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Why UMD

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A place like no other

The most frequently cited reasons why students make UMD their new home:

With over 160 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 promotes the development of skills, critical thinking, and maturity highly sought by employers, graduate and professional schools, and society as a whole.

Located in the safe community environment of Duluth, Minnesota, Outside 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), Milwaukee, and Chicago.

UMD enrolls 10,858 students representing 44 states and 40 countries. This includes 1,383 students of color and 241 international students. 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.

With nearly 11,000 students, 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.

The medium-sized campus of the University of Minnesota 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 96% of UMD's recent graduates are employed or continuing their education and the average starting salary of our graduates is over $46,800.