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UMD Facts

UMD aerial shot in the fall with view of lake

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is a comprehensive regional university. Undergraduate students can choose from 16 bachelor degrees in 87 majors and 74  minors as well as seven certificates. UMD also offers graduate programs in 24 fields, 11  minors, and three certificates. The University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, and the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Duluth, both have programs on the UMD campus.

In addition to offering the EdD, UMD 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.


Students lining up for commencement in the 1960s

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.  More UMD Campus History

The Campus

U MD'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 campus at dawn Nine  new buildings have been added to campus since 2000: the Kathryn A. Martin Library,  James I. Swenson Building, Weber Music Hall, UMD Sports and Health Center Addition, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, James I. Swenson Civil Engineering Building, Bagley Classroom, Ianni Hall, and the Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building. 

UMD is also home for the Tweed Museum of Art, the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium, 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, and the Natural Resources Research Institute.


Over 1,881 people work at UMD including: 501 full-time faculty and 300 full-time professional, academic and administrative staff, 85 part-time faculty and 31 part-time professional, academic and administrative staff, and 724 full-time/part-time civil service and labor represented employees.

Admissions Policy

Admission decisions are based upon overall assessment of academic preparation and performance. Primary factors include high school GPA 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 2020 enrollment was 10,275.

Students at UMD Bulldog Welcome Week

Bulldog Welcome Week

Undergraduate Degree-Seeking   8,351
Graduate Degree-Seeking     614
Med School / College of Pharmacy Degree-Seeking     331
Non-Degree Seeking     979
Total 10, 275

Tuition (2020-21)

For a complete list of semester tuition and fee rates, visit the UMD One Stop Student Services website. Some basic per-credit tuition rates are as follow:

  Resident Nonresident Midwest Student Exchange Program
Undergraduate programs, per credit     $469.00     $669.00 $492.50
Departmental Masters     $693.00  $1,099.00
MBA Program, Duluth     $969.00     $969.00
MBA Program, Rochester   $1,076.00  $1,076.00
Graduate School, per credit   $1,465.00  $2,267.00
Med School, per semester, First year, 
See One Stop for more details
$13,397.00 $19,226.00
College of Pharmacy, per semester, Year 1–3
See One Stop for more details
$13,932.00 $20,400.00

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!

Alumni on a beach with kayaks

In the Twin Ports, there are over 17,000 alumni who call the area home. Over 29,000 alumni reside in the Twin Cities. With more than 74,000 alumni around the world, Bulldogs are well represented i n all walks of life. The  Office of Alumni Relations works to build connections between our alumni, faculty, and students. 

Have a great idea for an alumni program? We want to hear from you! Want to organize an alumni event? We're here to help. Ever wonder what happened to Stadium Apartments? Want to know more about the Theatre season and current stage shows or what's brewing in the biology labs or out at the UMD Farm? The Alumni Relations social media has you covered, while the monthly newsletter delivers timely news and information on upcoming alumni events. The  Alumni Relations website  has tools alumni need like career resources, transcript requests, and even photos of Champ. Find information on ways to volunteer with UMD by visiting the website and be sure to  update personal information  so you get all the details you need to take advantage of the benefits of being a UMD alumna/us.

Cultural Events

Students in a theatre production

"The Little Prince," 2020

Every year, UMD's College of Liberal Arts offers a wide array of cultural events. The Department of Art and Design – as well as the Tweed Museum of Art – bring the region a wide spectrum of art exhibits and lectures including Art & Design's Visual Culture Lecture Series, while the Department of Music brings opera, jazz, vocal, and instrumental concerts, and the Department of Theatre  presents dramatic, musical, and experimental theatre productions. These events, which are free for UMD students, take place on campus in the UMD Ordean Court arts triangle, comprising the Tweed Museum of Art, Weber Music Hall, and the Marshall Performing Arts Center.

The Fine Arts Academy, a non-degree granting Community School of the Arts, offers high quality arts instruction to infants, children, and adults. The Viz Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab that focuses on the integration of information and emerging visual technologies. The MMAD Lab (Motion and Media Across Disciplines) expands its reach into 3D motion capture and high definition video production.

Gifts to UMD

Each year, the University of Minnesota Duluth is the grateful recipient of gifts given by alumni, friends, employees, foundations, and corporations. These gifts support students and programs in significant, meaningful ways by enhancing scholarships, lectureships, endowed chairs, programs, research, equipment, and a variety of other projects – all designed to promote excellence at UMD. There are a variety of ways you can support the University of Minnesota Duluth. Through the generosity of its donors, including a transformational future estate gift from an alumnus, over $30.7 million was contributed in fiscal year 2020. For more information about giving to UMD, please call us at 218-726-7989, email, or visit the  Development Office website . Every gift counts!


Glensheen Mansion Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate, was bequeathed  to the University in 1968 and opened to the public in 1979. More than 3.5 million people have experienced Glensheen, making it the most visited house museum in the Midwest.  The 39-room, 27,000-square-foot, mansion perched on the shore of Lake Superior is complete with formal garden, Carriage House, and Gardener’s Cottage. It was constructed between 1905 and 1908 for the family of Chester and Clara Congdon. The estate shares the story of Chester’s significant contributions to Minnesota’s iron ore mining industry and the Congdon family's philanthropy in creating the North Shore Scenic Highway. Tours and events year round. See for more details. 

Graduate Study

Students at a UMD Commencement

UMD offers masters-level graduate programs in 24 fields. The degrees are: Master of Arts (Communication Science and Disorders, Psychological Science), Master of Business Administration, Master of Education,  Professional Master of Engineering, Master of Environmental Education, Master of Environmental Health and Safety, Master of Professional Studies, Master of Music, Master of Science (Applied Material Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Integrated Biosciences, Earth Sciences, Physics, and Water Resources Science), Master of Social Work, Master of Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship, 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 Twin Cities Campus, including Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics Ph.D., Pharmacology Ph.D., Geology and Earth Sciences Ph.D., and Social and Administrative Pharmacy Ph.D. For more information, visit the UMD Graduate School website. 


Students in a UMD housing space A variety of furni shed housing is available at UMD for students who wish to live in University residence halls and apartments. The University offers housing to 1,850 students in traditional residence halls and 1,100 students in apartment-style units. Most facilities have barrier-free access for students with disabilities. For more information, visit the  UMD Housing and Residence website.


Intercollegiate Athletics 

UMD Men's Hockey Championship team pic with trophy U MD 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 Kathryn A. Martin Library exterior shotUMD'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. On its second floor, the library is home to the Securian Learning Commons with collaborative academic support services such as the  campus tutoring program, a writers' workshop, a math learning lab, and a multimedia assistance center. Guest, basic, and full-access computers are located throughout the facility, along with books, DVDs, academic journals, archives & special collections, and government documents.

Students have access to ebooks and articles from academic journals, news sources, and magazines via the library's 300+ online databases. Any circulating book from a University of Minnesota campus library can be requested 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 provide research help on the second floor 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

An NRRI researcher working in a lab

The Natural Resources Research Institute was established by the Minnesota state legislature in 1983 to encourage economic growth for Minnesota's natural resources-based industries in an environmentally sound manner. NRRI's mission is to deliver integrated research solutions that value resources, environment, and economy for a sustainable and resilient future. NRRI has six research groups that integrate expertise to drive innovation for small businesses, large industries, agency decision-makers, and other organizations.

NRRI has six Research Platforms representing the combined programs, staff and resources to address forest, water, and mineral resources:

  • Applied Ecology and Resource Management
  • Geology and Mineral Opportunities
  • Mineral Processing and Metallurgy
  • Materials and Bioeconomy
  • Data Collection and Delivery
  • Commercialization Services
NRRI employs approximately 140 scientists, engineers, technicians, and staff. The institute's applied research offers real-world, hands-on work experiences for UMD students.  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 student's knowledge and skills in their area of study. For fiscal year 2018–19, awarded grants exceeded $19.8 million.

Phone Numbers

Visit the UMD website.

Academic Administration (218) 726-7103
Admissions Office (toll-free) (800) 232-1339
Alumni Association (218) 726-8829
Campus Security: UMD Police (218) 726-7000
Career & Internship Services (218) 726-7985
College of Education & Human Service Professions (218) 726-7665
College of Liberal Arts (218) 726-8981
Development Office (218) 726-7989
General Information (218) 726-8000
Graduate School Office (218) 726-7523
Kathryn A. Martin Library (218) 726-8102
Labovitz School of Business & Economics (218) 726-7281
Natural Resources Research Institute (218) 720-4294
Swenson College of Science & Engineering (218) 726-6397
Tweed Museum of Art (218) 726-8222
University Marketing and Public Relations (218) 726-6140

(The facts are updated every October)