Admissions Policies and Procedures

Every applicant to Western receives a holistic application review. The final admission decision is based on the student’s potential for attaining a degree at Western. Applicants are evaluated on a variety of factors, including previous academic achievement, test scores, essay, letter of recommendation, rigor of academic history, leadership potential, diversity of experience and depth of participation in extracurricular activities. 

Academic performance is not the only factor for admission to the university. Western Colorado University recognizes that academic preparation takes many forms, and that students contribute to campus in a variety of ways.  

How to Apply

All students are encouraged to apply for admission online using the Common Application or online at