Gunnison, CO

School Details


Western State Colorado University, located on a 350 acre rural campus in Gunnison, Colorado, is a four-year public liberal arts university that was founded in 1901. The school was originally known as the Colorado State Normal School for Children, and the name changed to Western State College in 1923, as a result of its role expanding from a teaching institution to a liberal arts college. Western State College was the first designated liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River. The school’s name changed from Western State College of Colorado to Western State Colorado University in 2012. Western State Colorado University states a mission that promotes “intellectual maturity and personal growth in its students, graduates citizens prepared to assume constructive roles in local, national, and global communities”. Furthermore, WSCU emphasizes instruction in a “solid foundation of skills in written and spoken communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity”.

WCSU offers bachelor's and master’s degrees through the following academic departments:

  • Art Department
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences (BSS) Department
  • School of Business
  • Communication, Arts, Language & Literature (CALL) Department
  • Music Department
  • Natural & Environmental Sciences (NES) Department
  • Education Department
  • Math & Computer Science (MCS) Department
  • Exercise & Sport Science & Recreation & Outdoor Education (ESS/ROE) Department
  • Environment & Sustainability Department

Accreditation & Licensing

Western State Colorado University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

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