About University of Northern Colorado

Founded in 1890, University of Northern Colorado. is a Public college. Located in Colorado, which is a city setting in Colorado, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 10,011 full time undergraduate students, and 3,076 full time graduate students.

The University of Northern Colorado Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 19:1. There are 485 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Northern Colorado include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate90%
Application Deadline
Application Fee45
SAT Range928-1150
ACT Range19-25

Admissions at UNC are considered Less Selective, with ,60% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 32 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

71% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 35% were in the top quarter, and 12% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Northern Colorado.

University of Northern Colorado REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    171 Students rated on-campus housing 4 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    132 Students rated off-campus housing 3.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    176 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    183 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    183 Students rated class size 4.3 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    182 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    182 Students rated local services 4 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    183 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of Northern Colorado?

103 Students rated University of Northern Colorado

Kalena - 12/05/2023

University of Northern Colorado is, overall, a good school. I really love the faculty here, at least in the School of Theatre, Art, and Dance. They have so much passion and love for their students and it shows. For the most part, there are a lot of good resources for students. I've only ever lived on campus, and the buildings are nice and well kept. The dining options are pretty good as well. My only problems with the school are that it's pretty expensive, and the school doesn't really take a lot of action when it comes to perpetrators of sexual harassment/assault. I know multiple individuals who have been victims of sexual assault, and they've reported the situation and the assaulter, and there hasn't been any justice. At any college as a woman, you have to be really careful about who you are around and hyperaware of your surroundings at all times, and unfortunately at UNCO it's not very different.

Christina - 04/21/2023

UNCO is located in Greeley Colorado. Greeley is not a walkable city and doesn't have many exciting things to do, so don't plan to spend a lot of time off campus. On campus, the classes are fairly large and it seems like a traditional university. There are 2 sides of campus, and if you are on one side of campus, it is significantly less walkable than the other side. Keep in mind that Greeley is in a fairly republican county.

Destiny - 09/08/2021

The University of Northern Colorado is a exemplary school. I completed my undergrad here and am currently working on a grad degree here. It is small enough to feel comfortable but also large enough to have plenty of diversity and have something for everyone. Most of the teachers I have had have been super great and truly care about their students and topics of teaching.

keely - 07/01/2020

I feel very fortunate to be able to attend this university. Their criminal justice program is among the best and will certainly set me up for success in my future endeavors. The campus and administrators are excellent and are of the highest standard. I feel safe and supported in every way. I can't wait to see what my future holds with UNC and when I get my degree!

University of Northern Colorado FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of Northern Colorado?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Northern Colorado is 90%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    The advise that i would give to parents and students about finding the right college and making the most of it would be to test a lot of different colleges out and see which one fits the best before making your final decision. Visiting college campuses may take some time, but in the end it is more than worth it. Also, once you have decided on a particular college, be open to doing a variety of activites that you may never have even had an interest in before. If you live in the Dorm Rooms, leave your door open and go into other people's rooms as well. You may meet your new best friend in the most unlikely of ways. Volunteer and get involved with as many groups as possible and try them all at least twice. Do not believe people when they say that everyone is doing something, so you must also. That is a stupid lie and not everyone is doing things that their parents would disapprove of. There are plenty of groups to join on campus that will afford you great opportunities without making you compromise on your beliefs.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    The University of Northern Colorado is a well rounded school with many opportunites to get involved either through academics, sports/activities, or clubs.

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst aspect of my school is its reputation as a less academic alternative to larger schools in nearby cities. I always feel as if I am judged for my choice in universities. The fact that this university does not accomodate as many students does not detract from its academic rigor. Due to the nearby universities having larger reputations, this university is often overlooked.

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  5. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are all various. They all tend to have different opinons about a lot of different subjects. Some things we agree on and some stuff we don't. None the less I still respect them as people and understand that everyone is allowed their own opinion. I can not singlely describe them all with one word because they are all too different to form into one category. However, in each class we talk and that is how I learn just how different everyone is.

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  6. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The small classes, state jurisdiction campus police, good business school, teaching school, nursing school, music program, awesome history teachers.

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  7. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    UNC was smaller than the other schools that I applied to and more homey. I really was attracted to the personal attention, small classes, great music program, and education program. Those things combines attracted me to UNC.

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  8. What's unique about your campus?

    The department that I am in is small, so I get tons of attention in my area of study. The professors are also well versed in there area of experties.

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  9. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    That it's a very small town.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Of all of the large universities in Colorado, it is one of the most diverse.

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People who are looking for a degree in engineering or law; this school is a great school for business, nursing, and education. If you want a big school good for agriculture or medicine or engineering, the other schools in Colorado are world class. UNC is good for all races and religions, the town may not be, but the school is very open-minded from my experiences.

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  12. What kind of person should attend this school?

    UNC is well known for it's nursing, teaching, and theatre programs, but the school really offers something for everyone. It offers large university opportunities with a small campus feel. There are all kinds of people at UNC, and as long as you love to learn, UNC is the place for you. UNC asks that all first year and freshman students live on campus, so everyone is bound to find the place they belong.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The way kids don't put all their effort into their school work.

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    The stereo types of students at my school is only education majors and theater students. This stereotype is not fully accurate, I feel as if a lot of the students I have met have a wide variety of majors beyond just education and theater.

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    The academics at UNC depend on the type of student you are. If you work to get good grades then you will have no problem at UNC, but if you don't care about your academics then you will not enjoy all of the things UNC has to offer. The class sizes tend to not be too large, which makes it easier for you to form a connection with your professors. The professors tend to know your name, and work with you if you need help. They do a great job of offering help outside of class, which is very nice. I tend to study a lot because grades have always been important to me, but once again it depends on the type of student you are. UNC has made it very easy for me to establish relationships with my professors because they genuinely care about each and every one of their students.

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  16. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    My overall opinion of UNC is that it is a great university. I love being a student at UNC because of multiple things. UNC's campus is so beautiful. The old and new buildings all around campus are so pretty to look at. There are so many people at UNC too. I enjoy all the people I have met, and the friendships that I have formed. The size of UNC is just right for me. It is not to big nor to small, it is the perfect size for a university. I am so glad I made the decision to attend UNC because I have come to love the campus and the university.

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    The most popular groups on campus are the residence halls and the Greeks. These two social groups contain what I estimate as nearly 85{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} of the entire student body. In the residence halls your floor will have twenty people or more that you can get acquainted with. Since I moved into the dorms, I have become friends with about twenty people in my dorm, not to mention ten more friends in the dorm I used to live in across the way; four of those friends are my best friends. I met many of my friends just by walking through their open doors and talking to them. Now, my floor and I go to the basketball games together and sometimes an assembly where a guest speaker is presenting. The residence halls will be a great place for you to meet new people and find best friends. The Greeks are a great place to meet people you wouldn't normally see in your dorm. There are many different kinds of Greeks at UNC including normal Greeks, major oriented Greeks, and multicultural Greeks. A lot of college parties are held at the frat houses such as delta chi or delta tau delta. The fraternities and sororities are a big part of campus life; however, they are not the most important aspect of campus life. Each year UNC has various fund raisers. For example, in March, UNC hosts relay for life to raise money for cancer patients. There are also various student run fundraisers that differ from year to year. There are quaint activities that you can do with your friends. For example, last weekend I had a Start Wars movie marathon with my roommate and friends, then, we played Call of Duty (COD) for a couple hours. At 2:00am we ordered calzones from our local college restaurant DP Dough. Weekends like that make me appreciate being independent in college. Come and visit UNC and find your own favorite activities.

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  18. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    There are 2 stereotypes at UNC; one is good, the other bad. Before I convey these stereotypes, I will specify that both ate not 100{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} accurate as there is great diversity among students at UNC. The good stereotype for students at our school is that we are just a school for teachers, nurses, and theater majors. This stereotype just outlines the biggest majors here, but there are many other excellent programs at UNC such as our business program and our linguistic program. The bad stereotype for students at our school is that we are stupid. Some call us the "University of No Choice" (UNC). This stereotype The main reason this stereotype exists is the freshman class graduation rate is 49{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c}; this is definitely not a good rate. In fact, I'd say it is quite terrible. To explain this graduation rate phenomenon, I'd like to embellish on the types of students who don't graduate. Many students who don't graduate from UNC either don't have the funds to go to UNC for all four years or transfer to other schools before their senior year.

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  19. Describe a typical weekend.

    A typical at UNC depends on the kind of person you are. I am going to review the four most common weekends: 1) Partier The partier will go to one or more of the 5 to 10 parties being held that weekend. He will pre-game in the dorms (which is against the rules) then go out to the DD's car to begin the parties. The parties will be packed and will be blasting music. The night will usually be over from 12:00 am to 3:00am. He may or may not make it back to the dorms. 2) Studious The studious student will bring his friends to the library and have a group study session for a couple of hours. The evening will then move to the dorms where a philosophical discussion may take place or a movie may be watched. The night will usually be over from 10:00pm to 1:00am. He will probably be sleeping in his bed. 3) Gamer The gamer will play video games with his friends or alone almost all night. DP Dough and/or pizza will be ordered to settle rumbling stomachs. The evening will be spent sitting on a couch and will usually be over from 11:00pm to 5:00am. He will either be in his own bed or on the couch. 4) Chiller The Chiller will hang out with his friends all night and might go clubbing at Whiskey River or Sky. He might smoke hookah at Istanbul or just play board games with his friends. The evening will be over from 11:00pm to 4:00am and he will go to sleep in his bed.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

86% of students attending University of Northern Colorado receive some sort of financial aid. 35% were awarded federal grants. While 56% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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