The annual rankings include only some 25 percent of America’s more than 2,000 four-year colleges and universities.
With a rank of 99th in the West and 594th in the U.S., Western is ranked ahead of the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado Mesa University and Metropolitan State University of Denver. To view the list, visit Forbes.com/top-colleges.
“This important ranking is yet another recognition that Western State Colorado University offers a high-quality education that gets results,” university President Brad Baca says. “Postgraduate success plays a huge role in the Forbes rankings, and our graduates consistently use their Western educations to go out into the world and do great things.”
Western State Colorado University boasts graduate success stories spanning the globe, with alumni working as CEOs of major corporations, neurosurgeons, airline pilots and owners of international travel destinations. Recent graduates have landed jobs with major national brands such as Red Bull, gone on to pharmacy and medical school, and launched many successful businesses, including an advertising agency and an eco-friendly resort in Costa Rica.
The Forbes rankings are based on five general categories: post graduate success, which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; student satisfaction, which includes professor evaluations and freshman-to-sophomore-year retention rates; debt, which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; four-year graduation rate; and competitive awards, which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships such as the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright or go on to earn a PhD.
Western has recently been ranked on other top-colleges lists, including Outside magazine’s Top 25 Colleges for Outside Readers, ESPN’s Top 10 Best Colleges in the U.S. for Skiers, and Mountain Bike Action magazine’s Top 10 Colleges for Mountain Bikers.
About Western State Colorado University
In Gunnison, Colo., Western is a public university unlike any other in Colorado, and unique nationwide – with the faculty focus and feel of a private college; a commitment to access, excellence and student success; and a strong tie to the land, our local natural resources and our surrounding community. With an enrollment of 2,300 students, Western offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, along with unlimited opportunity to shape your identity, customize your education and chart your course for a meaningful life. To learn more, please visit Western.edu.