Located in Greeley, Colorado, University Schools is 50 miles north of the metropolitan Denver area and 20 miles east of the Rocky Mountains. Originally a farming and ranching area, today’s economy is also supported by higher education and industry. Greeley has a population of nearly 90,000 in a county of 220,000 people.
The community of Union Colony was established in 1869 at the junction of the South Platte and Cache la Poudre Rivers. A year later, the New York Tribune agricultural editor Nathan C. Meeker dubbed the city as “Greeley,” named in honor of his publisher, Horace Greeley.
Greeley, Colorado, is a community with a deep, rich history. Despite the serene, rural feel of our community, we have plenty of things to do, and residents and visitors can enjoy everything from world-class stage performances to beautiful mountainous hiking to good ol’ fashioned fun.
- Centennial Village Museum: A five-acre landscaped village featuring structures and exhibits about the development of the area from the 1860s to the 1930s. Open mid-April to mid-October, the village hosts special programs throughout the season.
- Rocky Mountain National Park: Located 40 miles west of Greeley near the town of Estes Park, the 265,000 acres of Rocky Mountain National Park are a premier vacation destination. Take some time to travel Trail Ridge Road through the park, the nation's highest continuous paved highway.
- Union Colony Civic Center: For the best in local and national entertainment, the 1700 seat arts complex is located in downtown Greeley near Lincoln Park. The UCCC is home to the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and the Greeley Chorale, and it hosts performances including theater, dance, music, and Broadway productions.
- Greeley Stampede: Held each summer for two weeks through the July 4 holiday, the Greeley Stampede is the largest of all the national rodeos held on this holiday. Since 1922, this event features PRCA rodeos, nationally known music artists, a parade, fireworks, art exhibits, and the Miss Rodeo Colorado pageant.
- The University of Northern Colorado: Once the state Normal School founded in 1889, UNC now boasts 6 colleges and an annual enrollment of more than 12,000 students. Two adjacent campuses serve the community with cultural events, NCAA Division I sports, and educational opportunities in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education courses.
- Aims Community College: Offering Associate Degrees, technical training, personal interest, and continuing-education courses, Aims Community College is one of the largest community colleges in Colorado with campuses in Greeley, Loveland, and Fort Lupton. More than 15,000 students attend Aims each year.