University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, CO 80639

The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a public research university founded in 1889. The main campus is in Greeley, Colorado and serves about 12,000 students at its six colleges. Greeley is one of the more populous cities in Colorado and just about an hour drive from Denver. The main campus is in the heart of the city and provides close access to the Greeley Creative District, offering shopping, entertainment, and dining for the local community and university students. The university also offers over 200 programs for undergrads and grads, including several nursing programs. It is also one of the most affordable universities in Colorado, for both residents and non-residents.

The UNC School of Nursing is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing, while the programs are accredited by the CCNE. The undergrad options include traditional BSN, BSN 2nd degree, and RN to BSN programs. The first two are full-time on-campus programs that help prepare students for a career in nursing with real-life training at local clinics. The RN to BSN program is an online solution for part-time students. The MSN programs include two areas of study, including Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Along with BSN and MSN programs, the school offers several DNP degree programs.



Campus LocaleCity: Midsize
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate71%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. RN to BSN
  3. Doctoral degrees (DNP, BSN to DNP, PhD)
  4. Accelerated BSN
  5. Masters degrees (MSN)


    The University of Northern Colorado Master of Science in Nursing, program is designed to prepare Nurse Educators and Advanced Practitioners.

    The program offers an emphasis in Family Nurse Practitioner to prepare nurses who can engage in advanced clinical practice.  

    The Master of Science program is intended to facilitate for the schedules of adult professionals with classes offered just one day a week with some courses offered online. The FNP emphasis is not offered as a full time program at the current time.

    The nursing master’s program has a limited amount of Scholarships and graduate assistantships available to full time and part time students in the different emphasis.

    Admission Requirements

    1. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from an AACN or NLN accredited college or University
    2. Official transcript from all accredited college or university programs attended at the undergraduate and graduate program
    3. Minimum grade point average of 3.0 or more
    4. Current, valid and unencumbered License to practice as a Registered Nurse in Colorado or proof of eligibility
    5. Written statement describing professional goals
    6. Current Resume
    7. Proof of clinical experience with a minimum of one year preferred
    8. Two letters of recommendations

    The School of Nursing reviews applications once every academic year. The Application Deadline for enrollment in the fall semester is the preceding 1st of February.  



Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 145
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other Master's degree 21
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 5
Nursing Science Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 6

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from University of Northern Colorado

Front Range Community College - Boulder Campus
28.82 miles away
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus
48.02 miles away
Metropolitan State University of Denver
48.32 miles away
University of Wyoming
77.47 miles away
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
104.42 miles away
Colorado State University-Pueblo
144.72 miles away
Pueblo Community College
147.78 miles away
Academy of Medical and Health Science Inc.
149.22 miles away
Colorado Mountain College
150.8 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1916 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
05/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
05/03/2003 - Current



Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading468 to 580
SAT: Math460 to 570
ACT Composite19 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$16,776
30k to 48k$17,507
48k to 75k$19,835
75k to 110k$21,300
Over 110k$21,529
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $275.00 $736.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $543.00 $1,059.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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University of Northern Colorado
Carter Hall - Rm 4000
Greeley, CO 80639

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