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University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Image File history File links Please see the file description page for further information. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...

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Established 1965
Type Public
Endowment $590 million (systemwide)[1]
Chancellor Pamela Shockley-Zalabak
President Hank Brown
Faculty 601
Undergraduates 6150
Postgraduates 1500
Location Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Campus Urban, 520 acres
Colors Silver and Gold
Nickname Mountain Lions
Mascot Boomer
Website http://www.uccs.edu
UCCS logo
UCCS logo

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (formerly CU-Springs, UCCS officially) is the second-largest campus of the University of Colorado system. It has approximately 6,150 undergraduate students and approximately 1,500 graduate students. It was established as an extension campus in the 1920s. It is known especially for its engineering, business, and nursing programs. In 2006, US News and World Report Rankings of masters/bachelors focused engineering schools, the UCCS College of Engineering and Applied Science ranking placed it 4th nationally among state institutions, and 16th overall. Overall UCCS has been ranked by US News as a "Best in the West", with 2007 ranking 7th among public western regional universities. UCCS has been ranked in the top 10 western regional public universities each year since 2002. The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Public is of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people; relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community; opposed to private; as, the public treasury, a road or lake. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... A Chancellor is the head of a university. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... George Hanks (Hank) Brown (1940-) was a Republican politician and Senator from Colorado. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Nickname: The Springs Location in the state of Colorado Coordinates: County El Paso Government  - Mayor Lionel Rivera Area  - City 186. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... Crowded Shibuya, Tokyo shopping district An urban area is an area with an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... The athletic nickname, or equivalently athletic moniker, of a university or college within the United States of America is the name officially adopted by that institution for at least the members of its athletic teams. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The University of Colorado (CU) System consists of five campuses: University of Colorado at Boulder University of Colorado at Colorado Springs University of Colorado at Denver University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Fitzsimons campus of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, scheduled to open in 2007 in Aurora, Colorado... The 1920s is a decade sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ...

Four professors have been known for smoking illegal substances with their students. None have been fired.



As early as the 1920's CU offered classes in the Springs area in various locations, mostly Colorado College. By the 1960's, however, a permanent campus was desired.

Together with governor John Love, HP co-founder David Packard, whose company had a huge presence in the city, led a drive to establish a permanent home for the university. The solution came when George T. Dwire sold the Cragmor Sanatorium property for $1 to the state.

In 1965 UCCS moved to its current location on Austin Bluffs Parkway in the Cragmor neighborhood of northern Colorado Springs. The campus is located at one of the highest parts of the city.

Because of its ties to HP, initial university programs focused on engineering and business, and classes were held in the Cragmor Sanotorium building, what is now Main Hall, and Cragmor Hall, a modern expansion of Main Hall. The first building built exclusively for UCCS, Dwire Hall, wasn't complete until 1972 and is currently under renovation, to be reopened in the fall of 2007.

A 1997 community referendum merged Beth-El College of Nursing with UCCS and, in recent years, programs such as the Network Information and Space Security Center were added to connect the university with the military to improve national security. Other programs, including the CU Institute for Bioenergetics and the Institute for Science and Space Studies, cast an eye toward the future.

In 2001 UCCS purchased an 87,000 square-foot building at the corner of Union and Austin Bluffs to house the Beth-El College of Nursing.

Colleges at UCCS

  • Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • College of Business and Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

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  • Center on Gerontology
  • Center for Colorado Policy Studies
  • Center for Computational Biology
  • Center for Economic Education
  • Center for the Study of Government
  • Center for Women's Studies
  • Colorado Institute for Technology Transfer and Implementation (CITTI)
  • CU Aging Center
  • CU Institute of Bioenergetics
  • CU Trauma Center
  • Excel Centers
  • Network Information and Space Security Center (NISSC)
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Southern Colorado Geodata Laboratory
  • Student Success Center
  • Teaching and Learning Center
  • Vision and Security Technology Lab

Campus Architecture and Buildings

  • Main Hall (1914) -- Administration building containing admissions, student success center, etc.
  • Cragmor Hall (1959) -- Administration building containing bursar's office, orientation rooms, student recruitment, counseling, and financial aid.
  • Dwire Hall (1972) -- Currently under renovation, it serves as the building for business and foreign language classes.
  • The El Pomar Center (1975) -- Home to the Kraemer Family Library and technical support. Renovated at the beginning of the millenium to expand the library and add the University Center.
    Kraemer Library
    Kraemer Library
  • Science Building (1981) -- Science and anthropology classes. Renovated in 2006 with new classrooms.
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences (1985) -- Engineering, math, science classes, currently undergoing a massive expansion.
  • Campus Services (1996)
  • Columbine Hall (1997) -- The new home for most LAS classes, also containing writing center, communications lab, and a lecture hall.
  • Summit Village (1997) -- This is the first of UCCS's student housing, now catering to freshmen only. Divided into Vail, Steamboat, Telluride, Aspen, Keystone, Monarch, and Brekenridge (laundry, computer facilities, and seminar rooms). Summit is some of the finest student dorms in Colorado. Summit houses altogether about 800 freshmen.
    Summit Village
    Summit Village
  • University Center (2001) -- Addition to El Pomar , this is the center of campus life where activities and seminars are held. The information desk, bookstore, news room, and campus recreation offices are housed in the lower level.
  • University Hall (2001) -- Building purchased for Beth-El Nursing and other programs.
  • Services/Campus Police/Health Clinic/Parking Garage (2004)
  • Alpine Village (2004) -- The second village in student housing, Alpine is divided into Shavano, Antero, and Crestone Houses, and caters now to all non-freshmen choosing to live on-campus. Students who live here must access campus via a trail or shuttle.
  • Campus Recreation Center (2007) -- Currently under construction, this will be the new state-of-the-art recreation building for students, replacing the current facilities at the University Center. It will feature a swimming pool, a climbing wall, and a full basketball court, along with the full complement of equipment.
  • Science and Engineering Building Expansion (2009) -- Under initial stages of construction this will provide two-fold expansion of science and engineering classrooms and facilities, and will connect via a bridge to the current building.

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Master Plan and Future

In 2000, the CU Board of Regents designated UCCS as the CU growth campus. In 2003, the Legislature approved revisions in the university’s statutory role and mission to remove geographic and program restrictions. In 2005, the Regents approved a seven-year plan that calls for the university to add to its base of 7,650 students (Fall 2004), 347 FTE faculty and 254 FTE staff.

The 2006-2012 plan calls for growth to 9,100 students with corresponding increases in faculty, staff, programs and campus infrastructure.

In addition to the completion of the recreation center, Dwire Hall renovation, and the third wing of the new science/engineering building, the seven-year plan also calls for the renovation and transition of the old Heller mansion on the other side of the mountain that campus sits in front of into a sort of "arts retreat." This project is expected to cost around $4.4 million. Also, by 2014, two new buildings are in the works for Summit, and by that year the Alpine Village should be built out with three additional buildings across from the current ones.

With construction on the new Austin Bulffs/Union interchange, the construction of a new frontage road from campus to University Hall began as well, enabling a closed circuit connecting Cragmor Campus with University Hall, making access to Austin Bluffs unnecessary.

From 2014 a new indoor athletics complex will be constructed along Nevada in the existing 4-Diamonds area. North Nevada is the 2nd phase of campus in the long-term, and extreme long-term build-out calls for dozens of new buildings, academic halls, and another resident village to be built along Nevada.

By 2050 the plan calls for UCCS to become the new main campus of the CU System, as Boulder has little room for expansion.


UCCS is an NCAA Division II School. It currently fields a men's basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and track team; and a women's basketball, cross country, and softball team.

Mountain Lion logo
Mountain Lion logo

In addition to team sports UCCS has a dance team and a cheerleading club, amongst a very active intramural program. Notably, the UCCS club hockey team began playing in the American Club Hockey Association's Division III in 1998. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Hockey is any of a family of sports in which two teams compete by trying to maneuver a ball, or a hard, round disc called a puck, into the opponents net or goal, using a hockey stick. ...

In 2005 Shannon Payne finished 10th in nationals at the NCAA Div. II Cross Country Championships.

Unlike Boulder, the school logo is the mountain lion, with the same school colors. This logo is used concurrently with the CU logo.

School Newspaper

The official campus newspaper is The Scribe, since 1976.

Notable UCCS Students, Alumni, and Staff

  • Mary Lou Makepeace -- Graduated 1979 with an Masters in Public Affairs. Current director of Colorado Gay and Lesbian Fund.

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External Links

  • UCCS official site
  • Bachelor of Innovation official site
  • The Scribe, at http://www.uccs.edu/~scribe/

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