Western Colorado University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$6,624
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$17,328
After Financial Aid
2019 Acceptance Rate
84.1%
2,504 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
3,487
59.1% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
48%
216 Graduates

About

Western Colorado University is a higher education institution located in Gunnison County, CO. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Western Colorado University were General Business Administration & Management (102 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (49 degrees), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (45 degrees).

In 2019, 564 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Colorado University. 48.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 51.8% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (423 degrees), 7.98 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (53 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Colorado University is $6,624, which is $-15,402 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Colorado University is $6,624, which is $-15,402 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $17,328.

In 2019, 71% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 40% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$6,624
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Western Colorado University was $6,624. The cost of tuition at Western Colorado University is $-15,402 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$17,328
2019 Value
0.569%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Western Colorado University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,328. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Western Colorado University grew by 0.569%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,591
Room and Board
$1,300
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western Colorado University was of $10,591 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,300. The cost of room and board increased by 6.56% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

71%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
40%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

71% of undergraduate students at Western Colorado University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2018, when 71% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Admissions

Western Colorado University received 2,504 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 26.8% annual growth. Out of those 2,504 applicants, 2,107 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 84.1% acceptance rate.

There were 3,487 students enrolled at Western Colorado University in 2019, and 85% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Western Colorado University has an overall enrollment yield of 21.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

84.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
2,107
Accepted Out of 2,504

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Western Colorado University was 84.1% (2,107 admissions from 2,504 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 88.9%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 26.8%, while admissions grew by 20%.

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SAT Scores

85%
Submission Percentage
386
Scores Submitted

85% of enrolled first-time students at Western Colorado University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Western Colorado University has a total enrollment of 3,487 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Colorado University is 2,062 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,425. This means that 59.1% of students enrolled at Western Colorado University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Colorado University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 60.4% White, 17.1% Hispanic or Latino, 4.39% Black or African American, 2.61% Two or More Races, 0.889% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, 0.545% Asian, and 0.488% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Western Colorado University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (39.9%), followed by White Female (29.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (6.15%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (51.8%), followed by White Male (34.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.58%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

59.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Colorado University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,487 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Colorado University is 2,062 and the part-time enrollment is 1,425. This means that 59.1% of students enrolled at Western Colorado University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

65%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Western Colorado University was 65%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Western Colorado University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,107
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    598
  3. Black or African American
    153

The enrolled student population at Western Colorado University is 60.4% White, 17.1% Hispanic or Latino, 4.39% Black or African American, 2.61% Two or More Races, 0.889% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, 0.545% Asian, and 0.488% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 458 students (13.1%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 20 fewer women than men received degrees from Western Colorado University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Western Colorado University is white (423 degrees awarded). There were 7.98 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (53 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Colorado University is General Business Administration & Management (102 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (49 degrees) and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (45 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Western Colorado University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Natural Resources & Conservation (60 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (85 degrees), and English (25 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Colorado University are Physicians (468,798 people), Postsecondary teachers (248,222 people), Other managers (237,989 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (174,891 people), and Secondary school teachers (163,769 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Colorado University are Natural Resources & Conservation (60 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (85 degrees), English (25 degrees), Physical Sciences (18 degrees), and Biology (54 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Colorado University are Surgeons, Physicians, Actuaries, Advertising sales agents, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Western Colorado University are Natural Resources & Conservation (60 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (85 degrees), English (25 degrees), Physical Sciences (18 degrees), and Biology (54 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Colorado University are Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (557,960 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (557,512 people), Elementary & secondary schools (467,257 people), Offices of physicians (247,351 people), and Scientific research & development services (190,736 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Colorado University are Natural Resources & Conservation (60 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (85 degrees), English (25 degrees), Physical Sciences (18 degrees), and Biology (54 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Western Colorado University.
Most Common
  1. 102 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 49 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 45 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Colorado University was General Business Administration & Management with 102 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

292
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
272
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 292 degrees were awarded to men at Western Colorado University, which is 1.07 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (272).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 65 degrees were awarded to men at Western Colorado University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.76 times more than the 37 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 37 degrees were awarded to women at Western Colorado University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.569 times less than the 65 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

21%
100% Completion Time
41%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 21% of students graduating from Western Colorado University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 41% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 44% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Western Colorado University is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 7.87% of graduates (17 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    423 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    53 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    38 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Colorado University is white (423 degrees awarded). There were 7.98 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (53 degrees).

6.74% of degree recipients (38 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Male
    221 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    202 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    30 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Western Colorado University is white male (221 degrees awarded). There were 1.09 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (202 degrees).

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Operations

Western Colorado University has an endowment valued at nearly $18.4M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $778k (4.22%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Western Colorado University had a total salary expenditure of $57.5M. Western Colorado University employs 45 Professors, 43 Lecturers, and 25 Assistant professors. Most academics at Western Colorado University are Male Professors (29), Male Lecturers(22), and Female Lecturers (21).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Colorado University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 49 employees, Service, with 35 employees, and Management with 29 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$18.4M
2019 Endowment
5.54%
growth from 2018

Western Colorado University has an endowment valued at about $18.4M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Western Colorado University grew 5.54% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $20M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $854k - Federal
  2. $1.59M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Western Colorado University received $854k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.59M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$20.7M
2019 Salaries
3.79%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Western Colorado University paid a median of $20.7M in salaries, which represents 36% of their overall expenditure ($57.5M) and a 3.79% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.38% growth from 2017 and a 6.02% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$7.74M
Instructional Salaries
127
Number of Employees

In 2019, Western Colorado University paid a total of $7.74M to 127 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
45 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
49 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Colorado University were Professor with 45 employees; Lecturer with 43 employees; and Lecturer with 25 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Colorado University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 49 employees; Service with 35 employees; and Management with 29 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Lecturer
  3. Female Lecturer

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Colorado University was Male Professor with 29 employees, Male Lecturer with 22 employees, and Female Lecturer with 21 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Western Colorado University.

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