Western Colorado University

Public, Four-years School Located in Gunnison, CO

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How much is the Western Colorado tuition? For the academic year 2022-2023, Western Colorado's tuition & fees is $10,813 for Colorado residents and $22,837 for out-of-state students based on the NCES data.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $25,635 for Colorado residents and $37,659 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

Western Colorado Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Colorado Residents Tuition & Fees$10,813
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$22,837
Books & Supplies Costs$1,350
On-campus Room & Board$10,286
On-campus Expenses$3,186
Off-campus Room & Board$12,411
Off-campus Expenses$3,186
2023-2024 Estimates
Colorado Residents Tuition & Fees$10,966
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$23,235

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Western Colorado for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $95,396 at Western Colorado. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $152,775. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $111,692.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$23,235$37,047$27,041
Sophomore (2024-25)$23,640$37,801$27,620
Junior (2025-26)$24,051$38,571$28,213
Senior (2026-27)$24,470$39,356$28,818
4 Years Total$95,396$152,775$111,692
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$23,640$37,801$27,620
Sophomore (2025-26)$24,051$38,571$28,213
Junior (2026-27)$24,470$39,356$28,818
Senior (2027-28)$24,897$40,159$29,437
4 Years Total$97,058$155,887$114,088
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$24,051$38,571$28,213
Sophomore (2026-27)$24,470$39,356$28,818
Junior (2027-28)$24,897$40,159$29,437
Senior (2028-29)$25,330$40,978$30,069
4 Years Total$98,748$159,064$116,537
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$24,470$39,356$28,818
Sophomore (2027-28)$24,897$40,159$29,437
Junior (2028-29)$25,330$40,978$30,069
Senior (2029-30)$25,772$41,815$30,716
4 Years Total$100,469$162,308$119,040
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$24,897$40,159$29,437
Sophomore (2028-29)$25,330$40,978$30,069
Junior (2029-30)$25,772$41,815$30,716
Senior (2030-31)$26,220$42,669$31,377
4 Years Total$102,219$165,620$121,599

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Western Colorado' tuition is higher than the average tuition of $12,740. Compared to public, four-years colleges in Colorado, its tuition is slightly higher than the average tuition of $16,324.
Western Colorado University$10,813$22,837
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,259
Public Schools$7,023$12,740
Private Schools$20,449
Colorado Four-years Colleges$17,257
Public Schools$7,075$16,324
Private Schools$17,622

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Western Colorado and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Western Colorado UniversityGunnison, CO$10,813$22,837
Keene State CollegeKeene, NH$14,638$25,547
University of Wisconsin-StoutMenomonie, WI$9,663$17,930
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoSan Luis Obispo, CA$10,319$28,229
University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterWhitewater, WI$7,864$17,039
California State University-Monterey BaySeaside, CA$7,323$19,203
California State University-BakersfieldBakersfield, CA$7,637$19,517
Truman State UniversityKirksville, MO$9,014$17,036
University of Hawaii at HiloHilo, HI$7,838$20,798
University of Northern IowaCedar Falls, IA$9,411$20,565
Delaware State UniversityDover, DE$8,358$18,280

Financial Aid and COA

At Western Colorado University, 1,551 students (48%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $9,835.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Western Colorado is $27,824 for students living on-campus and $29,949 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 427 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $9,189 and the average amount of student loans is $6,052.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
Colorado ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$25,635$37,659
COA (off-campus)$27,760$39,784
Tuition & Fees$10,813$22,837
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$14,822$14,822
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$16,947$16,947
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$15,800$27,824
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$17,925$29,949
Average Financial Aid$9,835$9,835
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship1,55148%$9,835
Pell Grants45914%$4,445
Federal Student Loan78324%$7,748
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid42794%-
Grants or Scholarships41691%$9,189
Federal Grants39787%$2,773
Pell Grants12728%$4,616
Other Federal Grants39787%$1,296
State/Local Grants10724%$3,253
Institutional Grants38284%$6,214
Student Loan Aid22249%$6,052
Federal Student Loans20946%$4,678
Other Student Loans255%$14,632
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level168161$9,658
110,001 or more4640$4,580

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Western Colorado's acceptance rate is 90.87%. A total of 3,243 applicants applied to and 2,947 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 456 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 15.47%.
To apply to Western Colorado, 1 items are required - TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
Acceptance Rate90.87%91.31%90.42%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)15.47%16.77%14.13%
Secondary school GPAConsidered But Not Required
Secondary school rankConsidered But Not Required
Secondary school recordConsidered But Not Required
Completion of college-preparatory programConsidered But Not Required
RecommendationsConsidered But Not Required
Formal demonstration of competenciesConsidered But Not Required
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to Western Colorado. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,135 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 24.
Its SAT score is similar to the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is similar to the national average score of 24.
SAT Total1,1351,0401,230
National Average1,168
Colorado Average1,163
SAT EBRW580530630
SAT Math555510600
ACT Composite242126
National Average24
Colorado Average25
ACT Math232026
ACT English232125

Student Population

Western Colorado University has a total of 3,548 students including 3,095 undergraduate and 453 graduate students. By gender, there are 1,805 male students and 1,884 female students attending Western Colorado. The school offers online degree programs and 890 students enrolled online exclusively (25.08% of all students).
Total3,689 1,8051,884
Undergraduate3,241 1,6651,576
Graduate448 140308

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address1 Western Way, Gunnison, CO
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered34 Programs
Online Program Offered4 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered8 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate91.85%
Student Population3,548
Graduation Rate47%
Transfer-out Rate18%
Retention Rate77%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate16 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties136 (Full-time), 40 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs332 (Full-time), 55 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$62,572
Average Staff Salary$53,451