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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 7 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.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment
Very Good

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and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Colorado Springs
Population | 500,000
Enrollment | 12,000
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/23-12/18
Spring | 01/18-5/14

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 3%
Black | 4%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 15%
Two or more | 9%
White | 67%
Other | 2%
International | 0%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: After campus students
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
College of Education: CLOSED to NSE students in general. Golf Management program is CLOSED to NSE students. Sports Medicine program is CLOSED to NSE students.

College of Business: VERY LIMITED number of courses available to NSE students under Home Pay plans. ANY business courses may be taken for Host Pay students. College of Health Sciences/Nursing: VERY LIMITED to Home Pay plans. To take upper division Health Science courses, YOU MUST COME ON HOST PAY. College of Engineering VERY LIMITED to NSE students in general.

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
  • Accounting
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • American Sign Language
  • Anatomy
  • Ancient Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Biology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Biopsychology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Communication
  • Community Health
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Game Design
  • Counseling
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Digital Communications and Media/Multimedia
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethnic Studies
  • European Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Film
  • Fine Art
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • German
  • Gerontology
  • Government
  • Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Information Technology
  • Jazz Studies
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Kinesiology
  • Law Enforcement/Police Sciences
  • Literature
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mental Health Services
  • Merchandising and Buying Operations
  • Military Sciences
  • Molecular Biology
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music History
  • Nutrition
  • Organizational Communications
  • Performance and Directing
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physics
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Political Economy
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy Studies
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address
  • Sports Management/Administration
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Technical Writing
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Women and Gender Studies


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Preference given to Home Pay ONLY schools. Preference given to AY placements.
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
  • Host Pay
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/07/21

  • 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 Students
  • Estimated cost: $6200.
  • 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 students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: None.
  • Home Payment: 15 ($415 per additional hour)

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

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

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

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

Important Notes: Tuition is based on instate tuition with NO COF allowance (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.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/07/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 25% living on campus
  • Double: $5700
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • 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

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


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/07/21

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


  • Health records due by: 8/1/20
  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance

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