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University of Northern Colorado Overview

Located in Greeley, Colorado, University of Northern Colorado is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is University of Northern Colorado Known For?

2,026 Undergraduate Awards
$28,175 Avg Cost After Aid
89% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at University of Northern Colorado is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 59% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, University of Northern Colorado bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $42,000 a year. That's about 3% more than their peers at other schools.

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University of Northern Colorado Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at University of Northern Colorado.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Online Special Education Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best American Sign Language Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards University of Northern Colorado has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Special Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#14 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#40 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#40 Best Health & Physical Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#49 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#61 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is University of Northern Colorado?

Location of University of Northern Colorado

Contact details for University of Northern Colorado are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Carter Hall - Rm 4000, Greeley, CO 80639
Phone: 970-351-1890
Website: https://www.unco.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universitynortherncolorado/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UNCo_edu

How Do I Get Into University of Northern Colorado?

You can apply to University of Northern Colorado online at: https://www.unco.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for University of Northern Colorado

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into University of Northern Colorado?

89% Acceptance Rate
68% Of Accepted Are Women
13% Submit SAT Scores
University of Northern Colorado has the high acceptance rate of 89%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 32% of accepted students are men and 68% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 84%, and the acceptance rate for women is 92%.

Average Test Scores

About 13% of students accepted to University of Northern Colorado submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 630. Math scores were between 490 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Northern Colorado  ( 510 to 630 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Northern Colorado  ( 490 to 610 )
200
800
University of Northern Colorado received ACT scores from 93% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 25.

ACT English Scores for University of Northern Colorado  ( 19 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Northern Colorado  ( 18 to 25 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Northern Colorado  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Northern Colorado?

$28,175 Net Price
56% Take Out Loans
5.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of University of Northern Colorado is $28,175. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At University of Northern Colorado, approximately 56% of students took out student loans averaging $5,804 a year. That adds up to $23,216 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at University of Northern Colorado is 5.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Northern Colorado Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,064 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 10,232 undergraduate students at University of Northern Colorado, with 8,064 being full-time and 2,168 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  University of Northern Colorado

There are also 3,205 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,064 full-time undergraduates at University of Northern Colorado, 36% are male and 64% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  University of Northern Colorado

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Northern Colorado students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of University of Northern Colorado Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 178
Black or African American 358
Hispanic or Latino 1,823
White 5,015
International Students 138
Other Races/Ethnicities 552

Geographic Diversity

Colorado students aren't the only ones who study at University of Northern Colorado. At this time, 40 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 56 countries are represented at University of Northern Colorado. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, China, and Thailand.

Online Learning at University of Northern Colorado

1,652 Took All Classes Online
3,861 Took At Least One Class Online
3.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 6 bachelor’s degree and 15 master’s degree programs available online at University of Northern Colorado. In 2017-2018, 3,861 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at University of Northern Colorado has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 11th most popular in Colorado for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of University of Northern Colorado

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Northern Colorado was 3.8%. This is the #1,756 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at University of Northern Colorado regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of University of Northern Colorado majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 5%
Communication & Journalism 7%
Communication & Media Studies 13%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 3%
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 25%
Education 3%
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 8%
General Biology 4%
General Education 9%
Health Professions 10%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 3%
Nursing 12%
Other Education 36%
Social Sciences 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at University of Northern Colorado ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at University of Northern Colorado.

Major Growth Rate Rank
American Sign Language #4
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services #20
General Biology #22
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #36
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #42
Sociology #50
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #61
Health & Physical Education #78
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #84
General Education #90
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #92
Instructional Media Design #104
General Psychology #122
Special Education #155
Social Sciences #165
Psychology #169
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #173
Educational Administration #208
Nursing #384

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Northern Colorado Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 183 59 14 256
Business Administration & Management 203 5 0 208
Health & Physical Education 123 75 5 203
Teacher Education Grade Specific 194 0 0 194
Special Education 44 126 9 179
General Education 0 124 0 124
General Psychology 119 0 0 119
Educational Administration 0 108 5 113
Criminal Justice & Corrections 103 7 0 110
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 88 14 102
General Biology 71 30 0 101
Music 49 42 6 97
Communication Sciences 52 26 7 85
Communication & Media Studies 73 6 0 79
Drama & Theater Arts 61 13 0 74
Fine & Studio Arts 52 21 0 73
Health Sciences & Services 67 0 0 67
Teacher Education Subject Specific 28 28 0 56
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 50 2 0 52
Recreation Administration 51 0 0 51
History 45 2 0 47
Sociology 40 6 0 46
General English Literature 34 11 0 45
Mathematics 35 6 0 41
Journalism 38 0 0 38
Geological & Earth Sciences 24 12 0 36
Economics 33 0 0 33
Political Science & Government 32 0 0 32
Chemistry 24 6 0 30
Computer Engineering 28 0 0 28
Nutrition Science 28 0 0 28
Multilingual Education 0 24 0 24
Student Counseling 0 14 5 19
International Studies 19 0 0 19
Anthropology 19 0 0 19
Sustainability Science 18 0 0 18
American Sign Language 3 14 0 17
Educational Assessment 0 13 3 16
Philosophy 16 0 0 16
Other Education 0 9 5 14
Romance Languages 14 0 0 14
Physics 14 0 0 14
Mental & Social Health Services 0 13 0 13
Geography & Cartography 13 0 0 13
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 11 0 11
Allied Health Professions 9 0 0 9
Accounting 0 8 0 8
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 6 1 0 7
Human Development & Family Studies 0 6 0 6
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 5 1 0 6
Area Studies 5 0 0 5
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 4 4
Ethnic Studies 1 0 0 1
Other Statistics 0 0 1 1
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0
Public Health 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2,026 917 78 3,021

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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