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$544.2 Million


UNC influences both the lives of its students and the regional economy. The University supports a variety of industries in Larimer and Weld counties, serves regional businesses and benefits society as a whole in Colorado from an expanded economy and improved quality of life.

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$237.9 Million
Operations Spending Impact
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$4.7 Million
Research Spending Impact

Expressed in terms of jobs, UNC's impact supported 8,429 jobs in the region.

The University of Northern Colorado has
Alumni living in Weld or Larimer county
$185.5 MillionAmount UNC alumni generate in added income for the regional economy.


Total University Enrollment
$63.3 Million
Around 67% of undergraduate and graduate students attending UNC originate from outside the region. These relocated and retained students spend money on groceries, mortgage and rent payments, and other living expenses at regional businesses.

*The average bachelor’s degree graduate from UNC will see an increase in earnings of $21,900 each year compared to a person with a high school diploma or equivalent working in Colorado.

$25.9 Million
Campus construction spending has a substantial impact on the regional economy in added income and is equivalent to supporting 386 jobs.
$23.7 Million
UNC creates an exceptional environment that promotes spinoff companies and fosters innovation and entrepreneurship.
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$2.6 Billion
In total benefits to society, including $2.4 billion in added income through students’ increased lifetime earnings and business output.
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$51.8 Million
For every dollar of public money invested in UNC, taxpayers receive a cumulative value of $4.60 over the course of the students working lives.

"Whether you’re a student pursuing a degree, a state or local government or a partner in industry, there is always great value in investing in higher education." 

– Andy Feinstein, President

Northern Colorado’s Public Colleges and Universities create a significant positive impact on the business community in Larimer and Weld Counties and generate a return on investment to their major stakeholder groups—students, taxpayers, and society.  

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*Northern Colorado’s Public Colleges and Universities include Aims Community College, Colorado State University, Front Range Community College’s Larimer Campus, and the University of Northern Colorado.