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Updates from Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Member Universities

on June 25, 2014 in Western Undergrad Exchange

Focus on the Western Undergraduate Exchange

The Western Undergraduate Exchange offers a reduced tuition rate of 150 percent of resident tuition at select institutions. Students from the following states may qualify: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Remember to apply early as many institutions limit the number of new WUE awards each year. Students can use this helpful tool to search universities by major and state.

University of New Mexico

Gallup Technology Center at the University of New Mexico

Gallup Technology Center at the University of New Mexico

Recently, the University of New Mexico hosted a counselor breakfast to highlight the many opportunities for Washington State students. For students looking for a sunny campus, UNM in Albuquerque offers daily sunshine as well as access to nearby mountains and snow for students and the ski team. The engineering program is strong and includes a variety of disciplines. The Latin American Studies program, offered since 1941, is a unique interdisciplinary program.

UNM will take many AP credits, and students may want to consider the Honors College, which includes additional financial support. All students with a 1300 SAT (Critical Reading and Math), ACT of 29, or a 3.5 are invited to apply. Criminology is a popular major, and the FBI hires directly out of this program. All four ROTC programs are offered. Music scholarships are available for non-music majors. Many other scholarship opportunities are available, and National Merit Finalists are offered a full ride. WUE scholarships may be used for study abroad programs as well.

University of Nevada, Reno


UNReno New Dorms

The University of Nevada, Reno, with 15,082 undergraduates, has expanded its campus housing to encourage more students to live on campus. For students who enjoy the outdoors, this is an excellent option within the WUE program as Reno is located close to Tahoe, California, and offers outdoor opportunities throughout the year. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may submit standardized test scores to support their application for admission. More information on qualifying for WUE funds is available here.

This research university offers undergraduate programs among several colleges: Business; Engineering; Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources; Education; Liberal Arts; Science; Health Sciences; and Journalism. The Honors College provides students a small college experience and many priorities for registration, research, internships and study abroad.

Western State Colorado University

WesternStateColoUnivWSCU is ideal for rugged, independent-minded, outdoorsy students who would benefit from very hands-on learning. This unique university of 2300 students is located four hours from Denver at an elevation of 7700 feet near the Crested Butte Mountain Resort. “Learn by doing” is what WSCU is all about, with strong science programs and programs connected to the land. Geology, wildlife biology, environmental studies, and land resource management are just a few of its very career-oriented majors. The High Altitude Performance Lab is used by exercise & sports science majors to evaluate performance and endurance. Hunting and fishing are popular student pastimes on this very outdoorsy campus.

In addition to several varsity sports, the Mountain Sports Team (skiing, snowboarding, trail-running and mountain biking) is popular. The unique Academic Leadership Program Scholarships (ALPS) program provides a strong sense of purpose to students who participate. Students begin freshman year with a program that engages them in campus leadership activities and then continue sophomore year with weekly meetings that include leadership readings, case studies, and implementation practices. Campus service and community projects are built into the program to help students further develop their leadership skills.

During the summer, students may attend a one-month course as part of Summer Intensives or the WSCU study abroad program. An example of a Summer Intensive is a Screen-Writing Boot Camp. The Prime Program is required for students with math and English scores less than 17 and retention from quarter to quarter is an impressive 100%, with a higher freshman to sophomore retention rate than the overall student body. With personalized attention and peer support, this faculty-run program is all about success! Students with a 22 ACT and a 3.2 are WUE-eligible, but the many other scholarships offered at WSCU are actually even more valuable.

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