Outward Bound

Outward Bound

Welcome to the Outward Bound program.                           

Outward Bound and Western State Colorado University have developed a partnership to provide college credit for Outward Bound programs.

Once a student enrolls in an Outward Bound course, credit registration is available through Western Extended Studies. Upon successful completion of the course and assignments due, Recreation and Outdoor Education (ROE) credit is awarded under the course prefix OUTD. This prefix was created and approved to define ROE catalog credit for Outward Bound credit students that is specific to Extended Studies. The amount of credit earned is based upon the length of the course. ​

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Click HERE to download credit registration packet for academic year 2017-2018.

Registration Steps:

  1. Download, carefully read, and complete the Outward Bound Course Credit Registration Packet.

  2.  Complete, sign and initial all designated areas in Sections B and C (required).
  3. Complete and sign Section D (optional).                

  4. Carefully review Payment Instructions (Cash, AmeriCorps, or 529 Plan). Make sure this section is complete.

  5. Return Sections B, C, and D to the Extended Studies Office by email, fax, or mail.

  6. Keep all other information with you in an accessible place for reference. 

IMPORTANT:  Registration and payment for credit should be received by our office no later than two weeks before the first day of a course. Incomplete registrations will not be processed. Registrations received less than five business days before the first day of a course are not guaranteed to be processed. Registration requests to process AmeriCorps or 529 plan funding for Outward Bound tuition and fees must be submitted no later than 30 days before the Outward Bound payment deadline for course fees.


Beginning academic year 2017-2018, the Recreation and Outdoor Education Department (ROE) and Extended Studies designed assignments for Outward Bound students that will provide ROE Western State Colorado University course credit* under the course prefix OUTD. The new OUTD course prefix was created and approved to define ROE catalog credit that is specific to Extended Studies Outdoor Programs registration. Based on length of course, students have choices to register in as little as 3 credits or as many as 9 credits to earn course credit. Additional special topics (OUTD 397) credits based on learning experiences gained on course may be added, as well. Each category of credits has a corresponding assignment. A single term registration may not exceed 18 credits. 


OUTWARD BOUND STUDENTS - Download your assignment below:

One Credit Assignment - OUTD 397 Special Topics

Two Credit Assignment - OUTD 397 Special Topics

Three Credit Assignment - OUTD 189

Six Credit Assignment - OUTD 189, 283

Nine Credit Assignment - OUTD 189, 283, 295 Snow Based

Nine Credit Assignment - OUTD 189, 283, 293 Water Based

Nine Credit Assignment - OUTD 189, 283, 296 Land Based

Additional 1-9 Credits - OUTD 397 Special Topics

Your assignment is due in to our office no later than 3 weeks from the last day of your Outward Bound course. You may send it by email or fax to our contact information below. Please refer to the Outward Bound Assignment Instructions for specific guidelines concerning Student Responsibility, Content Instructions, and Assignment Format. 

Registration forms and check payments may be mailed to:

Extended Studies
600 N. Adams St, Taylor Hall 303
Gunnison, CO 81231

Make checks out to: Western State Colorado University

Registration forms, assignments and questions may be sent by email or fax:​

Email: outdoorprograms@western.edu
Phone: 970.943.2885
Fax: 970.943.7068