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University of the Rockies (UoR) is a graduate school located in a former train station in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Unlike most schools, which are administrated by a non-profit board of directors, UoR is administrated by Bridgepoint Education, Inc., a for-profit San Diego-based company which runs a handful of select colleges and universities around the United States.

The university was first founded as the Colorado School of Professional Psychology in 1998, then changed to its current name in 2007. Today, UoR serves more than 80,000 students worldwide, with a campus enrollment of around 135.

The mission of UoR is “to provide high-quality, accessible learning opportunities globally for diverse groups of individuals seeking preparation for life goals, professional practice, service, and distinguished leadership”. To this end UoR also runs its own press, the University of the Rockies Press. The press publishes texts on business, organizational leadership, clinical psychology, religion and spirituality, and health.


The four basic degrees offered by UoR are Doctor of Psychology, Masters of Arts in Human Services, Masters of Arts in Psychology, and Master of Arts in Organizational Development. There are also four graduate level certificate programs: Criminology and Justice Studies, General Psychology, Business Psychology, and Organizational Leadership. The Doctor of Psychology program for training licensed clinical psychologists offers fifteen different concentrations. This degree is only available for on-campus study. UoR is preparing to offer a Doctor of Philosophy as well as of 2011.

UoR classes run at an accelerated pace, allowing students to finish a master’s degree in 18-20 months or a doctorate in three years. Unlike at traditional schools, there are no breaks between terms. Students can enroll and begin classwork at any time of year. The university maintains a low student to faculty ratio for online classes, ensuring personalized academic attention for all their students.

Online Education

The vast majority of UoR students are enrolled in online classes. So many, in fact, that UoR simply maintains a diversity of research databases for student use instead of hosting a brick and mortar (and paper) library.

These classes are highly flexible. Students may log on and post work at any time that is convenient for them. Students are expected to log into Blackboard and “visit” their classes at least twice a week on separate days. Students communicate with professors, have discussions about class materials with their classmates, perform research using the UoR library resources, and submit papers through the Blackboard system.

It is necessary to have all the appropriate equipment for taking online classes. System requirements for online students include Windows XP or greater (or the MAC equivalent); hardware including at least 56 megabytes of RAM, a CD-ROM, DVD player, and 1 gigabyte of free disk space; software including Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel 2003 or greater, and Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 or greater; high speed internet; and a standard email program. Some classes necessitate the use of a scanner, microphone, or webcam. Financial aid awards can generally be used to purchase this equipment if the student does not already own it.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs at UoR are a way for many professionals to take a step ahead. The certificate programs attract several members of the military, whose military tuition assistance can be applied (although they are not eligible for federal financial aid). Most certificate programs consist of five courses worth three credits each, for a total of fifteen credits. Each class is six weeks long. Most certificates are available completely online, so members of the military or any professional anywhere can earn them from UoR.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Students at the university practice psychotherapy through the Rockies Counseling Center, a non-profit organization offering services to families and individuals without insurance. The Center also serves homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless. Clients in these categories are normally referred by shelters and agencies.


Admissions at University of the Rockies is competitive. Applicants for all programs should submit the UoR online application, transcripts from all higher education institutions where they have earned degrees, and copies of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results, if applicable. If English is not your first language, you must show proof of proficiency in English, either through a degree earned through English instruction or a score on the TOEFL of at least 550 on the paper test, 213 on the computer test, or 79 on the Internet test.

Doctorate Program Admissions

To gain admission to the Doctor of Psychology of the Doctor of Philosophy program, a student must hold a Master’s degree or Doctoral degree from an accredited institution with a graduate level grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. Prospective students in the philosophy department should have a background in human performance technology, human resource development, instructional systems design, organizational leadership, or a related field. These programs are only open is residents of the United States.

Masters Program Admissions

To gain admission to the Masters of Arts programs, candidates should have a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree from an accredited institution with at least a 2.0 GPA. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA will be placed on academic probation for the first term.

Non-Degree Admissions

If you wish to study at UoR without earning a degree, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with at least a 2.0 GPA. Prospective students in the graduate certificate programs must also hold bachelor’s degrees from accredited institutions with at least a 2.0 GPA.

Online Admissions

For admission into one of the online programs, students must be able to access course and program material on the Internet, be able to correspond with university personnel via email, and use appropriate antivirus utilities to guarantee safe file transfer.

Transfer Admissions

Incoming students may transfer up to 9 graduate-level hours into one of the masters programs or up to 12 hours into a doctorate program. Only classes with a grade of “B” or above will be considered for transfer credit.


As most students attend UoR online, there is not much of a campus life. Almost all students are adult who have already worked in their field of study, and most of them continue to work at least part-time while enrolled.

For those students who reside in Colorado Springs, the university is surrounded by plains to the east and mountains to the west. Colorado Springs is served by the Mountain Metro bus system and the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, allowing students and visitors to come and go easily.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

UoR is deeply invested in the wider community. The school regularly sponsors the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes, the American Cancer Society’s Pikes Peak Relay for Life, and various projects of the United Way and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

For those students who do live in Colorado Springs or who wish to spend time visiting the school, there are virtually no end to the intellectual and recreational opportunities available. Colorado Springs is considered one of the best places to live by most measures. The location was chosen as a place to build a town in the late 19th century because of its proximity to Pike’s Peak, the highest mountain in the state of Colorado.

As the home of Colorado College, IntelliTec College, United States Air Force Academy, and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College, Nazarene Bible College, Remington College, Colorado Technical University, Colorado State University Pueblo, DeVry University, Regis University, and University of the Rockies, the city can reasonably be considered a college town. As one might expect, there are a huge number of bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, and other attractions geared toward student interests.

Colorado Springs is a particularly appropriate place for a school to train mental health professionals; for decades, it was a key destination for health tourists, especially tuberculosis patients. Today, people visit Colorado Springs for outdoor recreation. Popular hiking and camping locations include Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, Cave of the Winds, and Seven Falls. Colorado Springs is also home to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Cheyenne Mountain Heritage Center, the Museum of the American Cowboy, the American Numismatic Association Money Museum, and the Peterson Air and Space Museum.

The economy in Colorado Springs is dependent on high-tech industries, the military, and tourism. The city is also home to the United States Olympic Training Center, the United State Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, USA Basketball, USA Cycling, USA Boxing, USA Judo, USA Swimming, USA Hockey, the United States Fencing Association, USA Triathalon, USA Volleyball, the United States Figure Skating Association, USA Table Tennis, USA Wrestling, and USA Shooting.


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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,071 0.25
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 26 0.01
Forcible Rape 319 0.08
Robbery 449 0.11
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,323 0.78
Larceny 11,375 2.68
Vehicle theft 1,168 0.28

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Colorado Springs, CO 80903-3612
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population15,091 (15,091 urban / N/A rural)
Households6,473 (2.01 people per house)
Median Household Income$27,057
Families2,637 (2.88 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Other health professions schools
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentExclusively graduate/professional
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemOther academic year
Years of college work required4
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District805

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition $15,758 $15,758 $15,758
FT Graduate Required Fees $717 $717 $717
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $803 $803 $803
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family N/A N/A N/A

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open AdmissionsN/A
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1615th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $66,721 ($67,804 male / $53,008 female)
Number of FT Faculty 15 (9 male / 6 female)
Number of PT Faculty 433
FT Faculty Ratio 0.0 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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