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University of Northern Colorado

University of Northern Colorado
The official logo of the University of Northern Colorado
Former names
Colorado State Normal School
Colorado State Teachers College
Colorado State College of Education
Colorado State College
Motto Sapientia in aeterum est
Motto in English
Wisdom is eternal
Established April 1, 1889
Type Public
Endowment US$61.5 million[1]
Chairman Dick Monfort
President Kay Norton
Provost Robbyn R. Wacker[2]
Academic staff
Students 12,084[3]
Undergraduates 9,710[3]
Postgraduates 2,374[3]
Location Greeley, Colorado, United States
Campus Suburban
260 acres (1.1 km2)[3]
Colors Navy blue and gold
Athletics NCAA Division I FCS
19 varsity teams
Nickname Bears
Mascot "Klawz"
Affiliations Big Sky Conference
American Collegiate Hockey Association Pacific Region [4]
Website .edu.uncowww
Enrollment figures are as of Fall 2013[3]

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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[5]


  • History 1
    • From Normal School to University 1.1
    • Teaching in its DNA 1.2
    • Historic Challenges 1.3
    • Scholars Who Teach 1.4
    • From Teachers to Bears 1.5
    • Expanding Beyond Teaching 1.6
    • A New Name 1.7
    • A Century and Beyond 1.8
  • Academics 2
    • Academic profile 2.1
    • At a Glance 2.2
      • Accreditation and Certification 2.2.1
    • College of Education and Behavioral Sciences 2.3
      • Departments and Programs 2.3.1
      • College Facts, Rankings and Awards 2.3.2
      • Institutions and Centers 2.3.3
      • Accreditations 2.3.4
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences 2.4
      • Departments and Programs 2.4.1
      • College Facts, Rankings and Awards 2.4.2
    • College of Natural and Health Sciences 2.5
      • Departments and Programs 2.5.1
      • College Facts, Rankings and Awards 2.5.2
      • Institutes 2.5.3
    • College of Performing and Visual Arts 2.6
      • Schools and Programs 2.6.1
      • College Facts, Rankings and Awards 2.6.2
    • Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business 2.7
      • Departments 2.7.1
      • Programs, Institutes and Centers 2.7.2
      • College Facts, Rankings and Awards 2.7.3
  • Campus 3
    • Other locations 3.1
    • Libraries and collections 3.2
      • Michener Library 3.2.1
      • Skinner Music Library 3.2.2
      • Digital UNC 3.2.3
      • Herbarium 3.2.4
      • Southern Rocky Mountain Reference Collection (SRMRC) 3.2.5
    • Art collections 3.3
      • Mariani Gallery 3.3.1
      • Oak Room Gallery 3.3.2
      • The Lydia Ruyle Room of Women’s Art 3.3.3
      • Mari Michener Art Gallery 3.3.4
  • Organization 4
    • Presidents 4.1
    • Current trustees 4.2
  • Student life 5
    • Greek life 5.1
      • Traditional sororities 5.1.1
      • Traditional fraternities 5.1.2
      • Multicultural sororities 5.1.3
      • Multicultural fraternities 5.1.4
    • Cultural centers 5.2
    • Student housing 5.3
    • Radio station 5.4
    • Newspaper 5.5
  • Athletics 6
    • Mascots 6.1
  • Notable alumni 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • Further reading 10
  • External links 11


UNC's Guggenheim Hall

From Normal School to University

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.[7]

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.[7]

Teaching in its DNA

Dr. Zachariah Xenophon Snyder arrived at the fledgling university in 1891.[8] 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.[9]

Historic Challenges

In 1913, President Snyder established a graduate school at CSCE. After his death in 1915, President John Grant Crabbe saw the university through World War I and the Spanish influenza epidemic. He met financial challenges by contracting with the War Department to initiate the Student Army Training Corps (SATC), housing and educating active service men. Influenza fears fueled a call for closures of universities, but Crabbe kept classes in session while the school was quarantined, keeping student from traveling home and almost certain risk of exposure. No lives were lost on campus. He remained at the university until his death in 1924 at the age of 58.[9]

Scholars Who Teach

George W. Frasier was the university’s president from 1924 to 1948. The Graduate School was created in 1930.

Frasier emphasized teachers who are also scholars, which is still a hallmark of the university. "…faculty members were not only expected to make professional contributions but were to concentrate on their teaching responsibilities as well; everyone taught classes, including Frasier, his administrative staff, and the chairs of the departments."[10]

During World War II, the university operated an army air force clerical training school for more than 4,000 men. Frasier consulted for the Civil Aeronautics Administration and the college conducted a cattle-feeding operation to provide meat for students and Air Force trainees.[11]

In 1942, as Japanese Americans were imprisoned at the Granada Relocation Center in Lamar, Colorado (part of the US’s controversial policy of relocating some 110,000 Japanese Americans) the university offered interns the opportunity to earn student teaching credit.

From Teachers to Bears

It was during President Frasier’s tenure that students adopted the university mascot—a bear—as a replacement to the previous mascot name, the "Teachers."[12]

Expanding Beyond Teaching

The university’s origins as an educator of educators has remained integral to its success, but the university’s offerings expanded. During the mid-1960s, the school ranked eighth in the number of graduate degrees in education conferred. The School of Nursing was established during President William Ross’s tenure, as was an Air Force ROTC program designed to attract more male students. The School of Business was created in 1968. One-fifth of students majored in business, nursing or a liberal arts or non-education area.[13]

A New Name

In 1970, Colorado State College became the University of Northern Colorado. The university’s library was named for UNC alum and former teacher James A. Michener, 1948 Pulitzer Prize winner.[14]

A Century and Beyond

In the early 1980s, the university focused growth on four areas: teacher education, business, music and the nursing and health professions.

In 1986, UNC’s Vocal Jazz I group became the first college vocal group to receive a Grammy nomination. School of Music faculty have been nominated for five Grammy awards, and have won four.[15]

In 1992, UNC inaugurated its ninth president and first Hispanic president, Herman Luján. During his tenure, the campus landscape changed with new construction, including a new campus recreation center, Nottingham Field, and the renovation of Gunter Hall.[16]

In 2002, Kay Norton became the 12th president and the first woman to serve in the position. She leads UNC in developing innovate and organizational strategies, emphasizing the need for the university to take charge of its future in the face of regulatory, financial and social changes.[17]

In 2014, UNC celebrated its 125th birthday.


Academic profile

By enrollment, The University of Northern Colorado is the fifth largest university in Colorado. It had a fall 2015 enrollment of 9,394 undergraduate students and 2,542 graduate students for a total of 11,936 students.[18] In that year most of the students came from Colorado but the student population represents all 50 states, three territories and 37 countries. The student population is 63% female and 37% male. 23% of students identified themselves as "minorities." Typically, 96% of undergraduates are employed or attending graduate school one year after graduating from the university.[19]

At a Glance

106 undergraduate programs

120 graduate programs

60 percent of courses have fewer than 30 students

One-third of undergraduates are first in their family to attend college.

96 percent of UNC graduates earning bachelor's degrees are employed or attending graduate school one year after graduating.

Enrolled students represent all 50 states and some 40 countries.

Top 5 Majors by Enrollment:

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (includes early childhood, liberal arts, student designed majors, elementary teaching)
  • Business Administration
  • Psychology
  • Biology Sport and Exercise Science


In August 2003, President Kay Norton began a planning and reorganization process to guide the university. One of the outcomes of that process was to re-organize the university into five colleges of approximately equal size in addition to the University College. University College has programs for freshmen and transfer students before they declare a major. Within each college are several schools that administer the academic programs.[20]

Accreditation and Certification

  • 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


UNC holds membership to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities, the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, Project 30 Alliance, the Western Association of Graduate Schools, the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, Colorado Thirty Group and other educational organizations.[21]

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Departments and Programs[22]

  • 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[23]
  • Psychology
  • Reading
  • School Psychology
  • Secondary PTEP
  • Special Education


College Facts, Rankings and Awards

  • 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.[25]
  • UNC’s Center for Urban Education earned a national award from the University Continuing Education Association for originality and contribution to the field.[26]
  • In 2007, the college won the prestigious Crista McAuliffe Award for Exemplary Programs in Teacher Education.[27]
  • In 2009, the Colorado Legislature located the Educational Innovation Institute at UNC.[27]
  • 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.[28]
  • For the third straight year, UNC's online graduate education programs ranks among the nation's best. U.S. News arrived at its rankings by evaluating the programs' student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, and reputation among peers.[29]
  • 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.[29]
  • UNC offers more than 50 programs that lead to education licensure.

Institutions and Centers[30]

  • 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

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Departments and Programs

  • 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


College Facts, Rankings and Awards

  • UNC sponsors the annual Rosenberry Writers' Conference, which features appearances by best-selling authors.[33]
  • 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.[34]
  • Professor of Africana Studies Dr. George Junne was chosen as a Summer Visiting Professor at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.[34]
  • Ten HSS faculty are Fulbright scholars.[35]
  • Students learn cartography and address social issues using UNC’s state-of-the-art Geographic Information Science Laboratory.[36]
  • 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.[37]
  • Thomas Endres, director of the University of Northern Colorado's School of Communication received the Rocky Mountain Communication Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.[38]
  • The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) partnered with 25 school districts in 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."[39]

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Departments and Programs

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Human Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Sport and Exercise Science


College Facts, Rankings and Awards

  • 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.[41]
  • The University of Northern Colorado's National Institute for Nursing Education & Scholarship (NINES) impacts and facilitates scholarly resources and leadership for health professions education.[42]
  • UNC’s Sport Administration graduate program earned a top 5 worldwide ranking from the leading publication covering the international sport business community.[43]
  • 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).[44]


  • National Institute for Nursing Education & Scholarship (NINES)[45]
  • Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute[46]
  • Sport Marketing Research Institute[47]

College of Performing and Visual Arts

Schools and Programs

  • 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


College Facts, Rankings and Awards

  • UNC’s Jazz program has received more than 100 DownBeat Magazine awards.[49]
  • 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.[50]
  • University Orchestra named the top university orchestra in the U.S. seven times.[33]
  • The School of Theatre Arts and Dance was named a Colorado Program of Excellence by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.[51]
  • Five faculty have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City; 21 UNC graduates have performed on Broadway.[26]

Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business


  • Accounting
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Management
  • Marketing


Programs, Institutes and Centers

  • Financial Education Center
  • Monfort Executive Professor Program
  • Small Business Development Center/UNC BizHub Collaborative
  • Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative


College Facts, Rankings and Awards

  • 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.



UNC's Snyder Hall, a dormitory on Central Campus

The campus is divided into two main areas: central, and west. UNC's Central Campus includes the areas north of 20th Street and west of 8th Avenue in Greeley, Colorado. The residence halls on Central Campus have been designated a state historic district.[55] UNC's Central Campus was the original part of the campus and currently houses the College of Performing & Visual Arts, schools in the College of Natural & Health Science, and the Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business. Central has a quieter, more traditional "collegiate" feeling.

West Campus includes the areas south of 20th Street and west of 10th Avenue, including the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Education & Behavioral Sciences, and schools in the College of Natural & Health Sciences. West Campus houses 2,000 students and is generally the more social area of campus.

Other locations

The university operates satellite centers in Loveland, Colorado, Denver, Colorado, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Denver campus hosts two programs of note - the Center for Urban Education (focuses on providing opportunities for working teachers), and the DO-IT Center (ASL-English interpreter training).

Old Man Mountain is a group of cabins owned by the university located in Estes Park, Colorado, and serves as a common retreat location for the community.

Libraries and collections

Michener Library

Michener Library was named after Pulitzer-prize winning novelist James A. Michener, who attended Colorado State College of Education, now the University of Northern Colorado, from 1936 to 1937. He was a Social Science educator at the Training School and at the College from 1936 to 1941. Michener Library's collections include approximately 1.5 million items in monograph, periodical, government document, audio-visual and microform formats. The Library also houses the James A. Michener Special Collection.

Skinner Music Library

The Howard M. Skinner Music Library specializes in curricular support of the School of Music and Musical Theatre Programs but is open to everyone. Here you’ll find more than 100,000 scores, books, periodicals, and recordings, housed in a state-of-the-art facility that opened in October 1997. In 2005, the building was named for Dr. Howard M. Skinner, former Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts, in honor of his many years of dedication to UNC and to the Greeley music community.

Digital UNC This digital repository service offered by the University Libraries captures, stores, organizes, indexes, preserves, and provides access to University of Northern Colorado information resources and intellectual output. It brings together selected digital materials from across campus to create a cohesive and sustainable repository of the educational, scholarly, research, and historical assets of the University.


GREE (shortened from "Greeley") is the standard acronym for the UNC Herbarium, which currently has about 35,000 specimens, about 10,000 of which are backlogged (not mounted and filed). Over the past eight years GREE has been the fastest growing herbarium in the region on a percentage basis, having increased its holdings by over 300 percent. Estimated specimens by geographical origin include: Southern Rockies, 75 percent; High Plains, 5 percent; North America at large, 15 percent; world at large, 5 percent. Our facilities currently provide storage capacity for about 65,000 specimens.

Southern Rocky Mountain Reference Collection (SRMRC)

The SRMRC is a separate collection of one or two specimens (flower and fruit) of each taxon of vascular plant known to occur in the Southern Rocky Mountain region. The SRMRC is also used to provide a source of specimens for educational demonstrations to school classes, civic groups, and other interested visitors. The collection currently has over 2,200 taxa and is expanding continuously.

Art collections

Mariani Gallery

Created in 1972 to show a variety of art exhibits. Located in Guggenheim Hall, Room 100.

Oak Room Gallery

Focuses on undergraduate and graduate student work. Located in Crabbe Hall, Room 201.

The Lydia Ruyle Room of Women’s Art

This is a collection of 48 original works by 40 artists, including Mary Cassatt, Bridget Riley, Louise Nevelson, and Kathe Kollwitz. Located in Guggenheim Hall.

Mari Michener Art Gallery

Located in Michener Library, this gallery hosts shows by locally and nationally known artists and often displays the work of alumni, faculty, and staff of the University.


The Board of Trustees for the university oversees the administration and approves the university annual budget. Several members of the University's administrative team are ex officio members of the Board (for example, the Vice President for Finance & Administration is also the Treasurer to the Board).


  • 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 –

Current trustees

  • 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


Student life

Greek life

Traditional sororities

Traditional fraternities

Multicultural sororities

Multicultural fraternities

Cultural centers

  • 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

Student housing

The university has 17 student residence halls; 12 on Central Campus and five on West Campus. Additionally, the University offers apartment-style living at University Apartments (formerly known as Student Family Apartments) on the East Campus, and Arlington Park Apartments roughly one block east of West Campus and three blocks south of Central Campus.

  • 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

Students options when "claiming their space" on-campus include same-gender communities for males and females, co-educational communities, and co-educational rooms. Room options include everything from traditional suite-style rooms to fully furnished on-campus apartments.

There are "living & learning communities" at UNC, including floors for elementary education majors, performing and visual arts majors, quiet lifestyles, GLBTA, leadership focused and healthy-living/wellness.

Radio station

UNC Student Radio (UNCSR) broadcasts 24/7 on the internet at or The station generally plays pre-programmed rock/pop during the day, with live, student-hosted shows in the afternoons and evenings during the school year. The station, first chartered in 1995 and which is almost entirely student-run, operates from the basement of Davis House and streams to all the UNC dormitories via cable TV channel 3.


Founded in February 1919, The Mirror is the student-operated newspaper. It is published every Monday during the fall and spring semesters, and operates a website at It is not published during school breaks (spring break, winter break, national holidays, etc.). The publication is funded by student fees as well as advertising for local businesses. The newspaper operates out of its own building on 16th Street, one-half block from campus, and employs an average of 80 students a year.


The logo of Northern Colorado athletics.

Sports teams at the school are called Bears. Northern Colorado joined the Big Sky Conference on July 1, 2006. The school mascot is Klawz the Bear and the school colors are navy blue and gold. The Fight Song is the "UNC Fight Song". Northern Colorado's Athletic Director is Darren Dunn.

The Bears play their football games at Nottingham Field, while the men's and women's basketball teams and women's volleyball team play at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. "Fear The Claw" is the student section slogan. Northern Colorado won its first Big Sky Championship in 2009 when the women's volleyball team beat Portland State to capture the Big Sky Volleyball Championship.

The Bears have many athletes in the pros. The best known is probably Vincent Jackson, who attended and played football at Northern Colorado from 2001 to 2004 before being drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 2005 NFL Draft. Other famous football alumni for the school are: punter Dirk Johnson, safety Reed Doughty who plays for the Washington Redskins, defensive lineman Aaron Smith of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and over 10 others.

Before upgrading to NCAA Division I in 2006, UNC was a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference from 1923 to 1972. Joining the Great Plains Athletic Conference for four years (1972–76). Following several years of being conference independent, the university joined the North Central Conference. The Bears have won two Division II Football National Championships in 1996 and 1997. On March 9, 2011 the Bears won the Big Sky Conference tournament championship in men's basketball, clinching a trip to the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, the first in the school's history. The Northern Colorado men's baseball program also ranks among the top 15 schools for most all-time NCAA College World Series appearances, tied with the University of Oklahoma at 10 appearances apiece.


The university's mascot, "Klawz"

The bear is the mascot of the UNC. The bear became the mascot in 1923. Before the school adopted the bear, athletes used the nickname the Teachers.[57] The bear was said to be inspired by a bear on top of an Alaskan totem pole donated by an 1897 alumnus in 1914. The totem pole was kept in the University Center, but under the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990, the pole was reclaimed by the Tlingit in 2003.

Klawz is the mascot that attends all the sports games. Klawz is the newest addition to the long line of Bears' mascots over the years at the university. Klawz made his first appearance in Nottingham Field on August 30, 2003 before the UNC football team opened their season against New Mexico Highlands

Notable alumni

See also


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  2. ^ "Dr. Robbyn Wacker". University of Northern Colorado. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "About UNC". 
  4. ^ "American Collegiate Hockey Association". Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c UNC Impact 2014. University of Northern Colorado.
  6. ^ The Campus History Series, University of Northern Colorado, by Mark Anderson and Jay Trask, 2010, Arcadia Publishing
  7. ^ a b A Short History of UNC. University of Northern Colorado. 21 October 2014.
  8. ^ Timeline: 1889-1899. University of Northern Colorado. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  9. ^ a b Anderson and Trask, University of Northern Colorado. 2010.
  10. ^ Anderson and Trask, University of Northern Colorado. 2010. Page 29.
  11. ^ Anderson and Trask, University of Northern Colorado. 2010. Page 143
  12. ^ Scratching Out an Identity. University of Northern Colorado. 18 November 2013.
  13. ^ About UNC. University of Northern Colorado. 2 October 2015.
  14. ^ A Primer on UNC History. 5 January 2015.
  15. ^ Timeline 1980-1989. University of Northern Colorado.
  16. ^ Timeline: 1990-1999. University of Northern Colorado.
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Further reading

  • 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". ISBN 0-87081-172-X.
  • Kurt Hinkle – "Northern Light: The Complete History of the University of Northern Colorado Football Program." (1998).

External links

  • Official website
  • Northern Colorado athletics website
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