University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Facts and Figures


  • 2016 Enrollment
    • 12,000+ fall 2016 on-campus students, +6.2% (record-high enrollment)
    • 3,000+ students enrolled in online courses
    • 32% Pell Grant recipients
    • 31% of all students are minority; 35% of freshman class
  • Among fastest growing universities in the state
  • Fall 2016 Graduate Student Enrollment:
    • 1,808 graduate students
  • More than 2,000 military veterans, active military, and family members
  • 25 U.S. Olympic hopeful athletes attend UCCS


  • About one-third of UCCS undergraduates come from families considered low-income
  • About half of all UCCS freshmen earn degrees in six years
  • To finance their educations, UCCS students borrow, on average, $16,780, one-third less than the national average
  • UCCS students repay their federal student loans. The UCCS student loan default rate, the best in Colorado, is 2.9% compared to a national rate of 13.7%


  • UCCS offers 45 bachelor's, 22 master's, and five doctoral degree programs
  • US News & World Report: America's Best Colleges
    • Ninth among Western regional public universities
    • Nationally ranked undergraduate business and engineering programs
    • Nationally ranked graduate programs in nursing, business and public affairs
  • GI Jobs
    • Military Friendly (top 20% of colleges and universities)

2014 award for regional public universities 2014 award for engineering programs 2014 award for business programs

Unique and High-Need Programs

  • Inclusive Elementary Education
  • Exercise Science
  • Athletic Training
  • Engineering Education
  • Applied Geography
  • Geropsychology
  • Professional Golf Management
  • Sports Management
  • Bachelor of Innovation
  • Special Education
  • Nursing
  • Health Care Science
  • Homeland Security
  • Criminal Justice

Economic Impact

  • UCCS is one of the largest employers in southern Colorado employing 1,547 people.
  • More than 65% of UCCS graduates live in Colorado
  • UCCS generates $450+ million in annual economic impact to El Paso County


  • A CU School of Medicine branch is located at UCCS within the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences
  • The Southern Colorado Higher Education Consortium is a framework to increase higher education access, persistence and completion. The consortium is focused on opportunities for nontraditional, underrepresented and first-generation students to promote long-term economic development
    • Consortium members include UCCS, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Adams State College, Western State College, Fort Lewis College, Pikes Peak Community College, Pueblo Community College, Trinidad State Junior College, Lamar Community College and Otero Junior College
  • Partnerships
    • The Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences is the first UCCS building on North Nevada Avenue. It houses a Peak Vista Community Health Centers clinic, several clinics associated with the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences and a branch of the CU School of Medicine.
    • Cisco Systems, Inc., to provide education programs and counseling to be delivered to institutions in southern Colorado using Cisco Systems technologies
  • The UCCS College of Business Economic Forum guides the region by bringing together public, private and academic economic experts
  • The under-construction Ent Center for the Arts on North Nevada brings together university and community organizations to enjoy a state-of-the-art visual and performing arts complex

Sources: UCCS Institutional Research Fall 2016 Data Book, Office of Student Financial Aid, Colorado Department of Higher Education, The Academic Development as a Regional Economic Multiplier Project,

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Last updated October 2016.

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