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Western State College of Colorado: Narrative Description


600 North Adams St.
Gunnison, CO 81231
Tel: (970)943-0120
Free: 800-876-5309
Admissions: (970)943-2119
Fax: (970)943-7069
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1901. Setting: 381-acre small town campus. Endowment: $9.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $92,860. Educational spending 2003-04: $3016 per student. Total enrollment: 2,270. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 1,586 applied, 85% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 21% from top quarter, 52% from top half. 3 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,072 students, 40% women, 60% men. Part-time: 198 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 25% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 13% 25 or older, 41% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 58% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; parks and recreation; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at State Colleges of Colorado, National Student Exchange. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.5 high school GPA. Required for some: essay, 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: 11/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $1980 full-time, $90 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9966 full-time, $453 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $781 full-time, $33.35 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $6705. College room only: $3665. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 110 open to all; national fraternities, local fraternities, local sororities. Most popular organizations: Mountain Search and Rescue Team, Student Government Association, Rodeo Club, wilderness pursuits, Peak Productions. Major annual events: Earth Day, Homecoming, Family Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,200 college housing spaces available; 1,000 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Savage Library with 158,698 books, 1.2 million microform titles, 719 serials, 1,539 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $572,911. 175 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Gunnison is a community with a population of about 7,000. Western State students are welcome to participate in all kinds of cultural, political, recreational, and religious activities offered by the community. The summer climate and the natural beauties of the region annually attract millions of tourists. Winter sports enthusiasts enjoy excellent skiing at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Monarch Ski Area and ice fishing on Colorado's Blue Mesa Reservoir, which is located just 9 miles from the campus.

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