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First Year Students

We are excited that you are interested in applying to the University of Northern Colorado. To apply to UNC, you’ll need to submit the following:

1

A completed UNC application

2

$45 application fee (nonrefundable, payable by credit card or debit card) or application fee waiver

3

Your official high school transcript (which should be sent directly to UNC from your high school)

4

Your official ACT or SAT scores (ACT code 0502 and SAT code 4074)

All documents and credentials can be submitted through Naviance (if available through your high school) or submitted one of the following ways:

Mail:

Office of Admissions, Carter Hall 3006, Campus Box 10, Greeley, CO 80639

Fax:

970-351-2984

Email:

Email PDF documents to admissions@unco.edu

Deadlines

To get your answer early, submit your application early. Deadlines for priority consideration:

Fall Semester

August start date

AUGUST 1

Spring Semester

January start date

NOVEMBER 15

Summer Semester

May or June start date

MAY 1

 

Admission Standards

UNC welcomes applications from students with diverse academic backgrounds and interests. The primary factor in admissions decisions is the curriculum and grades earned at the high school level. Additional consideration is given to the following:

1

Overall academic performance, which is your cumulative high school GPA and your best combination of ACT and/or SAT test scores.

2

The completion of the following college prep units or required high school courses to take during high school:

  • Four years of English
  • Four years of math (Algebra I or higher)
  • Three years of natural/earth science (two years must have lab work)
  • Three years of social science (at least one year must be in U.S. or world history)
  • One year of foreign language
  • Two years of electives

Insight Questionnaire

Personalizing the Path to Higher Education

At the University of Northern Colorado, we know test taking isn’t for everyone. For students who may not have scored as high as they desired in the classroom UNC now offers the Insight Questionnaire as an alternative way to understanding potential students and their goals. This option gives students the chance to thrive in a college environment regardless of test taking skills.

After an initial review of application materials, first year undergraduate applicants may be asked to complete an Insight Questionnaire – a written assessment designed to measure students’ nontraditional academic behaviors in an effort to get to know the applicant better. Personal traits include self-concept, realistic expectations, ability to set short and long term goals, leadership skills and community involvement, among others.

More information about the Insight Questionnaire

For many colleges, the application process is a numbers game; students with the highest GPAs, ACT scores and SAT scores are admitted without hesitation. At the University of Northern Colorado, we know test taking isn’t for everyone. For students who may not have scored as high as they desired in the classroom UNC now offers the Insight Questionnaire as an alternative way to understanding potential students and their goals. This option gives students the chance to thrive in a college environment regardless of test taking skills.

Personalizing the Path to Higher Education

As part of a two-year pilot study, first year undergraduate applicants may be asked to complete an Insight Questionnaire – a written assessment designed to measure students’ nontraditional academic behaviors in an effort to get to know the applicant better. Personal traits include self-concept, realistic expectations, ability to set short and long term goals, leadership skills and community involvement, among others.

Benefits

By acknowledging noncognitive variables in testing, research has discovered these benefits:

  • Predictions of students’ overall performance in college improve. The most accurate predictions are found when results of the “Insight Questionnaire” are combined with high school GPAs, ACT scores, SAT scores and high school curriculum.
  • Students who use alternative learning styles can demonstrate their academic potential, which often is overlooked in the traditional admissions process.
  • Useful information is obtained for academic advising and other student support service access.

Background Research

According to research by Dr. William Sedlacek at the University of Maryland, noncognitive characteristics are evaluated by written responses to a set of questions, which are then scored by a group of trained assessors using advanced scoring guides. Significant levels of inter-coder reliability have been met through these procedures. UNC has adopted the use of six questions that have been reviewed and endorsed by Dr. Sedlacek.

Scoring Method

Each Insight Questionnaire is scored by a group of people from different backgrounds and perspectives, all of whom are required to go through rigorous training on noncognitive skills in admission and scholarship selections. A scoring guide was developed based on Dr. Sedlacek’s work, and has been implemented at other universities across the country.

Dr. Sedlacek’s research shows that understanding noncognitive factors greatly contributes to the predictions of a student’s academic success in the future. Ultimately, the Insight Questionnaire gives more students the chance to bring their education to life.

The six topic areas and questions of the Insight Questionnaire are:

  • Leadership/Group Contributions: Describe examples of your leadership experience in which you have significantly influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time. Consider responsibilities to initiatives taken in or out of school.
  • Knowledge in a field/creativity: Describe any of your special interests and how you have developed knowledge in these areas. Give examples of your creativity: the ability to see alternatives; take diverse perspectives; come up with many, varied, or original ideas; or willingness to try new things.
  • Dealing with adversity: Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to address this challenge. Include whether you turned to anyone in facing that challenge, the role that person played, and what you learned about yourself.
  • Community service: Explain what you have done to make your community a better place to live. Give examples of specific projects in which you have been involved over time.
  • Handling systemic challenges: Describe your experiences facing or witnessing discrimination. Tell us how you responded and what you learned from those experiences and how they have prepared you to contribute to the UNC community.
  • Goals/task commitment: Articulate the goals you have established for yourself and your efforts to accomplish these. Give at least one specific example that demonstrates your work ethic/diligence.

Directions to Complete the Insight Questionnaire

When a student has been identified to complete the Insight Questionnaire, an email request will be sent to complete the Insight Questionnaire through the same application process when first applying for admission to UNC. The following link will guide you on how to complete the online process if you have been directed to do so:

Download Step-by-Step Insight Questionnaire Instructions

If you have any questions about completing the Insight Questionnaire, please call UNC Admissions at 970-351-2881 or 1-888-700-4UNC or send an email to admissions@unco.edu.

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GED Applicants

GED students must have earned a 550 or above to be eligible for admission to UNC (2014 GED must be 150 or higher in each subject and in the overall band). A qualifying score does not guarantee admission to UNC. Rather, the student’s GED score, along with their other supporting materials, will be reviewed on an individual basis and a holistic assessment will be made. Applicants must submit a high school transcript reflecting their coursework up until the time of discontinued high school attendance. Applicants must submit a personal statement describing both interest in UNC and why they feel they are prepared to be academically successful at UNC.

Credit and Advanced Placement

Start earning credit towards your bachelor’s degree by earning university credit with Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes. Any AP or IB credit awarded may be used toward the 120-credit-minimum requirement for college graduation. Here’s how:

  • Take the AP or IB examination(s) and request that your scores be sent to the University of Northern Colorado’s Office of Admissions. AP Exam dates can be found on the College Board site and the IB examination schedule can be found on the International Baccalaureate site.
  • UNC will then evaluate your test scores for credit and notify you of the results.

The tables below show the specific courses and credit to be awarded based on score(s) on the various examinations.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credits Chart

Test Name

Score

UNC Equivalency

Hours

LAC

Art History

4-5

ART 190

3

3a

Art Studio: Drawing, 2D/3D

4-5

ELECTIVE

3

 

Biology

3

BIO 100

3

6

4

BIO 110

4

6

5

BIO 110, 111

8

6

Chemistry

3

CHEM 103

3

 

4

CHEM 111

5

6

5

CHEM 111, 112

10

6

Chinese Language & Culture

3

CHIN 201

3

3d/7

4-5

CHIN 201, 202

6

3d/7
Computer Science A
4-5
CG 120
3
 

Economics- Macro

3-5

ECON 203

3

5a

Economics- Micro

3-5

ECON 205

3

5a

English Language /
Composition

3

ENG 122

3

1a

4-5

ENG 122, 123

6

1a/1b

English Literature /
Composition  

3

ENG 122

3

1a

4-5

ENG 122, 131

6

1a/3b

Environmental Science

4

ENST 100

3

6

European History

4-5

HIST 121

3

4

French Language & Culture or Literature

3

FR 201

3

3d/7

4-5

FR 201, 202

6

3d/7

German Language & Culture

3

GER 201

3

3d/7

4-5

GER 201, 202

6

3d/7

Gov’t / Poli Comp

3-5

PSCI 200

3

 
Gov't / Poli US
3-5
PSCI 100
3
5a

Human Geography

3-5

GEOG 200

3

5b
Japanese Language & Culture
3
JAPN 201
3
3d/7
4-5
JAPN 201, 202
6
3d/7

Math- Calculus AB

3-5

MATH 131

4

2

Math- Calculus BC

3-5

MATH 131, 132

8

2

Music (all scores must be 4 or 5)

4-5

MUS 113, 114

4

 
Music (all scores must be 5)

5

MUS 113, 114, 115, 116

8

 

Physics (B)

3-5

PHYS 220, 221

10

6

Physics (C) Mechanical

3-5

PHYS 240

5

6

Physics (C) Electrical

3-5

PHYS 241

5

 

Psychology

3-5

PSY 120

3

5c

Spanish Language

3-5

SPAN 101, 102

10

7

Spanish Literature

3

SPAN 101, 102

10

7

4

SPAN 101, 102, 201

13

7/3d

5

SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202

16

7/3d

Statistics

3-5

STAT 150

3

2

United States History

3

HIST 100

3

4

4-5

HIST 100, 101

6

4

World History

3

HIST 112

3

4

4-5

HIST 112, 113

6

4
International Baccalaureate Credits Chart

Test Name

Score

UNC Course Equivalency

UNC Credits Awarded

LAC

Anthropology
 
 

Standard

4

ANT 100

3

5c

Higher

4

ANT 100, 110

6

5c/7

Visual Art

 

 

 

 

Standard

4

ART Elective

3

 

Higher

4

ART Elective

6

 

Biology

 

 

 

 

Standard

4

BIO 100

3

6

Higher

4

BIO 110

4

6

 

5

BIO 110, BIO 111

8

6

Chemistry

 

 

 

 

Higher

4

CHEM 111

5

6

 

5

CHEM 111, 112

10

6

Economics

 

 

 

 

Standard

4

ECON 203, 205

6

5a

Higher

4

ECON 203, 205 and 3 hours of electives

9

5a

English

 

 

 

 

Standard

4

ENG 122

3

1a

Higher

4

ENG 122, 123 or 131

6

1a and 1b or 3b
Environmental Systems
 
 
Standard
4
ENST 100
3
6
Standard
5-6
ENST 100, 265
6
6
Film Studies SL
4
ELECTIVE
3
 

Foreign Language

 

 

 

 

A Standard

4

FR, GER or SPAN 301

3

 

B Standard

4

FR, GER, CHIN, JAPN or SPAN 201

3

3d/7

A Higher

4

FR, GER or SPAN 301, 302

6

 

B Higher

4

FR, GER, CHIN, JAPN or SPAN 201, 202

6

3d/7

Geography

 

 

 

 

Standard

4

GEOG 100

3

5b

Higher

4

GEOG 100, 200

6

5b

History - Americas

 

 

 

 

Standard

4

HIST 100

3

4

Higher

4

HIST 100, 101

6

4

History - European

 

 

 

 

Standard

4

HIST 120

3

4

Higher

4

HIST 120, 121

6

4

History - World

 

 

 

 

Standard

4

HIST 112

3

4

Higher

4

HIST 112, 113

6

4

Math

 

 

 

 

Standard

4

MATH 124, 127

4

2

Higher

4

MATH 127, 131

8

2
Math Studies
 
 
Standard
4
MATH 124
4
2

Music

 

 

 

 

Standard

6-7

MUS 140

3

3a

Higher

6-7

MUS 113, 114, MUS 140

7

3a

Philosophy

 

 

 

 

Standard

4

ELECTIVE

3

 

Higher

4

ELECTIVE

6

 

Physics

 

 

 

 

Standard

4

LAC ELECTIVE (no lab credit)

3

 

Higher

4

PHYS 220, 221

10

6

Psychology

 

 

 

 

Standard

4

ELECTIVE

3

 

Higher

4

PSY 120, ELECTIVE

6

5c
Theatre
 
 

Standard

4
THEA 130
3
3a
Higher
4
THEA 100, 130
5
3a

 

Military Credit

A maximum of 30 semester hours of credit may be accepted for college-level courses taken under the auspices of the U.S. military services. Credit may also be awarded to veterans of military service who have successfully completed coursework at U.S. military service schools. A Joint Services Transcript (JST), DD214, or official military service school transcript must be submitted. These documents are evaluated by the Office of the Registrar according to recommendations from the American Council on Education in accordance with UNC guidelines. This credit is counted as non-residency transfer work.

  • Army American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS)
  • Sailor & Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART)
  • Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)
  • Coast Guard Institute (CGI)
  • DD 214 Request
High School Concurrent

Interested in enrolling in courses at UNC while you're still enrolled in high school?

The State of Colorado provides several options for high school students who meet high school standards to begin college early. The purpose of these options include promoting content standards, providing academic challenges, and providing access to academic courses that may not be available at a local high school to meet high school graduation requirements.

Concurrent Enrollment

You may be eligible for the Concurrent Enrollment Program if you:

  • Are under 21 years of age and in the 9th – 12th grade;
  • Have received approval from the local high school for your academic plan of study;
  • Have applied for concurrent enrollment approval from the high school prior to the deadline set by the high school; and
  • Meet the minimum college prerequisites for the desired course(s).

Ascent

You may be eligible for the ASCENT program if you:

  • Have completed (or be on schedule to complete) at least 12 hours of postsecondary course work prior to the completion of your 12th grade year;
  • Are not in need of basic skills coursework;
  • Have been selected for participation in the ASCENT program by your high school principal or equivalent school administrator;
  • Have satisfied the minimum prerequisites for the course(s); and
  • Have not have participated in the ASCENT program in previous years.

If you are interested in either of these programs, please see your high school counselor to complete the appropriate paperwork.

Summer Session Students

Interested in taking classes over the summer but not interested in being formally admitted? Learn more about Summer Session.

Transfer Students

We welcome your interest in transferring to UNC. Let us work with you to make the application process as smooth as possible.

You’re considered a transfer student if you have attended a post-secondary institution after graduating from high-school. You’re a strong candidate for admission as a transfer student if you have:

  • 30 or more transferable credits
  • 2.4 cumulative GPA from all schools attended

The Office of Admissions reviews applications on a rolling basis, which means you will receive an admission decision two to three weeks after submitting your application and all supporting documents. To graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UNC, which requires 120 semester credit hours, you must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours through UNC.

Apply

To apply to UNC, you’ll need to submit the following:

  • A completed UNC application
  • $45 application fee (nonrefundable, payable by credit card or debit card)
  • Submit all official college transcripts from all institutions attended
    • Mail: UNC Office of Admissions, Campus Box 10, Greeley, CO 80639
    • Electronically: submitted from your previous institutions via Parchment or sent to UNC.transcripts@unco.edu
  • Your official high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores (which should be sent directly to UNC from your high school)
    • Students transferring fewer than 30 credit hours are required to submit high school transcripts
 

UNC Transfer Guides

Use the following resources to assist you in planning to attend UNC in the future. These guides wil outline which courses are eligible for transfer from Colorado Community colleges and AIMS community college.

For a complete description of how UNC will accept transfer credits, visit our Registrar’s page.