Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering

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Become a University of Colorado Boulder Engineer—at Western

Discover the best of both worlds at Western Colorado University. Graduate with a degree from prestigious University of Colorado Boulder—ranked in the top 20 nationally among public universities—all while enjoying small class sizes, know-your-name attention from faculty and the mountain-town grandeur of Gunnison.

Through a new Western-University of Colorado Boulder partnership program starting in 2019, you can graduate with a B.S. degree from the University of Colorado Boulder’s renowned College of Engineering & Applied Science. During the first two years of the partnership program, you take Western courses with Western faculty. For the final two years, you take University of Colorado Boulder classes with University of Colorado Boulder faculty—remaining at Western the entire four years to complete a B.S. in either Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science from the University of Colorado Boulder.

The partnership program will be housed in the new, state-of-the-art Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering at the heart of Western’s campus. The new school and partnership program were created with an astounding $80 million gift from an alumnus who as CEO of Antero Resources in Denver has recognized an ever-growing demand for seriously trained, well-rounded computer science and engineering professionals.

You will graduate as a CU Boulder engineer from one of our great programs,” said Bobby Braun, dean of the College of Engineering & Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, “and be on your way to engineering solutions to drive the economy, security and quality of life of our state, nation and world.”

Academic Programs


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Computer Science

Computer Science
artificial intelligence, Internet of things, software engineering, robotics
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Computer Science - University of Colorado Partnership

Computer Science
Machine learning, robotics, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, AI, Internet of things, Artificial Intelelgence
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Computer Science
Secondary Licensure
Math, Mathematics, Physics, Linear Algerbra, CIS, Western, Western Colorado University
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Mechanical Engineering - University of Colorado Partnership

Mechanical Engineering Colorado, Mechanical Engineering Western Colorado University, WCU, Engineering Western Colorado University, WCU Engineering

Important Dates

  • Groundbreaking

    Jul 2018: Groundbreaking

    Ground is broken at the site for a brand new, state-of-the-art Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering building at the gateway to campus.

  • Grand Announcement

    Sep 2018: Grand Announcement

    Bobby Braun, Dean of CU Boulder’s College of Engineering & Applied Science, visits campus to join Western President Greg Salsbury in announcing Paul M. Rady’s historic $80 million gift and the formation of the Western-CU Boulder partnership programs in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering.

  • Construction Underway

    Apr 2019: Construction Underway

    The concrete pours, the crane arrives and the steel starts to fly. Visit the Construction Cam at

  • Inaugural Cohort Reports

    Aug 2019: Inaugural Cohort Reports

    The Western-CU Boulder partnership programs’ inaugural cohort reports for the first day of classes.

  • Opening Day

    Jul 2020: Opening Day

    LEED-certified, 75,000-square-foot Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering building scheduled to open.

  • First Classes

    Aug 2020: First Classes

    First cohort takes first classes in Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering building.

  • Inaugural Transition

    Aug 2021: Inaugural Transition

    First cohort transitions to CU Boulder for the balance of their education, all while remaining on Western’s campus in Gunnison.

  • Inaugural Cohort Graduation

    May 2023: Inaugural Cohort Graduation

    First cohort graduates from Western-CU Boulder partnership programs with a Bachelor of Science degree in either Computer Science or Mechanical Engineering from CU Boulder’s College of Engineering & Applied Science. For more information about the partnership programs, visit