History and Culture of UNC

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On April 1, 1889, the governor of Colorado signed the bill creating the State Normal School to train qualified teachers for the state's public schools. Greeley citizens raised the necessary money for the first building, and the cornerstone was laid on June 13, 1890. The school opened its doors on October 6 with a staff of four instructors and 96 students. Certificates were granted upon the completion of a two year course.


In 1911, the school's name was changed to Colorado State Teachers College by the state legislature. The college was then offering four years of undergraduate work and granting the Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1935, the name of Colorado State College of Education was adopted to recognize the fully developed graduate program, which was started in 1913. Early in 1957, the state legislature approved shortening the name to Colorado State College. Again, to recognize the further growth of programs and offerings, in 1970 the name was changed once more, this time to the University of Northern Colorado.

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With a rich history of dedicated faculty, active students, fraternities and sororities, clubs, organizations, and 19 NCAA Division I athletic teams, UNC provides broad university opportunities to every student while offering a small college, individually-oriented emphasis. The UNC experience combines a solid liberal arts foundation, relevant professional coursework, innovative technology, and real-world opportunities to prepare students for a lifetime of learning.

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