University of Northern Colorado

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Greeley, CO 80639

Phone: (970) 351-1890
2013-2014 Tuition
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Aug. 1
application deadline

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University of Northern Colorado is a public institution that was founded in 1890. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,102, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 243 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Northern Colorado's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,793 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,037 (2013-14).

The University of Northern Colorado campus is located in the city of Greeley, about 50 miles northeast of Denver. Undergraduates at University of Northern Colorado can choose from more than 100 bachelor's degree programs. The school also offers more than 100 master's degree programs, including in education and health. UNC is home to the Marcus Garvey Center for Black Cultural Education and the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center, which supports Latino students. Students can also check out UNC campus centers for Native American, Asian and Pacific cultures.

Outside the classroom, University of Northern Colorado students can get involved in approximately 150 organizations, about 20 fraternities and sororities and the Student Senate. Student athletes can try out for the UNC Bears varsity sports teams, which compete in various conferences of the NCAA Division I. Notable UNC alumni include actor Greg Germann, who appeared in the "Ally McBeal" television series, as well as the film "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Northern Colorado is a comprehensive baccalaureate and specialized graduate research university with a continuing commitment to it historical role in the preparation of educators. The University offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs in arts, sciences, humanities, business, human sciences, and education. The array and quality of UNC programs provides a unique resource to Colorado. The University offers more than 2,000 academic courses annually and enrolls approximately 13,000 students. UNC is located in the city of Greeley, Colorado, about one hour north of Denver, Colorado, and one hour east of Rocky Mountain National Park. The 236-acre campus has two distinct, adjacent parts. Both have residence halls and classroom buildings. The central campus features tree-lined walks with older buildings while the west campus is distinguished by modern buildings.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1890
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $72,167,783


When applying to University of Northern Colorado, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at University of Northern Colorado is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 89.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 89.1%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Northern Colorado is 19:1, and the school has 21.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Northern Colorado include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other; Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other; Communication and Media Studies; and Psychology, Other. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 26%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 52%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 14%
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 12%
Communication and Media Studies 8%
Psychology, Other 7%

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Student Life

University of Northern Colorado has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,102, with a gender distribution of 38 percent male students and 62 percent female students. At this school, 29.3 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 70.4 percent of students live off campus. University of Northern Colorado is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 12,497
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Northern Colorado offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of Northern Colorado also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Northern Colorado, 46 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Northern Colorado.

Students who have cars on campus 46%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Northern Colorado, 70.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $3,872.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,793 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $18,037 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,934 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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