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University of Northern Colorado: Narrative Description


Greeley, CO 80639
Tel: (970)351-1890
Admissions: (970)351-2881
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1890. Setting: 240-acre suburban campus with easy access to Denver. Research spending 2003-04: $2.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5451 per student. Total enrollment: 13,204. Faculty: 581 (412 full-time, 169 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 23:1. 6,953 applied, 81% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 29% from top quarter, 69% from top half. 25 valedictorians. Full-time: 9,488 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 1,176 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 10% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 2% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 8% 25 or older, 31% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.9 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $2850 full-time, $142.50 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,740 full-time, $587 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $520 full-time, $26 per credit hour part-time. College room and board: $5954. College room only: $2876. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 93 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 6% of eligible men and 4% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: homecoming, The Main Event, UPC Bazaar. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 3,101 students; 3,162 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. James A. Michener Library plus 2 others with 1 million books, 2 million microform titles, 3,417 serials, 30,450 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $4.8 million. 1,100 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located one hour north of Denver and one hour east of Rocky Mountain National Park, the city of Greeley has a population of more than 75,000. It has a symphony, rock and jazz concerts, community theatre, and the largest 4th of July rodeo in the country. The dry, desert climate produces sunny days and cool nights. There is some snow and very little rain.

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