From our beginning 58 years ago as a small commuter campus founded to support a growing technical workforce in the region, UCCS has grown into a respected Colorado university with 11,000+ students, 1,150 faculty, and 800 staff. We provide high-quality education through six schools and colleges offering over 53 undergraduate and 54 graduate degrees and opportunities for students from the U.S. and 80+ nations. In 2019, UCCS was classified as a "High Research Activity" university by the Carnegie Foundation. We take pride in being the only higher education institution in Southern Colorado that explicitly includes research as part of its mission.
Twenty percent of UCCS students are military affiliated and UCCS has consistently been ranked a “Military Friendly” university by Military Times’ “Best College,” and a “Top College & University” by Military Advanced Education and Transition. With a student body that is 34% diverse and a 16 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio, UCCS confers over 2,400 degrees every year.
UCCS is guided by our 2030 Strategic Plan and its seven core strategies: Learning, Engagement, and Belonging; Retention and Graduation; Research and Creative Excellence; Financial Strength; Deliberate Investment; Distinctive Programs; and Partnership and Outreach.