Western State Colorado University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$6,624
4.94% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$16,790
After Financial Aid
2017 Acceptance Rate
86%
1,954 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
2,814
74.6% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
41%
177 Graduates

About

Western State Colorado University is a higher education institution located in Gunnison County, CO. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Western State Colorado University were General Business Administration & Management (90 degrees awarded), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (47 degrees), and General Psychology (44 degrees).

In 2017, 551 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western State Colorado University. 46.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 53.9% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (430 degrees), 9.15 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (47 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western State Colorado University is $6,624, which is $-14,109 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Western State Colorado University is $6,624, which is $-14,109 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,790.

In 2017, 66% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 44% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$6,624
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Western State Colorado University was $6,624. The cost of tuition at Western State Colorado University is $-14,109 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$16,790
2017 Value
6.4%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Western State Colorado University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,790. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Western State Colorado University grew by 6.4%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,570
Room and Board
$1,300
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western State Colorado University was of $9,570 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,300. The cost of room and board increased by 1.21% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

66%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
44%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

66% of undergraduate students at Western State Colorado University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 1.54% with respect to 2016, when 65% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Admissions

Western State Colorado University received 1,954 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 10.8% annual decline. Out of those 1,954 applicants, 1,680 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 86% acceptance rate.

There were 2,814 students enrolled at Western State Colorado University in 2017, and 19% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Western State Colorado University has an overall enrollment yield of 26.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

86%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
1,680
Accepted Out of 1,954

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Western State Colorado University was 86% (1,680 admissions from 1,954 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 91.9%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -10.8%, while admissions declined by -16.5%.

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SAT Scores

19%
Submission Percentage
87
Scores Submitted

19% of enrolled first-time students at Western State Colorado University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Western State Colorado University has a total enrollment of 2,814 students. The full-time enrollment at Western State Colorado University is 2,098 students and the part-time enrollment is 716. This means that 74.6% of students enrolled at Western State Colorado University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western State Colorado University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 70.1% White, 12.2% Hispanic or Latino, 3.73% Two or More Races, 2.56% Black or African American, 0.853% Asian, 0.853% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.284% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western State Colorado University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (41.5%), followed by White Female (29.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (5.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (45.1%), followed by White Male (28.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.77%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

74.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western State Colorado University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,814 students. The full-time enrollment at Western State Colorado University is 2,098 and the part-time enrollment is 716. This means that 74.6% of students enrolled at Western State Colorado University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

64%
2017 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 State Colorado University was 64%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Western State 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
    1,972
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    344
  3. Two or More Races
    105

The enrolled student population at Western State Colorado University is 70.1% White, 12.2% Hispanic or Latino, 3.73% Two or More Races, 2.56% Black or African American, 0.853% Asian, 0.853% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.284% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 252 students (8.96%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 43 fewer women than men received degrees from Western State Colorado University. The majority of degree recipients at Western State Colorado University are white (430 degrees awarded). There were 9.15 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (47 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western State Colorado University is General Business Administration & Management (90 degrees awarded), followed by Kinesiology & Exercise Science (47 degrees) and General Psychology (44 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Western State Colorado University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Natural Resources & Conservation (52 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (67 degrees), and Physical Sciences (28 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western State Colorado University are Elementary & middle school teachers (237,177 people), Postsecondary teachers (198,714 people), Other managers (178,299 people), Secondary school teachers (97,953 people), and Physicians (93,858 people).

The most specialized majors at Western State Colorado University are Natural Resources & Conservation (52 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (67 degrees), Physical Sciences (28 degrees), Math & Statistics (16 degrees), and English (20 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 State Colorado University are Surgeons, Electrical & electronics engineers, Chemists & materials scientists, Dentists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Western State Colorado University are Natural Resources & Conservation (52 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (67 degrees), Physical Sciences (28 degrees), Math & Statistics (16 degrees), and English (20 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western State Colorado University are Elementary & secondary schools (437,650 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (369,444 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (174,445 people), Computer Systems Design (164,406 people), and Management, scientific & technical consulting services (94,155 people).

The most specialized majors at Western State Colorado University are Natural Resources & Conservation (52 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (67 degrees), Physical Sciences (28 degrees), Math & Statistics (16 degrees), and English (20 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 State Colorado University.
Most Common
  1. 90 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 47 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 44 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western State Colorado University was General Business Administration & Management with 90 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 297
  2. 254

In 2017, 297 degrees were awarded to men at Western State Colorado University, which is 1.17 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (254).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 65 degrees were awarded to men at Western State Colorado University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.6 times more than the 25 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 32 degrees were awarded to women at Western State Colorado University in General Education, which is 3.2 times more than the 10 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

19%
100% Completion Time
43%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 19% of students graduating from Western State Colorado University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 43% 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 State Colorado University is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 6.21% of graduates (11 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    430 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    47 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    41 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western State Colorado University is white (430 degrees awarded). There were 9.15 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (47 degrees).

8.53% of degree recipients (47 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

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

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Western State Colorado University is white male (228 degrees awarded). There were 1.13 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (202 degrees).

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Operations

Western State Colorado University has an endowment valued at nearly $15.4M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $84.9k (0.551%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Western State Colorado University had a total salary expenditure of $62M. Western State Colorado University employs 44 Lecturers, 44 Professors, and 25 Assistant professors. Most academics at Western State Colorado University are Male Professors (28), Female Lecturers(23), and Male Lecturers (21).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western State Colorado University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 45 employees, Service, with 35 employees, and Management with 30 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$15.4M
2017 Endowment
2.93%
growth from 2016

Western State Colorado University has an endowment valued at about $15.4M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Western State Colorado University grew 2.93% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $17.7M 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. $620k - Federal
  2. $1.63M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Western State Colorado University received $620k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.63M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$19.1M
2017 Salaries
6.02%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Western State Colorado University paid a median of $19.1M in salaries, which represents 30.8% of their overall expenditure ($62M) and a 6.02% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.71% decline from 2015 and a 5.64% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$7.57M
Instructional Salaries
129
Number of Employees

In 2017, Western State Colorado University paid a total of $7.57M to 129 employees working as instructors, which represents 39.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.62M (33.5%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Small Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

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

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western State Colorado University were Lecturer with 44 employees; Professor with 44 employees; and Professor with 25 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western State Colorado University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 45 employees; Service with 35 employees; and Management with 30 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western State Colorado University was Male Professor with 28 employees, Female Lecturer with 23 employees, and Male Lecturer with 21 employees.

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

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