If you're seeking an education in a top location, look no further than Western State Colorado University. Founded in 1901 amidst the majestic Rocky mountains of the US, this liberal arts university is home to over 2300 students.


Western hosts international students from more than 15 countries. Here are some of the top reasons they choose Western State Colorado University:

Well Ranked Western US School

Western State Colorado University is ranked in Forbes "America's Top Colleges" list, earning a spot in the "Top 100 Colleges in the West" in 2013 and 2014. Western was also included in Business Insider's America's Smartest Colleges, Washington Monthly's Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, and ESPN’s Top 10 Best Colleges in the U.S. for Skiers.

Popular Programs in Environmental Sciences and Sport Science

Western features one of only 10 undergraduate Petroleum Geology programs in the US, one of eight Professional Land & Resource Management programs and a Master’s in Environmental Management. The University also has programs in Exercise & Sport Science, Recreation & Outdoor Education, Art, Education, Environment & Sustainability and Biology. Exercise & Sport Science students conduct research on athletic performance in Western’s High Altitude Performance Laboratory, in the University’s 119,000-square-foot Mountaineer Field House complex.


Undergraduate Focus

Most of the University’s programs are focused on an undergraduate education, although there are a handful of graduate programs. An undergraduate-centric institution pools more resources, time and effort into helping high school graduates succeed in college. Students can choose from a wide variety of majors that range from accounting to sociology, environmental science to history. The University also provides a variety of academic support services to help students at any point in their career from advising incoming freshmen, support in choosing a major, building a resume, job search skills, as well as providing job fairs and graduate school information.

Small Classroom Sizes

Western's classrooms average about 17 students to a class, which means professors get to know every student and provide personal guidance and support. A majority of Western’s professors have the highest degree in their profession, which means you get high-quality instruction directly from your professor, as opposed to teaching assistants. This also gives you the chance to build personal relationships with your professors, learn about research opportunities, get recommendations, find internships and much more.


Scenic Location and The Great Outdoors

Western is located in Gunnison, Colorado, within an hour's drive of two ski resorts, and is close to the Blue Mesa Reservoir — Colorado's largest body of water. This is the perfect place for winter and summer sports, from skiing and snowboarding to hiking and biking. The University also offers a Wilderness Pursuits extracurricular program, which provides low cost gear rental, Wilderness Based Orientation, and free trainings. Thanks to its location and facilities, Western attracts athletically-oriented students, and has sent 22 students and alumni to the Olympic Games. Gunnison’s airport is 10 minutes away from campus, and the city provides plenty of fun activities ranging from a live music and a summer concert series to farmers markets and a wide range of restaurants.

Over 50 Student Clubs and Organizations

Whether you're interested in student government, community service, environmental preservation or creative expression, Western has something for you. The University has over 50 clubs, which include professional societies where you can present a paper or connect with professionals, a student radio station, the multicultural student center, and the Student Government Association.


If you love the outdoors and want to get a top-notch education, Western State Colorado University may be the perfect place for you. Check out the school’s profile on SchoolApply online today.