Campus Life

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Campus Life

The key to an enriching and successful college experience can have as much to do with what you do outside the classroom as in it.

At UCCS the Student Life & Leadership department takes that challenge to heart, which is why there's something happening on campus pretty much every day. Guest lecturers, athletic events, concerts, plays, parties and even Karaoke nights for those who want to try the spotlight.

Student activities help you make new friends, stay connected to old ones and explore your passions. You might also discover something new about yourself, which is what college is all about anyway.

Stay in the know of the latest happenings at UCCS by visiting the UCCS Events page.

Students studying outside together on campus


The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is a member of the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. There are 14 men's and women's athletics teams:

  • Men's Indoor Track and Field
  • Women's Indoor Track and Field
  • Men's Outdoor Track and Field
  • Women's Outdoor Track and Field
  • Men's Cross Country
  • Women's Cross Country
  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Men's Golf
  • Women's Golf
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Women's Lacrosse

Visit the Athletics department website to find out more.

Mountain Lions
Clyde at a basketball game

Dining & Hospitality Services

The vision of UCCS Dining and Hospitality Services is to be a recognized leader in service delivery and food sustainability. DHS will cultivate and nurture a healthy campus culture where access to wholesome, seasonal, and local food directly links to wellness, sense of place, and environmental protection. Aligning Dining and Hospitality Services with campus sustainability efforts allows for the integration of academic programs and community action, thereby providing students invaluable experiential learning opportunities. This includes preparing and serving healthy, flavorful, sustainable, and nutritious food produced through fiscally responsible and mindful practices that nourish and support our community.

UCCS Dining and Hospitality Services works closely with the UCCS Office of Sustainability to make sure that food is healthfully prepared, features organic and locally produced food, serves to educate the campus community about sustainable food choices, and produces minimal food and paper waste.

Students in the cafeteria

students climbing the rock wall

Recreation and Wellness Center

The newly-expanded and re-innovated UCCS Recreation and Wellness Center opened its doors to students and faculty/staff at the university in 2007, and is the first Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design (LEED) Gold certified public building in southern Colorado. Members work out in the Fitness Center with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment. The Recreation Center also contains a gymnasium, an indoor track, a rock climbing wall, and lap pool. The best part- membership is FREE for students!

UCCS is leading the way in collegiate wellness by bringing Campus Recreation, the Student Health Center, and the University Counseling Center together in the expanded Recreation and Wellness Center. This model of innovative and integrated thinking creates the opportunity for joint programming related to students' physical and mental health, nutrition and exercise.

Residence Life & Housing

Students living on campus are part of an on-campus community that lives, studies, works and plays together. UCCS helps enhance these areas of their active lifestyles by offering on-campus amenities, services and support. Living on campus offers students a convenient, safe, friendly, and supportive environment. In addition to exceptional housing, The Lodge is the on-campus dining hall located in the Summit Village, offering food-court style dining with many different options and cuisines. On-campus amenities include the Recreation Center, the Copy Center, various coffee carts, an ENT Credit Union, laundry services, and the Health Center, to name a few.

Find out more about UCCS Residence Life & Housing.

Student carrying a snowboard and headed back to his dorm

Students gathering on the UCCS Campus

Student Life

The Student Life department is the gateway to student involvement and home of the campus living room.  The department hosts over 190 clubs and organizations, Student Activities, Student Government Association, Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Center for Civic Engagement and Service, UCCS Radio, and the Scribe student newspaper, while also providing a friendly and comfortable student gathering space.

Check out the UCCS Events page to see what's happening on campus!