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Frequently Asked Questions

What do you look for in an applicant to UMD? How do I apply?
Application Process and Policies for New Students
Application Process and Policies for Transfer Students
How big is UMD?
UMD's main campus is located on 247 acres and includes over 50 campus buildings, the majority of which are inter-connected by hallway systems, concourses, and skyways. Duluth's campus enrolls 11,241students, with 9,239 of whom are undergraduates working toward baccalaureate degrees. UMD offers over 140 majors and minors leading to 14 baccalaureate degrees, and six pre-professional programs.
What is UMD best known for?
This may, in fact, be the most frequently asked question and the most difficult one to answer. Each of our collegiate units has a number of strengths. We provide many of the opportunities and resources characteristic of larger universities, and yet we have a sense of community more commonly found at a smaller college. The best way to experience this extraordinary place is to visit our campus.
Undergraduate Majors and Programs
What is the student to faculty ratio?
The student to faculty ratio is 19:1, and 73% of our full-time faculty have a doctorate or terminal degree in the field in which they are teaching. UMD offers over 1,200 undergraduate courses and 84% of the classes have 40 students or less.
What percentage of your population are students of color?
UMD enrolled 936 students of color which is about 8% of our total student population. For more information on services offered, please click on the link below.
Multicultural Programs at UMD
I've taken Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, CLEP, or PSEO classes (Non U of M). Will I get credit for my work?
Yes. Policies can be found at these links:
Where should I send my application, High School & PSEO / College in the Schools Transcripts, and any other documentation and correspondence?
They can be sent to the following address:

UMD Admissions Processing 1049 University Drive; 123 DAdB Duluth, MN 55812-3011

What types of extra curricular activities are offered on campus?
The UMD Outdoor Program offers extensive outdoor programming as well as educational programming. In addition, there are over 240 student organizations including professional, political and social action, religious, greek, recreational, and special interest groups.
What types of entertainment are offered in the Duluth community?
Duluth is an international shipping port (population 86,819) and offers something for everyone in all seasons. UMD is minutes away from Lake Superior, the Spirit Mountain ski area, the Miller Hill Mall and the special shops and eateries of Canal Park. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, which is only a few hours up the North Shore highway.
Are first-year students required to live on campus the first year?
No, however, 91% of them do and about 30% of our total population lives either in the residence halls or university apartments. We strongly encourage first-year students to live on campus due to the proximity and accessibility of the residence halls to classes. In addition, the first year is the optimal time to become involved in campus organizations, meet new friends and establish relationships that may continue beyond the college years.
Are first-year students allowed to bring a car?
Yes, first-year students may bring a car to campus. Parking permits are available for purchase and parking is available near the residence halls. However, Duluth has an extensive transit system so it may not be necessary to have a car on campus. All UMD students may ride the bus FREE by showing the U-Card (your University ID) to the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) driver; the U-Card is good on any bus, anytime. Several routes start/terminate at the campus. With regard to traveling home for visits, Duluth does have a bus terminal and an airport nearby. UMD also has a "ride board" where students can make arrangements to ride share with other students headed in the same direction. Jefferson Bus Lines also runs a bus between Duluth and the Twin Cities.
Duluth Transit Authority
How is housing assigned?
Housing is assigned on a priority basis according to date of application for admission. Students who return housing contracts by May 1st will be reserved and assigned a space in university housing or university-sponsored based on the date of application for admission to UMD and the availability of space. Students who wish to share with a room with somebody they know should apply for admission within a month of one another and each should indicate the preferred roommate on the housing application.
Do you offer services for students who have disabilities?
The UMD Office of Disability Resources promotes both academic and physical access to students with disabilities, providing services on an individual and flexible basis. More information is provided in the link above.
December 15th: Priority Application Deadline - For scholarship eligibility.
May 1st: Recommended deadline to submit housing contract and register for advisement & registration
August 1st: Final deadline for admission application for Fall 2014
What are your campus crime statistics?
Information on that can be found here.
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