University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Facts and Figures

Accessible

  • Record-high 2017 Enrollment
    • 12,400+ 2017 undergraduate students 
    • 3,800+ students enrolled in online courses
    • 32 percent of all students are a minority.
    • 30 percent of undergraduate students are first-generation students. 
  • Among fastest growing universities in the state.
  • Fall 2017 Graduate Student Enrollment:
    • 1,822 graduate students
  • More than 2,000 military veterans, active military, and family members.
  • 16 U.S. Olympic hopeful athletes attend UCCS.

Success

  • 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, $16,854, one-third less than the national average.
  • UCCS students hail from all 50 states and 82 different nations.
  • UCCS students repay their federal student loans. The UCCS student loan default rate, the best in Colorado, is 3.8 percent compared to a national rate of 13.7 percent.

High-Quality

  • UCCS offers 46 bachelor's, 22 master's, and five doctoral degree programs
  • Our student to faculty ratio is 17:1
  • US News & World Report: America's Best Colleges
    • Sixth 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 1,566 people.
  • More than 65 percent of UCCS graduates live in Colorado.
  • Approximately 85 percent of UCCS alumni are employed one year after graduation.
  • UCCS generates nearly $600 million in annual economic impact to El Paso County.

Engagement

  • The UCCS College of Business Economic Forum guides the region by bringing together public, private and academic economic experts 

  • 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.
    • The William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center will also be located on North Nevada Avenue and is a partnership with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. It will open December 2019.
    • UCCS and Cisco have entered a formal partnership to work on a cyber workforce development center in conjunction with the National Cybersecurity Center. The center will focus on education, training and research to increase the cybersecurity workforce. The UCCS College of Business Economic Forum guides the region by bringing together public, private and academic economic experts
  • The Ent Center for the Arts on North Nevada Avenue brings together university and community organizations to enjoy a state-of-the-art visual and performing arts complex. A January 2018 opening is planned.


    Sources:
    UCCS Institutional Research Fall 2017 Data Book, Office of Student Financial Aid, Colorado Department of Higher Education, The Academic Development as a Regional Economic Multiplier Project, ACT.org

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Last updated October 2017.

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