University of Northern Colorado Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

University of Northern Colorado Marching Band
University of Northern Colorado Marching Band. Geoff Hagerman / Wikimedia Commons

University of Northern Colorado Description:

The University of Northern Colorado is a public university located on a 260-acre campus in Greeley, Colorado, a small city about an hour north of Denver. Students come from 38 states and five countries, and undergraduates can choose from over 100 Bachelor's degree programs. Interdisciplinary studies, business and nursing are among the most popular majors. At the graduate level, education is quite strong. Academics are supported by a 20 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Student life is active, and the university has numerous fraternities and sororities. In athletics, the Northern Colorado Bears compete in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 13,087 (10,011 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 36% Male / 64% Female
  • 83% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,888 (in-state); $20,474 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,350 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,770
  • Other Expenses: $2,610
  • Total Cost: $23,618 (in-state); $35,204 (out-of-state)

University of Northern Colorado Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 86%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 70%
    • Loans: 57%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,605
    • Loans: $6,042

Academic Programs:

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 71%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 37%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 29%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 48%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Tennis, Wrestling, Basketball, Track and Field, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball, Tennis, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of Northern Colorado Mission Statement:

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"The University of Northern Colorado shall be a comprehensive baccalaureate and specialized graduate research university with selective admission standards. The University shall offer a comprehensive array of baccalaureate programs and master's and doctoral degrees primarily in the field of education. The University of Northern Colorado has statewide authority to offer graduate programs for the preparation of educational personnel."