University of Northern Colorado

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,596
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$15,965
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
5.22%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
90.8%
9,275 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
12,930
67.2% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
47.3%
1,035 Graduates

About

University of Northern Colorado is a higher education institution located in Weld County, CO. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of Northern Colorado were General Business Administration & Management (203 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (183 degrees), and Elementary Education & Teaching (151 degrees).

In 2019, 3,021 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Northern Colorado. 69.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 30.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,045 degrees), 4.55 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (449 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Northern Colorado is $7,596, which is $-20,904 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Northern Colorado is $7,596, which is $-20,904 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,965.

In 2019, 75% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 44% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,596
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at University of Northern Colorado was $7,596. The cost of tuition at University of Northern Colorado is $-20,904 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$15,965
2019 Value
9.04%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 University of Northern Colorado had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,965. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of University of Northern Colorado grew by 9.04%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,375
Room and Board
$1,350
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Northern Colorado was of $11,375 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,350. The cost of room and board increased by 6.75% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

75%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
44%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

75% of undergraduate students at University of Northern Colorado received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 2.74% with respect to 2018, when 73% 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.
5.22%
2017 Default Rate
151
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at University of Northern Colorado was 5.22%, which represents 151 out of the 2891 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

University of Northern Colorado received 9,275 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 11.8% annual growth. Out of those 9,275 applicants, 8,425 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 90.8% acceptance rate.

There were 12,930 students enrolled at University of Northern Colorado in 2019, and 88% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Northern Colorado has an overall enrollment yield of 21.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

90.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
8,425
Accepted Out of 9,275

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Northern Colorado was 90.8% (8,425 admissions from 9,275 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 90.8%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 11.8%, while admissions grew by 11.9%.

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SAT Scores

88%
Submission Percentage
1,599
Scores Submitted

88% of enrolled first-time students at University of Northern Colorado in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Northern Colorado has a total enrollment of 12,930 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Northern Colorado is 8,692 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,238. This means that 67.2% 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 65.3% White, 20.1% Hispanic or Latino, 3.91% Two or More Races, 3.67% Black or African American, 2.09% Asian, 0.41% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.186% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Northern Colorado in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (41.1%), followed by White Male (21.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (16%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (47.6%), followed by White Male (21.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.94%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

67.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Northern Colorado, both undergraduate and graduate, is 12,930 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Northern Colorado is 8,692 and the part-time enrollment is 4,238. This means that 67.2% of students enrolled at University of Northern Colorado are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

72%
2019 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 72%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), 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
  1. White
    8,448
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,600
  3. Two or More Races
    505

The enrolled student population at University of Northern Colorado is 65.3% White, 20.1% Hispanic or Latino, 3.91% Two or More Races, 3.67% Black or African American, 2.09% Asian, 0.41% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.186% 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 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% 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, 254 students (1.96%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 1201 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 (2,045 degrees awarded). There were 4.55 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (449 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Northern Colorado is General Business Administration & Management (203 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (183 degrees) and Elementary Education & Teaching (151 degrees).

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 (254 degrees awarded), Education (739 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (244 degrees).

Workforce

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 (1,571,657 people), Secondary school teachers (595,062 people), Education administrators (296,027 people), Postsecondary teachers (257,856 people), and Other managers (257,526 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Northern Colorado are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (254 degrees awarded), Education (739 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (244 degrees), Physical Sciences (80 degrees), and History (47 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Northern Colorado are Surgeons, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Physicians, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Actuaries

The most specialized majors at University of Northern Colorado are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (254 degrees awarded), Education (739 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (244 degrees), Physical Sciences (80 degrees), and History (47 degrees).

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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 (2,994,010 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (524,362 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (247,520 people), Computer Systems Design (174,580 people), and Construction (136,290 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Northern Colorado are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (254 degrees awarded), Education (739 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (244 degrees), Physical Sciences (80 degrees), and History (47 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 203 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 183 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 151 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Northern Colorado was General Business Administration & Management with 203 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

910
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
2,111
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 910 degrees were awarded to men at University of Northern Colorado, which is 0.431 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,111).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 127 degrees were awarded to men at University of Northern Colorado in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.57 times more than the 81 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 170 degrees were awarded to women at University of Northern Colorado in Registered Nursing, which is 13.1 times more than the 13 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

28%
100% Completion Time
48%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 28% 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, 48% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 49% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (56.5%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of Northern Colorado is Female and White (56.5% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 1.74% of graduates (18 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,045 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    449 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    166 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Northern Colorado is white (2,045 degrees awarded). There were 4.55 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (449 degrees).

5.49% of degree recipients (166 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,467 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    578 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    301 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of Northern Colorado is white female (1,467 degrees awarded). There were 2.54 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (578 degrees).

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Operations

University of Northern Colorado has an endowment valued at nearly $90.3M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.91M (2.11%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, University of Northern Colorado had a total salary expenditure of $218M. University of Northern Colorado employs 188 Professors, 120 Assistant professors, and 110 Associate professors. Most academics at University of Northern Colorado are Male Professors (108), Female Professors(80), and Female Assistant professors (71).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Northern Colorado are: Service, with 204 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 142 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 120 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$90.3M
2019 Endowment
3.13%
growth from 2018

University of Northern Colorado has an endowment valued at about $90.3M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Northern Colorado grew 3.13% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $221M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $5.8M - Federal
  2. $35M - State
  3. $103k - Local

As of 2019, University of Northern Colorado received $5.8M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $35M from state grants and contracts, and $103k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$114M
2019 Salaries
0.628%
decline from 2018

In 2019, University of Northern Colorado paid a median of $114M in salaries, which represents 52.5% of their overall expenditure ($218M) and a 0.628% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.68% growth from 2017 and a 5.5% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$34M
Instructional Salaries
482
Number of Employees

In 2019, University of Northern Colorado paid a total of $34M to 482 employees working as instructors, which represents 29.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
188 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
204 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Northern Colorado were Professor with 188 employees; Assistant professor with 120 employees; and Assistant professor with 110 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Northern Colorado were Service with 204 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 142 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 120 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Northern Colorado was Male Professor with 108 employees, Female Professor with 80 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 71 employees.

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

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