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About Western

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Western Colorado University promotes the personal and professional growth of its students and prepares them to become leaders in local, national and global communities. We help students reach their full potential through a dynamic blend of academic and professional disciplines, high standards of scholarship and a unique and supportive environment.

Mission & Campus Profile

Transforming students into leaders.

Western Colorado University prepares its 2,900 intellectually adventurous students to thrive professionally through a combination of more than 100 cutting-edge programs, a traditional liberal arts curricula and immersive real-world experiences. Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, our university’s unique setting, small size and low-cost ensure that you’ll receive a personalized education, gain practical experience in your field and graduate without taking on excessive debt.

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Collegiate success

Western promotes intellectual maturity and personal growth in its students and prepares them to assume constructive roles in local, national and global communities.

HIstory & Location

Western’s storied history begins in Colorado's Rocky Mountains.

Located in the city of Gunnison, Western’s campus is situated in the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains. The Rockies provide a rich environment for scientific fieldwork, including the famous Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, founded in 1928 by a Western professor on the ruins of an abandoned mining town.

In addition to being a haven for field biologists from around the world, the Gunnison Valley is known for its rich history and cultural activities including art galleries, the Crested Butte Film Festival and the classic western rodeo–Cattlemen’s Days.

A thriving campus

Situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 7,700 feet, Western’s environment is an ideal scientific laboratory.

University Leadership

Nancy Chisholm

Chisholm graduated from Western with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration in 1990. She is a senior global business leader with over 25 years of experience as an executive with Fortune 500 companies. Her broad leadership background includes General Management, as well as senior functional and operational leadership roles both domestically and internationally. During her time as a Trustee at Western, Chisholm developed a passion for higher education and is a founding member of the Colorado Trustee Network, an advocacy organization for higher education across the state.

Meet Our Leadership

Leading by example

Nancy Chisholm was appointed by the Western Colorado University Board of Trustees as Interim President of the institution in May 2021. Prior to this appointment, she served two terms on the Board of Trustees until December 2020.


Connected by our similarities, enriched by our differences.

Diversity is a core value at Western. We know people of different backgrounds enrich the experiences and perspectives of the classroom and community. We strive to foster a respectful, welcoming learning and social environment.

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A place for everyone

At Western, we celebrate bringing together people of different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to the classroom and community.


Administration, Operational and Leadership Offices at Western.

Whether it’s Facilities Services perfecting our beautiful landscaping or Food Services cooking up delicious meals every day, Western’s staff members are here to serve our students and faculty. Explore the University Offices section of our site to learn more about each department, who works here and how our dedicated staff contribute to the overall Western Experience.

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Resources to help you succeed

Our staff is here to provide the knowledge and tools you’ll need to succeed at Western and beyond.


The information you need at your fingertips.

Whether you need help from a guidance counselor, have questions about your financial aid or are looking for a tutor to help you navigate an assignment, our helpful staff are always here to support you.

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Hands-on experience

Western faculty understand the power of knowledge gained through experiential learning.

Map & Directions

Need directions to Western’s campus? We’ve got you covered.

If you’re a new student visiting campus for the first time, we know you have a lot to do and think about. Navigating your way to Western’s beautiful campus shouldn’t add any stress to your experience. View the following campus map to help you find your way.

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Enjoying the seasons

Experience the wonders of Colorado’s four seasons—from wildflowers and abundant sunshine in the summer—to a wonderland of fresh snow in the winter.

Take the Next Step

Apply to Western

Apply to Western

We understand that applying to a university can be daunting, which is why we make our admission process as simple and straightforward as possible. Learn more about applying to your program of choice at Western.

Visit Western

Visit Western

The best way to find out what makes Western such a special place is to experience it for yourself. Our student-led tours give you an insider’s perspective on everything from academics to student life.

Alumni Community

Alumni Community

We keep the Mountaineer spirit going strong within our alumni community. Whether getting together with friends at an annual event, making a donation or mentoring a student, graduates continue to play an important role in the Western community.