Undergraduate 2017-2018

University of Northern Colorado Traditions

Traditions at the University of Northern Colorado reflect our rich 125-year history.

Cranford Cornerstone

Much celebration surrounded the laying of the cornerstone of the first building constructed at the new State Normal School in Greeley in 1890. Later named Cranford Hall after the businessman who donated most of the land for the school, the building eventually fell victim to the ravages of time and a fire. Cranford Hall was demolished in 1972, but its cornerstone was salvaged and can still be seen near the west entrance to Carter Hall.

Gunter Hall

When Gunter Hall was renovated in 1996, architects were directed to retain as many of the 1928 building’s features as possible, including the center court of the gym floor, original building murals and the famous Gunter bells, which had been replaced three times prior to the renovation. Although the bells’ rings are now electronically generated, they still proudly mark the passing of time across the UNC campus.

Northern Vision

"Northern Vision," the 12-foot-high, 2,000-pound bronze sculpture of a bear on the north lawn of the University Center, has watched intently over campus since only 2004.

Created and donated by local sculptors at the behest of some persuasive UNC alumni, the eye-catching piece of art faces southeast toward the UC - the campus’s student hub - symbolizing the university’s focus on its students.