University of Northern Colorado

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (3)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)



On April 1, 1889, the governor of Colorado signed the bill creating the State Normal School to train qualified teachers for the state's public schools. Greeley citizens raised the necessary money for the first building, and the cornerstone was laid on June 13, 1890. The school opened its doors on October 6 with a staff of four instructors and 96 students.


The University of Northern Colorado strives to be a leading student-centered university that promotes effective teaching, lifelong learning, the advancement of knowledge, research, and a commitment to service. Graduates are educated in the Liberal Arts and professionally prepared to live and contribute effectively in a rapidly changing, technologically advanced society.


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.


Research, scholarship, and creative works (RSCW) at the University of Northern Colorado are at the core of UNC's Strategic Framework to provide our students a Transformative Education. The mission of the Office of Research is to support and promote the RSCW of faculty, staff, and students at UNC.  

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Student services

The Office of Community Standards and Conflict Resolution develops and enforces standards of student conduct to promote a safe and respectful living and learning environment. In an effort to foster civility, empathy, and accountability, the student conduct process aims to serve as a learning experience that can result in growth and personal understanding of one’s responsibilities and privileges within both the university and the greater community. 

Housing services

Though many Extended Campus students do not need to visit our campus office in person, we do have a great staff in Greeley that you can visit if the need arises.

Library services

Our library contains books from Marcia Willcoxon's personal library and over 300 books and videos ranging in issues from feminism, women's literature, and women’s health care. 20% of the books in our center deal with issues of diversity and multiculturalism. A great resource for course related books and information for students doing term papers, speeches, presentations.

ICT services

The ITC is a University-wide advisory committee established to provide communication, collaboration and coordination on issues regarding information technology policy, planning, resource management, standards, procedures and priorities that will develop and enhance the effective use of information technology by faculty, staff and students.

Student Life

Campus life

This community allows students of different genders to live together in the same room. The gender inclusive housing option is ideal for students whose gender identification and/or gender expression varies from the binary gender paradigm. It is also for students that are uncomfortable living with a roommate of the same biological sex.

Sports facilities

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Tennis, Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor) and Wrestling.
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor) and Volleyball.

Student clubs

With more than 100 clubs and organizations at UNC, you’ll find great opportunities to connect and find your niche.


Since 1916, the University of Northern Colorado has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accrediting bodies in the United States. 

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

My study experience thus far has been a bit of a rollercoaster. Most of my teachers are super nice and understanding, while the workload isn't overwhelming. I personally have to work on my own study habits because that has caused my grades/experience to be a rollercoaster. My new roommates this past semester have been a huge help to me by keeping me motivated and focused....

My time here. . .
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Although I had a great first year at my current university, I do not think that it gave me the global view that I needed or that it centered it's teaching about things that would directly be applicable to my career.

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

UNC was a decent u I worry with decent faculty members and a decent education.

Greeley, Colorado, United States

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