Admissions Policies and Procedures

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

Academic performance is not the sole criterion of admission to the university. Western Colorado University recognizes that academic preparation may take several 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