Freshmen Students Application Policies and Procedures

The freshman application is for students who are (or soon will be) high school graduates and have not attended another college after graduating from high school. Students who have completed their junior year of high school may apply for admission any time after August 1.

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Admission Requirements

  1. Complete Western’s Online Application
  2. Send or fax official high school transcript
  3. Send of fax official ACT or SAT test scores
  4. Submit the $30 application fee (can be paid online with the online application or by calling the Cashier's Office at 970.943.3003)
  5. One letter of recommendation (optional)
  6. An admissions essay (optional)

If you are submitting an application through the Common Application, self-reported information on the application must be verified by official high school transcript(s) and ACT and/or SAT scores for a student to be considered for a merit scholarship and to enroll at Western. Please arrange to have those official documents sent to Western’s Admissions Office.  

Optional (If you feel your application may need extra support):

  • An admissions essay
  • A personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A resume
  • An interview (if required by department)

Please submit application materials to:

Western State Colorado University
Admissions Office
600 N. Adams St.
Gunnison, CO 81231
Fax: 970.943.2363

Keep in mind:

Entering freshmen are admitted with the expectation that they will benefit from the educational experiences provided by Western State Colorado University.  Students' applications will be assessed for

  • Evidence of academic progression
  • Potential for success at the university level
  • Evidence of leadership
  • Community service
  • Life experience affecting students' previous academic record

All of the listed criteria will be taken into consideration but may not affect the final admission decision if the student is not academically prepared for admission into a university setting.

* Access is central to the mission of Western. We accept fee waivers from the ACT, SAT, and counselor statements as acceptable forms of application fee waivers.

Application Deadlines 

Western is on a rolling admission cycle. We accept applications throughout the year until our class is full; however we recommend that high school seniors and transfer students apply before the following dates for maximum scholarship consideration.

  • June 1, 2016 for Fall 2016 applicants
  • December 1, 2016 for Spring 2017 applicants 

How to Apply 

First-Time Applicants: You will need to register for a username and password.  A username and password will allow you to stop and resume completion of your application without losing any information already provided.  Click here to get started!

Returning Applicants: You can access your application if you already have a username and password.  Click here to get started!

Second-Time Applicants:  Students who have already submitted an application to Western will need to create a new username and password using a different email address than the email address used in the first application. Click here to get started!

Early Action Scholarship

Early action is for freshman applicants only. The benefit of applying by the non-binding, Early Action deadline is to give freshman applicants a guaranteed decision date. The Early Action application is your opportunity to apply sooner, and receive your admissions decision within a faster timeframe. 

To encourage prospective applicants to submit their application using the Early Action Application, Western will increase all merit scholarship offers by $500 annually for applicants who use this admission plan, receive their admission decision before December 31, 2015, and qualify for one of our merit based scholarships.  The Early Action Application is not binding.

The guidelines are as follows:

  • The applicant must apply using the Early Action admissions plan.
  • The student must meet university admissions acceptance standards, and must receive an admissions decision before the December 31st deadline to qualify.
  • You must receive one of Westerns Merit Scholarships scholarships to qualify for the Early Action increase. Merit Scholarships are awarded automatically to incoming freshmen who meet the eligibility requirements.  
  • The increase is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters.
  • The increase is only applicable to students entering in the Fall semester.
  • The applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The Admissions Office will verify the application and admission decision before the award is given. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at or 800.876.5309.

Application Status

Typically, you will receive your admission decision three-four weeks after we have received all of your application materials.  Contact your admissions counselor for additional information. 

Confirming Your Enrollment 

Once you’ve made your decision to attend Western, you may confirm your enrollment and reserve your spot in the in-coming class by submitting your $200 tuition deposit. You will need to submit your deposit before you can register for classes.

You can submit your deposit by check or by credit card by contacting the cashier's office at (970) 943-3003.

Credit for Advanced Placement Courses  

Western recognizes that many students have taken Advanced Placement tests, CLEP tests and/or participated in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The following links provide specific equivalencies for individual tests. A minimum score of 3 is required for credit to be granted for most Advanced Placement tests (for some a score of 4 is required). Western will grant International Baccalaureate credit for tests with a score of 4 or better. Students may be awarded a maximum of 18 credits from CLEP exams.

Student Resources 

Fall 2014 Freshman Class Profile

Our students are more than scores, but to give you an idea of who makes up our student body, check out the numbers below:

Middle 50% of Enrolled First-Time Freshmen
High School GPA:2.8 - 3.6
ACT Composite:19 - 24

Finally: Affordable College in Colorado!

 Western offers a private college experience at a public university value. Find out more about the great ways you can save money on your college experience with Western State Colorado University! Through tuition discount programs (WUE, CP, Neighboring States), or with the help of our friendly Financial Aid and Student Financial Services department, we can help you fill out your FAFSA paperwork for loans and guide you to some great scholarship opportunities.