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Welcome to the Division for Undergraduate Academic Engagement!

Established in 2021, the Division for Undergraduate Academic Engagement enriches the university campus through academic opportunities including undergraduate research and creative endeavors, interdisciplinary programming, interdisciplinary studies-student designed major, ROTC, academic engagement scholarships, and honors and scholars programs. The university programs that operate out of this division bring together diverse and active students who share a common goal of making the most of their college academic experience. 

Academic Engagement Programs

The University Honors Program and McNair Scholars Program each has its own eligibility requirements and distinctive program characteristics.

Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors (OUR&CE)

University of Northern Colorado OUR&CE supports and develops undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing research or creative works outside of the traditional class and semester boundaries. The office provides funding, training support, mentorship and national conference presentation and performance opportunities.

Leadership Training through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)

UNC offers two ROTC programs in partnership with Colorado State University Fort Collins.

Army ROTC provides leadership training to students from any major who are motivated to become officers in the Army. Student who complete the ROTC program are commissioned into the Army, Army Reserve Corps, or Army National Guard. Students also earn a minor in Military Sciences as they proceed through the Army ROTC.

UNC Students in the Air Force ROTC detachment have the option of pursuing a minor in Aerospace Studies. Air Force ROTC develops leaders through, not only classes, but also hands-on management experience and valuable leadership-building exercises. While pursing any academic degree, ROTC candidates are provided numerous opportunities to explore the multitude of career fields available in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force.

See for yourself how these programs can help you get the most out of your University of Northern Colorado experience!

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Honors Program

Are you looking to challenge yourself and want to become a better problem solver in the world? The University Honors Programs are designed to foster outstanding students by providing a small community of intellectually-challenging peers with extra faculty attention and the tools to learn how to think critically and make connections between disciplines and then how to dive deep into today’s problems, issues and cutting edge research challenges.

UNC Honors Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2022 Admission. The Fall 2023 application will open in late August.

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McNair Scholars Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is a federal TRIO program designed to provide undergraduate students with effective preparation for graduate-level study through research and scholarly activities, summer internships, seminars and workshops, mentoring, and assistance with graduate school admission processes. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need or members of a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate education, and have demonstrated strong academic potential.


The Division for Undergraduate Academic Engagement collaborates with university and community groups to provide programs and events for the campus at large. The Honors Program also hosts a variety of events throughout the semester that provide opportunities for students to participate in social events, fundraising, and community service projects.

Signature Events

UNC Research Day, Thursday, April 6, 2023

 UNC’s Research Day welcomes students, both graduate and undergraduate, to present their research, creative works and scholarly projects in a day long celebration.  Students may present their projects oral presentations with virtual presentation options, or as poster presentations.  Over 300 Students are expected at this event presenting over 200 different poster and oral sessions demonstrating the exceptional level of scholarly work at UNC. The Research Excellence Awards competition is held in conjunction with Research Day.

All presenters must submit an on line application via Ursa by March 7, 2023.  Application opens February 1.

Learn more about Research Day.