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University Advancement

Building on the reputation of more than 130 years of academic excellence and community impact, University Advancement elevates the brand of UNC, engages external constituents, and develops the philanthropic strategies that support UNC priorities. 

Reporting to Vice President Allie Steg Haskett ’03, UNC’s advancement staff manage all facets of UNC’s external operation to include advancement operations, alumni and community relations, development, and marketing and communications.

The division works with UNC leadership as well as faculty and staff to effectively promote and market the university, strengthen and celebrate alumni career outcomes, and engage constituents and community partners in philanthropy, volunteerism, advocacy. The division is also responsible for the management of UNC's alumni constituent records which inform strategic relationship management and program assessment and accreditation. Additionally, the UNC Foundation, a separate legal entity, works closely with all of University Advancement and is integrated both physically and strategically in all facets of the advancement enterprise.

University Advancement offices are located on the first floor of Carter Hall. Reach us at 970-351-2551 or advancement@unco.edu.

Strategic Planning Initiatives

In support of the university strategic plan, University Advancement is conducted a university brand audit and campaign feasibility review and planning process. Additionally, staff support numerous campus-wide strategic planning efforts involving recruitment, HSI, and career readiness, among others.

Learn more about the strategic plan

Galvanize a Stronger Bear Network


With more than 140,000 alumni, plus faculty, staff and friends, UNC has a tremendous ability to galvanize the relationships and resources necessary to support student success.

The strong community connections you find across UNC provides authentic learning experiences and reciprocal partnerships and collaborations. UNC sets the standard for how engaged universities enrich the lives of our students on campus, throughout Colorado and beyond.


UNC Monthly

Spring 2023 Commencement Showcases Increasing Diversity Among UNC Graduates

The University of Northern Colorado hosted its spring commencement ceremonies May 5-6, inside the Bank of Colorado Arena. This year's spring class includes approximately 1,272 undergraduate and graduate students. An additional 342 students are expected to complete their degree requirements this summer.

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Cynthia Duarte and the Impact of COSI

During a Mexican Independence Day celebration, Spring 2023 graduate Cynthia Duarte met Nickie Archibeque, the director of UNC's Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) Scholars Program. Archibeque saw that Duarte was a perfect fit for the COSI "Finish What You Started" scholarship. The scholarship was created to help Colorado residents who have left university go back to school and earn their credential or degree, Duarte's exact goals.

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Being a Bear: A Full Circle Moment

Having a parent who is an alumnus is a unique experience, allowing new alumna Hannah Grace West '23 bond with her father Rob Thorne '92 over their love for the university. That family legacy allows them to share special moments together like West's recent graduation.

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Read the family's first story from 2019

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