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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.

With over 150 majors and minors including 8 pre-professional programs, UMD offers you an expansive array of academic choices. Active learning through internships, honors programs, research, study abroad programs, and community service promots the development of skills, critical thinking, and maturity highly sought by employers, graduate and professional schools, and society as a whole.

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.

With world class academics at a University of Minnesota institution, it's no wonder that 97% of UMD's recent graduates are employed or continuing their education and the average starting salary of our graduates is just over $41,000 annually.

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.

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.