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 LocaleMidsize City
Campus SizeMedium
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate71%

Nursing Programs Offered


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 (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 19 127
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 4
Master's degree 3 4

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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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1000 to 1240
ACT19 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

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $45
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$295
In State Students$295
Out of State Students$755
Graduate courses
In District Students$578
In State Students$578
Out of State Students$1,087

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $13,275 $13,275 $33,975
ADN 70 $20,650 $20,650 $52,850
BSN 125 $36,875 $36,875 $94,375
FNP 50 $28,900 $28,900 $54,350
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 93% of University of Northern Colorado's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 35% $4,172
Other Federal Grant 3% $1,313
State Grant & Scholarships 40% $2,435
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 84% $4,838
Federal Student Loans 56% $5,076
Private Loans 5% $12,713


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$17,574
$30,001 to $48,000$18,573
$48,001 to $75,000$20,626
$75,001 to $110,000$22,170
Over $110,000$22,576

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Student Population













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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Colorado state board of nursing.

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

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