Western Facts

WESTERN COLORADO UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1911 in Gunnison, Colo., 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 percent
Female – 48 percent
NCAA athletes – 10 percent
Colorado residents – 69 percent
Non-residents – 31 percent
States represented – 50
Foreign countries represented – 10
Pell Grants – 32 percent
Mascot – Mad Jack the Mountaineer

ACADEMICS

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

Faculty

169 Instructional faculty
72 percent are full-time
75 percent 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 percent
Hispanic: 12 percent
Black/African American: 3 percent
Asian: 1 percent
American Indian Alaska Native: 1 percent
Native Hawaiian/Pacifific Islander: < 1 percent
Nonresident Alien: <1 percent
Multi-Race: 4 percent
Unknown: 13 percent