Western Colorado University Earns Prestigious Ranking Among Top Peers

Exceptional Performance Recognized

Western Colorado University has been recognized as one of the top 100 Regional Universities West (RUW) institutions by the esteemed U.S. News & World Report. Earning a commendable position ahead of its counterparts, it shares the 61st spot with Colorado Christian University, surpassing several in-state institutions such as CSU Pueblo, Adams State, Colorado Mesa University, and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Impressively, Western’s ranking has surged by 14 places compared to last year’s standing.

2022 Achievements

The much-anticipated 2022 rankings, unveiled on September 13, 2021, draw from data pertaining to 1,466 U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions. The RUW category encompasses 14 states. In addition to its overall regional ranking, Western has secured the 28th spot among the best colleges for veterans. Furthermore, the university has been named a Top Performer on Social Mobility RUW, boasting an impressive 88th position, marking a notable improvement of 16 places.

Highlighted in the rankings, the Social Mobility factor underscores a school’s ability to facilitate graduation among students who receive federal Pell Grants, often stemming from households with annual family incomes below $50,000.

Diversity and Inclusivity Initiatives

Western has recently intensified its focus on providing support to first-generation students and underrepresented minorities, acknowledging the unique challenges faced by these individuals. To alleviate financial burdens and enhance accessibility, the university offers the First-Generation Scholarship without the need for a separate application. Additionally, Western has collaborated with the Mexican government to extend scholarship opportunities to qualifying students of Hispanic descent.

“The Western community has worked tirelessly and has many reasons to celebrate,” stated Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success, Abel Chávez, Ph.D. “The campus has rallied to achieve strong enrollment figures, witness an increase in first-year retention, witness improved graduation rates above our peers, and driven advancement efforts to introduce cutting-edge student-centered programs such as our School of Computer Science & Engineering. Higher education costs pose a significant challenge for our first-generation and URM learners, underscoring our campus’s dedication to narrowing achievement gaps and enhancing social mobility for all students.”

Evaluation Criteria

The U.S. News and World Report rankings weigh 17 metrics to evaluate academic excellence, placing emphasis on outcomes, particularly a college’s success in retaining and graduating students. Additional metrics include class size, undergraduate academic reputation, and institutional investment in educational initiatives.

This marks the 37th consecutive year of the U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of U.S. colleges and universities.

Find out more about Western’s mission and campus profile.

Author Credit: Chris Rourke

Photo Credit: Chad Reich

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