UMD Facts

You are here

UMD students at the Bulldog Scramble

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is a comprehensive regional university. Undergraduate students can choose from 15 bachelor degrees in 84 majors and 72 minors as well as four certificates. UMD also offers graduate programs in 26 fields, 14 minors, and five 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 and children in the kindergarten at Duluth Normal School
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

An aerial view of the UMD campus

An aerial view of the UMD 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.

Eight 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, and Ianni Hall. Currently under construction is 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 1,997 people work at UMD including: 512 full-time faculty and 298 full-time professional, academic and administrative staff, 94 part-time faculty and 46 part-time professional, academic and administrative staff, and 789 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, 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

Students in a crowd cheering at Bulldog Scramble
UMD's fall 2017 enrollment was 11,168 with approximately 41% of the students from the Twin Cities area and an additional 44% from the rest of Minnesota.
Undergraduate Degree-Seeking9,199
Graduate Degree-Seeking669
Med School / College of Pharmacy Degree-Seeking352
Non-Degree Seeking948

Tuition (2017–18)

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:

Undergraduate programs, per credit$457.54$624.70
Departmental Masters$659.80$1,045.75
MBA Program, Duluth$922.50$922.50
MBA Program, Rochester$1,025.00$1,025.00
Graduate School, per credit$1,353.34$2,093.34
Med School, per semester, First year, 
See One Stop for more details
College of Pharmacy, per semester, Year 1–3
See One Stop for more details

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!

In the Twin Ports, there are over 13,000 alumni who call the area home. That number nearly doubles in the Twin Cities. With 68,000 alumni around the world, Bulldogs are well represented in all walks of life. The Office of Alumni Relations works to build connections between our alumni, faculty, and students.

Alumni by kayaks on shore of Lake Superior
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.

Center for Economic Development

The Center for Economic Development provides business and talent development to individuals and organizations throughout the region. Business consultants assist small business owners ( with less than 500 employees) and entrepreneurs in establishing and growing ideas and organizations. Consultants work with clients on a range of activities, such as starting a business, managing and growing a business, and education and training. Continuing education consultants design and deliver professional development opportunities for adults at all stages of learning. CED also offers conference and registration services, as well as meeting space and focus group room rentals. For more information, visit the CED website.

Cultural Events

Actors and Actresses in a play.
Every year UMD's School of Fine 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, while the Department of Music brings opera, jazz, vocal, and instrumental concerts, and the Department of Theatre brings dramatic, musical, and experimental theatre productions. These events take place on campus in the UMD Ordean Court arts triangle, comprised of 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. With the addition of the MMAD Lab (Motion and Media Across Disciplines), the Viz Lab has expanded its reach into 3D motion capture and high definition video production. For more information, visit the School of Fine Arts website.

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, over $8.8 million was contributed in fiscal year 2017. For more information about giving to UMD, please call us at 218-726-7989, email, or visit the Development Office website. Every gift counts!


Photo of people standing in front of the Glensheen mansion.
Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate, was bequeathed to the University in 1968 and opened to the public in 1979. More than three 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 his philanthropy in creating the North Shore Scenic Highway. Tours and events year round. See for more details. 

Graduate Study

Professor hooding graduate student.
UMD offers masters-level graduate programs in 25​ fields, including degrees in Master of Arts (English, Communication Science and Disorders, Psychological Science​),Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Education Administration Specialist, ​Professional Master of Engineering, Master of Environmental Education, ​Master of Environmental Health and Safety, Master of Liberal Studies, Master of Music, Master of Science (Applied and Computational Mathematics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, ​Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Mechanical Engineering, ​Integrated Biosciences, Geological Sciences, Physics, and Water Resources Science), Master of Social Work, 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., and ​Social and Administrative Pharmacy Ph.D​. For more information, visit the UMD Graduate School website.


Students studying in a lounge in one of the UMD dorms
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 1,850 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

Volleyball player spiking ball over net.
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.


Picture of the entrance to the Kathryn A. Martin Library

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. 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

Student in protective clothing working with molten metal.

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. NRRI's mission is to deliver research solutions to balance our economy, resources and environment for resilient communities. It is organized into six strategic research areas: 1) Minerals, Metallurgy & Mining; 2) Forest & Land; 3) Wood Products & Bioeconomy; 4) Water; 5) Renewable Energy; 6) Business & Entrepreneurial Support. 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 2016–17, proposals submitted to external sponsors totaled over $113.7 million.  Awarded grants for the same time period exceeded $16.9 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
Center for Economic Development(218) 726-7298
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 Institute(218) 720-4294
School of Fine Arts(218) 726-7261
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)