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What it means to be Western

Classes and Programs

Western is dedicated to academic excellence. It’s a place where students come for one-on-one relationships with faculty, staff and peers. Smaller class sizes provide a supportive, accessible learning environment, and our faculty help students thrive.

What it means to be Western

Experiential Learning

From experiential learning labs to extracurricular opportunities, we have it all. One of Western’s greatest advantages is our natural surroundings. See how we mix learning with adventure and use the local environment as our classroom.

What it means to be Western

The Western Community

Take a peek into campus life and explore the strong Western community. Our students push beyond their comfort zones because they know they have the support of fellow Mountaineers. 

Success Stories

Samantha “Bob” Maddox
For students like Samantha Maddox, a.k.a. Bob, it doesn’t take long for the Western experience to get into their blood.

Maddox, an Exercise & Sports Science major, first visited Western as a high school cross country runner. 

When the time came to choose a college, the decision was easy. She says she always felt like she belonged here. Since arriving on campus, she’s grown a lot.

“I’ve learned how to deal with overcoming things and to deal with tough situations,” she says.

Success Stories

Nate Ferguson
As a native Coloradan, Nate Ferguson knew there was no better place for him than Western.

“I chose Western because I love the mountains, and I liked the small class sizes, but I had no idea this would offer all that it has,” he said.

Nate is now part of the Western Rugby team, the boxing team, Western’s Association of Professional Landmen and ManUp, and he tutors in the Writing Center on campus.

“Western gives you the tools to take control of your own life, to create your own path,” he said.

Success Stories

Sean Prentiss
2015 National Outdoor Book Award winner

Alumnus Sean Prentiss visited his brother one spring break at Western, fell in love with valley and the experiences it offered–and enrolled. 

After graduating with a degree in Business Administration, he went on to serve in the Peace Corps, become an Associate Professor of Writing at Norwich University and write an award-winning book on Edward Abbey.