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Western Colorado University

Gunnison, CO

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  1. Average class size is 17 students
  2. Over 100 areas of study
  3. More than 2 million acres of public land surrounds Western Colorado University

About This Campus

Set at 7700 feet in the cradle of the Rocky Mountains, Western Colorado Universities 228-acre campus is awash in a sea of sage and framed by majestic granite peaks. We are a four-year, liberal arts university offering professional and pre-professional programs of study. Part of the closely-knit Gunnison community, our campus offers spectacular views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks and a high alpine dessert. Our students are never more than minutes from world-class mountain biking, fly-fishing, alpine and nordic skiing, whitewater rafting and kayaking, and backpacking. Western is the oldest Colorado university west of the Continental Divide and is dedicated to providing a high-quality liberal arts education. Western is committed to its community and offers outreach through service-learning projects, field research, and volunteer opportunities.

Location Information

Gunnison is located in western Colorado about 4 hours from Denver. Gunnison has a regional airport with direct flights to Denver, parts of Texas and other locations throughout the year. There is a daily bus service to and from Denver as well. Within the Gunnison valley, students get around via Gunnison’s free bus system. This bus transports residents around Gunnison and up to Crested Butte including Mt. Crested Butte Ski Resort. Students are allowed to have a car on our campus and parking is free.

Helpful Information

Western Colorado University is requiring the COVID-19 vaccination for students --- However, there are medical and non-medical exemptions available.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Gunnison
Population | 6,400
Enrollment | 3,418
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/22-12/15
Spring | 01/9-05/5

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 1%
Black | 4%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 16%
Two or more | 2%
White | 59%
Other | 16%
International | 1%
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RegistrationClosed Programs
Elementary Education, Business Administration - Energy Management, CU Boulder - Western Partnership Programs and Art. Environmental Studies and Biology classes are very difficult to get in to.

Registration is limited in music courses and an audition is required for upper division music courses. Students must meet Western's prerequisites to take classes from the Biology Department. Western does NOT facilitate internships for credit.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Outdoor Education
  • Geology - Petroleum Geology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Business Administration

RA Exchange: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Actuarial Science, Anthropology... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/21/22

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $6936.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18 ($361.00 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 18 ($361.00 per additional hour)

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $100.00 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Housing Deposit $250.00 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Activity Fee $20.00 Year Host & Home Optional
Recreation Fee $200.00 Year Home Optional
Orientation Fee $50.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Recycling Fee $30.00 Year Plan A & B Optional
Business Administration course Fee $45.00 Credit Hour Host & Home Mandatory
Economics course Fee $45.00 Credit Hour Host & Home Mandatory
Renewable Energy Fee $30.00 Year Host & Home Optional

Important Notes: To take course from the School of Business (Business Administration, Accounting or Economics courses) there is an additional fee of $45.00 per credit hour for the 2022 - 2023 school year subject to change for following years. Some natural science laboratory courses may have additional fees. All additional fees are mandatory for both Plan A and B students. **Optional fees include Mountaineer Field House ($200), Renewable Energy ($30) and Scholarly Activity ($20). For information about waiving these fees, email cashier@western.edu.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/21/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 50% living on campus
  • Suite: $5304 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 10
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 10
  • Maximum unrestricted housing reserved: 10
Notes About Housing
The sooner you complete a housing application the more likely you will be able to get a campus apartment. If the apartments are full, you will be assigned to a suite-style residence. The mandatory on campus living requirement may only be appealed through the NSE Coordinator for rare and/or extreme circumstances.

Meal Plans

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $872.90 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
See our website for additional meal plan options through Rare Air Café. All plans include flex dollars that can be spent at Mad Jack's Café.


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/21/22

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.


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