2024 Comprehensive Report on Rankings, Costs, Graduation Rate and More

$17,490

Net Price

91%

Admitted

15%

Enrolled

48%

Graduation Rate

18/1

Student / Faculty

University Detail

Western Colorado University

is a public, four or more years institution with a total student enrollment of 3,689. In 2021, there were 22 psychology and social work graduates. This institution ranks #13 in Colorado and ranks #1131 in the U.S. for schools that offer psychology degree programs.

Psychology Degrees Offered

Bachelor

Psychology Graduates

22

Total Enrollment

3,689

Type

Public, Four or more years

Institution Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Ranking for Western Colorado University

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#13

Colorado Rank

Combining ranking factors for 16 schools that offer psychology degrees in Colorado, Western Colorado University ranks #13.

#1131

U.S. Rank

Combining ranking factors for 1,438 schools that offer psychology degrees in the U.S., Western Colorado University ranks #1131.

Psychology Programs Offered

For psychology degrees, Western Colorado University offers General Psychology at the bachelor level.

In the table below, see the programs offered and the number of graduates in each program.

Psychology Graduates in 2021BS
General Psychology22
Total Graduates22
US Department of Education

Admission, Enrollment, Graduation

In the fall of 2021, 3,243 students applied to the Western Colorado University. The university admitted 91% and 15% of those who were admitted also enrolled.

By comparison, the average number of applicants for Colorado universities is 12,853. On average, all Colorado institutions admit 83% and 20% of those who were admitted end up enrolling into the institution.

The percentage of Western Colorado University students who return after their first year to begin their second year is 74%. Compared to all Colorado four or more years colleges, the percentage is 71%.

The overall graduation rate for Western Colorado University is 48%, compared to 53% for all Colorado universities, while the number of students who transferred out of the program is 36%.

  • Credits Accepted: Dual enrollment, Advanced placement (AP) credits

Compare WCU to Colorado Four or more years Colleges
Offering Psychology Degrees

Compare admission, acceptance, retention and graduation rates of Western Colorado University to the average of all Colorado four or more years schools that offer psychology degrees.

Why it Matters

Compare Admission and Enrollment

Low admission rates and high enrollment rates denote not only how selective a school is, but also how in-demand the school is. High graduation rates show the overall success of an institution.

WCU

3,243

Applicants

91%

Percent Admitted

15%

Percent Enrolled

74%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

48%

Graduation Rate

CO Colleges

12,853

Applicants

83%

Percent Admitted

20%

Percent Enrolled

71%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

53%

Graduation Rate

Student & Faculty Information

In the fall of 2021, there were 133 or 76% full-time instructional or research faculty members of all faculty and there were 43 or 24% part-time faculty members employed at Western Colorado University. The number of full-time instructional faculty was 133 or 76%.

Part-time teachers are paid less and cost less, so any organization with a disproportionate number of part-time teachers can invest money in more important areas. However, as part-time teachers, participants can work full-time in their profession and bring experience to the classroom.

Why it Matters

Compare Faculty Numbers

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional percentages indicate that institutions focus their investments in areas that matter most to students.

WCU

18 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

76%

Percent Full-Time

24%

Percent Part-Time

76%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

CO Colleges

15 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

53%

Percent Full-Time

47%

Percent Part-Time

49%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

Tuition and Student Expenses

For the 2021-2022 academic year at Western Colorado University the average cost of undergraduate tuition is $6,816, and the average cost for books and supplies is $1,300.

For graduate students, the average cost for tuition is $13,972 and the average cost for graduate fees is $1,518.

In the table below, find the average total expenses to attend Western Colorado University in 2021-2022 including tuition, room, board and living expenses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Note that the average total expenses do not include financial aid, grants, loans or scholarships. You can find the average financial aid and net price data in the sections below.

Expenses for Western Colorado University2021-2022
On Campus Room & Board$9,990
On-Campus Living Expenses$3,150
Total Living Expenses$13,140
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$6,816
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,300
Total Undergraduate Expenses$21,256
In-State, Graduate Tuition$13,972
In-State, Graduate Fees$1,518
Total Graduate Expenses$15,490
US Department of Education

Net Price

Average Net Price

The average net price to attend Western Colorado University is $17,490. Average net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board, living costs, books, supplies together and then subtracting the average financial (grants, scholarships and loans) for federal financial aid recipients.

In other words, the average net price is the average amount students pay to attend this university for one year.

Average net price is calculated from the most recent data supplied by each institution to the US Department of Education and is found by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

Net Price by Family Income

Depending on the federal, state, or institutional grant aid available, the table below shows the average amount students pay to attend Western Colorado University presented by family income bracket.

Students may pay more or less depending on their individual circumstances; however, these are the average costs as tracked by the university and reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

Average Net Price by Income2020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$13,146$11,976
$30,001 – $48,000$13,136$13,037
$48,001 – $75,000$16,216$17,772
$75,001 – $110,000$18,169$18,893
$110,001 and more$21,481$21,338
US Department of Education

Compare Western Colorado University to all Colorado universitas that offer psychology degrees for the cost to attend, average financial aid, percent of students receiving aid and the average net price to attend.

For program ranking, we see a lower overall cost of tuition and cost of living expenses minus the average financial aid a student may receive as the ranking factor student may want to consider.

Why it Matters

Compare Average Cost to Attend and Net Price

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional professors indicates to us institutions that focus their investments in areas that matter most: the education of students by the best instructors possible.

WCU

$21,256

Cost to Attend

$8,590

Average Financial Aid

92%

Percent Receiving Aid

$17,490

Net Price

CO Colleges

$33,618

Cost to Attend

$13,144

Average Financial Aid

89%

Percent Receiving Aid

$19,516

Average Net Price

Financial Aid

The number of beginning students who enter postsecondary education for the first time and receive financial aid is 382 or 92%.

The number of undergraduate students who receive a grant or scholarship is 1,648 and the average amount of their grant or scholarship is $8,590.

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid# Receiving AidAverage Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship Aid1,648$8,590
Pell Grants460$4,487
Federal Student Loans825$7,599
US Department of Education

Below, compare the financial aid students receive at the Western Colorado University to all schools across the United States that offer psychology degrees.

We see higher percentages of those receiving aid and the percent that aid covers the net price of education as an indicator of the strength of the institution.

Why it Matters

Compare Financial Aid

Financial Aid can make the difference between being able to afford college or being priced out of college. Many students may find college far more affordable than they could imagine, when accounting for the various kinds of financial aid available.

WCU

1,648

Grant or Scholarship Aid

56%

Grants or Scholarships

460

Number of Pell Grants

16%

Pell Grants

825

Federal Student Loans

28%

Federal Student Loans

CO Colleges

4,989

Grant or Scholarship Aid

52%

Grants or Scholarships

2,046

Number of Pell Grants

21%

Pell Grants

2,640

Federal Student Loans

27%

Federal Student Loans

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