journey at UNC
We're excited you're interested in the University of Northern Colorado! Here, your education will be research-driven and hands on. The community will be rooting for you to succeed. And your opportunities will be just about limitless. Hear from some of our students and staff about what it's like to transfer to UNC.
Transfer Application Checklist
Get started with your admission application by completing your Bear App. Budget about 15 minutes to complete it. You can also apply through the Common App. The application requirements are the same no matter which way you apply, so it's up to you how you would prefer to submit your app.
UNC has a $50 application fee (nonrefundable; payable by credit or debit card; fee waivers are available).
Official College Transcripts
Send official college transcripts from all previous institutions attended
- If you are transferring with 23 or fewer credit hours (not counting AP, IB or CLEP credits), you need to submit your high school transcript or equivalent, as well as your ACT or SAT test scores.
- If you are transferring with 24 or more credit hours (not counting AP, IB or CLEP credits), you need to submit proof of high school graduation for federal financial aid reasons. This can be a high school transcript, diploma, GED or other high school graduation equivalent.
- If you have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, you do not need to submit any high school or test score documentation.
- If you do not meet the admission criteria (below), we recommend that you submit a personal statement. There is no specific prompt, but we recommend about 300 words, and you may want to describe your situation and how you have prepared to succeed at UNC.
If you plan to study in one of the following programs, you may need to submit additional application materials:
Transfer Document Submission Options
All documents and credentials must be official and sent one of the following ways:
Office of Admissions
Carter Hall 3006
Campus Box 10
Greeley, CO 80639
Previous institutions may send official transcripts via Parchment or to UNC.firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’re considered a transfer student if you have attended any post-secondary institution after graduating from high school. Students who do not meet the 24 credit minimum are encouraged to apply and must include high school credential information. Students with at least a 2.0 who were in good academic standing at all previous institutions are encouraged to apply. You’re a strong candidate for admission as a transfer student if you have:
24 or more transferable credits
A cumulative GPA of 2.4 from all colleges/universities attended
UNC accepts applications on a rolling basis, which means that Admissions will start considering your application as soon as it is complete. The sooner you complete your application and financial aid application, the sooner you’ll hear about your admission decision and financial aid package.
Priority Consideration Deadlines
Missed the priority deadline? Be sure to get your application to us by the hard deadline.
Hard deadline: August 1
Hard deadline: December 1
Hard deadline: May 1
Find the answers to common questions here...from applying to student life and everything in between!
Living in Greeley
Bringing Credits to UNC
UNC requires a minimum of 120 semester credit hours to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, with a minimum of 30 credit hours taken at UNC. Your credits will automatically be evaluated after you’re admitted to UNC. The Office of the Registrar determines which credits are transferable and evaluates that coursework based on previously established equivalencies. Courses that do not have established equivalencies will be sent to academic departments responsible for reviewing new courses.
Use these resources to see how courses will transfer to UNC:
For a complete description of how UNC accepts transfer credits, visit our Registrar’s page.
Wondering whether your courses will transfer to UNC? Enter your information in our Transferology tool to find out what the transfer equivalencies are at UNC from different institutions.
When you come to UNC, you won’t just be part of campus, although that’ll be a huge part of your experience. You’ll also be part of a growing Colorado town (well, city!) of 100,000. Here are a few of the ways you can get to know the area.
Local businesses provide discounts to Bear students on services and products including food, car services, recreation, health and fitness, lodging and much more.
UNC Engage is an online portal that allows students to browse volunteer, internship and job opportunities with local organizations. UNC is committed to building and maintaining great relationships in Greeley, for the good of both students and the community.
A lot of our transfer students live on campus. But if you’re looking to live in the surrounding area, Off-Campus Housing has pages of resources on Rental listings, best practices of living off-campus and more.
Learn more about the local arts scene, entertainment, parks and more in the community. You’ll find that the university and community are intertwined, benefiting from the best of each other.