About UCCS

 

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About

At the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, we hold student success at the center of our reason for being. We consider our students in all the decisions we make as we seek to provide a rigorous environment which still provides continued support. Our commitment to our students and their success at the University and beyond drives our continued development as a campus and community.

From the rigors of the classroom to the rugged natural cliff formation of Austin Bluffs, which surrounds the 550-acre UCCS campus, our students are natural self-starters.

UCCS is one of four University of Colorado System campuses, each of which is nestled into the Rocky Mountain Front Range. UCCS offers spectacular views of Pikes Peak, the 14,115-foot mountain that inspired the writing of “America the Beautiful.”

Our establishment in 1965 was made possible by the original 1964 gift of 80 acres by local businessman George Dwire. Since that gift, the campus and its surrounding community have blossomed. UCCS contributes roughly $600 million to the local economy and operates on a roughly $230 million budget.

In 2018, the campus served approximately 12,500 undergraduate, graduate and online students who chose from a wide variety of 45 bachelor’s, 23 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS houses six colleges and schools specializing in various in-demand disciplines, such as Innovation, Business, Nursing, Inclusive Elementary Education, Engineering and much more.

Who We Are

Our diverse student body, 53 percent of whom are female and 32 percent of whom identify as ethnic minority students, attend UCCS from across the globe: Students from 50 states and 82 nations comprise our student body. Nearly one in four of our students is military-affiliated and roughly 30 percent of our students are the first in their family to attend. These high-achieving students occupy 15 unique residence halls and operate more than 300 clubs and campus organizations.

Nestled in the Olympic City, UCCS is a school supportive of both athletic and academic endeavors. We offer 16 NCAA Division II sports teams, as well as more than 50 intramural and club sports. In 2017, at least 16 Olympic-hopeful athletes called UCCS home.

Our 43,000 alumni, a rapidly growing family, live across the globe but are loyal to Colorado. Nearly 30,000 alums call the Centennial State home. 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, nonprofits and numerous elected officials.

As UCCS grows, so too does our resume of awards and accreditations. These accolades are a testament to our students, donors, alumni and forever remind us of our serious commitment to student success and the southern Colorado community as a whole.

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Chancellor Venkat Reddy

I am honored to be selected to serve you as the seventh fulltime chancellor of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. To follow Chancellor Emerita Pam Shockley-Zalabak, who led UCCS through unprecedented growth preparing us for the future, connecting us with the community, and creating state of the art facilities for teaching and research, is a tremendous privilege.

I will strive hard to execute the confidence University of Colorado President Bruce Benson placed in me. I look forward to working with him, my fellow University of Colorado chancellors, and the Board of Regents to continue moving this great university forward.

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Mission, Vision and Values

The UCCS Mission is supported by its vision and advanced by its core values.

Mission

The Colorado Springs campus of the University of Colorado shall be a comprehensive baccalaureate and specialized graduate research university with selective admission standards. The Colorado Springs campus shall offer liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, health sciences, and teacher preparation undergraduate degree programs, and a selected number of master's and doctoral degree programs.

Vision

UCCS, a premier comprehensive undergraduate and specialized graduate research university, provides students with academically rigorous and life-enriching experiences in a vibrant university community. We advance knowledge, integrate student learning with the spirit of discovery, and broaden access to higher education for the benefit of southern Colorado, the state, nation and world.

Core Values

We see these values of excellence as our guiding principles

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 value integration of teaching with research and creative work. Scholarship enriches teaching and teaching enriches scholarship. We see these activities as interdependent, allowing for synergies that benefit students, faculty and all members of the university community.

We value innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit. We are creative problem solvers in the classroom, in our research and in our campus operations. We are catalysts for economic, social and cultural changes in our communities. We provide opportunities for our community members to develop the skills of innovation and creative expression.

We value collaboration and teamwork as absolutely necessary for success in today’s world. We model collaboration in our research, teaching, and campus operations. We actively seek opportunities to collaborate, build partnerships and engage with external organizations.

We value inclusive diversity as a foundation for teaching and scholarship that prepares students, faculty, staff and community members for both local and global multicultural realities. We provide an open, safe and supportive campus environment based on mutual respect, engagement and learning for everyone including those from the full spectrum of backgrounds, social identities, abilities, cultures, perspectives and university roles.

We value dynamic growth while continuing to be financially responsible, academically sound and environmentally sustainable. We meet the future with energy, enthusiasm and a commitment to retaining a close, interconnected campus community.

We value integrity and expect ethical behavior from each member of the campus community in all interactions. We build an environment where we treat each other with respect and appreciate each other’s contributions.

Student Consumer Information
Student Right to Know Act

This website is designed to provide current and prospective students with resources and campus metrics in a variety of areas related to general institutional information, student services, student financial aid, campus security, and student outcomes. Please contact the personnel from the appropriate offices if you wish to obtain a hard copy of any of the available documents. If you have any questions, you may contact the UCCS Director of Campus Compliance at (719) 255-3837. You may also visit the U.S. Department of Education HEOA website http://www.ed.gov/.

http://compliance.uccs.edu/?page_id=973
Ethics and Compliance (719) 255-3837

www.uccs.edu/finaid
Office of Financial Aid, Student Employment, and Scholarships
(719) 255-3460 - Toll-Free: 1-800-990-UCCS

http://catalog.uccs.edu/index.php
UCCS
(719) 255-UCCS (8227)
Toll-Free: 1- 800-990-UCCS (8227)

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Information Technology
(719) 255-3536

 

http://catalog.uccs.edu/index.php
UCCS
(719) 255-UCCS (8227)
Toll-Free: 1-800-990-UCCS (8227)

Net Price Calculator will provide an estimate of federal, institutional aid eligibility, and as well as additional financing options.

//www.uccs.edu/ir/standard-reports/net-price-calculators
Office of Institutional Research
(719) 255-3640

//www.uccs.edu/bursar/estimate-your-total-bill
Student Financial Services / Bursar Office
(719) 255-3391

http://sll.uccs.edu/
Student Life and Leadership Department
(719) 255-3470

//www.uccs.edu/diversity/
Diversity and Inclusiveness
(719) 255-3707

http://www.uccsbookstore.com/
UCCS Bookstore
(719) 255-3247

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Office of Institutional Research
(719) 255-3640

//www.uccs.edu/military/prospective-students
Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs
(719) 255-3253
(719) 255-3606
Toll-Free: 1-800-990-UCCS Ext: 3253

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Office of Financial Aid, Student Employment, and Scholarships
(719) 255-3460
Toll-Free: 1-800-990-UCCS

//www.uccs.edu/finaid/types/loans
https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action
Office of Financial Aid, Student Employment, and Scholarships
(719) 255-3460
Toll-Free: 1-800-990-UCCS

//www.uccs.edu/finaid/policies/drug
Office of Financial Aid, Student Employment, and Scholarships
(719) 255-3460
Toll-Free: 1-800-990-UCCS

//www.uccs.edu/finaid/types/loans
https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action
Office of Financial Aid, Student Employment, and Scholarships
(719) 255-3460
Toll-Free: 1-800-990-UCCS

https://www.uccs.edu/finaid/policies/code-of-conduct
Office of Financial Aid, Student Employment, and Scholarships
(719) 255-3460
Toll-Free: 1-800-990-UCCS

UCCS does not maintain a preferred lender for student’s interested in pursuing a private educational loan.  Information for students to consider prior to applying for a private loan is listed.

https://www.uccs.edu/finaid/types-of-aid/educational-loans/alt15
Office of Financial Aid, Student Employment, and Scholarships
(719) 255-3460
Toll-Free: 1-800-990-UCCS

UCCS does not maintain a preferred lender for student’s interested in pursuing a private educational loan. Information for students to consider prior to applying for a private loan is listed.

https://www.uccs.edu/finaid/types-of-aid/educational-loans/alt15
Office of Financial Aid, Student Employment, and Scholarships
(719) 255-3460
Toll-Free: 1-800-990-UCCS

https://www.uccs.edu/finaid/types-of-aid/educational-loans
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Office of Financial Aid, Student Employment, and Scholarships
(719) 255-3460
Toll-Free: 1-800-990-UCCS

//www.uccs.edu/caep/
UCCS College of Education
(719) 255-4997

If your legal residence is in El Paso County, you can vote in the upcoming election! To be eligible to register you must meet the following criteria:

  • be 18 years of age or older at the time of the next election
  • are a United States citizen
  • have resided in Colorado 22 days immediately before the election in which you intend to vote
  • are not serving a sentence of confinement, detention, or parole for a felony conviction

http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/
Office of the Registrar
(719) 255-3361

 

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