Western Colorado University

Discover Immersive Education

Western Colorado University, located just blocks from downtown Gunnison, anchors the valley’s academic presence.

Western students have access to a truly outstanding education and also access to all of the amazing recreation we have in the Gunnison Valley as well.

outside meeting at icelab

Creating Leaders In Our Community

Western Colorado University prepares its 2,900 intellectually adventurous students to thrive professionally through a combination of more than 100 cutting-edge programs, a traditional liberal arts curricula and immersive real-world experiences. Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, our university’s unique setting, small size and low-cost ensure that you’ll receive a personalized education, gain practical experience in your field and graduate without taking on excessive debt.
-From the WCU Website

icelab lounge


Located at Western Colorado University

Western Colorado University is home to the ICELab (Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship Lab), an organization devoted to diversifying the Valley’s economy and helping small businesses succeed. The ICELab offers coworking and office space, professional development opportunities, and a network of mentors. It also includes private office spaces, conference rooms, and a fantastic coffee-shop. It’s location in Escalante Terrace on the Western Colorado University campus makes the ICELab an ideal fusion point for the business community, the University, and the students.

Community Events and Classes

Along with an infusion of students to the valley come intellectual initiatives. Faculty, staff, and student groups bring visiting speakers, filmmakers, poets, scientists, and politicians to campus. That’s on top of concerts and movie screenings. Many of the events are free and open to the public. Community members can tap into Western’s academic offerings as well by signing up for courses or enrolling in extended studies. 

The university’s state-of-the-art Field House is also available for community use. The facility includes an indoor track, cardio, and weight room, an aquatics center, spin studio, climbing wall, and more.

Connect with Western Colorado University

To learn more about Western, visit its websiteFacebookInstagram or Twitter. To check out upcoming events, visit the university calendar.


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