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    University of Northern Colorado

    • University of Northern Colorado
      Northern Colorado seal.png
      Motto Sapientia in aeterum est
      Motto in English
      Wisdom is eternal
      Type Public
      Established April 1, 1889 (1889-04-01)
      Endowment $81.49 million
      President Kay Norton
      Provost Robbyn R. Wacker
      Academic staff
      492
      Students 12,084
      Undergraduates 9,710
      Postgraduates 2,374
      595
      Location Greeley, Colorado, U.S.
      Campus Suburban
      260 acres (1.1 km2)
      Colors Navy blue and gold
               
      Athletics NCAA Division I FCSBig Sky
      Nickname Bears
      Mascot Klawz the Bear
      Website www.unco.edu
      University of Northern Colorado logo.svg

      Coordinates: 40°24′17″N 104°41′48″W / 40.404853°N 104.696741°W / 40.404853; -104.696741

      The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a public baccalaureate and graduate research university with approximately 12,000 students and six colleges. Founded in 1889, the university’s main campus is located in Greeley, Colorado, about an hour north of Denver, with extended campus locations in Loveland, Denver, and Colorado Springs.

      Established as the State Normal School of Colorado, the university has a long history in teacher education, and was an early innovator in the field. In addition to education awards and rankings, UNC claims nationally ranked programs in business, performing and visual arts, nursing, and sports and exercise science. UNC’s 19 athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I athletics.

      The history of The University of Northern Colorado begins in the late 1880s, when citizens of Greeley petitioned the Colorado government to create a school to educate teachers in their community. In April 1889 Governor Cooper signed a bill establishing the Colorado State Normal School. Classes began in October of the next year.

      The university opened on October 6, 1890, as the Colorado State Normal School to train qualified teachers for the state's public schools, with a staff of four instructors and 96 students. Greeley's citizens raised the money for the first building.

      In 1911 the school's name was changed to Colorado State Teachers College and two years later, in 1913, graduate courses were added to the school’s curriculum, leading to a name change in 1935, when the school became the Colorado State College of Education.

      The school continues to grow, and in 1957 the name was shortened to Colorado State College to reflect the wider range of programs and degrees. Finally, in 1970 the name was changed to the current University of Northern Colorado.

      Dr. Zachariah Xenophon Snyder arrived at the fledgling university in 1891. He studied and implemented the principles of American philosopher and psychologist John Dewey by advancing the ideals of a "child-centered education." He established Colorado’s first kindergarten, and Laura Tefft, from the famous Foebel-Pestalozzo Kindergarten School in Berlin, organized the innovative school. An early photograph shows young children playing on a playground located on campus. While playgrounds are now an everyday sight at primary schools, they were considered an innovation at the time. One of the Normal School’s first master’s theses explored the national playground movement.



      • Interdisciplinary Studies (includes early childhood, liberal arts, student designed majors, elementary teaching)
      • Business Administration
      • Psychology
      • Biology Sport and Exercise Science
      • Bronze Bike Friendly University (League of American Bicyclists)
      • Tree Campus USA (Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota)
      • Environmental Stewardship Award (City of Greeley)
      • UNC’s Sport Administration graduate program is one of only two U.S. ranked in the top five worldwide by the leading publication covering the international sport business community. [CITE SportBusiness International magazine]
      • UNC’s online graduate programs in education ranked eighth in the nation
      • UNC is ranked 12th for “Colleges with Psychology at Their Core” and 44th among top U.S. Colleges & Universities for Teaching Education.
      • 43rd from among several thousand four-year colleges that offer online degree programs.
      • With a 3.59 team GPA, UNC swimmers and divers are ranked 5th nationally.
      • The University Orchestra has been named the top university orchestra in the U.S. seven times.
      • UNC’s Rehabilitation Counseling program ranked 15th nationally.
      • UNC is one of only three universities in Colorado to hold the Community Engagement Classification designation from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
      • Among U.S. undergraduate-only Physics programs, UNC ranks in the top 35 for the largest number of bachelor's degrees granted.
      • University Orchestra has been named the top university orchestra in the U.S. seven times in the past 10 years
      • Nearly one-third of the winners of the Colorado Department of Education's Teacher of the Year award are UNC graduates.
      • School of the Year
      • Regional School of the Year (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 2003, 2004 and 2010) The Intermountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls.
      • UNC leads the state in teacher employment and has more students enrolled in Science Licensure programs than any other Colorado institution (CCHE, 2013).
      • For eight consecutive years, UNC's chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, has been named an Honor Chapter for its outstanding activities.
      • UNC’s Instructional Services Department of University Libraries has been recognized as one of five university library programs nationally that illustrates best practices in pedagogy.
      • 2015 Military Friendly School.
      • UNC’s Sport Administration graduate program earned a top five worldwide ranking [SportBusiness International Magazine]
      • Recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Award.
      • American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business
      • National University Continuing Education Association
      • American Chemical Society
      • American Psychological Association
      • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
      • Colorado Department of Education
      • Colorado State Board of Accountancy
      • Colorado State Board of Nursing
      • CAATE: Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
      • Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education
      • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
      • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
      • Council for Education of the Deaf
      • Council on Education for Public Health
      • Council on Rehabilitation Education
      • National Association of Schools of Music
      • National Association of School Psychologists
      • National Association for Sport and Physical Education/North American Society for Sport Management
      • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
      • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
      • Society for Public Health Education
      • American Sign language—English Interpretation
      • Applied Stats and Research Methods
      • Counselor Education and Supervision
      • Counseling Psychology
      • Early Childhood
      • Department of Leadership, Policy and Development: Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership
      • Educational Leadership
      • Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership
      • Educational Technology
      • Elementary Education
      • Graduate CLD (ESL) Programs
      • K-12 PTEP
      • Professional Counseling
      • Psychology
      • Reading
      • School Psychology
      • Secondary PTEP
      • Special Education
      • UNC leads the state in teacher employment and has more students enrolled in Science Licensure programs than any other Colorado institution (CCHE, 2013).
      • Nearly one-third of the winners of the Colorado Department of Education's Teacher of the Year award are UNC graduates.
      • UNC’s Center for Urban Education earned a national award from the University Continuing Education Association for originality and contribution to the field.
      • In 2007, the college won the prestigious Crista McAuliffe Award for Exemplary Programs in Teacher Education.
      • In 2009, the Colorado Legislature located the Educational Innovation Institute at UNC.
      • U.S. News & World Report ranked multiple programs at the University of Northern Colorado among the top 15 in the country. Rehabilitation Counseling (15th) and online education programs (13th) are recognized in the 2016 edition of the Best Graduate Schools lists.
      • For the third straight year, UNC's online graduate education programs ranks among the nation's best. U.S. News & World Report arrived at its rankings by evaluating the programs' student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, and reputation among peers.
      • The Physics Teacher Education Coalition awarded a $320,000 grant to the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado School of Mines to develop their collaborative teacher preparation program into a national model. The joint program, announced last year in response to a U.S. presidential goal to prepare 100,000 new STEM teachers over the next decade, is among four programs selected out of 17 submitted from across the country.
      • UNC offers more than 50 programs that lead to education licensure.
      • Center for Urban Education
      • Bresnahan Halstead/Kephart Centers
      • Tointon Institute for Education Change
      • Teaching with Primary Sources
      • Center for Gifted and Talented
      • Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Training Center (DO IT)
      • Psychological Services Clinic
      • American Psychological Association
      • Colorado Commission on Higher Education
      • Colorado Department of Education
      • Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education
      • Council for Exceptional Children
      • National Association for School Psychology
      • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
      • Africana Studies
      • Anthropology
      • School of Communication: Communication Studies, Journalism and Mass Communications
      • Criminal Justice
      • Economics
      • English
      • Gender Studies
      • Geography & GIS
      • Hispanic Studies
      • History
      • Modern Languages; Asian Studies
      • Philosophy
      • Political Science & International Affairs
      • Social Science
      • Sociology
      • UNC sponsors the annual Rosenberry Writers' Conference, which features appearances by best-selling authors.
      • The Africana Studies program at UNC is one of the few programs across the country that has both a major and a minor in Africana Studies. The program, nearly 50 years old, also offers a major in secondary education teaching for students interested in teaching social studies at the middle or high school level.
      • Professor of Africana Studies Dr. George Junne was chosen as a Summer Visiting Professor at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.
      • Ten HSS faculty are Fulbright scholars.
      • Students learn cartography and address social issues using UNC’s state-of-the-art Geographic Information Science Laboratory.
      • History major Owen Volzke received a 2013 Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award. Only 15 of these prestigious awards recognizing academic excellence in the study of American history are awarded nationally each year.
      • Thomas Endres, director of the University of Northern Colorado's School of Communication received the Rocky Mountain Communication Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.
      • The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) partnered with 25 school districts on the Navajo Nation to coordinate a five-year grant program from the US Department of Education, entitled "Presidential Academy in American History and Civics Education."
      • Biological Sciences
      • Chemistry and Biochemistry
      • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
      • Human Sciences
      • Mathematical Sciences
      • Nursing
      • Physics and Astronomy
      • Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality
      • Sport and Exercise Science
      • The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry introduced a new program in Brewing Laboratory Science, designed to teach students the skills needed to work in the brewing industry as QA/QC specialists.
      • The University of Northern Colorado's National Institute for Nursing Education & Scholarship (NINES) impacts and facilitates scholarly resources and leadership for health professions education.
      • UNC’s Sport Administration graduate program earned a top 5 worldwide ranking from the leading publication covering the international sport business community.
      • Among U.S. undergraduate-only Physics programs, UNC ranks in the top 35 for the largest number of bachelor's degrees granted (American Institute of Physics).
      • National Institute for Nursing Education & Scholarship (NINES)
      • Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute
      • Sport Marketing Research Institute
      • School of Art and Design
        • Art Education
        • Art History
        • Ceramics
        • Computer Graphics
        • Drawing
        • Fibers
        • Graphic Design
        • Jewelry
        • Painting
        • Photo Imaging
        • Printmaking
        • Sculpture
      • School of Music
        • Jazz Studies
        • Keyboard
        • Music Education
        • String
        • Vocal
        • Wind and Percussion
      • School of Theatre Arts and Dance
        • Performance Studies/Acting
        • Theatre Education
        • Theatre Studies
        • Dance
        • Musical Theatre
        • Design & Technology
      • Art Education
      • Art History
      • Ceramics
      • Computer Graphics
      • Drawing
      • Fibers
      • Graphic Design
      • Jewelry
      • Painting
      • Photo Imaging
      • Printmaking
      • Sculpture
      • Jazz Studies
      • Keyboard
      • Music Education
      • String
      • Vocal
      • Wind and Percussion
      • Performance Studies/Acting
      • Theatre Education
      • Theatre Studies
      • Dance
      • Musical Theatre
      • Design & Technology
      • UNC’s Jazz program has received more than 100 DownBeat Magazine awards.
      • Through a National Endowment for the Arts grant, UNC’s Center for Integrated Arts Education facilitates the Arts Education Leadership Institute: An Interchange of Traditional and Contemporary Arts and Culture.
      • University Orchestra named the top university orchestra in the U.S. seven times.
      • The School of Theatre Arts and Dance was named a Colorado Program of Excellence by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.
      • Five faculty have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City; 21 UNC graduates have performed on Broadway.
      • Accounting
      • Computer Information Systems
      • Finance
      • General Business
      • Management
      • Marketing
      • Financial Education Center
      • Monfort Executive Professor Program
      • Small Business Development Center/UNC BizHub Collaborative
      • Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative
      • UNC's Monfort College of Business is the first and only business program in the U.S. to receive a presidential award for excellence, the Baldrige National Quality Award
      • UNC was the first public university in Colorado accredited in both business and accounting.
      • A team of six University of Northern Colorado business students took third place, finishing as the top team in the state, at the Daniels Fund 2015 Ethics Consortium Case Competition April 23–24 in Denver.
      • A four-member team from the University of Northern Colorado's Monfort College of Business took first place and collected a $2,000 cash prize during an ethics competition at Kansas State University
      • Graduating business majors have scored in the top 4 to 10 percent on nationwide standardized exit exams.
      • MCB is accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in both business and accounting—the "gold standard" for accreditation.
      • In 2011, the Student and Foundation Fund (SAFF) class won first place in the Undergraduate Core Student Funds category at the Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) forum, competing against students from 24 countries.
      • Thomas J. Gray 1890–1891
      • James H. Hayes. Interim 1891, November 11, 1915 – 1916
      • Zachariah Xenophon Snyder. 1891–1915
      • John Grant Crabbe. Late summer 1916–1924
      • George Willard Frasier. 1924–1947
      • William Robert Ross. 1947–1964 (assumed office December 20, 1947)
      • Darrell Holmes. 1964–1971
      • Frank P. Lakin. 1969, 1971 Interim President
      • Richard R. Bond. 1971–1981
      • Charles Manning, Acting President. 1981
      • Robert C. Dickeson. 1981–1991
      • Richard Davies. 1987 Acting President January 1 – August 29, 1987
      • Stephen T. Hulbert. 1991 Interim President July 1 – September 30, 1991
      • Herman Lujan. 1991–1996
      • Howard Skinner. Interim President June 1996 – June 1998
      • Hank Brown. July 1998 – June 2002
      • Kay Norton. July 2002 –
      • Dick Monfort, Chairman
      • Richard James "Jim" Chavez, Vice Chairman
      • Richard S. Gast
      • Paul Washington
      • Christine Scanlan
      • Sue Carparelli
      • Tony Salazar
      • R. Vishwanathan "Vish" Iyer, Faculty Trustee
      • Asian/Pacific American Student Services
      • César Chávez Cultural Center
      • Marcus Garvey Cultural Center
      • Native American Student Services
      • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Resource Office
      • Women's Resource Center
      • West Campus Residence Halls
        • Harrison Hall
        • Lawrenson Hall
        • North Hall
        • South Hall
        • Turner Hall
      • Central Campus Residence Halls
        • Belford Hall
        • Bond Hall (Presidents Row)
        • Brown Hall (Presidents Row)
        • Decker Hall
        • Dickeson Hall (Presidents Row)
        • Gordon Hall
        • Hansen-Willis Hall
        • Lujan Hall (Presidents Row)
        • Sabin Hall
        • Snyder Hall
        • Wiebking Hall
        • Wilson Hall
      • Harrison Hall
      • Lawrenson Hall
      • North Hall
      • South Hall
      • Turner Hall
      • Belford Hall
      • Bond Hall (Presidents Row)
      • Brown Hall (Presidents Row)
      • Decker Hall
      • Dickeson Hall (Presidents Row)
      • Gordon Hall
      • Hansen-Willis Hall
      • Lujan Hall (Presidents Row)
      • Sabin Hall
      • Snyder Hall
      • Wiebking Hall
      • Wilson Hall
      • Albert Frank Carter – "Forty years of Colorado State Teachers College, formerly the State Normal School of Colorado, 1890–1930"
      • Larson, Robert W; Boulder: Colorado Associated University Press, (1989). Shaping educational change: the first century of the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley. .
      • Kurt Hinkle – "Northern Light: The Complete History of the University of Northern Colorado Football Program." (1998).
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