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University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, CO

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About This Campus

We admit living in Colorado is pretty fantastic. We have legendary snow and 300 days of sunshine- mild summers and vibrant falls- big cities and small mountain towns- sand dunes and raging rapids. And whether you stay close to campus or explore the whole state, there’s always something to do. UCCS is one of 4 campuses in the U of Colorado system and emphasizes a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, nursing, education, and public affairs. We offer a vibrant cultural life and immediate access to numerous recreational opportunities including river rafting, hiking, golf, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, and hot air ballooning. Colorado Springs is home to more than 20 national and international sports organizations, including the headquarters of the US Olympic Training Center.

Location Information

UCCS is located 57 miles south of Denver, and 30 miles north of Pueblo. We are located less than 2 hours from the closest ski resort - Monarch Mountain, and a little over 2 hours from Breckenridge and Aspen. At UCCS, college doesn’t just happen in the classroom. It happens at a Mountain Lions game, a Theatreworks production, a yoga class at the Rec Center, or over a sandwich at Clyde’s. We know a campus alive and buzzing with activities is just as important as books, writing papers, and study time. Being centrally located within the state, we are within an hour of professional sports, world class winter and summer outdoor sports and activities, hundreds of concerts and cultural events and venues.

Helpful Information

Over the past 5 years, UCCS has seen tremendous growth. Dwire is renovated for our Business/Languages/Criminal Justice student - new Campus Rec Center - expanded learning facilities for Biol. & Engineering - new Events Center for Mountain Lion athletic games and events - renovated and rededicated Cent. Hall for Chem, Anthro, and Geography/Environmental Studies. We've also created new spaces on campus for students to spend time relaxing, reading or enjoying moments with friends.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Colorado Springs
Population | 500,000
Enrollment | 12,000
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/20-12/15
Spring | 01/22-5/18

Campus Diversity

White | 67%
Black | 4%
Hispanic/Latino | 15%
Asian | 3%
Native/1st Nation | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 9%
Other | 2%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Closed Programs
College of Nursing and the College of Education are CLOSED to NSE students (Plan A or B). College of Business: VERY LIMITED number of courses available to NSE students under Plan B. OPEN for Plan A. Please contact: hwardell@uccs.edu for a listing of courses. College of Engineering: CLOSED for all Plan B students. To take upper division Health Science courses, you must come on A.

College of Nursing and the College of Education are CLOSED to NSE students (Plan A or B). College of Business: VERY LIMITED number of courses available to NSE students under Plan B. OPEN for Plan A. Please contact: hwardell@uccs.edu for a listing of courses. College of Engineering: CLOSED for all Plan B students. To take upper division Health Science courses, you must come on A.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Entrepreneurship - Innovation and Entrepreneurship courses are offered as electives. ALL NSE incoming students are welcome to take these courses while on exchange!

Unique Academic Programs

  • Entrepreneurship - UCCS offers unique degree programs in Innovation/Entrepreneurship. Called BI degrees (Bachelor of Innovation), you can major in BI Chemistry; BI in Womens/Ethnic Studies; BI in Museum/Gallery Studies; BI in Music; BI in Computer Science; BI in Bus. Adm.; BI in Computer Security; BI in EE; BI in Digital Film Making; BI in Game Design; BI in DASE; BI in Finance. Check out this unique and ONE-OF-A-KIND degree program! http://innovation.uccs.edu/

Special Programs

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Anthropology: Anthropology, Ethnic Studies

Area Studies: European Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Japanese Studies (minor)

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art History, Fine Art, Media Arts, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art, Visual Arts

Athletics: Exercise Science, Fitness and Sports Science, Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Applied Biology, Bioinformatics, Biology/Life Science, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Human Biology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Biosciences

Business: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Operation Management, Local Public Management, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Marketing Communication, Public Administration

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry

Communications: American Sign Language, Communication, Film, Media News, Organizational Communication, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, Visual Design/Web Media, Writing/Editing

Computer Science: Computer Game Design, System Administration

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Criminology, Forensic Science, Law Enforcement/Police Sciences, Legal Studies

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Earth Science, Geology, Geosciences, Physical Sciences, Science

Economics: Applied Economics, Economics

Education: Curriculum/ Instruction Supervision, Early Childhood, English, Junior High/Middle School, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Music, Reading, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education, Teaching and Learning

Engineering: Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Physics, Mechanical Engineering

English: Business Writing, Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, Literature, Professional Writing, Rhetoric, Technical Writing

Environmental Studies: Conservation, Ecology, Energy/Environmental Policy, Environmental Geology, Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources/Science/Management, Population Dynamics, Resource Recreation Management, Sustainability Studies, Wildlife Biology/Science, Wildlife Ecology

Food Science: Nutrition

General Studies: Arts and Science, Gender Studies, Humanities, Individualized Degree Program, Individualized Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership Studies, Liberal Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Social Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Applied Geography, Geographic Information Sciences & Emergency Management, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Spatial Geographic Information Science, Urban Planning, Urban Studies

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Cardio-Respiratory Care Science, Community Health, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Administration and Planning, Emergency Medical Care, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, Gerontology, Health Science, Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management, Kinesiology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Mental Health, Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Wellness, Wellness and Alternative Medicine

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Applications, Computer Information Systems, Computer Mathematics, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Computer Technology, Information Science, Information Systems, Information Technology

Interdisciplinary Studies: Digital Media Informatics, Non-Profit Programs, Popular Culture

Languages: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Japanese, Language and Culture, Languages, Spanish

Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Economics, Mathematics, Mathematics-Physics, Pure Math, Statistics

Military Sciences: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, Military Sciences

Museum Studies: Museum Studies

Performing Arts: Acting, Dance, Jazz Composition, Music, Music Business/Merchandising, Music Education, Music History, Music Performance, Music Theater, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Ethics, Philosophy, Religion, Religious Studies

Physics: Applied Physics, Astrophysics, Chemical Physics, Energy Studies, Geophysics, Health Physics, Physics

Political Science: American Political Science, Government, Political Economy, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs, Public Policy Studies

Pre-Professional : Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional, Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Behavioral Science, Chemical Dependency/Addiction Studies, Child Psychology, Counseling, Human Development, Psychology, Psychology Technology

Recreation: Non-Profit Programs Management, Outdoor Education, Professional Golf Management, Professional Golf Management, Sports Management

Sociology/Social Work: Applied Sociology, Community Services, Gender Studies, Social Science, Social Service, Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies

Technology: Biological Technology, Chemical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Electro-Mechanical Design Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Electronics Technology, Emergency Administration and Planning, Engineering Technology, Information Technology, Instructional Technology, Robotics Technology, Sports Technology, Veterinary Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Plan B - Preference given to Academic Year rather than Semester exchange. Plan B - Preference given to students from Plan B only campuses.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 80.00 paper, N/A computer or N/A Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A/B
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 01/22/20.
  • Estimated cost: $6635.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): None.
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 15 ($389 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 01/22/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $275.00 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $600.00 Year Plan A & B Optional
Activity Fee $14.00 Year Plan A Mandatory
Athletic Fee $4.85 Credit Hour Plan A Mandatory
Recreation Fee $1.00 Credit Hour Plan A Mandatory
Health Service Fee $60.00 Year Plan A Mandatory
Library Fee $5.00 Credit Hour Plan A Mandatory
ID Card $15.00 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Technology Fee $6.00 Credit Hour Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee $219.00 Year Plan A & B Optional
Recycling Fee $5.00 Year Plan A Mandatory
Transportation Fee $64.00 Year Plan A Mandatory
Event/Performance Fee $4.00 Credit Hour Plan A Mandatory
Bonds Fee $263.00 Year Plan A Mandatory
Other Fee $2.00 Credit Hour Plan A Mandatory
Other Fee $160.00 Year Plan A Mandatory

Important Notes: Tuition is based on instate tuition with no COF (College Opportunity Fund). ALL INCOMING NSE Students are required to attend the FREE mandatory NSE orientation. It is always the Saturday before the Fall or Spring semester classes begin from 10am to noon.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $0 per year.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 004509

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 01/22/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 25% living on campus
  • Double: $5700
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $800.00
  • Proximity to campus: less than five miles
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Please contact housing directly for information on room and board options. http://www.uccs.edu/residence/accommodations.html On Campus Housing is not required at UCCS.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
Notes About Meal Plans
Meal Plans are included/built in the housing price. Please contact housing directly for information on meal plan options. http://www.uccs.edu/diningservices/meal-plans.html

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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