First-Time Freshmen at Western

The First-Time Freshmen 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.

Application Requirements for First-Time Freshmen

  1. Complete Western’s Online Application or the Common Application
  2. Request your official high school transcript to be sent to Western
    -Official HS transcript can be mailed, faxed, emailed or sent through an electronic service (Parchment, Naviance, e-scrip, etc.)
  3. Request your official ACT and/or SAT test scores to be sent to Western
  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)*

*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.

If you are submitting an application via the Common Application, self-reported information on the Common Application must be verified by official high school transcript(s) and ACT and/or SAT scores for a student to be considered for admission 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 following the prompt "Why Western?" 
  • A personal statement
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • A resume

Keep in mind:

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

  • Evidence of academic progression
  • Potential for success at the university level
  • Evidence of leadership
  • Community service
  • Life experience affecting student's overall 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.

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.

Please submit application materials to:

Western State Colorado University
Admissions Office
600 N. Adams St.
Gunnison, CO 81231
Fax: 970.943.2363
Email: admissions@western.edu

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, 2017 for Fall 2017 applicants

Application Status

You may check the status of your application anytime by using your self-service application portal.  Typically, you will receive your admission decision 2-3 weeks after we have received all of your application materials.  Contact your admissions counselor for additional information. 

Confirming Your Enrollment 

After you've been accepted and 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 and sign up for on-campus housing. You can submit your deposit by check or by credit card by contacting the cashier's office at (970) 943-3003.

Fall 2015 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

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