FAQ

Why should we choose the University of Northern Colorado?

There are lots of reasons to choose Northern Colorado, but what’s the “best” reason depends on what matters most to you and your student.

  • We have top quality academic programs taught by faculty who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching.
  • Our residence halls and student support programs are designed to help students become part of a university community.
  • Many students tell us we’re the perfect size – a place where they find an exciting array of opportunities without getting lost in the shuffle or starting to feel like a number.
  • Our excellent quality and reasonable price make us an unsurpassed higher education value.

What’s the Northern Colorado campus like?

People visiting campus for the first time often say they can’t believe how beautiful it is.

It’s lovely, we agree, but we happen to think the best thing about campus is our students. Whether they’re rushing to class or playing Frisbee on the lawn, they bring the place to life.

There’s plenty of room to breathe at Northern Colorado, yet you can still walk from one side of campus to the other without training for a 5K. Central Campus, with its carefully restored buildings and tree-lined sidewalks, is the historic heart of campus. West Campus feels a little more modern, but even our newest buildings echo key architectural elements from our past.

The best way to find out what campus is like is to see it for yourself.

What’s the community around Northern Colorado like?

The University of Northern Colorado is part of a diverse and growing city, with about 90,000 people living in the Greeley-Evans metro area. Our city’s roots as a utopian colony are still apparent in our values and our optimism. We have an extraordinary performing arts complex that features a regular lineup of national acts as well as world-class talent from our campus. Recent efforts to reinvigorate the downtown area about 10 blocks from campus are paying off. A new downtown ice rink draws hundreds of Northern Colorado students for our Club Hockey team’s matches, and the Downtown Development Authority is working with students to start other traditions.

What are other parents saying about Northern Colorado?

Here are some written comments made by parents who visited campus:

  • “Everyone was very friendly and willing to help. I have heard that UNC is great about working with freshman – it’s true.”
  • “I am very impressed with your total support systems for student success.”
  • “I feel very confident that our son has made a good decision in choosing UNC. I feel like UNC is making an investment in our son. This is reassuring. Thank you.”
  • “UNC is a great environment for my daughter. The campus feels safe and the people were all incredibly friendly and helpful. We are excited for the opportunities ahead!”

How will we pay for college?

More than 50 percent of Northern Colorado students receive financial assistance, which is administered by our Office of Financial Aid, so there’s a good chance you will qualify.

Financial aid packages can include grants, scholarships, work-study, loans or a combination of these. Generally speaking, grants are based on financial need and do not have to be repaid.

Scholarships, which also do not have to be repaid, are typically awarded for academic accomplishments and other talents. Northern Colorado has several scholarships that are automatically offered to prospective students based on their academic performance in high school.

Work-study allows students to work campus jobs to cover some costs. There are also a variety of loans available, including some with subsidized interest.

Financial aid lingo seems to be filled with acronyms. Here are some you’re likely to encounter:

  • FAFSA—Free Application for Federal Student Aid: This is the key to qualifying for federal financial aid. Fill out the FAFSA by the March 1 “priority” date for the greatest opportunity for federal aid. The FAFSA4caster can help you estimate your eligibility.
  • EFC—Expected Family Contribution: The FAFSA uses information about your family's earnings, savings and assets to calculate the EFC, how much you will be expected to contribute toward the cost of college. Usually the lower the EFC, the more need-based aid a student is eligible for.
  • COF—College Opportunity Fund: Colorado residents earning their first undergraduate degree are eligible for the COF stipend, which reduces their share of tuition costs. The stipends are Colorado’s way of supporting public higher education for state residents.

Does my student have to live on campus?

All newly admitted students with less than 20 college credit hours earned after high school graduation (or equivalent), who are under 21 and not living with their legal guardian in the local area must live in the university's residence halls through the completion of the first academic year of their attendance. (Local area is defined by school district. Included school districts are Ault Highland RE-9, Eaton RE-2, Greeley 6, Platte Valley RE-7, Poudre R-1, Thompson R-2J, Weld County RE-5J, Weld RE-1 and Windsor RE-4.) Credits earned through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or concurrent enrollment with high school do not apply towards the live-on requirement.

For more information, please visit the Housing Web site

How safe is campus?

Safety of our students is the highest priority at Northern Colorado. Our campus police department is a full-service police agency that operates around the clock. Our 14 full-time officers have the same training and authority as officers throughout Colorado and work closely with their counterparts at other law enforcement agencies. In the residence halls, we have 24-hour staffing, card-swipe building access, guest check-in requirements and 911 service to reach campus police. We also have several part-time student security officers whose responsibilities include escorting students across campus after dark.

We expect all members of our campus community to share the responsibility for helping keep our campus safe. New Student Orientation includes safety information, and our campus police and residence halls offer additional training throughout the year. We also encourage parents to talk to their students about personal safety, particularly about the fact that alcohol is often a factor in crimes involving students.

Is it too late to apply for admission?

UNC is a rolling admission campus. Due to application requirements and processing time, the deadline for fall applications is August 1 and the deadline for spring is December 1. More information about the application process can be found at www.unco.edu/admissions.

My student has decided to attend Northern Colorado. What do we need to do now?

First things first: Celebrate! Then, these are the most pressing things to take care of:

  • Have your student activate his or her account in Ursa – our online system for official student communications – using instructions in the admissions offer letter we mailed your student or that are online.
  • Using the user name and password created for Ursa, your student should complete a Housing and Dining Contract online and submit the required $250 deposit.
  • Sign up online for New Student Orientation, which all new students are expected to attend.
  • Before your student even sets foot on campus, there are conversations you can have that can have an impact on his or her success.

Other things your student should do before arriving on campus:

Are there special classes for freshmen?

For entering freshmen, University 101: Foundations for Learning and Development, a 3-credit Liberal Arts Core elective course, is designed to help with the transition from high school to UNC by promoting students continued intellectual, personal, and professional growth and development. Class sizes are small, highly interactive, and designed to both support and challenge students.  As a result, students who participate tend to earn higher grades and to continue in college until graduation more so than those students who do not participate.

How will my student register for classes?

Your student will register for classes for his or her first semester at the end of New Student Orientation, which all new freshmen are expected to attend.

In a group setting, a faculty or professional advisor will help you select and register for classes on the second day of Orientation. Note that the advisor you meet with may not be your assigned advisor in the fall.

Your student will register independently for each subsequent semester, but only after consulting with their assigned advisor and receiving a unique PIN that is required to start the registration process in Ursa.

What if my student hasn’t chosen a major?

It’s OK if your student hasn’t chosen a major. Even those who choose a major before they get to campus often change their minds. Discovering new interests and career possibilities is part of going to college.

The “core curriculum” of classes that we require undergraduates to take is an opportunity to explore different areas of study. Our Career Services Office also offers students help in matching their interests and abilities with career and graduate school possibilities.

Until students choose a major, an assigned advisor from the Office of Academic Support and Advising provides advising and assistance in selecting an academic major.

Does my student need to bring a computer?

We have 17 labs throughout campus where students can access university computers. For students with computers, residence hall rooms have free high-speed Internet access, and several campus buildings support wireless connectivity.

A personal computer is not required; however if you plan to buy one, we recommend waiting until your student arrives on campus and gets a sense for the technology demands of his or her classes. Your student will also be eligible for academic discounts on computer hardware and software at our campus technology store, BearLogic.

How do we get to Northern Colorado?

Map of Greeley

  • From Interstate 25, take the Greeley/US-34 East exit (257A). After five miles, remain on the Greeley/Ft. Morgan route and continue east to the 11th Avenue stoplight. Turn left (north) on 11th Avenue. At 19th Street, turn right (east). Go approximately one block to the Visitors Center parking lot, 1862 10th Ave. Ask Visitors Center staff for a complimentary parking permit as soon as you arrive.
  • If you are traveling on US-85, it becomes 8th Avenue, which borders the east end of campus. At 20th Street, turn left (west). Travel two blocks and turn right (north) on 10th Avenue. Go approximately one block to the Visitors Center parking lot.
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