University of Northern Colorado

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$8,180
0.652% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$18,310
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.952%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
78.5%
10,107 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
9,380
66.1% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
51.9%
1,112 Graduates

About

University of Northern Colorado is a higher education institution located in Weld County, CO. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at University of Northern Colorado were Registered Nursing (178 degrees awarded), General Psychology (172 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (149 degrees).

In 2022, 2,848 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Northern Colorado. 71% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 29% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,941 degrees), 3.54 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (549 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Northern Colorado is $8,180, which is $−21,970 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at University of Northern Colorado is $8,180, which is $−21,970 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,310.

In 2022, 98% of undergraduate students attending University of Northern Colorado received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 41% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$8,180
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at University of Northern Colorado was $8,180. The cost of tuition at University of Northern Colorado is $−21,970 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$18,310
2022 Value
6.9%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 University of Northern Colorado had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,310. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of University of Northern Colorado grew by 6.9%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,998
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Northern Colorado was of $11,998 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 3.78% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

98%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
41%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

98% of undergraduate students at University of Northern Colorado received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 11.4% with respect to 2021, when 88% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.952%
2019 Default Rate
28
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at University of Northern Colorado was 0.952%, which represents 28 out of the 2941 total borrowers.

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Admissions

University of Northern Colorado received 10,107 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 0.443% annual growth. Out of those 10,107 applicants, 7,938 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 78.5% acceptance rate.

There were 9,380 students enrolled at University of Northern Colorado in 2022. 36% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Northern Colorado has an overall enrollment yield of 15%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

78.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
7,938
Accepted Out of 10,107

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Northern Colorado was 78.5% (7,938 admissions from 10,107 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 91.1%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 0.443%, while admissions declined by −14.2%..

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SAT Scores

36%
Submission Percentage (2022)
421
Scores Submitted (2022)

36% of enrolled first-time students at University of Northern Colorado in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Northern Colorado had a total enrollment of 9,380 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at University of Northern Colorado is 6,196 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,184. This means that 66.1% of students enrolled at University of Northern Colorado are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of Northern Colorado, both undergraduate and graduate, is 63.8% White, 22.6% Hispanic or Latino, 4.12% Two or More Races, 3.98% Black or African American, 2.22% Asian, 0.33% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.139% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Northern Colorado in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (40.3%), followed by White Male (20.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (17.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (50.5%), followed by White Male (17.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (9.04%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

66.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Northern Colorado in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,380 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Northern Colorado is 6,196 and the part-time enrollment is 3,184. This means that 66.1% of students enrolled at University of Northern Colorado are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

75%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University of Northern Colorado was 75%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), University of Northern Colorado had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    5,984 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,119 enrolled students
  3. Two or More Races
    386 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at University of Northern Colorado is 63.8% White, 22.6% Hispanic or Latino, 4.12% Two or More Races, 3.98% Black or African American, 2.22% Asian, 0.33% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.139% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 78 students (0.832%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 1,196 more women than men received degrees from University of Northern Colorado. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of Northern Colorado is white (1,941 degrees awarded). There were 3.54 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (549 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Northern Colorado is Registered Nursing (178 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (172 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (149 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at University of Northern Colorado, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (218 degrees awarded), Education (686 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (61 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Northern Colorado are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,694,108 people), Secondary school teachers (556,413 people), Education administrators (299,955 people), Other managers (227,368 people), and Postsecondary teachers (207,208 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Northern Colorado in 2022 are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (218 degrees awarded), Education (686 degrees), Language & Linguistics (61 degrees), History (52 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (212 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Northern Colorado are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at University of Northern Colorado are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (218 degrees awarded), Education (686 degrees), Language & Linguistics (61 degrees), History (52 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (212 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Northern Colorado are Elementary & secondary schools (3,039,012 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (450,469 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (231,884 people), Computer Systems Design (168,643 people), and Legal services (134,387 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Northern Colorado are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (218 degrees awarded), Education (686 degrees), Language & Linguistics (61 degrees), History (52 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (212 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University of Northern Colorado.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 178 degrees awarded
  2. 172 degrees awarded
  3. 149 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Northern Colorado was Registered Nursing with 178 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

826
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
2,022
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 826 degrees were awarded to men at University of Northern Colorado, which is 0.409 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,022).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 134 degrees were awarded to men at University of Northern Colorado in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.43 times more than the 94 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 179 degrees were awarded to men at University of Northern Colorado in Registered Nursing, which is 8.14 times more than the 22 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

33%
100% Completion Time
52%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 33% of students graduating from University of Northern Colorado completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 52% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 53% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (58.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at University of Northern Colorado is Female and White (58.8% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.719% of graduates (8 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,941 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    549 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    111 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Northern Colorado is white (1,941 degrees awarded). There were 3.54 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (549 degrees).

0.737% of degree recipients (21 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    1,411 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    530 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    389 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of Northern Colorado is white female (1,411 degrees awarded). There were 2.66 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (530 degrees).

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Operations

University of Northern Colorado has an endowment valued at nearly $101M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−2.68%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, University of Northern Colorado had a total salary expenditure of 193M. University of Northern Colorado employs 157 Professors, 109 Associate professors and 65 Assistant professors. Most academics at University of Northern Colorado are Male Professor (91), Female Professor (66), and Female Associate professor (59).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Northern Colorado are: Service, with 206 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 159 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 86 employees.

Endowment

$101M
2022 Endowment
11.1%
decline from 2021

University of Northern Colorado has an endowment valued at about $101M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Northern Colorado declined 11.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $272M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $6.64M - Federal
  2. $48.8M - State
  3. $174k - Local

As of 2022, University of Northern Colorado received $6.64M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $48.8M from state grants and contracts, and $174k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$99.3M
2022 Salaries
1.74%
growth from 2021

In 2022, University of Northern Colorado paid a median of $99.3M in salaries, which represents 51.4% of their overall expenditure ($193M) and a 1.74% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$29.9M
Instructional Salaries
397
Number of Employees

In 2022, University of Northern Colorado paid a total of $29.9M to 397 employees working as instructors, which represents 30.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
157 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
206 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Northern Colorado were Professor with 157 employees, Associate professor with 109 employees, and Assistant professor with 65 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Northern Colorado were Service with 206 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 159 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 86 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Northern Colorado was Male Professor with 91 employees, Female Professor with 66 employees, and Female Associate professor with 59 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at University of Northern Colorado.

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