Western Colorado University

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Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Western Colorado University is a small, public liberal arts college that prepares students in engineering, computer science, and the liberal arts. It offers more than 100 academic programs, including an accelerated degree program that allows students to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years.

  • It was the first university in the state to introduce a liberal arts-based curriculum. 
  • Financial aid is given to 71% of students. Students who don’t qualify for merit scholarships may qualify for the Tuition Discount Program, where they may be charged reduced tuition based on their residency. 
  • Lauren Kleppin, one of the fastest marathon runners in the US, and former mountain biking champion David Wiens, both went to Western. More than 20 Olympians studied at the university.