Western-University of Colorado Computer Science & Engineering Partnership Program


PLEASE NOTE: Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page.

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

 Rady Merit Scholarship

This is a two year, full-tuition Western scholarhip. Recipients will be notified by Feb. 15, 2019. Scholarships awarded based on fund availability.

Students are eligible for it if they:

  • Are accepted by Jan. 31, 2019
  • Declare a major in the Computer Science or Mechanical Engineering partnership programs 
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher 
  • Are eligible for Math 151 - Calculus 1 (via placement tests, credit transfer or a Math ACT/SAT score of 27/630)

To maintain their scholarship award, students must remain:

  • In the partnership program
  • Eligible for transfer to CU Boulder by earning a B average or better in transfer coursework

Western Colorado University has partnered with the University of Colorado Boulder to establish the Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science and Engineering. This partnership provides students the opportunity to enroll in CU Boulder’s Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science programs while living entirely on Western’s campus in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Serving Colorado's Needs

As more tech companies move to Colorado, the need for qualified, skilled local tech professionals increases. Last year, the Colorado Workforce Development Council reported more than 15 job openings for every unemployed technology-related worker.

The Western-CU Boulder partnership will provide more access to engineering degrees to help meet the growing need for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skill sets across the state.

STEM Fast Facts

According to the United States Department of Commerce:

  • STEM degree holders typically earn up to 12 percent more than non-STEM degree holders, even if the individual is not working in a STEM occupation.

  • STEM employment is projected to grow by 8.9 percent from 2014 to 2024.

  • In 2015, 6.1 percent of all workers in the U.S. were employed in STEM occupations.

High-Tech Gateway

The partnership includes the construction of a new, 75,000 square foot building. Upon completion, the facilities will offer versatile teaching and lab spaces, advanced instrumentation rooms, faculty offices and areas designed to promote collaborative learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who teaches the classes? 

Western Faculty teach Western Courses. CU Boulder faculty teach CU Boulder courses, typically taken by students in their final two years of the program. 

How much does it cost? 

Students pay on a per credit basis established by the institution delivering the course.

In most cases, students will pay the tuition and fees for Western during their initial two years of study and pay the tuition and fees of CU Boulder in their final two years. Western fees may apply in the final two years for students who wish to continue to use on-campus services, such as the Mountaineer Field House.

In some cases, students enrolled at Western may take CU Boulder courses concurrently. In this scenario, they will pay CU Boulder per-credit tuition for that course in addition to Western tuition and fees.

In other cases, students enrolled at CU Boulder may take Western courses concurrently. In that case, they will pay Western per-credit tuition for that course in addition to the CU Boulder tuition and fees.

Is financial aid available? 

While enrolled at Western, students are eligible for all merit and need-based scholarships. Partnership program students are also eligible for the Rady Merit Scholarship. For more information, please visit our program-specific scholarships

Upon transferring to CU Boulder, students are automatically considered for transfer scholarships. For more information, visit CU Boulder's Transfer Student Scholarships page



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