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University of Northern Colorado Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about University of Northern Colorado. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of Northern Colorado Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

University of Northern Colorado was awarded 40 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked University of Northern Colorado as #851 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 23 colleges in Colorado, University of Northern Colorado is ranked at #10.

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Is It Hard to Get Into University of Northern Colorado?

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 89%, some consider University of Northern Colorado to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

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 )

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

ACT Composite Scores for University of Northern Colorado  ( 19 to 25 )

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University of Northern Colorado Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at University of Northern Colorado is about average at 18 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Northern Colorado is 59%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  59 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Northern Colorado

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at University of Northern Colorado is 71%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  71 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 27% for first-time, full-time students at University of Northern Colorado, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  27 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at University of Northern Colorado

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,810 undergraduates at University of Northern Colorado with 7,752 being full-time and 2,058 being part-time.

University of Northern Colorado Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for University of Northern Colorado is 72.64 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  72.64 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Northern Colorado Cost?

The overall average net price of University of Northern Colorado is $14,230. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for University of Northern Colorado

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,720 $10,647 $13,008 $17,255 $20,358

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of University of Northern Colorado, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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.

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How Much Money Do University of Northern Colorado Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from University of Northern Colorado make around $42,000 per year during the early years of their employment. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


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Location of University of Northern Colorado

Located in Greeley, Colorado, University of Northern Colorado is a public institution. The city atmosphere of Greeley makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for University of Northern Colorado are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Carter Hall - Rm 4000, Greeley, CO 80639
Phone: 970-351-1890

University of Northern Colorado Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 57 majors graduated from University of Northern Colorado. Of these students, 2,026 received undergraduate degrees and 995 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 203 $40,500
Teacher Education Grade Specific 194 $29,000
Nursing 183 $56,600
Health & Physical Education 123 $28,700
General Psychology 119 $27,500
Criminal Justice & Corrections 103 $31,400
Communication & Media Studies 73 $31,200
General Biology 71 $28,000
Health Sciences & Services 67 $29,900
Drama & Theater Arts 61 $25,200

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Northern Colorado along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at University of Northern Colorado

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 3,861 students took at least one online class at University of Northern Colorado. This is an increase from the 3,319 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 3,861 1,652
2016-2017 3,319 1,301
2015-2016 3,195 1,036
2014-2015 3,059 947
2013-2014 1,838 1,775

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Notes and 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.


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