What it means to be Western

What it means to be Western
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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. 

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Hands-On Learning

We value fieldwork every bit as much as coursework, and few fields compare with the Gunnison Valley. The types of hands-on learning in our ROE curriculum are proven to develop the hard and soft skills required of an outdoor professional.

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Career Success

Professors leverage their connections within the industry, bringing professionals into the classroom and connecting students with potential employers. 

Success Stories
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Uma Costanza

“My experience as an ROE student so far has been incredible. We focus mainly on experiential education, which makes my experience a lot different than every other student here,” Costanza said. “Of course we have lectures, but at the end of the day we’re really asked to do projects that are meaningful and reflect on our work in order to learn something.”

Success Stories
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Brooke Moran, Ph.D.

“I believe that students learn best when they are engaged,” Moran said. “That includes intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically sometimes. Some or all of those at one time. They need to be stimulated and challenged but also be supported.”

Success Stories
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Luke Mehall
Alumnus '04

Luke Mehall is a dirtbag. He is also the author of four books and owner of Benighted Publications, which he runs out of Durango, Colo. His written work captures the essence of climbing and has etched its way into the culture’s hardcore scene.