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Aims2UNC makes it easier to achieve your academic goals! We've simplified the transition between Aims Community College and the University of Northern Colorado, so you can focus on what matters most — earning your degree.

The Aims2UNC in an innovative partnership between Aims Community College and the University of Northern Colorado. When accepted to the Aims2UNC program you will be considered a student on both campuses, allowing you to engage at each campus including access to facilities, events, clubs and organizations, in the way you find most meaningful.

Our transition program differs from a traditional transfer program because rather than focusing on a single point in time (the point of transfer) it begins as soon as you are accepted into the program. Our holistic approach is centered on developing a sense of community and belonging on both campuses, and providing streamlined advising to allow you to achieve your goal of earning a four-year degree from UNC. To these means, we encourage prospective students to apply as soon as they are enrolled in courses at Aims.


Connect with us

If you have questions or want additional information get in touch with a Transition Advisor.

Phone: 970-339-6557
Email: aims2unc@aims.edu 

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Eligibility Requirements

Requirements to Submit an Applications:

  • Earn high school diploma or equivalent
  • Declare an Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Graphic Design at Aims Community College.
  • Enroll in at least one class at Aims for the term you look to begin the program
  • Must have 2 semesters (or more) remaining at Aims. Aims students with less than 2 semesters remaining should connect with Aims Transfer Services, who will assist with their planning. 
  • If you would like to access UNC’s facilities, events, and services you will need to submit your Immunization records and have no previous holds at UNC.

Steps to Apply to the Aims2UNC Program

To be considered for the Aims2UNC program you must:

  1. Be a current Aims student (new or continuing) who has earned a high school diploma or equivalent. 

  2. Declare an Associate of Arts, an Associate of Science, or applicable Associate of Applied Science at Aims

  3. Enroll in at least one course at Aims for the semester you wish to join the program. If you need assistance with course registration before joining our program, you will work with Pathway Advising. Students must have 2 semesters at Aims remaining to join Aims2UNC.

    Students with less than 2 semesters remaining should connect with Aims Transfer Services, who will assist with their planning. 

  4. Submit the Aims2UNC Application
    See our video below for assistance on how to complete the Aims2UNC application. 

NOTE: Students planning on pursuing Nursing at Aims or UNC should connect with Aims Pathway Advising. If you are attempting to apply to  the UNC Dual Enrollment Program for Nursing, please work with the Aims Nursing Department & UNC Nursing Department to complete the application process.

Scholarship opportunities

Aims2UNC participants may be eligible for a scholarship beginning the second semester of the program. Scholarships are renewable each term through your graduation from Aims, and can equal up to $500 a semester.* 

To be eligible, a student must meet the following requirements each semester:

  • Earn at least 12 credit hours at Aims,
  • Complete one Registration Advising Appointment with an Aims2UNC advisor
  • Participate in two Aims2UNC engagement activities,
  • Maintain a 3.0 (or higher) cumulative GPA, and
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 credits at Aims in the following semester.

*Scholarship amounts are determined on enrollment status and will be based on degree completion requirements for your declared AA/AS or applicable AAS degree

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As a student at both institutions, you get access to the best of what each campus has to offer. Here’s a snapshot of all the benefits:


Free Applications

All application fees are covered. This includes the aims application, the Aims2UNC application, and the UNC application upon transition.


Individualized Advising

Students are advised by an Aims2UNC Transition Advisor who has been cross-trained to support program participants in reaching their short and long-term goals at both institutions.


Access to UNC Services, Events and Clubs

You'll have student ID for both campuses! Attend UNC sporting events, get student rates, use the recreation center, student health center.


Streamlined Transition Courses

Don't worry about whether courses will transfer. We'll guide you through which courses count towards your bachelor's degree.


Engagement Activities

Centered on building belonging and community on both campus, are engagement activities will assist you in your transition to UNC.


Meet your transition advisors

To make your transition as easy as possible, you will work with an Aims2UNC Transition Advisor to develop your customized transition plan.

Steve Mitchell, Aims2UNC Transition Advisor

Steve Mitchell

Aims2UNC Coordinator 

"I am excited to be a part of the Aims2UNC program and the endless possibilities of what this partnership can accomplish moving forward. Since I am a native of Northern Colorado and a son of two public educators, it means a great deal to me to help positively impact the local educational landscape. As a graduate of a junior college, a four-year institution and law school, I see great value in utilizing community college courses en route to earning a bachelor’s degree, and pursuing personal and professional goals through various educational opportunities. It is my goal to develop a program that serves Aims2UNC students in an engaging, accessible and effective manner."

Saeda Quist

Saeda Quist

Student Success Coaches

“I first learned about the Aims2UNC program when I was finishing up my degree at UNC in 2020. I remember thinking it was a great program that I wish I could have been a part of, and that sentiment has not changed. I was offered the opportunity to join the program as a Student Success Coach in 2023 and I could not be happier. Aims2UNC is an amazing opportunity for students to not only get connected to UNC while they are still a student at Aims Community College, but also a way to find community, academic resources, personal enrichment, and more! I am very honored to be working with Aims2UNC students to support them academically, personally, and professionally as they work toward the ultimate goal of obtaining a bachelor’s degree from UNC.”

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Student Success Coaches

I look forward to being a part of your academic journey and supporting your path to success from Aims to UNC. I am passionate about supporting the educational and professional development of students who represent diverse backgrounds. As my experience in higher education includes being a student, academic advisor, and teacher, I’m aware that students may experience unique challenges as they pursue their academic and professional goals. It is my goal to provide you with the guidance that best supports your academic journey as you navigate through the many experiences associated with transitioning from “Aims2UNC.”

Feb 6, 2024