The University of Colorado Colorado Springs' history is as vibrant as it looks. In the1920s, UCCS (University of Colorado Colorado Springs) started to offer several programs at different locations. After George J. Dwire disposed of the 80-acre land of Cragmor Sanitarium, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs was born. For seven years since 1965, the Colorado Springs Center ran as a part of CU Boulder. But in 1974, UCCS was acknowledged as a separate campus.
On June 13, 1965, the first students were registered with tuition of $13 per semester or $143 for resident students. Non-resident students were billed $517 for 12 hours. On that same year, the library located in the Main Hall opened with a collection of 4,000 books.
In 1966, Arnold Taylor, from the College of Business, became the first graduate of UCCS. The ceremonies were held at the Boulder campus. On September of 1967, the first student newspaper was published. The monthly publication was called "The Cragmor Bluff." Running the school paper meant operating the only mimeograph machine on campus, as well as clipping newspaper items, and mailing correspondence. The first student work-study position was made available for $1.25 per hour.
The first student elections were held on February 19, 1968. Their calendar of service lasted for one school year with elven council seats available. Following that year was the first play held on campus directed by George Nicovich. Rick Mason, from the School of Business was the first recipient of academic scholarship amounting to $500 in 1970.
Colorado Springs is famous for its excellent climate. Soon enough, the city turned into a mecca for health. General William Jackson Palmer was responsible for the beginning of historic healthcare in Colorado Springs when he gave Dr. Edwin Solly $50,000 and 100 acres of land on Austin Bluffs. The property and money were used to establish a tuberculosis sanitarium. He worked with Colorado's most distinguished architects in building the Cragmor Sanitarium which is still standing to this day as the UCCS Main Hall.
The University of Colorado organized into four campuses in 1974, making way to its expansion. UCCS continued to grow through the years and opened its first on-campus student housing in 1996. A year after that, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences merged with the campus.
The University's success continues with engineering and business programs as its pillars. The University also offers liberal arts and sciences, education and public affairs, and professional programs in nursing. UCCS expanded its initial 80-acre land by adding 450 acres more.
On November 2006, the first alumnus of UCCS was elected to University of Colorado Board of Regents. Stephen Ludwig from class 1992 represented the state of Colorado and was reelected for another term of six years in 2012.
Research was formally added to the UCCS statutory mission in 2011. To meet the needs of the growing city, UCCS offers 34 bachelors, 19 masters degrees, and five doctoral programs in its schools and colleges.
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