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)

2017 award for regional public universities 2017 award for regional universities in the west 2017 award for business programs

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 Colorado University, 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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