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 2023-2024, Western Colorado's tuition & fees is $11,083 for Colorado residents and $23,683 for out-of-state students.
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 $25,905 for Colorado residents and $38,505 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

Western Colorado Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Colorado Residents Tuition & Fees$11,083
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$23,683
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$11,521
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$24,988

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 $103,836 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 $161,215. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $118,095.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$24,560$38,373$28,173
Sophomore (2024-25)$25,470$39,632$29,054
Junior (2025-26)$26,414$40,933$29,964
Senior (2026-27)$27,392$42,278$30,903
4 Years Total$103,836$161,215$118,095
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$25,470$39,632$29,054
Sophomore (2025-26)$26,414$40,933$29,964
Junior (2026-27)$27,392$42,278$30,903
Senior (2027-28)$28,407$43,669$31,872
4 Years Total$107,683$166,512$121,794
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$26,414$40,933$29,964
Sophomore (2026-27)$27,392$42,278$30,903
Junior (2027-28)$28,407$43,669$31,872
Senior (2028-29)$29,459$45,107$32,873
4 Years Total$111,672$171,987$125,612
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$27,392$42,278$30,903
Sophomore (2027-28)$28,407$43,669$31,872
Junior (2028-29)$29,459$45,107$32,873
Senior (2029-30)$30,551$46,594$33,907
4 Years Total$115,809$177,648$129,555
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$28,407$43,669$31,872
Sophomore (2028-29)$29,459$45,107$32,873
Junior (2029-30)$30,551$46,594$33,907
Senior (2030-31)$31,682$48,131$34,974
4 Years Total$120,099$183,501$133,626

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Western Colorado' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, four-years colleges in Colorado, its tuition is slightly higher than the average tuition of $17,007.
In-StateOut-of-State
Western Colorado University$11,083$23,683
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Colorado Four-years Colleges$17,826
Public Schools$7,400$17,007
Private Schools$18,146

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.
LocationIn-StateOut-of-State
Western Colorado UniversityGunnison, CO$11,083$23,683
Fort Hays State UniversityHays, KS$5,633$16,811
CUNY Bernard M Baruch CollegeNew York, NY$7,464$15,414
Lincoln UniversityJefferson City, MO$9,290$16,882
Northwest Missouri State UniversityMaryville, MO$10,181$16,623
Fashion Institute of TechnologyNew York, NY$6,170$16,750
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaWest Chester, PA$10,687$22,511
University of Wisconsin-River FallsRiver Falls, WI$8,606$16,887
California University of PennsylvaniaCalifornia, PA$11,108$15,726
Adams State UniversityAlamosa, CO$9,776$21,848
SUNY Maritime CollegeThroggs Neck, NY$8,540$18,450

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 $28,670 for students living on-campus and $30,795 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)$25,905$38,505
COA (off-campus)$28,030$40,630
Tuition & Fees$11,083$23,683
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$14,822$14,822
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$16,947$16,947
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$16,070$28,670
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$18,195$30,795
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
0-30,0003333$13,798
30,001-48,0002424$14,312
48,001-75,0003434$11,828
75,001-110,0003130$6,803
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.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants3,2431,646$1,597
Admitted2,9471,503$1,444
Enrolled456252$204
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.
Average25th75th
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).
TotalMaleFemale
Total3,689 1,8051,884
Undergraduate3,241 1,6651,576
Graduate448 140308

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address1 Western Way, Gunnison, CO
Phone970-943-2119
WEBwww.western.edu/
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered34 Programs
Online Program Offered4 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered8 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate91.85%
Yield15.34%
Student Population3,548
Graduation Rate46%
Transfer-out Rate17%
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