You’ll find rich, diverse opportunities at the University of Northern Colorado. UNC is large enough to offer engaging academic programs, a wide variety of support services and endless ways to get involved. And it’s small enough to be personal, welcoming and caring. You’ll find that UNC is an inclusive community of highly respected faculty members, dedicated staff and friendly, motivated students.

Institutional Profile


  • Founded: 1889
  • Names through years: State Normal School, 1889-1910; Colorado State Teachers College, 1911-1934, Colorado State College of Education, 1935-1956; Colorado State College, 1957-1969, University of Northern Colorado, 1970-present.
  • First graduate degrees offered in 1913.
  • Designated a doctorate-granting / research university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Campus Location

  • Main campus - Greeley: 76 classroom, residence and service buildings on 260 acres of land
  • Extended Studies centers - Centerra (Loveland,), Lowry (Denver), UNC Colorado Springs Center (Colorado Springs)


    • Total full-time employees = 1,347
    • Total part-time employees = 370


    • President: Kay Norton, 2002-present
    • Governing board: Seven board members are appointed by the governor of the state, one faculty member is elected by the faculty and one full-time junior or senior student is elected by the student body.

Cost of Attendance (2013-14)

    • Tuition (full-time)
      • Resident undergraduate: $5,448
      • Resident graduate: Varies by program, $7,974 - $10,440
      • Non-resident undergraduate: $16,692
      • Non-resident graduate: Varies by program starting at $14,112 - $21,132

Financial Aid*

  • Total Financial Aid Awarded: $133.4 million

* Estimate for 2013-14


Academic Year

  • Two 16-week semesters (fall: late August to mid-December; spring: early January to early May) and a 12-week summer term with six-, eight- and 12-week sessions.



    • 100-plus undergraduate
    • 100-plus graduate
    • Courses with fewer than 30 students: 60 percent
    • 60 Extended Campus programs (Denver, Loveland, Colorado Springs or online)
    • Average class size: Ranges from 25 - 35 students depending on program
    • Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1


  • 19 NCAA Division I sports primarily in the Big Sky Athletic Conference
  • Men's Sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), wrestling
  • Women's Sports: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball

Student Profile

  • Total university enrollment: 12,084 (Fall 2013)

Undergraduate: 9,710

  • In-state: 9,006
  • Full-time: 9,110, part-time: 992
  • Average Full-time Course load: 14.3 credit hours
  • First Generation: 36 percent are first in their family to attend college
  • Number of students living in residence halls: 2,744

Graduate: 2,374

By Degree

  • Licensure: 94
  • Master's: 1,427
  • Specialist: 79
  • Doctoral: 595
  • Undeclared: 179

Ethnicity (undergraduate and graduate)

  • 25 percent identify with ethnic minority
  • African American: 405 (3 percent)
  • Asian: 188 (2 percent)
  • Hispanic: 1,723 (14 percent)
  • Native American: 41 (Less than .3 percent)

Graduation Information

  • Spring 2013 graduates: 1,144 bachelor's; 263 master's and above
  • Top 5 Undergraduate Degrees Awarded
    • Interdisciplinary studies (includes Elementary Education) (15 percent)
    • Business administration (8 percent)
    • Dietetics (8 percent)
    • Psychology (3 percent)
    • English language (3 percent)
  • Top 5 Graduate Degrees Awarded
    • Special education (10 percent)
    • Music (10 percent)
    • Reading (5 percent)
    • Educational leadership (7 percent)
    • Nursing (5 percent)

Faculty Profile

  • Full-time faculty: 509
  • Part-time faculty: 271
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1


Examples of Research


Geographic distribution

  • Top 10 states represented; known addresses
    • Colorado: 67,496
    • California: 4,817
    • Texas: 3,192
    • Arizona: 2,675
    • Florida: 2,295
    • Washington: 1,905
    • Wyoming: 1,673
    • Nebraska: 1,336
    • Illinois: 1,326
    • Virginia: 1,252
  • Top 10 countries represented, known addresses
    • United States: 110,012
    • Taiwan: 149
    • Thailand: 124
    • Canada: 120
    • Saudi Arabia: 45
    • Japan: 42
    • Australia: 30
    • United Kingdom: 30
    • Republic of Korea: 28
    • Nigeria: 20

Notable alumni

  • Steve Antonopulos, head trainer, Denver Broncos
  • Joe B. Hall, former men’s basketball coach, University of Kentucky
  • Vincent Jackson, NFL wide receiver
  • Carlotta LaNier, member of Little Rock Nine who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957
  • Don Meyer, winningest men's college basketball coach
  • James A. Michener, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • Dick Monfort, co-owner, Colorado Rockies baseball team
  • Jack A. Murphy, curator of geology, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • Jeannie Ritter, Colorado first lady and mental health advocate
  • Aaron Smith, Pro Bowl NFL defensive lineman
  • Dave Stalls, former NFL lineman; president/CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado
  • Wellington Webb, first African American mayor of Denver
  • Connie Willis, award-winning science fiction author

Rankings, Awards and Recognition


  • U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Northern Colorado's online master of education degree program among the best of its kind in the nation in the magazine's annual evaluation of online degree programs. In 2013, UNC's program ranked ninth among the 208 evaluated and in 2014 ranked eighth out of  166 institutions. Both years it was the top-ranked program in Colorado.
  • Affordable Colleges Online ranks UNC programs among the nation's most affordable, with graduates who go on to successful careers.
  • UNC’s Sport Administration graduate program earned a top 5 worldwide ranking from the leading publication covering the international sport business community. UNC was one of only two U.S. universities to make the top 5 in SportBusiness International magazine's first-ever ranking of sport management courses around the world.


  • Excelencia in Education recognized UNC’s Cumbres teacher preparation program in the "What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education Compendium." UNC was cited for “Culturally Compelling Strategies for Latino Students” in the Examples of Excelencia section that identifies and honors programs and departments increasing academic opportunities and improving achievement for Latino students.
  • The Arbor Day Foundation recognized with UNC Tree Campus USA status for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.
  • The City of Greeley has twice recognized the university with the Environmental Stewardship Award for outstanding efforts and strategies that protect and enhance local environmentally quality.
  • Nearly one-third of the winners of the Colorado Department of Education's Teacher of the Year award are UNC graduates.
  • Five faculty have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City; 21 UNC graduates have performed on Broadway
  • UNC’s Vocal Jazz I was the first college vocal group to ever receive a Grammy nomination.
  • The College of Performing and Visual Arts was recognized for offering strong programs with a good “financial fit” for students in a list compiled by College Audition Coach founder and Huffington Post College blogger Mary Anna Dennard.
  • UNC was designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by GI Jobs magazine in recognition of the university's commitment to embrace military veterans and current military personnel as students and dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.


  • UNC's Monfort College of Business is the first and only business program in the U.S. to receive a presidential award for excellence, the Baldrige National Quality Award.
  • The American Association of State Colleges and Universities has honored UNC with the Christa McAuliffe Award for the innovative and exemplary manner in which elementary and secondary teacher education programs have designed and implemented a comprehensive assessment system.
  • UNC was among the winners of the 2013 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards, announced by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA).The innovation award honors the university for its collaboration on Dangerous Decibels, a multi-faceted, evidence-based intervention program dedicated to the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.
  • UNC’s Center for Urban Education earned a national award from the University Continuing Education Association for originality and contribution to the field. Students in the four-year degree program apprentice in K-12 classrooms supervised by classroom teachers.
  • The National Association of College and University Residence Halls has honored UNC with School of the Year and Commitment to Diversity awards.
  • The country's leading jazz magazine has repeatedly recognized UNC jazz band and the university's symphony orchestra among the world's best. UNC jazz ensembles have received more than 100 DownBeat magazine awards, which include the Jazz Lab Band I’s seven awards in the past nine years. Four, including 2012’s, were for Best College Big Band. The University Symphony Orchestra’s 2012 DownBeat award for Best College Classical Ensemble marked the 10th time since 1999 the group has been named best college orchestra or classical ensemble.
  • 17 faculty across all colleges are Fulbright scholars.
  • School of Music faculty members have been nominated for five Grammy awards and have won four.



Contact Us

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970) 351-1890

Official Address:

501 20 St., Greeley, Colorado, 80639

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