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UMD Facts

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University of Minnesota Duluth
Fall 2015 Facts

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is a comprehensive regional university. Undergraduate students can choose from 14 bachelor degrees in 86 majors and 72 minors as well as five certificates. In addition to the two-year program at the School of Medicine and a College of Pharmacy program, UMD offers graduate programs in 27 different fields, 15 minors, and five certificates. In addition to offering the EdD, UMD participates in two all-university PhD programs (one of which is located primarily on the UMD campus) and cooperates significantly in the delivery of a number of Twin Cities-based PhD programs. UMD consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" issue. Providing an alternative to both large research universities and small liberal arts colleges, UMD attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university.


In 1895, the Minnesota Legislature created the Normal School at Duluth, which was located at 2205 E. Fifth St. In 1921, the institution became the Duluth State Teachers College, and in 1947 it became a coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota. In 1948, ground was broken for the first building of the new campus and a building boom ensued to accommodate GIs returning from World War II. The old campus, which had housed the Normal School and the teacher's college, continued to serve UMD students for many years. Its centerpiece, the proud Old Main building, was destroyed by a tragic fire in 1993, but the building's arches have been preserved and its former site is used by the city of Duluth as a park.

The Campus

UMD's campus consists of more than 50 buildings on 244 acres overlooking Lake Superior, all built since 1948. Most UMD buildings are connected by concourses or hallways, providing easy access for students with disabilities and convenience for all students year round. UMD is also home for the Tweed Museum of Art, the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium, Weber Music Hall, and the Marshall Performing Arts Center. Other facilities include the Research and Field Studies Center, Glensheen Historic Estate, the Lower Campus, the Large Lakes Observatory, the Natural Resources Research Institute, and the Bagley Classroom.


Over 1,930 people work at UMD including: 518 full-time faculty and 253 full-time professional, academic and administrative staff, 95 part-time faculty and 50 part-time professional, academic and administrative staff, and 788 full-time/part-time civil service and labor represented employees.

Admissions Policy

Admission decisions are based upon overall assessment of academic preparation and performance. Primary factors include high school GPA, ACT/SAT scores, and academic preparation. New transfer students will be admitted on the basis of cumulative college GPA, completion ratio, and high school record (if fewer than 26 credits attempted.)

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Student Enrollment

UMD's fall 2015 enrollment was 10,878 with approximately 40.1% of the students from the Twin Cities area and an additional 40% from the rest of Minnesota.

Undergraduate Degree-Seeking 8,929
Graduate Degree-Seeking 652
Med School / College of Pharmacy Degree-Seeking 355
Non-Degree Seeking 942
Total 10,878

Tuition (2015-2016)

For a complete list of semester tuition and fee rates, visit the UMD One Stop Student Services website. Some basic per-credit tuition rates are as follow:

  Resident Nonresident
Undergraduate programs, per credit $457.54 $609.47
Departmental Masters $643.70 $1020.24
MBA Program, Duluth $900.00 $900.00
Graduate School, per credit $1,320.34 $2,042.34
Med School, per semester, First year,
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$12,624.00 $17,170.00
College of Pharmacy, per semester, Year 1–3
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$12,556.00 $18,380.00

The university also has tuition reciprocity agreements with Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota. UMD awards over $125 million in financial aid annually.

Alumni - We Connect U!

In the Twin Ports, there are over 7,000 alumni who call the area home. In the Twin Cities, that number nearly doubles. While Minnesota is home for many Bulldogs, over 40,000 alumni live around the world. With approximately 60,000 graduated Bulldogs, it's the UMD Alumni Association's goal to bring everyone back as often as possible—or at least back in contact with former classmates, friends, and professors. And the great thing is there are no dues or fees for membership.

The Alumni Association wants to keep alumni up to date. Ever wonder what happened to Stadium Apartments? How about the Theatre season and current stage shows? What's brewing in the biology labs or out at the UMD Farm? The Alumni Association social media has it all while the monthly newsletter delivers timely news and upcoming alumni events. The Alumni Association website will also take alumni to career resources, transcript requests, and even photos of Champ. Apply to join the UMDAA Board while visiting the website and be sure to update personal information for all the details.

Continuing Education - Collaboration, Customization, Results

Continuing Education offers a variety of professional development opportunities for adults of all ages interested in advancing their careers, developing new skills, reaching goals, adding credentials, or enriching their lives. Online and face-to-face workshops can also be customized and delivered to businesses and organizations on campus or in the community. Conference and event services are available as well. For more information, visit the Continuing Education website.

Cultural Events

Every year UMD's School of Fine Arts offers a wide array of cultural events. The Department of Art and Design – as well as the Tweed Museum of Art – bring the region a wide spectrum of art exhibits and lectures, while the Department of Music brings opera, jazz, vocal, and instrumental concerts, and the Department of Theatre brings dramatic, musical, and experimental theatre productions. These events take place on campus in the UMD Ordean Court arts triangle, comprised of the Tweed Museum of Art, Weber Music Hall, and the Marshall Performing Arts Center.

In addition, the Glensheen Historic Estate is open for tours and special events throughout the year. The Fine Arts Academy, a non-degree granting Community School of the Arts, offers high quality arts instruction to infants, children, and adults. The Viz Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab that focuses on the integration of information and emerging visual technologies. With the newly constructed MMAD Lab (Motion and Media Across Disciplines), the Viz Lab has expanded its reach into 3D motion capture and high definition video production. For more information, visit the School of Fine Arts website.

Gifts to UMD

Each year, the University of Minnesota Duluth is the grateful recipient of gifts given by alumni, friends, employees, foundations, and corporations. These gifts support students and programs in significant, meaningful ways by enhancing scholarships, lectureships, endowed chairs, programs, research, equipment, and a variety of other projects – all designed to promote excellence at UMD. There are a variety of ways you can support the University of Minnesota Duluth. Through the generosity of its donors, over $10.5 million was contributed in fiscal year 2015. For more information about giving to UMD, please call us at 218-726-7989, email, or visit the Development Office website. Every gift counts!

Graduate Study

UMD offers masters level graduate programs in 27 fields, including degrees in Master of Arts (English, Communication Science and Disorders, Liberal Studies), Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Special Education, Master of Environmental Health and Safety, Master of Liberal Studies, Master of Music, Master of Science (Applied and Computational Mathematics, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Integrated Biosciences, Geological Sciences, Physics, and Water Resources Science), Master of Social Work, Professional Master of Engineering, Master of Environmental Education, and Master of Tribal Administration and Governance.

UMD grants the degree of Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning. It also offers two all-university doctoral programs: Integrated Biosciences Ph.D., and Water Resources Science Ph.D., as well as cooperative doctoral programs through the Minneapolis campus, including Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics Ph.D., Pharmacology Ph.D., Geology and Earth Sciences Ph.D., Social and Administrative Pharmacy Ph.D., and Toxicology Ph.D. For more information, visit the UMD Graduate School website.


A variety of furnished housing is available at UMD for students who wish to live in University residence halls and apartments. The University offers housing to 1,824 students in traditional residence halls and 1,134 students in apartment-style units. Most facilities have barrier-free access for students with disabilities. For more information, visit the UMD Housing and Residence website.

Intercollegiate Athletics

UMD offers a balanced and competitive athletic program. The Bulldogs compete in seven men's and nine women's varsity sports as members of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (men,) and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (women). Nationally, UMD belongs to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and competes at the Division II level except for Division I men's and women's hockey. For more information, visit the UMD Athletics website.


UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library provides a full suite of library services, including research help, library instruction, online guides, course reserves, interlibrary loans, and both digital and physical materials that support student learning. The library offers a learning commons with collaborative academic support services such as the campus tutoring program, a writers' workshop, reference assistance, and a multimedia lab on its second floor. The facility also houses 21 group study rooms; an interactive learning classroom; the Math Learning Lab; as well as guest, basic, and full access computers. Print and multimedia resources include books, DVDs, audiobooks, academic journals, and government documents. Students have access to ebooks and articles from academic journals, news sources, and magazines through the library's 200+ online databases. Any circulating book from a University of Minnesota campus library can be requested online and sent to UMD to be checked out using the library's Get It service. Materials not available in the University of Minnesota system can be requested using interlibrary loan. Librarians are available to provide research help at the second-floor Research and Information desk and can be consulted through email, telephone, text, or online chat. For more information, visit the Kathryn A. Martin Library website.

Natural Resources Research Institute

The Natural Resources Research Institute was established in 1983 to encourage economic growth for Minnesota's natural resources-based industries in an environmentally sound manner. The variety of projects fall into three categories: 1) technology development—finding ways to develop, improve, and use products from Minnesota's resources; 2) resource management—providing information to help Minnesota's decision-makers manage resources and the environment; and 3) client services—giving regional businesses, large and small, the competitive edge. For more information, visit the Natural Resources Research Institute website.

Research and Scholarly Activity

UMD faculty are encouraged to participate in research and scholarly activities as part of their institutional mission of research, teaching, and public service. These activities enhance their ability and capacity to deliver high quality instruction and strengthen students knowledge and skills in their area of study. For fiscal year 2014-2015, proposals submitted to external sponsors totaled over $61.6 million. Awarded grants for the same time period exceeded $20 million.

Phone Numbers

Visit the UMD website.

Academic Administration (218) 726-7103
Office of Admissions (toll-free) (800) 232-1339
Alumni Association (218) 726-8829
Campus Security: UMD Police (218) 726-7000
Career & Internship Services (218) 726-7985
Continuing Education (218) 726-8113
Development Office (218) 726-7989
General Information (218) 726-8000
Graduate School Office (218) 726-7523
Kathryn A. Martin Library (218) 726-8102
Natural Resources Research Institute (218) 720-4294
Tweed Museum of Art (218) 726-8222
University Marketing and Public Relations (218) 726-6140


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