UCCS History

UCCS HISTORY

It's Different Up Here
THIS IS OUR STORY.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs has a history as rich as the views our campus overlooks. As early as the 1920s, the University of Colorado offered courses at numerous Colorado Springs locations. However, when George J. Dwire sold the 80-acre Cragmor Sanitarium to the University of Colorado for $1, the campus we call home now was born. From 1965 to 1972, the Colorado Springs Center operated as a division of the CU Boulder campus, however UCCS was recognized as a distinct campus in 1974, along with two Denver campuses.

HISTORIC HEALTHCARE
Once a health mecca for artists, writers and corporate tycoons alike.
Known for its healthy climate, an early Colorado Springs slowly became known as a mecca for health, starting when General William Jackson Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs, gave Dr. Edwin Solly 100 cares of land on Austin Bluffs, along with $50,000 to start a tuberculosis sanitarium. Working with one of Colorado’s most famous architects in Thomas MacLaren, Solly helped create the Cragmor Sanitarium. That building still stands to this day and is what we at UCCS call Main Hall.
UCCS IN ITS INFANCY
In 1974, the University of Colorado organized into four campuses, giving UCCS the opportunity to expand.
UCCS grew over the years, and in 1996 the first on-campus student housing opened. The next year, a community referendum merged the city-owned Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences with the campus. During the 2010-2011 new branding campaign, "at" was removed from the official UCCS name (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs) to become University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
UCCS TODAY AND TOMORROW
With more than 12,000 enrolled students, UCCS continues to fuel success.
The initial university programs of engineering and business still serve as pillars of the university. Those programs are joined by a broad range of degree programs offered in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional programs in nursing, education and public affairs, meet the needs of Colorado's second-largest metropolitan area and beyond. From its original 80 acres, UCCS has added 450 additional acres along Austin Bluffs Parkway and North Nevada Avenue. Development of the North Nevada Avenue corridor continues, with the recent construction of the Ent Center for the Arts.
UCCS: AN ANCESTRAL SITE
Many millennia before us, a group of ancestral American Indians called the grounds of UCCS home, at least for a time.
Remains from approximately 30 sites used by Plains Indians from about 100 A.D. to 1400 A.D. dot the campus grounds. The cultural heritage of the area is witnessed not only architecturally and in diverse ecological phenomena but also in the significant prehistoric archeological components observable throughout the campus acreage.

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