UMD and Duluth
Overview of UMD
In 1895, the Minnesota Legislature created the Normal School at Duluth. In 1921, the institution became the Duluth State Teachers College, and in 1947 it became a coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota. Today, UMD offers undergraduate students a selection of 13 different bachelor degrees in 76 majors. In addition to the two-year program at the School of Medicine and a College of Pharmacy program, UMD offers graduate programs in 22 different fields, participates in three all-university PhD programs (one of which is located primarily on the UMD campus), and cooperates significantly in the delivery of four Twin Cities-based PhD programs.
UMD focuses on active learning through internships, research opportunities, and community service. The campus attracts students who value a tailored learning experience with high quality teaching nurtured by the research and artistic contributions of an outstanding faculty. It serves as a regional hub for economic development, medical education, and arts and culture. The UMD community strongly endorses and consciously works to recognize the diversity of its learners, its constituencies, and the greater society it serves. UMD strives to be an inclusive, diverse community, with a special emphasis on and commitment to American Indian education, which has been and continues to be a high priority campus initiative.
UMD's campus consists of more than 55 buildings on 244 acres overlooking Lake Superior, all built since 1948. Ten new buildings have been added to the campus in the last ten years, including the Swenson Science Building, the Weber Music Hall, and the Labovitz School of Business and Economics. 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 home for the Tweed Museum of Art, the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium, and the Marshall Performing Arts Center. Other facilities include the Glensheen Historic Estate, the Large Lakes Observatory, and the Natural Resources Research Institute.
Duluth, the fourth largest city in Minnesota, is located at the westernmost point of the Great Lakes on the north shore of Lake Superior, serving as an international port. It is the regional hub of economic development not only for its own immediate area, but also for a large area encompassing northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Overview of Duluth
As one of the largest of the Great Lakes' international ports (and the farthest inland port in the world), Duluth is an important shipping, commercial, and manufacturing center in a region that has a large natural resource based economy (iron ore and forestry/forest products). Major industries in Duluth include health care, education, aviation, technology, and tourism. Although narrow, the city extends approximately 25 miles along the Lake Superior shoreline.
The city of Duluth is the hub of a thriving region in northeastern Minnesota called the Arrowhead. With $9 billion in annual consumer spending and approximately $2 billion planned for new capital investments, Duluth is positioned to benefit from economic opportunities for years to come.
Duluth boasts a thriving arts and culture scene. Home to the Minnesota Ballet, Duluth also has several theaters, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, and art museums, along with several colleges and universities that add to the availability of theater and music options. The Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC) remains the top entertainment venue, bringing in diverse talent and drawing thousands of annual visitors.
In addition to unique neighborhoods, Duluth’s livability is recognized by several organizations. Duluth is also one of the top 26 American cities with the cleanest air, according to The American Lung Association’s 2007 State of the Air report. And Outside Magazine listed Duluth as one of its 2007 “Best Towns” for folks who like to be and play outdoors.
The quality of Duluth’s schools is illustrated in the way that Duluth students continue to outperform other state averages in reading and math. Moreover, Duluth high school students outperform state and national averages on the ACT college entrance exam. In addition to the strong elementary and secondary schools, the Duluth area is home to three major universities, a number of smaller community colleges, and several specialized business schools. University students make up more than 20 percent of Duluth’s population.