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Explore the UNC Difference

What sets UNC apart from other universities? Our faculty connect innovative teaching with relevant research for an education that not only prepares you for your future career, but sets you apart from the crowd. 

What sets UNC apart from other universities? Our faculty connect innovative teaching with relevant research for an education that not only prepares you for your future career, but sets you apart from the crowd. 

UNC’s Unique Learning Environment

You gain the best of a small, teaching-focused institution combined with the progressive knowledge of a research-based university. At UNC, our professors don’t have to choose between teaching and research because they have the opportunity to work closely with students while sharing their research in the classroom. And that makes for a passionately different approach to education for our students. 

Benefit From Innovative Teaching 

Benefit from UNC's Innovative Teaching

Founded in 1889 as Colorado’s teachers college, UNC is a comprehensive baccalaureate and public doctoral research university that fuses its history for innovative teaching with transformative, hands-on education through programs across six colleges. Teaching is in our DNA, and when you are a student at UNC, you learn from experts in your field who are innovative educators.

Cultivate Your Unique Potential

Clutivate Your Unique Potential at UNC

Because of UNC’s just-right size and unique approach to education, you are encouraged to explore your interests and customize your options for a learning experience that lets your potential shine. You might lose yourself in your studies and immerse yourself in your field, but you won’t get lost in the crowd.

Grow Outside of the Classroom

At UNC, Grow Outside the Classroom

UNC is recognized as a leader in community and civic engagement opportunities. That means that you can broaden your horizons through internships, volunteer work, study abroad, research projects and field work. You’ll cultivate the type of experience-deep education employers like to see.

Succeed with Individualized Support

Succeed at UNC with Individualized Support

Our alumni tell us their professors and the support and encouragement they received as a student at UNC factored significantly in their success and credibility in their profession. Your professor will know you by name and will actively encourage your exploration and education.

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Extended Campus Programs offered in Denver, Loveland, Colorado Springs or online.

Average Class Size

Average Class Size ranges from 25-35 students depending on the program. 60% of courses have fewer than 30 students.

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One of 240 U.S. colleges and universities receiving Community Engagement Classification from The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

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UNC’s online graduate programs in education ranked eighth in the nation.



Enrolled students represent all 50 states and some 40 countries.


Nearly one-third of the winners of the Colorado Department of Education's Teacher of the Year award are UNC graduates

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One-third of undergraduates are first in their family to attend college.

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6 Colleges

  1. College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
  2. College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  3. College of Natural and Health Sciences
  4. College of Performing and Visual Arts
  5. Monfort College of Business
  6. University College
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Sport Administration graduate program is one of only two in the U.S. ranked in the top five worldwide.



of UNC graduates earning bachelor's degrees are employed or attending graduate school one year after graduating. ~Sport Business International magazine


for “Colleges with Psychology at Their Core” and 44th among top U.S. Colleges & Universities for Teaching Education.


University Orchestra has been named the top university orchestra in the U.S. seven times in the past 10 years.


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History major Owen Volzke received a 2013 Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award. Only 15 of these prestigious awards recognizing academic excellence in the study of American history are awarded nationally each year.

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1st public university in Colorado accredited in both business and accounting.

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UNC’s Jazz program has received more than 100 DownBeat Magazine awards.

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UNC’s Instructional Services Department of University Libraries has been recognized as one of five university library programs nationally that illustrates best practices in pedagogy. (Association of College and Research Libraries)

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Among U.S. undergraduate-only physics programs, UNC ranks in the top 35 for the largest number of bachelor's degrees granted, according to the American Institute of Physics.