About University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will provide unsurpassed, student-centered teaching and learning and outstanding research and creative work that serve our community, state, and nation, and result in our recognition as the premier comprehensive, regional research university in the United States.
In 1965, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs moved to a craggy hill with a panoramic view of Pikes Peak. Known as the Cragmor Parcel, this became the UCCS home for a growing following of scholars. Now, more than 40 years later, the university offers a broad range of degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences in addition to professional programs in business, engineering, nursing, education and public affairs to meet the needs of Colorado's second-largest metropolitan area and beyond.
In 2001, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities recognized the connection between UCCS and its community, naming it along with Arizona State University-West as America's most engaged college campus. But the connection between campus and community dates back many years, as do CU's ties to Colorado Springs.
As early as the 1920s, CU offered courses at numerous city locations including Colorado College and various storefronts. By the mid-1960s, community leaders were pressing for a full-fledged CU presence in the community.
In his negotiations with then-Governor John Love, HP co-founder David Packard stipulated a CU campus in Colorado Springs to support the continued development of company employees.