Western Facts

WESTERN COLORADO UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1911 in Gunnison, Colorado, Western Colorado University has grown to be an important center of higher education in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Designated by Forbes as one of the Top 100 Colleges in the West for the last five years in a row and recently named a College of Distinction for 2018-19, Western’s location, academic excellence, and devoted faculty combine to offer students an individually engaged education and an exceptional lifestyle. Western has 28,000 alumni, including highly successful graduates in many fields and disciplines living throughout the world.

Student Profile

Total Enrollment – 2,911
Undergraduate students – 2,503
Graduate students - 408
Male – 52%
Female – 48%
NCAA athletes – 10%
Colorado residents – 69%
Non-residents – 31%
States represented – 50
Foreign countries represented – 10
Pell Grants – 32%
Mascot – Mad Jack the Mountaineer

ACADEMICS

Three schools and 8 academic departments
Average class size – 18 students
90+ areas of study
50+ student-run clubs and organizations

Faculty

169 Instructional faculty
72% are full-time
75% have terminal degrees

Popular Majors

Business (385)
Environment & Sustainability (154)
Biology (230)
Psychology (154)
Exercise & Sport Science (169)
Recreation & Outdoor Education (142)

Ethnic Diversity

White: 67%
Hispanic: 12%
Black/African American: 3%
Asian: 1%
American Indian Alaska Native: 1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacifific Islander: < 1%
Nonresident Alien: <1%
Multi-Race: 4%
Unknown: 13%