Discover Western. Discover Yourself.
Discover an immersive education and academic excellence in Western Colorado University. Students at Western are given the professional guidance and support necessary to develop real-world skills that lead to successful careers. Our highly personalized programs center around developing professionals ready to meet the demands of the modern workplace.
Through our distinct combination of academic merit, hands-on research opportunities and an inclusive student experience, we deliver an education that better meets what the market demands.
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Academic rigor meets awe-inspiring adventure.
Situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Western Colorado University offers a vast outdoor research laboratory with unparalleled opportunities for students to learn and gain hands-on experience. Head out with your professor to track lynx, take part in an archaeological dig, join the robotics team to create your own machine or explore the brand-new labs in the Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering. Take a closer look and you’ll see what makes Western such a special place.
Research in our backyard
Nearly 80 percent of Gunnison County’s 3,239 square miles is federally owned land, making it an ideal environment for fieldwork.
A solid foundation for your future success.
At Western, we provide the knowledge and tools you need to make an impact in any field you choose. We’ve intentionally designed our curricula around practical experience to give you the industry knowledge you’ll need to excel. Explore our programs and learning opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else in higher education.
Our students and educators collectively believe that worldly views and different perspectives help provide a better education.
Programs & Schools
Through immersive academics, an emphasis on career readiness and a unique model for hands-on learning, we transform our students into dedicated professionals who enjoy bold and exciting careers.
Life at Western
Western represents more than academic excellence. Our location in the heart of the Rockies promotes an active lifestyle, inclusive community and extraordinary adventure unlike anywhere else in the world.