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Mission & Campus Profile

Promoting intellectual maturity and personal growth.

Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Western Colorado University delivers career preparation, engineering, computer and other sciences and a liberal arts curriculum to 2,900 intellectually adventurous students. Here, students can explore their field of study, gain leadership experience and discover extraordinary adventure in western Colorado.

Our Mission

Dedicated to education, enriched by our community.

Western Colorado University promotes intellectual maturity and personal growth in its students and prepares them to assume constructive roles in local, national and global communities. Western’s distinctive character emerges from its unity among academic and professional disciplines, high standards of scholarship, and a unique environment in the mountains of western Colorado.

Discover tomorrow’s leaders

Western programs combine academic rigor with personal development, so students have the skills to succeed as professionals in their field of study.

Setting the stage for success

Western’s location in Gunnison, Colorado provides an excellent academic experience in a gorgeous setting.

Facts & Figures

Western’s size and setting promotes exceptional educational experiences.

Our university’s small size and unique setting ensures students receive personalized attention, gain hands-on experience and become better leaders. We are proud to serve our state and country by preparing our students to make meaningful contributions in Colorado and beyond. From cybersecurity experts to social workers and teachers, Western graduates become preeminent leaders in their fields.

The following statistics reflect the most recent stable data compiled by the institution encompassing retention, graduation rates, institutional research, common data sets, student outcomes, and student achievements. For more information, visit Western’s profile on the National Center for Education Statistics website.

Annual Report

Established: 1901
Location: Gunnison, Colorado
Type: Public, 4-year
Religious affiliation: None
Highest degree offered: Master’s
Student-to-faculty ratio: 18 to 1
Mascot: Mad Jack the Mountaineer
Colors: Crimson and slate
Graduation rate: 51%

Applicants admitted: 84%

Students considered for aid: 100%
Students who receive aid: 80%

Total enrollment: 3,418
Undergraduate: 3,015
Graduate: 403
Male: 51%
Female: 49%
In-state: 76%
Out-of-state: 24%

White: 59%
Hispanic: 16%
Black or African American: 4%
Multi-Race: 2%
Asian: <1%
American Indian or Alaska Native: <1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: <1%
Unknown/Other: approx. 20%

The Office of Institutional Research performs statistical and analytical studies that support the academic, co-curricular and administrative functions of the University, including compilation and interpretation of information for enrollment analysis, student tracking, assessment, planning, budgeting and evaluation. The Institutional Research office generates and interprets data for individual campus departments, student projects, the Colorado Department of Higher Education and federal offices. Institutional Research personnel develop surveys of alumni, faculty, staff and students to further understanding of perceptions and emerging trends among University constituents.

INSTITUTIONAL AND STUDENT OUTCOME DATA

Download the Institutional Data Set containing the following:

  • Enrollment
    Enrollment (All student levels)

    Resident FTE-SNon-resident FTE-SCash Funded FTE-STotal FTE-SFall Headcount
    2009-101423.52428.5196.372048.382244
    2010-111394.62459.92226.132080.672329
    2011-121340.2455.08199.91995.182242
    2012-131335.78456.22198.951990.952301
    2013-141344.83481.65230.572057.052404
    2014-151473.08517.93116.12107.122584
    2015-161534564.55144.4522432726
    2016-171630.28566.12157.882354.282921
    2017-181528.18590.89149.992269.072822
    2018-191524.1646.02183.42353.523042
    2019-201588.78599.61186.172374.563498
  • First Time Freshman Retention Rates
    Retention Rate defined (source IPEDS glossary)
    A measure of the rate at which students persist in their educational program at an institution, expressed as a percentage. For four-year institutions, this is the percentage of first-time bachelors (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduates from the previous fall who are again enrolled in the current fall. For all other institutions this is the percentage of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students from the previous fall who either re-enrolled or successfully completed their program by the current fall.

    Fall to fall retention rate of first-time freshman cohort by year of matriculation
    Full Time
    Headcount% retained
    200547461%
    200651261%
    200748962%
    200854156%
    200949759%
    201048263%
    201143263%
    201244968%
    201346670%
    201444869%
    201546469%
    201646464%
    201744569%
    201850164%
    201944967%
  • Four- and Six-Year Graduation Rates
    Graduation Rate defined (source IPEDS glossary)
    Data are collected on the number of students entering the institution as full-time, first-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students in a particular year (cohort), by race/ethnicity and gender; the number completing their program within 150 percent of normal time to completion; the number that transfer to other institutions if transfer is part of the institution’s mission.

    Graduation rate of first-time freshmen listed by cohort year
    Full time
    4 Year6 Year
    200518%39%
    200618%38%
    200722%42%
    200819%36%
    200918%42%
    201023%45%
    201121%41%
    201224%48%
    201328%51%
    201428%50%
  • Major Head Counts
    Undergraduate Majors

    Head Count Majors2005-062006-072007-082008-092009-102010-112011-122012-132013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-192019-20
    ACC555150403348565252576157554422
    ANTH433742322730373428222321181817
    ART17217015915015013813711012611510010298106107
    BIOL203175171179169186204208224222229254241242247
    BUAD453420404403354369345363363390396412384398361
    CHEM242121172626293337354335303235
    COM837367645869687678828081806778
    CS313428353331343232464448566167
    ECON232429181924292423272627274133
    EDUC585253554564595460655362605759
    ENG848582886966696165596463574753
    ENVS11010298125134131123108106102124133142136130
    ESS151169211202197208192204214199226218181170
    GEOL434659625871736671829068554441
    HIST706269726553564639343238454741
    MATH333638373041473942525243455048
    MUS323031282630291823202027182121
    POLS504030344649484839393844496365
    PSY181158126129144142160171139147151151143150130
    ROE120137175169180153147140140138115129136157116
    SOC88891037897103108120117121110116958984
    SPAN212422192525181210111410121311
    UNDCL193211204239187180142161165156151133121139135
  • FTE-S Generated by Program Code
    Undergraduate FTES

    FTES2005-062006-072007-082008-092009-102010-112011-122012-132013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
    ACC53.248.843.254.353.554.643.5349.253.151.944.3347.949.744.63
    ANTH4944.7343.7734.7738.3740.4341.5744.8737.5334.9732.0738.535.841.4
    ART150.27149.67127.6125.53136.6131.43124.6106.27122.13114.8100.57101.0789.8395.83
    BIOL148.37145.73130.73121.53121.3120.57115.8118.77124.2127.4128.3140.4146.18143.33
    BUAD209.77197.87179.83179.37189.73193.03169.2148.97158.7181.3183.29185.31187.6194.63
    CHEM58.7354.4362.1352.1754.7766.2361.0370.2769.4766.9771.997372.5263.47
    COM155.07134.7125.03128.07111.7115.4112.77116.27113.93111.33119.03116.4111.13123.7
    CS29.7726.5725.9332.9321.826.529.123.9728.137.4335.3739.231.943
    ECON65.163.956.661.560.562.555.563.6360.4755.862.5964.8666.6365.2
    EDUC79.550.2755.341.53319.620.122.323.5319.2320.520.623.5720.18
    ENG116.7118.03120.9137.77131.9130.67115.27120.73120130.97152.93142.07129.8144.4
    ENVS34.135.8334.7743.0742.6750.4751.847.3346.750.6355.7363.159.3164.47
    ESS114.87124.6113.63119.67125.63126.13117.37112.2111.03109.1115.39119.42107.73101.43
    FREN6.85.45.95.73.33.93.23.51.47
    GEOG17.131822.4323.713.82125.527.127.620.7320.1319.5614.4319.5
    GEOL65.758.2370.767.8757.3350.1765.969.9768.3366.1767.269.155.861.61
    HIST62.5763.96962.976.778.8365.560.8747.139.0749.6752.8353.650.87
    HNRS6.436.33.936.276.639.17.4388.412.9314.731415.0714.4
    HWTR0.270.370.60.71.32.431.918.1318.417.0717.7717.4717.2318.87
    JOUR2.63.12.771.932.83
    MATH96.9395.4144.17153.6145.47145.53140.23135.1148.8171.67169.2170.5145.93151.17
    MUS59.6856.9355.6554.7552.6851.8349.2347.6350.7548.4851.4347.2252.0259.55
    PHIL5.811.514.118.717.619.819.122.6725.5723.725.623.725.623.6
    PHYS32.633734.234.935.0341.6345.344.7747.1749.8744.8645.1344.0338.57
    POLS57.1743.6348.352.3759.4347.944.8347.641.338.6743.5349.0652.761.67
    PSY126.83124.1114.83118.3123.67111.43109.97115.1119.53109.3113.37112.37111.4114.33
    ROE127.97128.93113.7111.07107.37108.7100.72102.1124.73130.07138.27133.68111.48116.97
    SCI8.8711.7712.7712.9314.2313.4714.0715.079.5310.338.539.67.938.97
    SOC108.1799.57100.2796.4100.2398.63101.4395.53104.290.683.2380.4772.176.9
    SPAN30.822.821.620.519.716.716.5319.672018.820.612.913.415.6

See more outcome data on the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard site, or the National Center for Educational Statistics College Navigator page.

Common Data Set

Inclusion

Learning through diverse experiences and perspectives.

We know people of different backgrounds bring various experiences and perspectives to the classroom and community. Through ongoing education, attention to cultural differences and a focus on social and intellectual growth, we strive to provide a healthy and supportive academic environment for all students, faculty and staff.

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A focus on our values

Diversity is a core value at Western Colorado University, as it’s central to education and growth.

Find your voice

At Western, we provide the academic resources and social opportunities to succeed and grow as students and future leaders.

Western’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

“Western Colorado University takes a firm and unyielding stance in support of diversity, inclusivity, scientific inquiry and creative expression. We believe these principles are necessary for the free and open inquiry that defines our role as a public institution in a democratic society. We believe that these principles are a moral imperative requiring constant vigilance and a firm stance against actions motivated by hate or intimidation. The university welcomes people of color, people with disabilities, people of all genders and orientations, people of all religious preferences, immigrants and refugees regardless of national origin or ethnicity and other underrepresented communities regardless of socioeconomic class. We actively seek to build a civil and respectful culture which affirms these principles in all that we do.”

Both the Board of Trustees and President Greg Salsbury endorsed the above Statement on Diversity and Inclusion authored and adopted by the Faculty Senate.

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