Located at the foot of Pikes Peak, the 430-acre University of Colorado – Colorado Springs campus serves more than 9,000 students. It is one of three institutions in the University of Colorado system, along with the University of Colorado – Denver and the University of Colorado – Boulder. In U.S. News & World Report‘s America’s Best Colleges ranking, UCCS was ranked No. 38 among regional universities of the west and No. 9 among top public schools. It was also ranked in the publication’s best grad school rankings for its part-time MBA, engineering, clinical psychology, nursing, and psychology programs. In addition to its academic contributions, USSC also contributes to the local economy as one of the largest employers in the southern part of the state.
Students at UCCS can choose from 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s degrees, and five doctoral programs. These programs are offered through UCCS’s seven colleges and schools for education, public affairs, engineering and applied sciences, business and administration, nursing and health sciences, and letters, arts, and sciences. Unique and high-need programs include applied geography, geropsychology, professional golf management, Bachelor of Innovation, disaster management, and health care science.
Since 1996, UCCS has also offered fully online degree programs, including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs. Online students can choose from four undergraduate degree completion programs, 14 graduate degrees, and more than 20 certificate programs in various areas of study. In U.S. News‘ Top Online Programs Rankings, UCCS’s online business programs are recognized for admissions selectivity, students engagement and accreditation, and student services and technology.
Since 1970, UCCS has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. In addition, it has specialized accreditation from agencies such as the American Psychological Association, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the American Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education, which can be verified on College Navigator.
For undergraduate admissions, applicants must submit an application, application fee, high school transcript or GED certificate, ACT or SAT scores, and all official transcripts from previously attended colleges and universities. While UCCS does not have minimum GPA or ACT/SAT requirements, it does take into consideration testing scores and grades in relation to one another. Those who would like to strengthen their chances of admission can also submit a personal essay and recommendation letters.
Some graduate programs have set deadlines while others practice rolling admissions. Those applying to the graduate school must submit an application and fee and official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions previously attended. Depending on one’s program of interest, there may be additional application requirements such as official GRE, GMAT, or MAT test scores, letters of recommendation, and more.