First Year Seminar

Western State Colorado University's campus sits in the heart of the "Headwaters"- the mountainous source of the snow and waters that sustain the environments, economies, and cultures of the American West. Just as life flows from geographic Headwaters, we hope inspiration and success at Western State Colorado University flows from this inaugural course, this "Headwaters" of your University experience.

In this course, we examine the complexity of our Headwaters Region from interdisciplinary perspectives. But we also examine the source of a trans-formative educational experience, and imagine how that can flow into a prosperous intellectual, civic, and personal life. This discussion-based seminar, supplemented by our Headwaters Lecture Series and field trips exploring the Gunnison Country's learning laboratories, introduces you to Western dedicated faculty, diverse disciplines, supportive culture of learning, and active lifestyle. Click here to see Headwaters 100 course description.

Headwaters 100 Orientation

Your First Year Seminar meets for the first time during Orientation - where you meet your  professor and student mentor for the course. During Orientation, you have the chance to participate in field experiences such as the HWTR 100 service project and a Wilderness Pursuit trip. You also meet your first year academic advisor before the end of Orientation. Finally, as a part of your First Year Seminar, President Gregory Salsbury kicks off the Headwaters Lecture Series with our inaugural convocation: The Western Liberal Arts Experience, on Friday, August 22th at 1:00 pm.

For further information, please contact Christina Buchanan, by email or by phone (970) 943-2027.

Next Steps

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Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

 Rice, Ethel M. Intercollegiate Athletics Scholarship

Rice, Ethel M. Intercollegiate Athletics Scholarship is Available to:

Must be a full-time student or entering freshman. Available to Intercollegiate Athletes from any sport but preference will be given to women's basketball and volleyball players. Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Athletics Scholarship Provided by:

A gift from Ethel Rice, revered Western librarian.

Amount: $1000.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Donor Scholarship Committee.

Application: Contact the Intercollegiate Athletics Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2079 - Paul Wright Gym 210

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