University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Infobox University
name = University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

president=Bruce D. Benson
chancellor=Pamela Shockley-Zalabak
city=Colorado Springs
country=United States
undergrad = 6150
postgrad = 1500
faculty = 601
endowment= $590 million (systemwide)" [ 2006 NACUBO Endowment Study] ". "National Association of College and University Business Officers".]
campus=Urban, 520 acres (2.1 km²)
nickname= Mountain Lions
mascot= Boomer
website= []
colors=Black and Gold color box|#000000color box|#FAAC00
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS; formerly CU-Springs) is a campus of the University of Colorado System, the state university system of Colorado.

UCCS has about 6,150 undergraduate students and 1,500 graduate students, and consists of 18% ethnic minority students, 58% female students, and 42% male students.

In 2006, the "U.S. News & World Report" college and university rankings put the UCCS College of Engineering and Applied Science as ranking the fourth-best among public universities and the 16th best overall among bachelor and master's degree engineering schools. "U.S. News" ranked UCCS as the seventh-best public regional university in the West in 2007; it has ranked in the top ten on that list each year since 2002.


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

Colorado Governor John Arthur Love and Hewlett-Packard Company 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, was not complete until 1972.

A 1997 community referendum merged Beth-El College of Nursing with UCCS. 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 convert|87000|sqft|m2|sing=on building at the corner of Union and Austin Bluffs to house the Beth-El College of Nursing.

In 2008 UCCS hosted 2008 Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama.

Colleges and academic programs

There are six colleges at UCCS and several institutes, centers and laboratories.

College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

The College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences is the UCCS college of liberal arts and sciences. It is the largest college at UCCS, offering undergraduate programs in anthropology, art history, biology, chemistry, communication, economics, English, film studies, gallery practice, geography and environmental studies, history, mathematics, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish, and visual and performing arts. It offers graduate programs in biology, chemistry, communication, applied geography, history, applied mathematics, physics, psychology, and sociology.

Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences

The Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences is the UCCS nursing school. It has two departments, Heath Science and Nursing. The college is accredited with the Colorado State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Both departments are primarily located in the upper levels of University Hall about half a mile east from the main campus and in the northwest corner of the Austin Bluff at Union intersection. Degrees granted:
*Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in forensic science, nutrition, allied health (self-defined), or sports health and wellness (Department of Heath Science); Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Department of Nursing)
*Graduate: Master of Science in forensic health, health promotion, or sports medicine (Department of Heath Science); Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (Department of Nursing).

College of Business and Administration

The College of Business and Administration is the UCCS business school. It is located in the newly-renovated Dwire Hall. The college established in 1965. It is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Degrees granted:
*Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Bachelor of Science in accounting, finance, general business, human resource management, information systems, international business, marketing, marketing/professional golf management; organizational management, and services management
*Graduate: Masters in Business Administration in accounting, finance, general business, health care administration, homeland defense, information systems, international business, management, marketing, operations management, project management, services management, and technology management.

College of Education

The College of Education is the UCCS school of education. The College of Education is located at Columbine Hall on the UCCS campus. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). It is primarily a Colorado state educator licensure program. Degrees offered:
*Undergraduate: Licensure programs in elementary education, linguistically diverse education (LDE), secondary education, and special education
*Graduate: Master of Arts in counseling and human services, curriculum and instruction, and special education; Ph.D in educational leadership and research and policy.

Graduate School of Public Affairs

The Graduate School of Public Affairs offers degrees in criminal justice and public administration.

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is the UCCS engineering college. In the U.S. News & World Report "America’s Best Colleges", the 2008 college rankings edition, "the magazine’s editors ranked the UCCS undergraduate engineering program ninth in the nation among public engineering schools offering bachelor’s or master’s degrees." []

UCCS Engineering is rapidly expanding and includes many research institutes and laboratories. It consists of three departments: the Department of Computer Science (computer science); the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (electrical engineering, computer engineering), and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering). The college is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). In conjunction with the College of Business it offers the unique Bachelor of Innovation

Because of its proximity to U.S. government and military installations and the technology private sector the college has partnerships several institutions, including defense contractors and semiconductor manufacturers (Intel, Boeing, Agilent, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin), national laboratory (Sandia National Laboratories), and the military (United States Northern Command, Air Force Space Command, and the United States Air Force Academy). It provides outreach services to the local community through Project Lead the Way and the FIRST Lego League.

In 2006, the American Society for Engineering Education ranked the college seventh among U.S. public universities and 18th for all U.S. universities in the number of degrees awarded to woman.

The College is located in two buildings:
*The Engineering Building houses the Department of Computer Science, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, dean's office, Advanced Development and UNIX Laboratory, Specialized Software Development Laboratory, Software Development Laboratory, Communications and Signal Processing Laboratory, Control Systems Laboratory, Electronics Laboratory, Electromagnetics Laboratory, Microelectronics Research Laboratories (MRL), and VLSI Circuit Design Laboratory.
*The lower two levels of University Hall (about half a mile east from the main campus in the northwest corner of the Austin Bluffs at Union intersection) houses the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Fluids Laboratory, Wind Tunnel, Instrumentations Laboratory, and the Prototyping and Machine Shop.

A new $53-million Science and Engineering Building is being constructed at the center of campus to add needed laboratory and lecture space for the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as well as the Physics, Chemistry, and Biology departments. The building to be open for classes in fall 2009. It will hold an expanded computer, wind tunnel, fluids, instrumentation, and other mechanical engineering laboratories with an enlarged machine shop and research space, design studios with payload and project areas.


*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) – Renovated from 2006 to 2007, 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 millennium to expand the library and add the University Center.
*Science Building (1981) – Science and anthropology classes along with the student art gallery. Lower level 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 houses altogether about 800 freshmen.
*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. A basketball court and gym will soon to be expanded to include larger facilities for games and a multi-use area to help ease strain on the facility until permanent facilities near 4-Diamonds are constructed sometime during the mid twenty-teens.
*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) – Recently completed, this new state-of-the-art recreation building for students, replacing the current facilities at the University Center, features 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.

Master plan and future growth

In 2000, the CU Board of Regents designated UCCS as the CU growth campus. In 2003, the Colorado 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 bluff 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.


The school mascot is the mountain lion of gold and black, same school colors as CU-Boulder, .

UCCS competes in NCAA Division II school in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), fielding teams in men's basketball, women's basketball, women's volleyball, men's cross country, women's cross country, men's indoor track and field, women's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field, women's outdoor track and field, men's golf, men's soccer, women's soccer, and women's softball.

In addition to varsity sports, UCCS has a large number of club sports including a dance team and a cheerleading club, cycling, baseball, billiards, fencing, hockey, karate, kendo, kung fu, lacrosse, paintball, racquetball, rugby, tai chi, tennis, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, womans soccer, and an active intramural program. The intramural sports include flag football, ultimate frisbee, outdoor soccer, table tennis, rootbeer pong, volleyball, basketball, billiards, and a 3-point shooting contest. Snowboarding, skiing, rock climbing, bouldering, hiking, mountain biking, trail running, and lesser common slack roping and 4-wheeling are popular student activities at UCCS due to the extreme proximity to Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, and the surrounding mountainous terrain. It is not uncommon to see former or current professional or Olympic athletes on campus or training on the nearby trails also with the United States Olympic Training Center in downtown Colorado Springs.

Athletic facilities

Varsity basketball and volleyball are currently played in the Lions Den gymnasium at the University Center, which seats 400 and is the smallest venue of its sort in all Division II schools, the size of many smaller high school gymnasiums. With the recent success of men’s basketball, achieving the best record in UCCS history, amongst other things, led to an acceleration of plans to replace the facility with mounting pressure from students and athletes alike. A temporary fix that was completed in the spring of 2007 cost $40,000 and only slightly expanded and upgraded seating. Attempts at separating seating sections did not significantly help in alleviating overcrowding where students are often turned away at popular events. There also exists major problems with the lack of locker room space for use by the athletic teams during competitions. $2 million of CU Presidential Initiative funds were directed towards the construction of a new athletic field house. “Intercollegiate athletics is an important facet of student life and the campus experience, and we’re pleased to be able to help with a desperately needed new home for Mountain Lion student-athletics,” said CU President Hank Brown.

After projected costs for the field house more than doubled, the university decided that a permanent events center would be a better use of funds amid plans for a major sports arena to be built in less than 10 years. The events center to be completed by January 2010 will seat about 1,200 to 1,400 sporting event fans and have the ability to hold more conferences, camps, and convocation events. The new events center will not however, have an indoor track, weight room, as well as other athletic amenities promised with the field house.

An agreement between the university and the Colorado Springs Christian School nearby lead to the construction of a professional quality soccer and football field at the recently built 4-diamonds sports complex that also consists of three softball fields which are sometimes contracted for use by high school and little league teams. The varsity soccer and softball teams practice and compete at these facilities as well as club and intramural sports.

The varsity cross country, track and field, and golf teams find practice and competition spaces mostly off-campus often at nearby colleges, high schools, or other facilities and locations if required.

A brand new Student Recreation Center was completed in August and September 2007 which houses the Recreation Department overseeing club and intramural sports. The Recreation Center consists of a pool and hot tub, gymnasium, indoor jogging track, bouldering wall, aerobics room, and a cardiovascular and weight lifting floor as well as a small smoothie shop.

School newspaper

The official campus newspaper is "The Scribe", since 1976.

Notable students, alumni, and staff

* Yusef Komunyakaa (B.A. 1975) - First African-American to win Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
* John Herrington (B.A. in mathematics, 1983) - First Native American to go to space, aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2002.

International exchange

* Dual degree - flagicon|Taiwan Ching Yun University, Taiwan(3-2 programs)


External links

* [ Official website]
* [ UCCS Athletics (]
* The Scribe at []

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