UMD Facts

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University of Minnesota Duluth
Fall 2014 Facts

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is a comprehensive regional university. Undergraduate students can choose from 14 bachelor degrees in 85 majors and 69 minors. In addition to the two-year program at the School of Medicine and a College of Pharmacy program, UMD offers graduate programs in 25 different fields, 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 1,949 people work at UMD including: 513 full-time faculty and 236 full-time professional, academic and administrative staff, 112 part-time faculty and 49 part-time professional, academic and administrative staff, and 792 full-time/part-time civil service 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.)

Student Enrollment

UMD's fall 2014 enrollment was 11,093 with approximately 40.3% of the students from the Twin Cities area and an additional 40.07% from the rest of Minnesota.

Undergraduate 9,120
Graduate 715
Med School / College of Pharmacy 355
Continuing Ed 903
Total 11,093

Tuition (2014-2015)

For a complete list of semester tuition and fee rates, visit the UMD Registrar website. Some basic per-credit tuition rates are as follows:

  Resident Nonresident
Undergraduate programs, per credit $450.76 $591.73
Departmental Masters $628.00 $985.75
MBA Program, Duluth $1,188.75 $1,188.75
Graduate School, per credit $1,288.16 $1,973.33
Med School, per semester $12,624.00 $16,589.00
College of Pharmacy, per semester $12,250.00 $17,950.00

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!

The UMD Alumni Association serves as the liaison between UMD and its more than 60,000 graduates. The goal of the Association is to be a valuable and meaningful resource for UMD graduates and the University. All graduates of UMD are automatically members of the UMD Alumni Association; there are no dues or fees for membership. UMD alumni have access to UMD Alumni Association benefits and continued access to UMD educational and recreational facilities. They receive the alumni magazine, The Bridge, and the UMD View enewsletter. Alumni are invited to social events and educational activities. We encourage alumni to stay connected to their classmates by joining the Official UMD Alumni Association Facebook page, Linked-In, Twitter, Pinterest, foursquare, and YouTube. In addition to a listing of benefits and services available to UMD alumni, the UMD Alumni Association website features a calendar of alumni events, recent alumni happenings, stories, a blog, and an event photo gallery on Flickr. We Connect U!

Continuing Education - Collaboration, Customization, Results

Continuing Education offers a variety of professional development opportunities for adults of all ages as well as personal interest options: advancing careers, developing new skills, reaching goals, adding credentials, enriching lives. Online and face-to-face classes 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 cornucopia of cultural events. The departments of Art and Design, Music, and Theatre, as well as the Tweed Museum of Art, bring the region a wide spectrum of art exhibits and lectures, opera, jazz, vocal, and instrumental concerts, and dramatic, musical, and experimental theatre productions. These events are offered on campus in the UMD Ordean Court arts triangle, which houses the Weber Music Hall, the Tweed Museum of Art, and the Marshall Performing Arts Center. In addition, the Glensheen Historic Estate, located on London Road, 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 Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab (Viz Lab) is an interdisciplinary research lab under the auspices of the School of Fine Arts that focuses on the integration of information and emerging visual technologies and the distribution of knowledge to the public. The Viz Lab is constructing a 3D motion capture and high definition video production lab (MMAD Lab: Motion and Media Across Disciplines) within the next few months. For more information, visit the SFA website.

Gifts to UMD

Each year, the University of Minnesota Duluth is the grateful recipient of gifts given by alumni, friends, faculty, staff, foundations, and corporations. These gifts support students in significant, meaningful ways by enhancing scholarships, lectureships, endowed chairs, programs, buildings, equipment, and a variety of other projects – all designed to promote excellence at UMD. Gifts can be made in the form of cash, stock, wills, trusts, land, or personal property. Through the generosity of its donors, the UMD Development Department raised $8.6 million in fiscal year 2014. 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 22 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.

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 writing center, 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 2013-2014, proposals submitted to external sponsors totaled over $94.9 million. Awarded grants for the same time period exceeded $19.4 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 Inst. (218) 720-4294
Tweed Museum of Art (218) 726-8222
University Marketing and Public Relations (218) 726-6140


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