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University of Northern Colorado is a baccalaureate (arts, sciences, humanities, business, human sciences, and education), graduate (primarily in the field of education), and research university located in Greeley, Colorado. It has a 2003 enrollment of over 11,000 students.
The University of Northern Colorado opened on October 6, 1890, as the State Normal School to train qualified teachers for the state's public schools. Greeley's citizens raised the necessary money for the first building. At that time, certificates were granted upon the completion of a two year course. In 1911 the school's name was changed to Colorado State Teachers College and offered bachelor degrees after completion of a four year course. In 1935 the name changed again to Colorado State College of Education to recognize the graduate program, which was started in 1913. In 1957 the name was shortened to Colorado State College to recognize the further growth of programs and offerings. Finally, in 1970 the name was changed to the current University of Northern Colorado.