University of Northern Colorado

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The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) was founded in 1889. The main campus is located in Greeley, Colorado, and there are extended campuses named Denver Center at Lowry, Loveland Center at Centerra, and the Colorado Springs Center. It is primarily a four-year university, but it does also offer 50 graduate programs. The online program for graduate work in the field of education was recently ranked number eight in the nation by US News & World Report (rising one spot from the #9 ranking in 2013) out of more than 200 universities that were considered.

The Admissions fee for the University of Northern Colorado is $45. The percentage of those who apply that are admitted is fairly high, at 93%. Of those who do end up attending for their freshman year, 71% have been known to return their sophomore year.

College Majors

The majors offered by a college are an important part of the decision-making process to choose one college over another. Take the time to look at what the University of Northern Colorado has to offer, and you will likely find what you are looking for.

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural & Gender Studies
  • African-American Studies
  • Hispanic-American Studies
  • Arts, Visual & Performing
  • Drama/Theater Arts
  • Fine/Studio Arts
  • Music – General
  • Biological & Biomedical Sciences
  • Biology
  • Business, Management & Marketing
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Communications & Journalism
  • Communications/Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Special Education
  • English Language & Literature
  • Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Adult Development/Aging
  • Foreign Language & Literature
  • Sign Language Interpretation
  • Spanish
  • Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
  • Audiology/Hearing Sciences
  • Health Services
  • Health System Administration
  • Medical Dietetics
  • Nursing (RN)
  • Public Health Education
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Parks, Recreation & Fitness
  • Exercise Sciences
  • Parks/Leisure Facilities Management
  • Philosophy & Religion
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration & Services
  • Human Services
  • Security & Protective Services
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political Science/Government
  • Social Sciences – General
  • Sociology

Graduate Programs

The following graduate programs are available through UNC's distance learning program:

  •  Art & Design MA
  •  Autism Graduate Certificate: Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  •  Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education MAT/Endorsement
  •  Curriculum Studies MAT
  •  Educational Leadership Certificate: Teacher Leadership Emphasis
  •  Educational Leadership MA/EDS; Principal Licensure (for rural school districts)
  •  Educational Psychology MA: Teaching Applications Emphasis
  •  Educational Studies EdD: Education and Innovation Reform Emphasis
  •  Geography Education Graduate Certificate
  •  Native American Innovative Leadership(NAIL): Educational Leadership & Special Education Administration MA with Licensure
  •  Science Education MA
  •  Special Education MA: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Emphasis
  •  Special Education MA: Early Childhood Emphasis
  •  Special Education MA: Gifted and Talented Emphasis/Gifted and Talented Endorsement
  •  Special Education MA: Intervention Specialist Emphasis
  •  Special Education MA: Visual Impairment Emphasis
  •  Theatre Education MA

Online Programs

UNC's award-winning online education programs are the perfect solution for military students, those who already have a job or family, or those who are simply looking for a great education outside the traditional campus experience. UNC's great faculty bring the school's reputation for academic excellence directly to the student's location with these groundbreaking programs.


The University of Northern Colorado is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is beneficial to the university that it is regionally accredited, so that those looking at the school can feel confident that it will provide a quality education. It is also helpful for the student, because it allows the school to accept financial aid from the government.

Financial Aid

When you choose a school, you will likely fill out the necessary financial aid forms for the government. These forms can be used by the school as well to determine your eligibility for certain scholarships that they offer. You may make too much money to be given a grant from the government, but it may not be too much for a scholarship, especially those that are merit-based.

The University of Northern Colorado has a number of scholarship options that are available. When you apply, you will likely be considered for the ones for which you are eligible. There is a separate online application process if you want to apply for scholarships through the UNC Foundation.

Student Housing

There are many good reasons to live on-campus at the University of Northern Colorado. Living on-campus will save you time. You will not need to commute, and being on-campus will make you feel like you are more a part of what is going on. You will be close to your classes, so you will be able to stay in your room and study as long as possible. You will make close friends through your interactions in the residence halls, and you will likely grow in your knowledge of the subjects that you are studying because of your better chance of having interaction with those who have common interests. The University of Northern Colorado offers combined packages for amenities in your room such as telephone, cable, and Internet.

General Information

Admission Office
1862 10th Avenue, Campus Box 10
Greeley, CO 80639
(970) 351-2881
(888) 700-4862
Fax: (970) 351-2984
[email protected]
Director of Admissions
Main Address
501 20th Street
Greeley, CO 80639
(970) 351-1890
Total undergrads: 9,851
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,114
Degree-seeking undergrads: 9,690
Graduate enrollment: 2,074

Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Commuter campus
Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $45
Online application fee: $45
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 93%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 71%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Business Administration/Management B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Music Teacher Education B
Special Education B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Adult Development/Aging B

Foreign Language & Literature
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
Sign Language Interpretation B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Audiology/Hearing Sciences B
Health Services – General B
Health System Administration B
Medical Dietetics B
Nursing (RN) B
Public Health Education B
Speech-Language Pathology B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling B

History – General B

Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Human Services B

Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each undergraduate major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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