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Last updated October 2014.


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  • 2014 Enrollment:
    • 11,132 fall 2013 on-campus students, +5% (record-high enrollment)
    • 2,000 students enrolled in online courses
    • 32% Pell Grant recipients
    • 33% of all students are minority; 35% of freshman class
  • Among fastest growing universities in the state
  • Fall 2014 Graduate Student Enrollment:
    • 1,753 graduate students
    • Fourth largest public university graduate enrollment in Colorado (CU Denver, CU Boulder, CSU-Fort Collins, UCCS)
  • Graduation rates for ethnic minority groups equals peer university average
  • More than 1,500 military veterans, active military, and family members
  • 25 U.S. Olympic athletes


  • UCCS core expenses are 14% less than those of peer universities
  • UCCS receives $1,023 less state support per full-time student than peer universities
  • UCCS tuition and fees are 8% less than peers
  • UCCS has 40% fewer full time equivalent staff than peer universities


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  • UCCS offers 37 bachelor's degrees, 19 masters, and five doctoral degrees
  • US News & World Report: America's Best Colleges
    • Thirteenth among Western regional public universities
    • Sixth nationally for public undergraduate engineering
    • Top-ranked graduate programs in nursing, business and public affairs
  • GI Jobs
    • Military Friendly (top 20% of colleges and universities)

Unique and High-Need Programs

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  • Applied Geography
  • Geropsychology
  • Professional Golf Management (Business)
  • 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 1,421 people.
  • More than 65% of UCCS graduates live in Colorado
  • UCCS students, faculty and staff generate $30 million annually in state and local taxes


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  • A branch of the CU School of Medicine will be located at UCCS
  • 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 will house a Peak Vista Community Health Centers senior clinic, several clinics associated with the 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
  • Southern Colorado Economic Forum to guide the region by bringing together public, private and academic economic experts