Western State Colorado University
Western State Colorado University, also known as Western, is a four-year public liberal arts college located in Gunnison, Colorado. The enrollment stands at about 2,400 students with a high percentage, one-fourth, from out of state.
The college was originally founded as The Colorado State Normal School for Children by a bill signed on April 16, 1901 by Governor James B. Orman. In 1923, the college's name was changed to Western State College because its role expanded from a teaching institution to a liberal arts college. Western State College was the first public college west of the Mississippi River to be designated a liberal arts college. In 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill to change the name from Western State College of Colorado to Western State Colorado University. The change was enacted August 1, 2012.
Western State promotes intellectual maturity and personal growth in its students and graduates citizens prepared to assume constructive roles in local, national, and global communities. Western helps its students to develop the skills and commitments needed to continue learning for the rest of their lives and strives to unifying academic domains which have traditionally existed separately: the sciences, the liberal arts, and professional programs. The College provides students with a solid foundation of skills in written and spoken communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity. Programs encourage a breadth and depth of knowledge, which will serve as a foundation for a professional career or graduate study, and an appreciation of values appropriate to a liberally educated individual.