“Growing up in a small mountain town inAverageEnglish
Growing up in a small mountain town in Oregon and being an extreme sports nut is why I chose Western. By the way, its WSCU or Western State Colorado University now. The place (Gunnison) is beautiful but you should be prepared for very cold and snowy winters. The school size of about 3,000 is awesome and you get to know everyone. This is NOT an uptight, clicky school with fraternities and sororities. If you are looking for that, go somewhere else. If you love the outdoors, good down to earth people and the mountains. GO HERE! Value for money, this is the best you can ask for. If you are from the Western states, they offer the WUE or Western Undergraduate Exchange which lowers tuition by about $5k/year. The Mountain Sports Team is amazing and coaches are sick! I was not a strong (good grades) high schooler but being at Western has made me want to succeed. We looked at a lot of colleges and I am so glad that I came here.
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This was a great experience, for an undergraduate degree. Gunnison really grows on you. It has a terrible reputation. But, only from the laziness of its students. The professors far exceeded my expectations. And became close friends with a half dozen of them. The course work, load, and curriculum was all above board. I would go here again, but the townies, and the students well... you'll have to ignore them if you want a great education. I felt completely confident leaving there to attend graduate school.
I love Western. It is a nice alternative after attending Front Range Community College in Denver. I am originally from a small town so I enjoy Gunnison--the clean air, beautiful mountains and all the outdoorsy stuff to do. Not much of a night life here and I wish there were brew pubs with live music, but there are always drawbacks and the social scene is a good trade-off for a good education with a noncompetative student body, teachers that are easy going, lots of free time to relax and study, no traffic, and the beautiful scenery.Another plus is that students are nonjudgemental of each other. In the city, I saw too much rhetoric coming from instructors trying to shove an agenda down your throat with a "You're either for me or against me" attitude, which encouraged aggression and division amongst students. At Western, Professors don't talk about politics or social issues and instead focus on teaching students subject material relevant to the topic. It is nice that students don't feel the need to buy expensive clothes to fit in here. The other day a girl came to class wearing a pair of sweatpants with bleach stains on them, and no one cared at all. It is a truely a place, not to make an impression, but to learn.