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Welcome Week 2019

About UMD

UMD attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university.

About UMD

The University of Minnesota Duluth campus grew from its early roots as the Duluth Normal School, to become a University of Minnesota campus in 1947. Today, UMD is a medium-sized regional university that offers students a supportive atmosphere and access to the resources of the larger University of Minnesota system. UMD students can choose from more than 93 undergraduate and post-baccalaureate degrees, and from graduate programs in more than 20 different fields. Our stellar teaching and research have earned the University of Minnesota Duluth high rankings in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" issue.

Duluth: The Next Place You Could Be From

Minnesota’s fourth-largest city is the best of both worlds. Living on the western shore of Lake Superior, Duluthians get all the benefits of city life, while enjoying endless access to the great outdoors. In Duluth, it’s just as easy to enjoy museums, restaurants and live music as it is to hike, ski or kayak.

National Rankings

  • 2020: UMD received Gold ranking Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's STARS program.
  • 2019: UMD listed among the top 20 BFA Stage Management Programs in the nation by Broadway World.
  • 2017: UMD ranked tenth in USA Today’s Ten Best Value Colleges for International Students
  • 2016: Duluth named one of the least stressed cities in the U.S.

UMD At a Glance

  • 10,858 students in the 2019/2020 academic year.
  • In the 2019/2020 academic year, the student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
  • In 2019, UMD student-athletes and staff contributed 4,265 volunteer hours to the community.

Students at UMD commencement 2019

Placement Rates

96% of the class of 2018 report that they are employed or continuing their education

UMD football players running onto the field with Champ mascot

Athletic Community Service

4,265: Number of volunteer hours UMD student athletes and staff contributed to the community in 2018/2019.

Two students working on a chemistry lab.

Swenson College of Science and Engineering

UMD's Swenson College of Science and Engineering is the third largest undergrad college in the U of M system, newly expanded by the Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building