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University Advancement

Building on the reputation of more than 130 years of academic excellence and community impact, university advancement elevates the brand of UNC, engages external constituents, and develops the philanthropic strategies that support UNC priorities. 

Reporting to Vice President Allie Steg Haskett ’03, UNC’s advancement staff manage all facets of UNC’s external operation to include advancement operations, alumni and constituent relations, development, and marketing and communications. The division works with UNC leadership as well as faculty and staff to effectively promote and market the university and engage donors and alumni in philanthropy, volunteerism, advocacy, and the responsible management of gifts and constituent records. Additionally, the UNC Foundation, a separate legal entity, works closely with all of University Advancement and is integrated both physically and strategically in all facets of the advancement enterprise.

University Advancement offices are located on the first floor of Carter Hall. Reach us at 970-351-2551 or advancement@unco.edu.

Strategic Planning Initiatives

In support of the university strategic plan, University Advancement is conducting a university brand audit and campaign feasibility review during the summer of 2022.

Learn more about the strategic plan

Get to Know Our Work

Get to Know Our Team

The Reach of Bear Country

With more than 140,000 alumni, plus faculty, staff and friends, UNC has a tremendous ability to galvanize the relationships and resources necessary to support student success.

The strong community connections you find across Bear Country provide authentic learning experiences and reciprocal partnerships and collaborations. UNC sets the standard for how engaged universities enrich the lives of our students on campus, throughout Colorado and beyond.

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We are Bear Country

UNC Monthly News

Alumna, Teacher Encourages Future Teachers

November 7, 2022 - Last February, high school teacher and UNC education alumna Lauren Appelhans '14 returned to campus with her students for the Future Teachers Conference. As registration opens for the February 2023 conference, Appelhans and her former student (and current UNC Bear) Nayzeth Hernandez share their experiences from the 2022 event

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Alumni Establish Scholarship Support for Student-Athletes

October 24, 2022 - Mark '94 and Tammy '94 Berven learned so much about leadership and gained essential life skills while at UNC. These experiences inspired them to establish the Berven Athletic Leadership Scholarship and this fall, they had an opportunity to see the impact of their support first-hand when they met students who received the scholarships.

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UNC Celebrates First Generation Students

November 2, 2022 - With its highest fall-to-fall retention rates for first-generation students in over a decade and a number one ranking in social mobility in Colorado, UNC has much to celebrate during the sixth annual national First-Generation College Celebration month.

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