Living in a College Town

From music and art to lifelong learning and fitness, Greeley's college-town benefits make it a welcoming, vibrant place to live.

Listed as 10th nationally for the Milken Institute's 'Best Performing Cities' index, Greeley outranks both Fort Collins and Denver, and is a vital, growing community with a unique and welcoming college-town vibe.

Global experiences—locally. Students, faculty and staff volunteer in the community in ways that expand horizons and change lives. Greeley serves refugees from more than 40 countries, and international students and faculty bring their own global perspective to Greeley from more than 50 countries.

Lifelong learning opportunities. Community members, faculty, staff and students have the opportunity to take classes through UNC’s six colleges. Whether you’re taking a class for a degree, for fun or for a career change, living in this college town offers you quality education close to home.

A promise for the future. Every high school student attending Greeley schools has the opportunity to receive a “Promise Scholarship” to UNC, making an excellent education affordable and accessible.

Thought-provoking speakers series. Renowned authors, scholars, scientists and musicians come to Greeley to share their knowledge, insight and talents with UNC and the Greeley community on a wide range of topics and issues.

Access to UNC Libraries. The community benefits from and has access to UNC’s libraries. Michener Library, named after the late author, UNC alum and faculty member James A. Michener, contains more than 1.5 million items. The Howard M. Skinner Music Library contains more than 100,000 scores, books, periodicals, and recordings housed in a state-of-the-art facility

Beautiful landscapes. UNC’s beautiful campus offers 243 acres of open space, featuring pathways and park-like settings. Designated a Tree Campus USA, there are nearly 3,700 trees on campus. Visitors can walk three different hour-long Tree Trails through campus and learn about the history and characteristics of more than 100 specific trees.

Skilled, enthusiastic employees. Greeley business owners partner generously with UNC, providing students with employment and internship opportunities, while benefitting from the great energy, enthusiasm and knowledge our students bring to their work.

Teacher resources for local schools. Greeley schools benefit from student teachers, university programs and cutting edge research—and partnerships with Colorado’s premier university for educators.

World-class services close to home. The Greeley community and region has access to a number of important services, including the nationally recognized Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, Audiology Clinic and psychological services clinic, as well as the expertise of 20 centers and institutes.

Visual feasts for the senses. Artwork in Greeley graces not only gallery walls, but buildings, parks and pathways. You’ll find it in unexpected places (like this yarn bomb), larger-than-life outside, and awe-inspiring inside Greeley’s and UNC’s galleries.

Great performances. With more than 250 performances annually, students gain tremendous experience and the community gains access to great entertainment.

Athletic events and sports facilities. With 19 NCAA Division I sports teams, there’s never a lack of sporting events to attend, and Greeley is proud of its Bears. Faculty, staff, and students also have access to the start of the art recreation center, trainers and nutrition experts.

Eclectic shopping and dining. Along with well-known national restaurants and retailers, Greeley meets student interests with small shops and unique eateries, coffee shops and local restaurants.

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“Greeley events really enhance our sense of community.”
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“The university is diverse, the area is diverse and we are constantly growing.”
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“I feel safe walking around campus and really just everywhere.”
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UNC is located in Greeley, a friendly city with a population of about 100,000. With about 300 days of sunshine, mild winters and views of the majestic Rocky Mountains, it's a gorgeous place to live. Everything you need including shopping, entertainment, restaurants and great outdoor recreation is close by.