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 secondary level. Additional consideration is given to the following:

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

GED Students

GED students must have earned a 550 or above to be eligible for admission to UNC. A qualifying score does not guarantee admission to UNC. Rather, the studentís 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.

Military Veterans

Here at UNC a commitment has been made to serving those who served. Please refer to the "Information for Freshman Students" or "Information for Transfer Students" section of this Website for admission-specific information. To learn more about benefits and other resources at UNC, visit the Veterans Services Website.

Credit for Classes and Tests

UNC accepts Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit. Contact the Admissions Office for details.

UNC accepts Teacher Cadet Program credit toward your teacher education program.

Programs with Additional Admissions Requirements

Acceptance to the University of Northern Colorado does not guarantee admission to all majors; the programs listed below have additional requirements.