The name change will take effect on Aug. 1 and be supported by a re-branding effort to include new logos and brand guidelines.
“Our status as a university is a tribute to the hard work and success of our students, faculty, staff and alumni, said Western president Jay Helman. “This change reflects the academic strides and achievements the institution has made since it was founded more than 100 years ago.
Western initiated the name change discussions in September 2011 and its Board of Trustees approved the new name on March 16. The bill was passed by the Colorado Senate on May 2.
Western was founded in 1901 as Colorado State Normal School, offering preparatory education for teachers. In 1923, the institution was renamed Western State College of Colorado and expanded its mission to academic offerings in the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Western’s programs include graduate degrees and pre-professional studies, with additional master’s degree offerings in development.