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Academics

There’s no limit to what you can accomplish at Western.

At Western Colorado University, we believe a relevant education goes beyond academic excellence and critical thinking. From our accomplished faculty members to our state-of-the-art facilities, we’ll give you the real-world skills and knowledge you need for a successful and rewarding career.

Unlock your potential.

At the heart of Western’s curricula is a commitment to academic excellence and career readiness. For the 2018-2019 graduating class, 86% had secured their post-graduation plans within six months of commencement. Among those working full-time, graduates reported an average starting salary of $40,971, which speaks to our success. We take pride in delivering a truly personalized education with small class sizes, unique research opportunities and a variety of immersive educational experiences.

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Engineered for success

Professor Marc Rubin assists a student during an “Internet of Things” class in the Computer Science program.

A relevant education customized for you.

Western provides the opportunity to customize your educational experience and maximize your potential. Choose from over 100 areas of study, conduct original field research, participate in some of the 50+ on-campus student clubs and embark on world-class adventures in the Rocky Mountains.

At Western, we believe that a relevant education keeps pace with the real-world demands of the global economy. To ensure that you are prepared for a successful career, we revise our academic programs each year and continue to add new courses.

Putting lessons to the test

Students engage in Professor Anne W. Ryter’s Chemistry Lab. We are constantly evaluating and adjusting our course offerings based on the current market demands.


Areas of Study


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Faculty with the Highest Degree in Their Field

Extended Studies

Earn credit while participating in immersive educational opportunities.

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Course Catalog

Choose from over 100 areas of study between majors, minors, emphases and certificates.

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Academic Resource Center

Take advantage of our team of academic advisors that provide guidance and counseling services.

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Academic Calendar

Stay up-to-date on class schedules and important academic events at Western.

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Earn Your Degree

Fast track your education with an accelerated degree.

Western offers a variety of accelerated degree programs designed to fast track your career. Start your job search with a master’s degree, while the rest of your class completes their undergraduate degrees. Enroll in our 3+2 program to save time, money and get a head start on your successful career.

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An adventurous education

Wildlife Ecology Lab students raft the Gunnison River for a river otter survey. Situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Western offers a vast outdoor research laboratory with unparalleled opportunities for students to learn and gain hands-on experience.

Your academic journey starts with an undergraduate degree.

As an undergraduate student at Western, you have endless opportunities to customize your education. Choose from over 100 areas of study and take advantage of immersive educational opportunities that allow you to apply your knowledge and get hands-on experience in your field.

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Hands-on learning

From our accomplished faculty members to our state-of-the-art facilities, Western’s undergraduate programs will give you the real-world skills and knowledge you need for a successful and rewarding career.

Transform your passion into a profession.

Pursing an advanced degree will enable you take your career to the next level. Western offers 18 graduate degree concentrations and the flexibility that will fit your needs, whether that’s online, full-time or part-time. No matter what your profession, Western will provide you with the knowledge and professional skills to prepare you for a lifetime of success.

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Committed to your professional success

Western’s School of Graduate Studies is comprised of cutting-edge graduate programs committed to accelerating your career. Upon joining our graduate community, you will become part of an expansive network of graduate professionals who are eager to learn, interact and explore together.

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.