Parents & Families

Parents and families are instrumental in helping students succeed and flourish throughout their time at Western. Our program works with parents and families to encourage student success and engagement throughout the student’s personal, academic and financial experience at Western. Support is available for both students and their family members as they together navigate the journey to graduation.


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My Student Is Applying to Western

Supporting My Mountaineer Icon

Supporting My Mountaineer

Visiting Western’s Beautiful Campus Icon

Visiting Western’s Beautiful Campus

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Mountaineer Family Resources


Parents and Families Weekend

Department Contact Information

Phone: 970.943.2090
Office Location: Taylor 301

Important Dates


Wilderness Based OrientationAugust 16-20
New Student OrientationAugust 21-25
Parent and Family OrientationAugust 21-22
Transfer OrientationAugust 23
Classes StartAugust 26
Mid Fall Break - No ClassesOctober 11
Parent and Family WeekendOctober 18-20


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Happening on Campus



My Student Is Applying to Western

As your student weighs a college decision, we at Western are here to provide encouragement throughout the application process. As your student begins to assert some independence, we value your role as the parent and are here to help answer any questions you may have along the way.

Supporting My Mountaineer

Throughout a student’s time at Western, they will encounter many victories—but also some frustrations and defeats. Parent & Family Services is here throughout your student’s Mountaineer journey to partner with you in getting your student the necessary support.

Visiting Western’s Beautiful Campus

Western is nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains within the gorgeous Gunnison Valley. Here are a few resource guides to ensure that you are able to make the most of your visit when spending time with your Mountaineer at their home away from home. If you have more questions about things to do in Gunnison and nearby Crested Butte, feel free to reach out to Parent & Family Services for additional information.