Western State College is a four-year liberal arts college in Gunnison with 2,300 students who give the town a distinctly college flavor. A third of the students are from outside Colorado, and most of them are drawn by small classes at the college and recreational opportunities in the area.
Western State was founded in 1901 as the Colorado State Normal School and opened for classes in 1911 as the first college on Colorado’s Western Slope. The name was changed to Western State College in 1923 as the school expanded from teacher education into the liberal arts and to Western State Colorado University in 2012.
The top majors include business, recreation, biology, environmental studies and outdoor leadership.
At an altitude of 7,700 feet, Western State is the highest elevation four-year college in the country.
Western State College
600 N. Adams St.
Gunnison, CO 81231