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Western Slope


Welcome to College Outreach. We are dedicated to serving the underrepresented students of the rural Western Slope of Colorado. The Western Slope is a unique geographic area stretching from the Continental Divide to the Utah border.  The 32 counties we serve cover approximately 47,174 square miles, an area larger in size than the entire state of Pennsylvania. The Western Slope is much less densely populated than the eastern portion of Colorado with only a few towns having populations in excess of 5,000, and its largest city, Grand Junction in Mesa County, having a total population of nearly 60,000. The primary economic activities in the area are ranching, fruit growing, mining and tourism. The geography of the Western Slope ranges from the high mountain areas of Aspen, Crested Butte, Gunnison and Durango to the semi-arid canyon land surrounding Grand Junction to the high country sheep ranches of Meeker and Rangely.

High School
School Profile
Animas High School
Aspen High School
Basalt High School
Battle Mountain High School
Bayfield High School
Bridges High School
Buena Vista High School
Caprock Academy
Cedaredge High School
Centauri High School
Central High School
Coal Ridge High School
Colorado Rocky Mountain School
Crested Butte Secondary School
Custer County High School
De Beque High School
Delta High School
Dolores High School
Dove Creek High School
Durango Big Picture High School
Durango High School
Eagle Valley High School
Fruita 8-9 High School
Fruita Monument High School
Glenwood Springs High School
Grand Junction High School
Grand River Academy
Grand Valley High School
Gunnison High School
Hayden High School
Ignacio High School
Lake City Community School
Lake County High School
Liberty Classical Academy
Mancos High School
Meeker High School
Mesa Valley Community School
Middle Park High School
Moffat County High School
Montezuma Cortez High School
Montrose High School
North Fork High School
North Park High School
Norwood High School
Nucla High School
Olathe High School
Ouray High School
Pagosa Springs High School
Palisade High School
Plateau Valley High School
R-5 High School
Rangely High School
Red Canyon High School - Edwards
Red Canyon High School - Gypsum
Ridgway Secondary School (6-12)
Rifle High School
Roaring Fork High School
Salida High School
Sanford High School
Sangre de Cristo High School
Sargent High School
Silverton High School
Snowy Peaks High School
Soroco High School
South Park High School
Southwest Open School - Montezuma Cortez District
Steamboat Mountain School - Emerald Mountain School
Steamboat Springs High School
Summit High School
Telluride High School
Telluride Mountain School
The Peak School
Two Rivers Community School
Vail Christian High school
Vail Mountain School
Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy
Vista Charter School
West Grand High School
Yampa Valley High School
Yampah Mountain High School



The students invited to the College Fair are as diverse as the Western Slope landscape. In 2010 the number of students attending public school in each of the 27 invited counties ranged from a total of 22,698 in Mesa County (Grand Junction area) to only 65 students in all of San Juan County (county population 699). 


In 2010, the schools of Western Slope educated the same number of students as are attending school in the Albuquerque, New Mexico school district but covers a geographic area that is over 260 times as large.  Mesa County, the most populous county, has a total 6.82 students per square mile while Hinsdale County has only .09 students per square mile.


Of the 89,199 students in the 27 county area, 25,878 or 29.01 percent were Hispanic with the highest percentage of Hispanic students occurring in Lake County with 70.12 percent of its student population being Hispanic.


The Western Slope also has a strong Native American presence with 2,129 or 2.39 percent of its students being of Native American heritage.  Montezuma County in the southwestern corner of the State had the highest percentage of Native American students with 20.59 percent of its student body being Native American.  Neighboring La Plata County also had a significant percentage of Native Americans with 7.23 percent of its student body being Native American.

The students’ interest in and commitment to the Colorado Western Slope College Fair is notable with many students traveling long distances to attend. Using just one example, those students coming from Mancos in Montezuma County have traveled 272 miles and six hours to reach the Fair. 







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