By enrollment, the University of Northern Colorado is the fifth largest university in Colorado, with a total fall 2015 enrollment of 11,936 students, including 9,394 undergraduate students and 2,542 graduate students. Of those students, most came from Colorado, but the student population represents all 50 states, three territories and 37 countries. The student population is 63 percent female and 37 percent male. Nearly one quarter of students identified themselves as "minorities." Typically, 81 percent of undergraduates are employed or attending graduate school one year after graduating from UNC.
Six Colleges and More Than 200 Degree Programs
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
UNC opened in 1890 as the Colorado State Normal School to train qualified teachers for the state's public schools. Over the last 125 years, the university’s origins as an educator of educators has remained integral to its success. Today, the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences offers 18 programs and houses eight institutes and centers. UNC leads the state in teacher employment and has more students enrolled in Science Licensure programs than any other Colorado institution. Nearly one-third of the Colorado Department of Education's Teachers of the Year are UNC graduates.
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Grounded in the liberal arts, the humanities and social sciences disciplines engage the methodologies, techniques and technologies that prepare students to think creatively and critically about past, current and evolving social and global complexities. The college’s major areas of study are organized in 15 units, with courses and other learning experiences that familiarize students with the most significant accomplishments of the human intellect and spirit and help them gain an appreciation for the potential we have as humans and as societies.
College of Natural and Health Sciences
The College of Natural and Health Sciences offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in the natural, health, human and mathematical sciences. Our students benefit from mentoring by faculty who are national and international experts in their fields and from meaningful research opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities. The College’s 132 full-time faculty serve approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 550 graduate students.
College of Performing and Visual Arts
The UNC Arts experience combines the best of the time-honored academy traditions and the most current and forward-thinking ideas in the arts with the liberal arts education of a major university. More than 90 faculty and staff work with nearly 1300 arts students and maintain an annual calendar of more than 300 events in a wide variety of genres. These activities are open to the public and members of surrounding communities are invited to share in the excellent offerings of music, theatre, dance and visual arts.
Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business
With six different areas of emphasis, small class sizes, personal attention from faculty comprised of experienced business professionals, professors and talented educators the Monfort College of Business offers students a unique, hands-on business education that results in success. UNC’s graduating seniors consistency place in the top four to 10 percent on the national ETS Major Field Test in business. It is the only business college to receive the coveted Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from the Office of the President of the United States.
UNC’s University College encompasses programs including the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership, Interdisciplinary Studies including self-designed majors, Academic Support and Advising, Liberal Arts Core classes and New Student Orientation. From a comprehensive introduction to university life to civic engagement and interdisciplinary programs, University College will helps students find their unique pathways to fulfilling, successful futures.
By the Numbers
100-plus Undergraduate Programs
100-plus Graduate Programs
Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1
60 Extended Campus programs in Denver, Loveland, Colorado Springs or online.