International Student Applicants

Western attracts students from across the United States and more than 15 different countries. Our students are attracted to the small classes, Western's dedicated faculty and the surrounding environment.

Well-trained and caring international student advisors help you meet the challenges of study in the U.S. by providing pre-arrival assistance information on visas, registration, orientation, housing, as well as advising on personal and cross-cultural matters.

You are considered an international student only if you will apply for or already have a non-immigrant United States F-1 visa. Applicants who have established permanent resident status in the U.S. are not considered international for admission purposes and should apply as a U.S. resident.

Admission Requirements

International students seeking admission must submit an application for admission, and high school and/or college transcripts. All documents appearing in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations.

  1. Complete and submit Western’s Online Application.
  2. Submit the $30 application fee (can be paid online with the online application).
  3. Send official copies of all secondary transcripts (in language of original issue), including dates of attendance, all subjects studied, and grades earned and marks achieved on examinations. Any transcript not issued in English should be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  4. Submit a list of all high school or college-credit courses you are currently taking, or will take prior to attending Western.
  5. Include the results of your English proficiency exam (TOEFL or IELTS) if your native language is not English, or include your ACT or SAT test results if your native language is English.
  6. If you wish to be considered for automatic Merit Scholarships, you must submit ACT or SAT test scores.

Optional information includes an essay (typed, double-spaced) on a topic of your choice and letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors or others who can speak to your academic ability, character and ability to succeed.

Transfer Application Instructions
  1. Complete and submit Western’s Online Application.
  2. Submit the $30 application fee (can be paid online with the online application).
  3. Have official transcripts from each college you’ve attended sent directly to Western.  If you have completed more than two full years of University study, no High School records are needed. Otherwise, secondary transcripts are required. Send official copies of your transcripts (in language of original issue), including dates of attendance, all subjects studied, and grades earned and marks achieved on examinations. Any transcript not issued in English should be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  4. Students seeking transfer credit for University work outside of the United States must submit transcripts to a NACES member credential evaluation service for a course by course evaluation. For a complete list of members go to http://www.naces.org or http://www.aacrao.com. All transfer credit evaluation fees are at the student expense. Additional course information, such as translated syllabus or course descriptions may be required.
  5. Include the results of your English proficiency exam (TOEFL or IELTS) if English is not your native language. This requirement may be waived for international students who are transferring with at least 24 credits from a U.S. college or university and have successfully completed a U.S. college level English composition course with a 3.0 or higher.
  6. If English is your native language and you have earned under 24 credit hours, include your ACT or SAT test scores.
  7. If you wish to be considered for automatic Merit Scholarships, you must submit ACT or SAT test scores.
U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Documentation

Western State Colorado University and the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement require that admitted students planning to enter the U.S. on an F-1 (student) visa provide proof of financial support before immigration documents (I-20) can be issued. Proof of the ability to cover the first year’s educational costs, living expenses and other miscellaneous expenses must be made available to the University.

You should complete the Affidavit of Support Form and include it with your application for Admission to Western.

Before your application can be reviewed, you will also need to provide:

  • A letter of financial support and a bank statement showing sufficient funds to cover the first year of study.
  • A photocopy of the applicant's passport listing official name, birth date, etc.
  • If the applicant is in the U.S., a photocopy of the visa and I-94 on which the applicant entered the country.

Financial documents must be submitted via postal mail. Emailed or faxed copies of financial documents will not be accepted.

Send materials to:

Western State Colorado University
Admissions Office
600 N. Adams Street
Gunnison, CO 81231
Fax: (970) 943-2363

* Documents will not be accepted if received via email or fax.

Academic Requirements

In addition to the materials included in the application instructions, applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English and provide an official transcript of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IETLS.

Minimum acceptable TOEFL scores are as follows:

  • iBT: 79-80
  • Paper Version: 550
  • Computer-Based Test: 213

OR

  • IELTS scores
  • Minimum of 6.5 is required.
  • This requirement may be waived for international students who are transferring with at least 24 credits from a U.S. college or university and have successfully completed a college level English Composition course with a 3.0 or better.

Applicants whose native language is English are not required to submit results of an English proficiency test.

If your native language is English and you have completed less than 24 college/university credits, you will need to submit ACT or SAT test scores.

Application Deadlines

Students can be considered for admission Fall, Spring, or Summer. Completed application forms must be on file with the Admissions Office by May 1st for admittance for the Fall semester, and by October 1st for the Spring semester. 

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!

Application Status

Typically, you will receive your admission decision four-six 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.

U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Documentation

Western State Colorado University and the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement require that admitted students planning to enter the U.S. on an F-1 (student) visa provide proof of financial support before immigration documents (I-20) can be issued. Proof of the ability to cover the first year’s educational costs, living expenses and other miscellaneous expenses must be made available to the University.

You should complete the Affidavit of Support Form and include it with your application for Admission to Western.

Before your application can be reviewed, you will also need to provide:

  • A letter of financial support and a bank statement showing sufficient funds to cover the first year of study.
  • A photocopy of the applicant's passport listing official name, birth date, etc.
  • If the applicant is in the U.S., a photocopy of the visa and I-94 on which the applicant entered the country.

Financial documents must be submitted via postal mail. Emailed or faxed copies of financial documents will not be accepted.

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