The bracketed contest began with dozens of colleges and universities across the West, including University of Colorado Boulder, University of Utah, Montana State University and Colorado Mesa University. The final round came down to Western vs. Prescott College.
“It’s the school’s dedication to programs that study, celebrate, protect and expand those wildlands that put it at the top in our poll,” Doug Schnitzspahn said in a recent Outdoor Elevation article about the victory.
Western is deeply connected in the wilderness it resides in. Students have created their own adventures in the Gunnison Valley for over a century, and with the addition of programs such as the Master in Environmental Management, Recreation & Outdoor Education, Center for Environment & Sustainability, Mountain Sports and Wilderness Pursuits, the vast landscape surrounding campus has become an unbelievably rich and engaging learning environment.
“[The outdoors] is what makes the Western experience an educational adventure,” Western President Greg Salsbury said.
Winning the Top Adventure College ranking for the second year is a testament to the unique education Mountaineers receive. At the same time, it is a reminder to remain focused on what got them here in the first place: a passion for learning and the wild world around them.
Check out the article in Elevation Outdoors Magazine.
Story by Peter Noon, Marketing Communications. Photos provided by Western Mountain Sports.