Welcome From Greg Salsbury and Board of Trustees

Western Colorado University delivers career preparation, engineering, computer science and a liberal arts curriculum to 2,900 intellectually adventurous students in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Our university’s small size, unique setting and low-cost ensure students receive personalized attention, gain hands-on experience and graduate without taking on excessive debt.

We are proud to serve our state and country by preparing our students to contribute meaningful work in communities across Colorado and beyond. From cybersecurity experts to social workers and teachers, Western Colorado University graduates play major roles in their fields. 

Spring 2019 Data

Institutional Profile

Opened: 1911
Located in: Gunnison, Colorado
President: Greg Salsbury, Ph.D.
Enrollment: 3,039
Instructional Faculty: 166
Average class size: 18

Acceptance rate: 89%
Retention rate: 69%
Graduation rate: 48%
Alumni: approx. 28,000
Mascot: Mad Jack the Mountaineer
Colors: Crimson and Slate


Student Profile

Total university enrollment



Male: 53%
Female: 47%
Colorado Resident: 69%
Non-Resident: 31%

States represented: 50
Countries represented: 10
NCAA Athletes: 11%
Pell Grant: 19%

Ethnic Diversity

White: 71%
Hispanic: 11%
Unknown: 9%
Multi-Race: 4%
Black or African American: 3%

Asian: 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: <1%
Non-Resident Alien: 1%

Financial Aid

of students are considered for merit aid

of students receive aid


below national average of student loan default rate


Diversity is a core value at Western Colorado University, as it's central to education. We know people of different backgrounds bring various experiences and perspectives to the classroom and community. We strive to foster a respectful, welcoming learning and social environment.

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Both the Board of Trustees and President Greg Salsbury endorsed the above Statement on Diversity and Inclusion authored and adopted by the Faculty Senate. 

Top adventure college 2017

Best college study abroad programs 2017


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Colleges of Distinction Public School Badge 2019-2020

Princeton Review Guide to Green Schools Badge



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Western Colorado University fulfills its statutory mission by promoting intellectual maturity and personal growth in its students, and graduates citizens prepared to assume constructive roles in local, national and global communities. Western Colorado University helps its students develop the skills and commitments needed to continue learning throughout their lives and strives to elucidate the connections unifying academic domains, which have traditionally existed separately: the sciences, liberal arts and professional programs.

The University provides students with a solid foundation of skills in written and spoken communication, problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. Our programs encourage a breadth and depth of knowledge to serve as a foundation for a professional career or graduate study, and an appreciation of values appropriate to a liberally educated individual.

Western Colorado University's distinctive character emerges from its unity among academic and professional disciplines, its high standards of scholarship and its unique environment in the mountains of Western Colorado.