University of Northern Colorado
Carter 3006, Campus Box 10, Greeley, CO 80638
Greeley, CO 80638
(970) 351-2881
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Founded in 1889 in the northern Colorado community of Greeley, the University of Northern Colorado was originally called State Normal School of Colorado and was purposed to educate teachers in the area. Today, the university enrolls more than 12,000 students from all 50 states and more than 20 countries. Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral/Research University, UNC has 21 award-winning centers and institutes dedicated to providing learning and research opportunities in areas such as arts education, civic engagement, mathematics and science education, severe and sensory disabilities, nursing education, cancer rehabilitation, and more. It is also known for its extended flexible learning opportunities; in fact, U.S. News & World Report has featured UNC among its rankings for top online bachelor’s, education, and nursing programs, recognizing the institution for factors such as admissions selectivity, student engagement and assessment, and student services and technology.

Programs Offered

This institution of higher education has more than 100 undergraduate programs and 58 minors available through its five colleges for education and behavioral sciences, humanities and social sciences, business, natural and health sciences, and performing and visual arts.
In addition to undergraduate education, CSU offers more than 110 master’s degrees, certificates, licensure programs, and clinical and professional doctorates. Many of UNC’s graduate programs are featured within the top 100 of U.S. News & World Report’s best grad school rankings, including those for audiology, nursing, rehabilitation counseling, and speech-language pathology. Extended education and online learning opportunities are available through UNC’s Office of Extended Studies which provides degrees and licensures, independent study courses, and professional development opportunities.


Since 1916, UNC has been regionally accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. In addition, many of its programs have specialized accreditation from agencies such as the Council on Education for Public Health, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and more, which can be verified on College Navigator.


The deadline to apply for the fall semester is March 1, while the deadline to apply for the spring semester is Nov. 1. Freshmen applicants must submit a completed application, high school transcript, and ACT or SAT scores. Admission requirements include a satisfactory score on the Admissions Index Chart, which is calculated by high school GPA and ACT or SAT score. Applicants must also have completed the required college prep units or required high school courses. Some programs may have additional admissions requirements. Transfer students must complete an application and submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. Those who have completed a minimum of 13 transferable credits and have a 2.4 cumulative GPA from all schools attended are strong candidates for admission.

Those applying to graduate school must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, at least a 3.0 GPA, and achieve the minimum score on a standardized test like the GRE or GMAT. Each graduate program sets its own application deadlines and requirements. These may include, but are not limited to, letters of reference, resume, writing samples, auditions, work samples, and personal statements.


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