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Admitted Student Checklist

You’ve earned admission to the University of Northern Colorado — congratulations new Bear! In the days and weeks leading up to your first day as a student, you’ll take crucial steps that will shape your UNC experience. 

Admitted Student Portal

UNC Campuss

Phase One

1. Complete FAFSA

UNC's Free Application for Federal Student Aid school code is 001349. The FAFSA opens October 1 each year.

Colorado students: Apply for the College Opportunity Fund, which enables you to pay the lowest possible in-state tuition rate. Learn more. 

2. Activate Ursa Account

Ursa is your online portal to accept your financial aid offer, register for classes, pay your bill and more.

You'll need your Bear Number to activate your account, look it up here. Don't forget to check your BearMail regularly.

3. Check Financial Aid


After completing the FAFSA and all required paperwork, you’ll receive a Preliminary Award letter. Official Award letters are mailed in March. Check your Ursa account regularly for financial aid updates and notifications.

4. Scholarships

You’ll complete the FAFSA and the UNC Scholarship Application every year.  We also encourage you to look for outside scholarship opportunities to lower your costs.

5. Attend Destination UNC

UNC has a variety of admitted student events to help you make your final decision. Another visit option is a Daily Tour, or, if you can’t make it in person, our virtual tour.

6. Join the Admitted

Students Facebook group

Meet fellow future Bears, find out why they are choosing or considering UNC, find a roommate and get connected with others with similar interests.

Phase Two

1. Submit Confirmation


Your $200 nonrefundable deposit confirms your space in the class, and it is applied to your bill. We encourage you to submit this by May 1.

2. Apply for Campus


Explore your housing options online or take a residence hall tour. Then complete your application and submit your $100 housing deposit.

The sooner you apply, the better chance you have of getting one of your top housing preferences.

3. Submit Immunization


You must submit your immunization records through your admissions portal so you can register for classes.

4. Complete the ALEKS

Math Placement


The ALEKS Math Placement Assessment is how UNC determines your placement for entry-level math and statistics courses.

5. Register for Orientation

New Student Orientation is a program designed to familiarize new students with UNC’s campus and resources, connect you with other Bears, and prepare you for a smooth transition to college. You will also meet with an academic advisor and register for classes!

Phase Three

1. Submit Your Final


Once you've graduated, ask your high school to send your final official transcript, complete with your final GPA and graduation date, to UNC’s Office of Admissions (either electronically or by mail). 

To get credit for AP/IB/concurrent courses, send those transcripts or scores to the Office of Admissions. 

2. Submit the Student

Health Insurance Waiver

If you enroll in nine or more credit hours, you’ll automatically be enrolled in the UNC-sponsored health insurance plan unless you provide documentation that you have comparable insurance by the 10th day of classes of the semester you start. You can submit your health insurance waiver via your Ursa account.

3. Purchase a Parking


If you’ll have a car while you’re at UNC, you can buy your parking pass through your Ursa account (the option will be listed under the “Financial” tab).