600 N. Adams Street
Gunnison, CO 81231
Type: Public institution
Year Founded: 1901
Religious Affilation: None
Academic Calendar: Semester
Size of Undergraduate Student Body: 2,177
Geographical Setting: Rural
Application Fee: $30
Application Deadline: August 1
Selectivity: Less selective
Tuition and Fees: $3,350 in-state, 11,909 out-of-state
Basic Services Offered: nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance
Remedial Services Offered: reading, math, writing, study skills
Counseling Services Offered: minority student, career, personal, veteran student, academic, older student, psychological, birth control
Career Services Offered: on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training
Students That Enter the Job Market…
Within 6 Months of Graduation: N/A
Within 1 Year of Graduation: N/A
Within 2 Years of Graduation: N/A
Firms that Hire Most Graduates: N/A
Does the school have a library on campus? – Yes
Is it a member of a library consortia? – Yes
Number of books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents: 158,698
Number of current serial subscriptions: 719
Number of microforms: 1,173,804
Number of audiovisuals: 1,539
Number of ebooks: N/A
Other library facilities: The Hurst Collection consists of personal papers, field notes, and correspondence of C.T. Hurst, noted archaeologist of western Colorado. This material is not indexed.
His library contains a large collection of published scientific articles with an emphasis on zoology, biology, and archaeology. The materials are dated between 1927 and 1948. The Hurst slides were taken during his 12 archaeological expeditions, many to the southwest corner of Montrose County, between 1928 and 1949. The articles and slides may be accessed via the computer in the library’s reading room.
The General Archives are made up of college archives and historical memorabilia related to Western State College and the Gunnison area. The college archives are not indexed; the historical memorabilia has an index in the Jensen Room.
The photograph collection contains pictures of people, places, and events relating to WSC. It also contains a limited collection of historical photos of the area. The photographs are supplemented by slides. The Endner slides consist of slides relating to the Gunnison area as well as a large number taken in Mexico and Central America. The Bradford slides are 250 slides of Colorado Western Slope wildflowers. The Bradford slides may be accessed via the computer in the library’s reading room. The Endner slides have a paper index.
The Western Colorado Collection includes published and unpublished materials related to the history and prehistory of Western Colorado that advances the scholarship and curriculum of the College community.
The Western Colorado Collection was created to:
1. Preserve and ensure continuing access to published and unpublished accounts of the history of the geographic area in which Western State College is located.
2. Enhance the value of the Library’s collection to scholarship and the College curriculum.
The materials in this collection are defined according to geography, chronology and subject. They are chosen broadly and selectively.
1. Geographically, the materials pertain primarily to the counties of Gunnison, Hinsdale, Chaffee, Delta, Saguache, Montrose, Pitkin and Ouray with selected supporting materials from the nearby counties of Lake, Mesa, San Juan and parts of Mineral, San Miguel, Garfield and Rio Blanco. (See attached map)
2. Chronologically, the materials cover all periods of history from prehistory to the present.
3. By subject, the collection includes history and prehistory of Western Colorado including social, cultural, economic, political, literary, geology, botany, natural history and other materials relating to the geographic areas defined above.
The Western Colorado Collection is located in the Helen A. Jensen Room on the second floor of the Savage Library.
Selection of materials within the scope of the Western Colorado Collection will be made by the Library staff, which welcomes suggestions from Savage Library users. Appropriate materials will be purchased as funds allow and to the extent justified by actual use of the collection. Donated materials may be accepted for the collection when appropriate and in good condition. When an item is selected for the collection and it may receive heavy use, every effort will be made to obtain a copy for the general book collection.
Materials in the Western Colorado Collection may be identified by searching the Library’s automated catalog. They do not circulate on- or off-campus. Exceptions will be made by the Director or his/her designee. Patrons need to plan to use the collection during its posted hours.
Museums or other Special Academic Buildings on Campus: N/A
Is a computer course required? – Yes
Is a computer required? – No
Number of available computers for all students: 425
Available internet access? – Yes
Available email accounts? – Yes
Computers available in: computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
Number of available wired connections available in…
The Library (not including computer labs): N/A
Other areas: N/A
Is there a wireless network? – N/A
Where is wireless available? –
Wireless simultaneous connection capacity:
Recommended operating system: Microsoft
Percentage of hosting units owned by college for internet access: 100%
Are students permitted to have webpages? – No
Is there online registration? – Yes
Campus Safety Services Offered: 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)
Campus Life Overview
Percentage of undergrads that live in college-owned housing: 30%
Percentage of Male Undergrads Living in Fraternities: N/A
Percentage of Female Undergrads Living in Sororities: N/A
Percentage of students on campus on weekends: 60%
Does the school offer students housing? – Yes
Percentage of students living in college-owned housing: 30%
Housing available for all unmarried students? – Yes
If on-campus housing is unavailable, does school provide assistance? – No
Available types of campus housing: coed dorms, women’s dorms, men’s dorms, apartments for married students, apartment for single students
Percentage of college-owned housing units that are…
Triples or Suites: N/A
Number of college-owned housing buildings: N/A
Percentage of college-owned housing units that have…
A sprinkler system: N/A
Fire alarms: N/A
Wired high-speed internet access: 100%
Campus Size: 350 acres
Transportation (distances in miles)
Nearest airport(s): Colorado Springs, CO (150), Gunnison, CO (3)
Nearest train station: Grand Junction, CO (120)
Nearest bus station: Gunnison, CO (3)
Does public transportation serve campus? – No
Are all students allowed to have cars on campus? – Yes
Percentage of students with cars on campus: 75%
Is there school employment? – Yes
Percent of undergraduates that worked on campus in 2005-2006: – 30%
Average undergraduate wage: 1,500
Are freshmen discouraged from working their first term? – Yes
Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)
Army ROTC: Not offered
Navy ROTC Not offered
Air Force ROTC: Not offered
Rules and Regulations
Is legal alcohol permitted on campus? – No
Other policies: class attendance policies set by individual instructors, honor code, hazing prohibited
Most popular events: Word horde; Homecoming Weekend; Family Weekend; Comedy Nights; Wilderness Pursuits Trips;