Founded in 1889 and tucked between the Rocky Mountains and Colorado’s stunning high plains, the University of Northern Colorado is a public doctoral research university committed to the success of its students, with more than 100 undergraduate programs and 113 graduate programs. The university’s just-right size, expert faculty, and tradition of research and hands-on learning gives students exceptional opportunities and a personalized education.
We acknowledge that the grounds upon which our university stands are inextricably tied to the history and culture of indigenous peoples. We pay our respect to Elders past, present, and future, and to those who have stewarded this land throughout the generations. The University of Northern Colorado occupies the lands in the territories of the Ute, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Lakota peoples. Further, we acknowledge the 48 tribes that are historically tied to the state of Colorado. We challenge ourselves to be better stewards of the land we inhabit, as well as learn the stories and practices of Indigenous people’s history and culture.
17:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio
with 686 total faculty
(441 of which are full-time)
*As reported in Fall 2021 Census
Average full-time course load: 14 credit hours
42% of incoming first-year students are first generation
5,962 In-state students
69% Masters Students
20% Doctoral Students
5% Specialist Students
4% Licensure/Certificate Students
2% Unclassified Students
- Masters - 69%
- Doctoral - 20%
- Specialist - 5%
- Licensure/Certificate - 4%
- Unclassified - 2%
Graduate and Undergraduate Ethnicity
- 62% White
- 24% Latinx/Hispanic
- <1% Not Reported/Unknown
- 5% Multi-racial
- 5% African American
- <1% Temporary U.S. Resident
- 2% Asian
- <1% Native American
- <1% Hawaiian
Stories from Bear Country
Leadership for a Changing World
This year marks 20 years for UNC’s Stryker Institute for Leadership Development, and it continues to give students leadership skills that help them make a difference in the lives of others.
New Deans Join UNC
Three new academic deans joined UNC this summer and share a vision for and commitment to student success.
Alumni Spotlight - Holding High Expectations
UNC Trustee Shashwata Prateek Dutta BS 08, EdLD, believes in the importance of education as a driver of social mobility — something he’s experienced in his own journey to success.