In the late 19th century, Gunnison was a progressive cattle and mining town establishing itself as a cultural leader on Colorado’s Western Slope. Placed on the leading edge of the American frontier, Gunnison sought to establish educational programs for the citizens of the area. A bill was introduced in 1885 to establish a college; in 1901, that bill was approved by the state legislature.
The Office of Institutional Research performs statistical and analytical studies that support the academic, co-curricular and administrative functions of the University, including compilation and interpretation of information for enrollment analysis, student tracking, assessment, planning, budgeting and evaluation. The Institutional Research office generates and interprets data for individual campus departments, student projects, the Colorado Department of Higher Education and federal offices. Institutional Research personnel develop surveys of alumni, faculty, staff and students to further understanding of perceptions and emerging trends among University constituents.
Career Services will help you assess your strengths and provide you the tools you’ll need to successfully achieve your personal and professional goals. As a Mountaineer, we know that you’re an adventurer, pioneer and entrepreneur–career services staff is here to help you craft your next adventure. To prepare you for a rewarding career in today’s competitive business environment, we offer career preparation resources, alumni and employer networking and assistance with internship placements.
The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards
Western’s on-campus housing was intentionally designed to be inclusive, comfortable and supportive spaces where all students can thrive. Western offers great living options for your time on campus, including traditional residence halls, two-bedroom suites and apartments.
The Leslie J. Savage Library is an integral part of Western State Colorado University. As a state-supported academic library, we serve the needs of students, faculty, staff, and the community by providing information resources, physical space for study and socialization, and specialized services supporting the educational missions of the library and university.
Western’s Student Health & Wellness Office provides resources, education, assessment, formalized trainings, engagement opportunities and peer support to those in need.
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Western Colorado University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
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