Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

University of Northern Colorado Points of Pride

  • UNC is a recipient of the prestigious Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Preparation from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
  • Our Monfort College of Business is the first and only business school to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from the Office of the President of the United States.
  • UNC led the state's institutions in enrollment in educator programs and is designated by the Colorado Legislature as the primary institution for undergraduate and graduate teacher education in the state of Colorado. We prepare more public school music, theatre and art teachers than any college or university in the region.
  • DownBeat Magazine has rated UNC’s University Orchestra the top university orchestra in the United States repeatedly for more than 10 years.
  • Our graduating nursing students regularly score in the top 10 percent on the national licensing exam for registered nurses.
  • Our James A. Michener Library is home to the bulk of the UNC alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s writing and publishing legacy.
  • One-third of the Colorado Teacher of the Year award winners are University of Northern Colorado alumni.
  • According to a study released in 2017, UNC pumps $329.2 million into Larimer and Weld counties, supporting 5,291 jobs in the area. Over a working lifetime, a UNC graduate will see an increase in earnings of approximately $946,000. (
  • The Jazz Studies program has won more than 150 DownBeat Magazine awards in the last 30 years.
  • Twenty-six UNC graduates have appeared in 67 different Broadway productions - a record of success unmatched by any other BA Musical Theatre program in the country.
  • The university’s Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute is the only comprehensive cancer rehabilitation facility of its kind, providing individualized prescriptive exercise and dietary intervention in the recovery of cancer treatment-related symptoms.
  • UNC has 17 NCAA Division I sports primarily in the Big Sky Athletic Conference.