At the University of Colorado Colorado Springs we value students and never forget that students are our reason for being. We consider students and student outcomes in all the decisions we make. We provide a supportive environment in order to create lasting and significant educational experiences for every student. We are committed to our students and their success.
UCCS is located on 550 acres in northeast Colorado Springs at the foot of Austin Bluffs, a rugged natural cliff formation. From the campus, you have a spectacular view of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, including Pikes Peak, the 14,115-foot mountain that inspired the song "America the Beautiful."
We are one of four campuses within the University of Colorado System. We were established in 1965 and built on an original 1964 gift of 80 acres (for the price of $1) from local businessman George Dwire. Today, we are the fastest growing campus in the CU System and have transformed from a small commuter-based campus of 1,670 students to a full-fledged collegiate hub with enrollment of approximately 12,000 undergraduate, graduate and online students. We offer 45 bachelor's, 22 master's and five doctoral degrees through our six colleges:
Approximately 12,000 students enrolled fall 2016 with almost 5,000 students participating in programs and instruction offered through our online and academic outreach efforts. 84% of our students are enrolled in undergraduate programs and 14% are pursuing graduate study. 53% of our students are female, 47% are male and 29% identify themselves as ethnic minority students. Approximately 92% of our students originate from Colorado, 12% come from out-of-state and 315 are international. Students from all 50 states and 49 countries are represented here at UCCS. 28% of our students are first generation students and nearly two-thirds of our undergraduates receive financial aid through loans and grants.
Nationally recognized as a Military Friendly and Best for Vets University, we enroll more than 2,000 active and retired military personnel. Being based in Colorado Springs, also known as Olympic City USA, we enrolled 18 U.S. Olympic athletes in 2015.
We employ approximately 1,100 faculty and staff. Our budget for fiscal year 2016-17 is approximately $228 million. Campus expenditures have yielded approximately $310 million to the local economy each year through construction, employee and student spending, travel and operating expenses.
To ensure a balanced social and academic campus life, we offer 15 full-service residence halls, an active university center, a LEED-certified recreation and wellness center, a state-of-the-art library and a new veterans and military student center. Thanks to collaborations with key community organizations forged by Chancellor Shockley-Zalabak, we are building the $70 million Ent Center for the Arts and are key players in the creation of the new National Cybersecurity Center.
We have graduated more than 43,000 students since 1965. 96% of them say they are either somewhat or very satisfied with the education they received at UCCS. Of our 43,000 graduates, over 28,000 live in Colorado and approximately 14,000 worldwide. Our graduates include a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, the first Native American astronaut, the Senior Vice President of Microsoft, a C-Span talk-show host, a Corporate Vice President of FedEx, the General Manager of Hewlett-Packard, numerous COO’s and CEO’s of major businesses and not-for-profit organizations, successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists, engineers, artists, musicians, medical professionals, lawyers, teachers, professors, business leaders, judges, mayors, communicators, philanthropists, and more, to name a few.
Today, UCCS is consistently ranked as one of the top Western regional universities by U.S. News & World Report, and our colleges and programs are accredited and top-ranked in their fields. More importantly, we remain forever committed to the success of our students and to the betterment of the Southern Colorado community.
We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; Member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.