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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 your 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.

1 in every 4
incoming students
is a transfer

Transfer Student Checklist

Applying to UNC? Head to our checklist to make sure you’ve got everything you need. Still have questions? Jump down to our FAQs.

We look forward to seeing your application!


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.

"I transferred to UNC for the nursing program, but I fell in love with the community. I feel that I learn my best when I am supported by my peers and professors, and at UNC, that is definitely the case!" 


Sage, UNC Ambassador

"Tranferring to UNC was potentially the best decision I have ever made. Being able to fully pursue my dream in an environment that fosters growth, energy and excitement is something that I cannot thank UNC enough for." 


Nina, UNC Ambassador

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to common questions here...from applying to student life and everything in-between! Contact us at admissions@unco.edu if your question isn't answered below.

Application Materials

Transferring Credits

  • How do I find out if my credits will transfer?

    UNC uses a tool called Transferology to allow you to determine how your courses will transfer. (Watch the how-to video here.) Once you’ve entered your courses on Transferology, you might find that not all your courses have a definitive transfer equivalency. This happens when you load a course that hasn’t been transferred to UNC before, so it’s especially common if you’re an out-of-state student. Contact the Office of the Registrar (transfereval@unco.edu) directly for any remaining questions after using Transferology. Your previous credits will be officially evaluated once you are admitted to UNC, so if you are ready to apply, go ahead and do that to get the most thorough evaluation.

  • How will an associate’s degree transfer to UNC?

    If you have completed an Associate of Arts (AA) or an Associate of Science (AS) degree, your Liberal Arts Core (LAC) courses at UNC will be waived. You may receive credit for additional individual courses. If you have completed an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or an Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree, your LACs will not be waived, but your courses will be individually evaluated.

  • How do I actually transfer my credits?

    Your application for admission to UNC requires you to submit your official transcripts from any and all institutions you’ve attended. These will be evaluated by the Office of the Registrar once you are admitted to UNC. You’ll then be able to log in to your student portal account (Ursa) and use DegreeWorks to see exactly how all your past work is being applied toward your degree at UNC.


  • 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 transit schedules and routes

Student Life

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 just 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.


UNC Engage

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.


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 Life has pages of resources on finding off-campus housing, commuting to 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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Maybe You're One of Us

One in four Bears comes to us as a transfer student. Their talents and interests are as diverse as their backgrounds. Are you excited about learning and excited about life? Well, maybe you’re one of us.

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Learn about Kevion and meet more UNC Bears.