Much Does Western Colorado University Cost?

The overall average net price of Western is $17,200. 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 +
$13,562 $13,421 $17,507 $19,099 $20,788

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 7.8%. 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 right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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

Location of Western Colorado University

Western Colorado University is a public institution located in Gunnison, Colorado. Gunnison is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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Location of Western Colorado University

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, 463 received undergraduate degrees and 101 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 102 $33,600
General Biology 49 $24,800
Health & Physical Education 45 $27,100
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 40 $21,600
General Psychology 34 $24,700
Natural Resources Conservation 31 NA
Sociology 18 $25,000
Communication & Media Studies 16 $24,800
Accounting 16 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 16 NA

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 2017-2018, 418 students took at least one online class at Western Colorado University. This is an increase from the 417 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 418 143
2016-2017 417 154
2015-2016 344 119
2014-2015 318 105
2013-2014 306 255

Learn more about online learning at Western Colorado University.

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