Western State Colorado University

Western State Colorado University (Western) is a public university located in Gunnison, Colorado, USA. Western offers master's programs in a wide range of disciplines through School of Graduate Studies.
  • Average Tuition USD 18,900
  • Acceptance Rate 93%
  • Students 2,539
  • International Students 0.4%
  • Total Annual Cost USD 31,624
  • Campus Setting Residential

School Description

Western State Colorado University (Western) offers master's degree programs in a wide range of disciplines including Arts, Education, Exercise and Sports Science, Recreation and Outdoor Education, and Fine Arts. Western provides academic assistance through The Academic Resource Center (ARC) which provides resources for intellectual and personal growth. Western incorporates student-focused culture with smaller class sizes enabling personalized attention to students. Western alumni have made remarkable achievements in innumerable fields including business, politics, and sports. Some of the notable alumni include Shane Carwin, a wrestler and a former mixed martial artist who won the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship, Dan Gibbs, a Colorado Legislator, and Paul Rady, Chairman, and CEO of Antero Resources.
  • 01Western offers on-campus employment opportunities to international students through its Institutional Work-Study program.
  • 02The LEAD Office at Western provides career and employment support services by listing jobs, offered by employers both on-campus and off-campus.
  • 03Internships and place-based learning are offered to students as a part of master's programs.

Master Programs

  • 600 North Adams Street, Gunnison, CO 81231, United States

    Creative Writing

    USD 18,900 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts of Communication. The program offers courses that focus on public relations, connectivity and culture, multimedia, digital analytics, communication law and ethics, creative writing, and media design.

  • 600 North Adams Street, Gunnison, CO 81231, United States

    Education

    USD 11,950 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the concepts of Education. The program offers courses that focus on the study of research, and administrative and support services related to learning and teaching.

  • 600 North Adams Street, Gunnison, CO 81231, United States

    Environmental Management

    USD 17,250 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Environmental Studies. The program offers courses that focus on renewable and non-renewable resources, ecosystems, pollution, and biodiversity.

  • 600 North Adams Street, Gunnison, CO 81231, United States

    Exercise and Sport Science

    USD 17,250 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Sports. The program offers courses that focus on sport specific skill development; sport specific strength training; cardiovascular conditioning; agility work; speed training; and flexibility exercises.

  • 600 North Adams Street, Gunnison, CO 81231, United States

    Gallery Management and Exhibit Specialization

    USD 18,900 Tuition Fee

    This program offers a wide range of courses that focus on the study of art history; art theory and criticism; performing arts; 2D art; 3D art; digital art; photography, and architectural modelmaking.

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    Forbes (USA) 524

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.80
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 79
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
  • Minimum ACT 19

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    Financial Aid & Scholarship

    The University spends $8,000-$10,000 annually on merit-based scholarships to international students. Factors such as GPA, ACT and SAT scores are considered for granting scholarships to international students upon acceptance.

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    Other Information

    Established in 1901

    Other

    -Western State Colorado University encourages mountain sports owing to rocky mountainous campus location and has a Mountain Sports team called Mountaineers. -A fair majority of Western alumni work in corporate giants such as FedEx, Fiji Water, ConocoPhillips, and Red Bull.

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          • Testimony
            1972-1977, Bachelor of Arts degree

            Real education in a real setting

            I knew all my professors and they knew me- I even knew several professors from which I never took a class. Class size was significantly smaller and the interest in teaching was evident by the care and preparation of the professors- they were there to teach because it is a great location and educational format. The town was also very supportive. By far, it was the best educational experience for me with classes that ranged from eight to 60 students. I had an experience in town at the grocery store when one of my professors checked in with me to make sure I 'got it' that day (it was obvious to him I did not)- he wrote it out on a box of Cheerios and then had to buy that cereal. That pretty much summed up the caring nature of the staff and school. It was money well spent that benefits me even after working for over 35 years. ...and I certainly learned a ton about skiing, hunting, fishing and being self sufficient- also quite handy even after over 35 years!

          • Testimony
            1991-1995, Bachelors of Arts

            Great experience in a beautiful location!

            Western was a great college for me, in that, I didn't feel like a number, the professors knew my name, we could ask questions directly, and it was up to me to learn or not. I loved the outdoor recreation and beauty in Gunnison/Crested Butte which helped balance school stress:) I highly recommend Western!

          • Testimony
            1991-1995, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

            Great education in a great location.

            I began my teaching career thoroughly prepared because of my education at Western State. The foundation I received there helped me become an educational leader and played into my future success as I continued my education.