University of Northern Colorado Reviews

  • 52 Reviews
  • Greeley (CO)
  • Annual Tuition: $23,785
91% of 52 students said this degree improved their career prospects
73% of 52 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 6/12/2023
  • Degree: Biology
"Terrible school with very little student support. Skills taught are not useful in current job market and career services are not offered. Really just a terrible place to be. I definitely felt taken advantage of during the program while completing “required” work for my superiors."
  • Reviewed: 7/9/2022
"There are some excellent professors as well as some subpar ones. I was pleased with the English Department except where classics were minimized; Shakespeare and Supernatural Literature classes were great. Language Department is adequate, although I do wish they included more languages (e.g., Russian, Italian) and advanced classes. The Biology Department was disappointing. One Biology instructor tried to convince students that humans have "gills", misinterpreting pharyngeal arches and clefts, the indentation that develops into the external ear-hole, and structures of the face and neck, but definitely not "gills". Another instructor claimed there is no controversy in science, at least not in her field. Exact words: "There is no controversy about evolution." Good heavens. There are so many sides - points of view to this - Punctuated Equilibrium, Epigenetics, Creationism, Orthogenesis, Intelligent Design, Cosmic Ancestry, Lamarckism, The Third Way, etc., some of which have been incorporated into old "survival of the fittest" (survival of those that survive) Darwinism to produce a new neo-Darwinism that is itself a "controversy" within evolutionary or life-origin theories. The Michener Library seems more than adequate for a university this size. The ILL and Information departments never failed to meet my needs. The History Dept. does have a couple of top notch professors (classes) such as the course on political philosophy, but even this excellent course suffers from ideological bias. The Anthropology, Sociology, and Geology Departments provide good education - and training. As elsewhere, of course, the student must discern between concrete facts and professorial bias. UNCO is not ideology free. The Registrar's and Finance people have always been friendly and helpful, often going the extra mile. The Administration (President, etc.) are a bit uninformed and callused regarding events in other nations. The student body is as diverse as you might expect, but free of heavily radical elements that are found at other universities like Berkeley."
  • Reviewed: 5/18/2022
  • Degree: Speech Pathology
"Some professors were great, but others weren't supportive or understanding at all. Many professors and supervisors have such high expectations and then shame students if they make a mistake. One supervisor made almost everyone in my cohort cry because of her aggressive and rude emails. Also, the internship arrangement process is unclear. Graduation was a mess and some people almost didn't get to walk at the graduation ceremony because there was a lot of confusion with the graduation application. Different advisors said different things as far as how many credits to sign up for during the summer. Overall, there was a lot of confusion about what was expected of students. It felt like the UNC SLP program cared more about UNC's reputation than about student health."
  • Reviewed: 10/3/2021
  • Degree: Art & Design
"I feel that UNC has gone downhill quite a bit in the past few years and regret choosing it. They keep closing student resources but upping tuition, screwing over the students in the process. The community college in Greeley seems to use their money more wisely and support their students more."
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2021
  • Degree: Business Administration
"The majority of classes in UNCO's MBA program are based around reading the provided textbook and answering questions provided directly from the publisher. Unfortunately, some of these assignments are very broken and wrong. For example, in the International Business course there are a set of video assignments where you watch a 5-10 minute clip and then answer questions on them. Multiple of these assignments had questions that were definitely geared towards another video rather than the one you would have just watched, so you were set up for issues. On top of this, a surprising number of classes are built around discussion board questions where you not only write your own response, but also need to respond to other students that have similar responses, so it becomes a game of parroting "I agree!" to enough people so you can get your grade and move on. Some of the professors are great and want to help you learn the materials (the MBA accounting professor in particular was very available), but others are definitely over the whole thing and would rather pretend you aren't there. Lecture videos, even poorly recorded ones that aren't legible, are recycled year-after-year with errors and all. One professor in particular gets very defensive if you bring up issues, so most students just stopped. Now that online MBA programs are more prevalent, I would recommend searching around for a program with more substance and value. This one is an exercise in frustration."
  • Reviewed: 5/17/2021
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"The decision to go to UNC is apparently going to haunt me for the rest of my life. The classes themselves were good and the campus is nice however the financial aid department is a mess and mess up a lot. They kept asking for my dad's tax return information saying it was the reason that my financial aid hadn't been applied. So I sent it in. Multiple times. Every time I visited the office they told me the same thing. Needed the tax returns. Eventually I ended up talking with a manager in the office who found that they did indeed receive the correct information....and just never updated the system to send it. By the time this mistake was caught it was too late to apply to my account and they offered me no help. Their only suggestion was to try and get a different loan. Except, on that holiday break I got a letter saying I owed them a bunch of money and would have to start paying it back or they would take me to collections. Being young and on my own for the first time I panicked. I didn't finish school. Instead I had to drop out and get a job to start paying it back. At one point I was so broke living paycheck to paycheck that I couldn't pay them anyway. I ended up getting taken to collections with a fat fee attached to what I already owed. Once I was able to I set up monthly payments with this collections agency which I pay on time every month and have been for years. Except this isn't enough apparently. UNC also takes a large portion of my tax return every year too. $500 this year during a pandemic where most people are struggling. Honestly, this school was the worst decision I have ever made."
  • Reviewed: 2/16/2021
  • Degree: Speech Pathology
"I started the online Masters program for SLP in Fall 2018. I was excited to be attending this school as the online program was so highly rated and allowed part-time students to work and attend school at the same time and use their jobs as clinical hours. It may have been a great program when it was run by different staff but now it is a disaster. It is poorly managed and the online students are not the program's priority and it shows. It's so poorly managed that every single one of my supervisors has said they will never take another online UNCO student ever again. Some professors were really great and I learned a lot in those select classes. But as for the other ones, they were lazy and provided content without actively trying to help students learn or assisting them when needed. Some professors were even downright hostile. They did the bare minimum and moved on. They simply don't care about their online students. Overall, the environment was not conducive to learning and I wish I had selected another program. I do not recommend this program to anyone and have advised my undergrad friends to stay far away."
Christian Griffin
  • Reviewed: 10/21/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Awesome college , great teachers, and great programs. Every time i stepped into that university the staff was so friendly and helpful. I truly felt like i belonged. The class sizes were perfect not to many kids and applied a hands on learning that truly benefited me in so many ways. Its nice to see your professors know your work ethic and who you are. The Professors were extremely helpful as well in all aspects. Dorms and college life there was great."
Erica Trisler
  • Reviewed: 9/26/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"It remains solid in its historical reputation. I enjoyed my experience with the school as a resident undergrad. I also appreciated the selection of liberal arts courses that were available. I appreciated the professors that I took sociology, psychology, and liberal arts courses from. They had well-informed, diverse, and representative opinions. They had added a course called "Women Identified Theory" during my third semester, and I remember that course as being revolutionary at the time, because it focused on both Feminist and Queer Theory. Queer women were being read and taught in this official course that students cold take for credit. That was very meaningful to me as a young, queer, female student. I actively participated in on campus activism groups, and found it fulfilling to connect to my fellow students and faculty in that realm, as well."
Erica Trisler
  • Reviewed: 9/26/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"It remains solid in its historical reputation. I enjoyed my experience with the school as a resident undergrad. I also appreciated the selection of liberal arts courses that were available. I appreciated the professors that I took sociology, psychology, and liberal arts courses from. They had well-informed, diverse, and representative opinions. They had added a course called "Women Identified Theory" during my third semester, and I remember that course as being revolutionary at the time, because it focused on both Feminist and Queer Theory. Queer women were being read and taught in this official course that students cold take for credit. That was very meaningful to me as a young, queer, female student. I actively participated in on campus activism groups, and found it fulfilling to connect to my fellow students and faculty in that realm, as well."
Liz Bee
  • Reviewed: 7/2/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"I started at UNC with a degree in elementary education. Due to personal and financial reasons, I had to take a break for two years. Unfortunately, during this time, UNC changed the education program. Though I would have been grandfathered in, I still would need to complete the program within an unreasonable amount of time. Because much of the education department is sequential, it would have been next to impossible. Fortunately for me, I had a wonderful advisor who assisted me in looking at all my options. Although I was not able to graduate with a full education degree, she helped me change my major to a liberal arts degree with an emphasis in education. This meant that while I could not qualify for my teaching license, I could graduate sooner than expected. The money I saved from doing that was put towards a graduate degree in education. I am so grateful that my advisor was willing to go above and beyond to help me with this. On the day of my graduation, she was so excited to see me and gave me a big hug. She was genuinely invested in my success. My teachers were also wonderful and taught me so many skills that I needed to get into graduate school. What struck me about my time at UNC is that no one treated me different for going a different route. Every teacher and advisor I encountered understood that education is not a one-size-fits-all; rather, they individualized it for not only me but others around me."
Salome Opoku
  • Reviewed: 6/7/2019
  • Degree: Business
"If I'm being honest, when I was first applying for colleges, the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) was my last choice. It is located in a smaller city so I wasn't really interested in going there. However, due to financial reasons, I decided to attend the university and, thankfully, it was one of the best decisions of my life. UNC is an incredible school. First of all, the tuition is much lower than other in-state schools in Colorado; however, that doesn't take away from the high quality of its education. Almost all of the professors I had were very knowledgeable, passionate, and helpful. It was clear to see that they wanted each of their students to be successful. Second, there are many clubs and organizations to choose from for students to be involved on campus. Personally, I was in the African Students United group and I had so much fun in the group and made a lot of friends! Lastly, even though Greeley is a smaller city, there was still a lot of fun stuff to do in town. My friends and I always had some event we could go to, and we were only bored if we didn't take the time to look. So overall, UNC is an amazing school. Of course, it all depends on each individual, but I had a great experience and I would highly recommend this university to any incoming students."
UNCO Non Traditional Student
  • Reviewed: 4/18/2019
  • Degree: Human Services
"Human Services was a really amazing degree to go for, the professors for the most part were all really understanding and had amazing communication skills (I would be disappointed if they didn't). That being said, there are a few professors that made my experience less than what it could have been but overall it was really rewarding."
Jazz Studies
  • Reviewed: 2/13/2019
  • Degree: Music
"I found UNC online, and after successfully auditioning, I decided to enroll - I transferred after one semester wishing I'd never heard the name UNC haha. It was an enormous waste of time and money - this program is kind of a joke. One of my ensembles was led by a first-semester master's student who had no business leading a graduate course. The school's website said that Steve Kovalcheck (the guitar professor) led that course, and I was looking forward to working with him - he showed up to rehearsal a grand total of one time. My other ensemble (combo forum) was led by a doctoral student who didn't even bother telling us when/where rehearsal was until the night of. He didn't respond to texts/emails, and had a nice little ego on top of it. UNCO's website also said that students in that class perform twice EVERY WEEK - we performed FIVE TIMES the entire semester, three of which were just informal jam sessions with no audience. Steve Kovalcheck was my professor in lessons, and "advanced improv" (yeah right). I could show you everything Steve "taught" me in about 10 minutes. He was pompous, and condescending - truly the worst music teacher I've ever had. The school also annexed our driveway (we lived in a university-owned house near campus) in the middle of the semester, and turned it into a parking spot for their maintenance vehicles, meaning we would now be fined for parking at our own house. The four of us living there were not compensated in any way. These are just my experiences, and should you decide to pursue music at UNC, yours might (hopefully) be different, but for what it's worth I strongly and sincerely urge you to consider a different program, and to not waste your time and money at UNC."
  • Reviewed: 10/29/2018
  • Degree: Teaching
"I agree with the post bac program for education is not good. The professors in the science dept are not helpful and act like Demi gods. They belittle you and think they should not be bothered. Dont waste your time you will be better off at Metro or C U."
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2018
  • Degree: Education
"I was in the post bac program for secondary social studies. This is the program youd be in if you already had a BA and you want to get into high school teaching. The program is terrible. More than half requires online courses that are more expensive but nearly worthless in terms of content. There are a few classes that are decent in terms of applied learning value but those are soured by the fact that the administration is rude and non communicative. Best advice would be to check out CU Denver or CSU in Fort Collins which both have comparable and better run programs."
Caitlyn Schlueter
  • Reviewed: 4/17/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I have told many people that I could not have chosen a better school to attend for my program. Ever since freshman year, I have felt supported by all of the faculty and I can tell that they really want their students to succeed. Whenever I had a question or wanted to set up a meeting with a professor, they were very accommodating and always found a way to meet that worked with both of our schedules. My academic advisor made sure that I stayed on track and even recommended extra classes I take based on my interests. I was also able to join the Honors Program and complete an entire research project in two years. The Honors Program gave me the tools and encouragement necessary to give me the confidence to create and conduct a research study. My academic advisor also became my research advisor, and she supported me the entire way by answering questions, having check-in meetings every other week, and providing feedback on my writing. She even encouraged me to apply to a national conference (which I got accepted to present at), and helped me design my research poster. While my academic/research advisor definitely made a huge impact on my experience at UNC, other professors were there for me as well. One professor, who supervises all of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing students in the clinic took the time to meet with me and discussed some of her experiences. I am interested in the D/HH community, so she answered my questions and even gave me advice regarding how to become specialized in the D/HH population. Additionally, my clinic supervisor has been awesome. She has observed almost every therapy session I have led and is always ready with things I did well and critical feedback. I can tell that she wants me to succeed as a clinician and takes the time after each session to debrief and talk about plans for the next session. Overall, my experiences with the faculty and staff at UNC, whether they are in my program or not, has been very positive. I have felt supported, yet also challenged to think critically for myself. A lot of the material is hands-on and as you get into higher level classes, exams are based on how you apply your knowledge to certain situations (which I love!). I highly recommend going to the University of Northern Colorado for their undergraduate degree in Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences!"
Kimberly Larson
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Many people overlook UNC because of its location in Greeley, Colorado. A place often characterized by its unappealing aroma, and surrounding farming landscapes. I have attended 2 universities on campus, and I can not say enough good things about the quality of education I received at UNC. Class sizes were under 75 students, and the classes were taught by the actual professors and not by assistants. Curriculum was challenging and insightful, and there were many hands-on opportunities for learning. I am currently working in my field, and I have been accepted into an online Master's program with another university. UNC gave me the preparation I needed to be successful in my major."
Brittney A
  • Reviewed: 3/18/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"The psychology program and UNC was adequate. If you are looking to do field research or work on psychological studies then it will be a great program for you. If you are looking to go into counseling or other mental health jobs then it is not the best program. I went into my marriage and family counseling master's program unprepared because UNC did not offer one counseling class during my undergraduate degree."
Bri Davis-Fick
  • Reviewed: 3/16/2017
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"University of Northern Colorado is an amazing school to attend. Every faculty member is there for the student. The faculty will bend over backwards for the students. Every student that I have talked to enjoys attending UNC and feels that their education is helping prepare for the workforce."