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What we do...

Welcome to the University of Northern Colorado Purchasing and Contracts Department home page. Our intent is to provide the University community with the efficient procurement of goods and services and to ensure maximum value for dollars spent. It is our desire to provide prompt, courteous and fair treatment to all our customers, be they members of the campus community or members of the vendor community.


If you receive an email requesting a quote or an order from an email address other than the domain, the email is a scam! Many vendors reported receiving emails requesting a quote from an email address ending in This is not a valid UNC email. Please disregard any emails purporting to be from UNC that do not come from the correct domain of We are aware that vendors have received fraudulent purchase orders.  If you are unsure of the validity of any documents, please email the document in question to and we will confirm its authenticity. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 970-351-2287.

What’s New?

We are pleased to announce that OnBase, the new system we'll be using for our contract management, will begin being rolled out campus wide. A guide for fund approvers on the approval process within OnBase is available now, with the installation guide to follow.

A list of upcoming Purchasing deadlines for Fiscal Year 16, as well as information for transferring standing purchase orders, are now available.

The Fiscal Year End Purchase Order Encumbrance Procedure Guide outlines important dates and procedures for remaining Fiscal Year 16 purchases and new Fiscal Year 17 purchases.

Because the University of Northern Colorado is a State institution, purchases are subject to requirements contained in the Colorado State Procurement Code, and in the University Purchasing and Payment Procedures document. The buyers in the Purchasing and Contracts Department are trained purchasing professionals who understand these requirements, understand current market conditions of a vast array of goods and service, and are always glad to assist you in any way possible.

The University Purchasing and Payment Procedures document is intended to be used as a "Quick Reference" tool. Please use this information and coordinate with the buyers in Purchasing when needs arise that are not covered. Thank you for taking the time to familiarize yourself with our processes!