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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


Admission Application

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.


Application Fee

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


Additional Requirements

  • 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.
  • College credit earned during high school may count toward a UNC degree but cannot classify you as a transfer student or count toward transfer admission requirements.

Transfer Document Submission Options

All documents and credentials must be official and sent one of the following ways:


Office of Admissions
1051 22nd St
Campus Box 10
Greeley, CO 80639


Previous institutions may send official transcripts via Parchment or to UNC.transcripts@unco.edu.

Admission Criteria

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

Application Deadlines

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.

Fall Semester

March 1st

Hard deadline: August 1

Spring Semester

November 1st

Hard deadline: December 1

Summer Semester

March 1st

Hard deadline: May 1

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to common questions here...from applying to student life and everything in between!

Application Materials

Transferring Credits


  • How long will it take to complete my degree?

    This will be completely dependent on your circumstances. Top things to consider are how many credit hours you are transferring to UNC and what your program requirements are once you get here. Transferology can help with how courses will transfer, and checking out your desired major(s) in UNC’s catalog will tell you what courses are required for any of our majors. Remember, once you’re admitted, DegreeWorks will show you how your credits are transferring and what is left for your major!

  • What are LACs?

    Liberal Arts Core courses, or LACs, make up UNC’s general education requirements. 

Financial Aid


Living in Greeley

  • What is the cost of living in Greeley?

    As of 2018, Greeley’s cost of living is right around the national average, with slightly higher-than-average housing prices due to the influx of people to Colorado’s Front Range. We recommend using a cost of living comparison calculator to estimate whether Greeley’s cost of living is higher or lower than what you’re used to. (Note: UNC cannot guarantee the accuracy of an outside cost-of-living calculator)

  • How can I get around Greeley?

    Your UNC student ID allows you to ride the Greeley-Evans Transit buses for free, which can take you from campus to grocery stores, the mall, Target, Walmart, the post office and many other locations. See route details here.

Student Life

Find Your Counselor

Still have questions? Get them answered.

Reach out to one of our admission counselors with any questions about applying and being accepted to UNC. 



Bringing Credits to UNC

Transfer Credit

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. ​ 

UNC Courses

Ready to look at the specific course requirements for the program you’re interested in? Head over to our Course Catalog to see the most up-to-date information on your program and read about UNC’s Liberal Arts Core (LAC) curriculum.

Bear Locale

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.


Bear Biz

Local businesses provide discounts to Bear students on services and products including food, car services, recreation, health and fitness, lodging and much more.

See full list and map of Bear Biz partners.



Handshake is an online portal that allows students to browse internship and job opportunities both local and national. UNC is committed to supporting students as they begin to discover their passion, pave their career path and get in the professional market.


Off-Campus Life

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.


Explore Greeley

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.

Explore Greeley Now!

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