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Student Life

Student life is everything and more at UNC, from where you live and eat, to the clubs and organizations you join, to the sports, exhibits and events you watch. No matter your hobbies or interests, we have something for you, from the stage to the arena to the trail. Choose your area of interest by clicking a category above or scroll below to see what we have to offer

Campus Arts

Take a seat in UNC’s theatre in the round, “Little Theatre of the Rockies,” and see student performers and guest artists in a theatrical production like you’ve never seen it before. Immerse yourself in three days of world-class jazz at the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival. Enjoy public art installations and galleries that feed your imagination, and stop between classes to take in impromptu outdoor concerts. It’s no surprise that a university known for an outstanding performing and visual arts program would share talent and entertainment with the campus and regional community. With more than 400 student-directed performances each year, there is always something to see.

Learn more about arts at UNC

Cultural Centers

The Eight Cultural Centers at UNC offer a view into different worlds, cultures and viewpoints, as well as offering safe spaces to build community. Each center promotes equitability and inclusivity, and all are welcome.

Visit a Cultural Center

Clubs and Organizations

Find your niche (and social, professional and cultural opportunities) with more than 100 clubs and organizations.

Housing and Dining

Where you live and eat is a huge part of the experience at UNC. With 17 residence halls catering to a variety of different interests and needs, including pet-friendly communities, gender-inclusive communities and residential learning communities.

Find your place

There are also a variety of dining options and plans to choose from.

Campus Recreation

UNC supports the whole you. Wellness at all levels is a priority, and Campus Recreation can help you find your fit, from yoga to weightlifting. Join classes, a club team or find a solo workout among our 90,000 square feet of recreation space available to you.

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The Campus Recreation Center on West Campus serves more than 250,000 student and faculty/staff visits annually.

More than 10,000 square feet of strength and conditioning spaces, featuring weight machines, free weights, treadmills, steppers, ellipticals, upright and recumbent bikes, an upper-body cycle, and rowing machines.

Enroll in mind and body, mixed format, cardio, strength and dance classes that include various yoga and meditation classes, spinning, cycle and core, kickboxing, power pump, PulsePointe Barre®, Hip Hop Jazz Fusion and Zumba®.

Three multi-purpose gymnasiums feature a total of five hardwood basketball courts.

Bring your running or walking workout inside with our 1/10th-mile banked track.

Make reservations at the front desk for one of two racquetball/wallyball courts.

With climbing heights of 31 feet, and more than 800 different handholds and eight belaying stations, UNC’s climbing wall is designed for all abilities. The campus rec center offers skills classes and staffs the area for safety, technical hints and belaying.

A 25-yard, six-lane lap swim pool with a diving well, Butler-Hancock is available for student use and accessible via the Campus Recreation Center.

Outdoor Pursuits

There’s a lot to do at UNC, from intramural sports to Frisbee golf, and with our unique Outdoor Pursuits program, you'll have easy access to Colorado's amazing outdoor adventures with trips, skills workshops, free gear rental and knowledgeable advice for planning and preparation. With more than 5,000 pieces of free gear to rent, there’s nothing stopping you from getting out in the great outdoors.

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Learn Leave-No-Trace Principles, camp kitchen set-up, snowshoeing, bike maintenance, s’more making, hiking, rock climbing and more.

Need gear? We’ve got you covered. There’s no charge to check out items like tents, backpacks, snowboards, sleeping bags, cooking gear, kayaks and more. Staff can also give you ideas for great places to explore.

Plan your next outdoor adventure with Campus Recreation. Trips offered each semester include whitewater rafting, camping, hiking, rock climbing, skiing and more.

Get to know other new students, student leaders, and staff or faculty before the first semester begins. A sample trip might include camping, rafting and horseback riding with an outdoor service project.

This program strives to provide an alternative to driving and promote bear pride on campus. Our fleet of 100 cruiser bicycles and 20 Mountain Bikes are available for no-charge check out. Each bike comes with a helmet and lock, as well as the option to use a front-mounted basket.

No matter your skill level, try out UNC’s climbing wall. And to deepen and test your skills, you’ll find annual climbing competitions, patron setting days and beginners' and ladies' climb nights.

Bear Athletics

Your student ID is your ticket to UNC athletics, and with 15 NCAA Division I teams to root for, you’ll have a lot of chances to wear your Bear pride.

Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor) and Wrestling.

Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor) and Volleyball.

Learn more about UNC Athletics

Greek Life

At UNC, there are 20 different chapters, each focused on forging friendships, enriching the community, exemplifying academic success and encouraging personal development—and creating great memories along the way. Join a fraternity or sorority

Explore Greeley

Students often comment on how connected they feel to Greeley. There’s a lot to do here, and you’ll feel welcomed into the eclectic, energized community. Ride miles of bike trails, play Frisbee golf courses, and enjoy skate parks, festivals, art and music—and big city opportunities fused with a college town vibe.

Experience Greeley

Gotta love Colorado!

Planning a weekend ski trip to the mountains? Winter Park, Keystone and Breckenridge are just a few of the Colorado ski resorts within about two hours from Greeley.

But there’s more to Colorado than powder. Check out some of these great resources.

Colorado flag

Plan a Weekend Ski Trip

Arapahoe Basin


Copper Mountain

Crested Butte




Winter Park

Explore Colorado's Natural Beauty

Arapahoe National Forest

Pawnee National Grasslands

Colorado 14ers

Colorado 13ers

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Colorado Wilderness

Indian Peaks

U.S. Forest Service

Get Outside for Your Next Adventure





Bouldering/Rock Climbing

Camping and Fishing


Swimming (Paddle Boarding, Wake Boarding, Tubing)