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University of Northern Colorado Data & Information Overview

272 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
91% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Northern Colorado Ranked?

#701 Best Colleges in Nation
#9 Best Colleges in CO
Teacher Education Grade Specific Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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University of Northern Colorado was awarded 272 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education grade specific.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked University of Northern Colorado as #701 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 33 colleges in Colorado, University of Northern Colorado is ranked at #9.

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Is It Hard to Get Into University of Northern Colorado?

91% Acceptance Rate
68% Of Accepted Are Women
29% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 91%, University of Northern Colorado has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Average Test Scores

About 29% 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 490 and 620. Math scores were between 480 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Northern Colorado  ( 490 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Northern Colorado  ( 480 to 590 )
University of Northern Colorado received ACT scores from 8% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Northern Colorado  ( 19 to 27 )

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University of Northern Colorado Faculty

14 to 1 Student to Faculty
60% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At University of Northern Colorado, this ratio is 14 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

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 60%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  60 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Northern Colorado

69% Freshmen Retention
31% On-Time Graduation Rate

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 69%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  69 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from University of Northern Colorado have a four-year graduation rate of 31%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  31 out of 100

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University of Northern Colorado Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,726 Full-Time Undergraduates
36.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
66.9% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 8,494 undergraduates at University of Northern Colorado with 6,726 being full-time and 1,768 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Northern Colorado Cost?

$15,570 Net Price
50% Take Out Loans
$24,412 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of University of Northern Colorado is $15,570. 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 +
$13,150 $13,774 $14,111 $16,144 $20,022

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 50% of students took out student loans averaging $6,103 a year. That adds up to $24,412 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at University of Northern Colorado is 4.4%. 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?

$47,112 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from University of Northern Colorado make around $47,112 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for University of Northern Colorado students since it is 11% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of University of Northern Colorado

Colorado State
6,726 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
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

57 Majors With Completions
1,938 Undergraduate Degrees
918 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 57 majors graduated from University of Northern Colorado. Of these students, 1,938 received undergraduate degrees and 918 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 216 $44,408
Nursing 208 $60,682
Teacher Education Grade Specific 201 $34,051
General Psychology 159 $29,144
Criminal Justice & Corrections 113 $34,687
Drama & Theater Arts 80 $26,678
General Biology 76 $31,857
Communication & Media Studies 73 $35,856
Health Sciences & Services 68 $33,017
History 52 $32,923

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

52% Take At Least One Class Online
18% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 5,420 students took at least one online class at University of Northern Colorado. This is a decrease from the 9,562 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 5,420 1,837
2019-2020 9,562 2,824
2018-2019 4,138 1,808
2017-2018 3,861 1,652
2016-2017 3,319 1,301

Learn more about online learning at University of Northern Colorado.

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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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