Why UMD


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Over 150 Majors and Minors

Tucked into 87 square miles of adventure, entertainment & opportunity.

Students enjoying time together at UMD's annual Welcome Week celebration.

Why Students Attend UMD?

In addition to our recognized programs, students attend UMD for several reasons. Maybe they're looking to join one of our 260+ clubs or organizations. Or play for a club or varsity athletic team who's been around the block a few times. For others, it might be the opportunity to take a study break in the 11,000 acres of public space, or hike on 160+ miles of trails along the shores of the greatest lakes. Still, others might want to take advantage of Duluth's thriving art scene, where one can find a seemingly endless list of live music, theater, film, comedy, dance, and art events every week all year long.

University of Minnesota System

The medium-sized campus of the U of M system, UMD has all of the advantages of a small liberal arts college yet all the resources of a much larger research university. UMD can give you a personalized learning experience, and a degree that has international recognition.

Great Value

UMD is undergraduate focused to give you the best opportunities for practical learning experiences before you graduate. This experience includes over $400,000 annually in research grants for undergraduate students. It's no wonder that 97% of our recent graduates within six months-to-one-year are employed or continuing their education and the average starting salary of our graduates is just under $40,000 annually.

Perfect Size. Amazing Location.

UMD is just the right size for you to make real connections, pursue every passion, and find adventure. The campus is located on 244 acres, and the majority of buildings (over 50) are interconnected by a series of hallway systems, skyways, and concourses. Located in the safe community environment of Duluth, Minnesota, Outdoor Magazine's winner of "Best Outdoor Town in America." Duluth is a four-season vacation destination, international shipping town, and is known for its natural beauty. It has easy access to Minneapolis-St. Paul, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), and Chicago.

Diversity at UMD

UMD enrolls 11,018 students representing 41 states and 56 countries. This includes 1,269 students of color and 319 international students, which is 14.4% of the student population. No matter where we're from, we are all part of the Bulldog family. We believe diversity makes a world of difference and are committed to equality, diversity, and social justice. At UMD we host programs and provide support for African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian/Pacific American, Latino/Chicano, LGBTQIA, international students, and students with disabilities.