The University Memorial Center (UMC) on the CU-Boulder campus is a focal point for many campus activities, programs, and services and is home to the Student Union and some of CU-Boulder's 300-plus student clubs and organizations. It is truly the heart of the university.
The University Memorial Center opened its doors in October 1953 after significant fundraising efforts by thousands of Coloradoans. The UMC quickly became the jewel of the Boulder campus. A 1964 addition, financed by student fees, created a new bookstore, conference facilities, additional dining facilities, and offices to house the rapidly growing student activities and organizations.
The UMC saw much student activism in the 1960s and 70s as students staged strikes, boycotts, love-ins, sit-ins, and walk-outs. The UMC’s Glenn Miller Ballroom has played host to a an impressive list of entertainers, including B.B. King, Taj Mahal, The Band, Chubby Checker, Don McClean, Stanley Turrentine, Zephyr, Firefall, Steve Miller, and many more.
In 1986 the Alferd Packer Grill was transformed to the current food court and other vendors have been added over the years, including Subway, Dominos, and Celestial Seasonings Teas and Coffees.
Today more than 25,000 people gather at the University Memorial Center each day to eat, socialize, shop, and more. The UMC is perfect for study breaks, getting sun and fresh air between classes, or grabbing a bite to eat and coffee on the way to class. Since the majority of student organizations have offices in the UMC, it’s a center for community interaction and activism.
The UMC features a variety of study areas and lounges available for relaxation and study. There’s also a wide array of entertainment available, including concerts, movies, bowling, pool tables, and an arcade.
The UMC also houses the CU Book Store, a branch of the Elevations Credit Union, Off-Campus Student Services, the Women's Resource Center, student groups, a copy center, and the Dennis Small Cultural Center. The UMC has been designated as a campus multicultural center, and it also serves as a memorial to those from Colorado who served in World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War, as well as to volunteers for the Peace Corps and VISTA.