Criteria for First-Time Freshmen

Unless otherwise indicated, all freshman applicants are required to submit the following documents in order to complete an application for admission. In some cases, additional information may be required before an admission decision can be rendered. 

All correspondence about undergraduate admissions should be addressed to the Office of Admissions, Western Colorado University, 1 Western Way, Gunnison, CO 81231. All credentials submitted to the Admissions Office become the property of Western Colorado University and will not be returned. 

Application for Admission: All students are encouraged to apply for admission online using the Common Application or at There is a non-refundable application processing fee. 

  1. Official High School Transcripts: All freshman applicants must have their high school submit official transcripts directly to the Admissions Office. Applicants from non-accredited high schools and homeschooled students are considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens and have completed their schooling in countries other than the United States (excluding U.S. overseas schools) should see the section on admission of international students.
  2. ACT or SAT Scores: All freshmen applicants should request that the Student Profile Reports be sent to Western Colorado University (profile codes: ACT-0536, SAT-4946). Western does not require the writing portion of either the ACT or SAT.
  3. Personal Essay: Applicants are asked to write at least a 250-word essay. A student’s essay will help the review committee better understand the applicant as a person through leadership potential, diversity of experience, the depth of participation in extracurricular activities and overall interest in attending Western.
  4. A Letter of Recommendation: A letter from a teacher, school counselor or other person who can attest to the applicant’s personal and professional character and potential to succeed academically at Western.
  5. Completion of High School Classes: The Admissions Office encourages freshman applicants to complete the following secondary school units by high school graduation: (a) four years of English, (b) four years of math, including Algebra I & II and Geometry, (c) three years of natural science (two years lab-based), (d) three years of social science and (e) two years of academic electives, including foreign language.

Fall 2015 Freshman Class Profile

Middle 50% of Enrolled First-Time Freshmen

High School GPA:

2.7 - 3.6

ACT Composite:

17 - 23

GED Applicants: Applicants who have not graduated from high school are considered for admission if they have successfully completed a GED program with an average score of 500 overall and a minimum score of 410 in each subject area. All GED applicants are required to submit their ACT or SAT scores, personal essay and one letter of recommendation.