No mention of Gunnison would be complete without talking about Western. Established in 1901, Western Colorado University is a public, liberal arts university with a private-college feel, offering an education of value. Western students come to Gunnison from across the U.S. to receive an outstanding educational experience.
Programs include fine arts, natural sciences, business administration, recreation and outdoor education, environmental studies, exercise science, and energy-related fields. The new Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science and Engineering further expanded Western’s academic offerings. Graduate degrees, various pre-professional studies and specialized programs also are offered.
Student life includes the NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic program and the opportunity for skiing, bicycle racing and other outdoor pursuits through the Mountain Sports program.
Western is a crucial part of Gunnison’s economy and community. Students remain a part of that community long after graduating as alumni. Gary Pierson, Dean of Students, hits on that in his Never-Never Land episode.
For a student’s perspective on why the education is exceptional at Western, check out our Never-Never Land Episode profiling Peter Noon. He’s a straight-A student with a passion for all of the recreational opportunities in Gunnison.
Visit western.edu to see what Western has to offer and to schedule a tour.