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Celebrating 125 years

Pride and Perspectives

From its earliest days, the University of Northern Colorado has been highly regarded for its prestigious programs, innovation and caring faculty. Here, students and faculty collaborate and learn as they have for generations, with a vision of higher education that fuses learning with community engagement, research, passion and transformation. We are proud of our past, and look forward to the work that will carry this university forward, into the future. Join us for a look at the moments, memories and progress of our first 125 years.


From 1889-2014

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This month in History

  • May 01, 1970 Name of school as University of Northern Colorado effective
  • May 03, 1951 Guggenheim fire
  • May 06, 2005 Music Library renamed Skinner Music Library, honoring Dr. Howard Skinner
  • May 10, 1973 Genevieve Lawrenson Hall dedicated
  • May 10, 2002 Trustees voted to move UNC athletics to Division I
  • May 13, 1962 Bishop-Lehr Hall dedicated
  • May 27, 1953 First commencement at which an AFROTC officer was commissioned
  • May 30, 1965 6th President: Darrell Holmes inaugurated (1964-1971)