First-Year Application Checklist
Get started with your Admissions application by completing your Bear App. Budget about 15 minutes to complete it. You can also apply through the Common App. The application requirements are the same no matter which way you apply, so it's up to you how you would prefer to submit your app.
UNC has a $45 application fee (nonrefundable; payable by credit or debit card; fee waivers are available).
Your official high school transcript should be sent directly to UNC from your high school. See below for all options for submission.
First-Year Document Submission Options
All documents and credentials can be submitted through Naviance (if available through your high school) or submitted one of the following ways:
Office of Admissions
Carter Hall 3006
Campus Box 10
Greeley, CO 80639
Use email for PDF documents.
UNC accepts applications on a rolling basis, which means that Admissions will start considering your application as soon as it is complete. The sooner you complete your application and financial aid application, the sooner you’ll hear about your admission decision and financial aid package.
Priority Consideration Deadlines
UNC welcomes applications from students with diverse academic backgrounds and interests. For admission decisions, UNC considers:
Your 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:
- Four years of English
- Four years of math (Algebra I or higher)
- Three years of natural/earth science (two years must include lab work)
- Three years of social science (at least one year must be in U.S. or world history)
- One year of a foreign language
- Two years of electives
We will consider additional factors that may have influenced your prior academic performance. If you have something on your academic record that needs explanation, you can submit a short essay. If you're unsure, ask us.
Bringing Credits to UNC
AP and IB Credit
Any Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credits earned may be used toward the 120-credit minimum requirement for college graduation. When you take the AP or IB examination(s), request that your scores be sent to the University of Northern Colorado’s Office of Admissions. 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.
UNC is proud to support its military community and accepts military credit, VA educational benefits, and the Yellow Ribbon Program.
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.
The University of Northern Colorado proudly supports the military-affiliated community by assisting in the transition process and providing a stand-alone space with a strong, inclusive community through UNC's Veterans Services.
If you took the GED, we require a personal statement in addition to the core application materials. Students who take the GED Fifth Test Series (2014 to present) must have earned 150 or higher in each subject area to be eligible for admission. The Fourth Test Series (2001–2013) minimum for admission eligibility is 550 total, and the Third Test Series (1988–2001) minimum is 55 total.
A qualifying score does not guarantee admission to UNC. We will review your application and materials on an individual basis and make a holistic assessment.
GED Applicant Checklist
- Admission application
- $45 application fee (nonrefundable; payable by credit or debit card)
- Official GED scores
- Official high school transcripts to the point of stop-out (which should be sent directly to UNC from your high school)
- Personal statement describing both interest in UNC and why you feel you are prepared to be academically successful at a four-year university
Reach out to our admission counselors and they can walk you through the whole process, from start to finish!