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Overview of UMD
University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), a comprehensive University, is the second largest campus of the five-campuses of the University of Minnesota. UMD enrolls more than 10,500 students, including over 1,100 graduate and professional students. Through its Sea Grant designation and obligations as part of a Land Grant university, UMD contributes to meeting the cultural and economic development needs of the region. A firm liberal arts foundation anchors exemplary undergraduate and selected professional and graduate 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. In 1921, the institution became the Duluth State Teachers College, and in 1947 it became a coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota. Today, UMD offers undergraduate students a selection of 13 different bachelor degrees in 76 majors. In addition to the two-year program at the School of Medicine and a College of Pharmacy program, UMD offers graduate programs in 22 different fields, participates in three all-university PhD programs (one of which is located primarily on the UMD campus), and cooperates significantly in the delivery of four Twin Cities-based PhD programs.

UMD focuses on active learning through internships, research opportunities, and community service. The campus attracts students who value a tailored learning experience with high quality teaching nurtured by the research and artistic contributions of an outstanding faculty. It serves as a regional hub for economic development, medical education, and arts and culture. The UMD community strongly endorses and consciously works to recognize the diversity of its learners, its constituencies, and the greater society it serves. UMD strives to be an inclusive, diverse community, with a special emphasis on and commitment to American Indian education, which has been and continues to be a high priority campus initiative.

UMD's campus consists of more than 55 buildings on 244 acres overlooking Lake Superior, all built since 1948. Ten new buildings have been added to the campus in the last ten years, including the Swenson Science Building, the Weber Music Hall, and the Labovitz School of Business and Economics. 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 home for the Tweed Museum of Art, the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium, and the Marshall Performing Arts Center. Other facilities include the Glensheen Historic Estate, the Large Lakes Observatory, and the Natural Resources Research Institute.

General Highlights:

  • UMD is home to five collegiate units (the College of Education and Human Service Professions, the College of Liberal Arts, the Labovitz School of Business and Economics, the School of Fine Arts, and the Swenson College of Science and Engineering) and two professional schools (Pharmacy and Medicine)
  • 9,452 undergraduate students in the fall of 2012
  • 1,107 graduate and professional students, and 932 non-degree seeking students in the fall of 2012
  • Enrollment for Fall 2012 brought approximately 39% of students from the Twin Cities metro area and 8% from Wisconsin
  • Over 1,882 people work at UMD, including 596 faculty
  • $66.5 million endowment
  • Annual research expenditures, supported by external funds, were approximately $22.3 million in FY2011
  • Annual budget expenditures for FY11 were approximately $225.6 million
  • The UMD Bulldogs are active in NCAA athletics with 14 teams competing at the Division II level and men’s and women’s ice hockey competing at the Division I level

Duluth, the fourth largest city in Minnesota, is located at the westernmost point of the Great Lakes on the north shore of Lake Superior, serving as an international port. It is the regional hub of economic development not only for its own immediate area, but also for a large area encompassing northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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Overview of Duluth
Duluth, Minnesota is halfway between Minneapolis-Saint Paul and the U.S-Canadian border, on the north shore of Lake Superior. Duluth is rated by Money magazine as one of the top four Midwestern small cities, based on livability. Duluth is the fourth largest city in Minnesota. The Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Statistical Area consists of two counties: St. Louis County, Minnesota and Douglas County, Wisconsin. Within this region, the population is approximately 275,000.

As one of the largest of the Great Lakes' international ports (and the farthest inland port in the world), Duluth is an important shipping, commercial, and manufacturing center in a region that has a large natural resource based economy (iron ore and forestry/forest products). Major industries in Duluth include health care, education, aviation, technology, and tourism. Although narrow, the city extends approximately 25 miles along the Lake Superior shoreline.

The city of Duluth is the hub of a thriving region in northeastern Minnesota called the Arrowhead. With $9 billion in annual consumer spending and approximately $2 billion planned for new capital investments, Duluth is positioned to benefit from economic opportunities for years to come.
Residents know what makes Duluth special, and so do the 3.5 million people who visit annually. Tourism is one of the city’s largest industries, creating well over $700 million in annual direct economic impact.

Many attractions are located throughout the community, and while these indoor venues are frequented, many people also enjoy the abundant outdoor recreational opportunities and special parks, trails, and northern Minnesota’s spectacular wilderness. The city owns and preserves more than 11,000 acres of park space, giving Duluth one of the more comprehensive park systems in the United States, where citizens can rock-climb, walk, ski, bike, hike, golf, fish, and rollerblade, all within city limits. But parks aren’t just about athletics: all this space means a lot of wildlife, too. It’s not unusual to see deer or bears within the city.

Duluth boasts a thriving arts and culture scene. Home to the Minnesota Ballet, Duluth also has several theaters, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, and art museums, along with several colleges and universities that add to the availability of theater and music options. The Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC) remains the top entertainment venue, bringing in diverse talent and drawing thousands of annual visitors.

One of Duluth’s charms is its varied neighborhoods. Beautiful, turn-of-the-century mansions add to Duluth’s sense of history, while much of the city offers affordable single-family homes and condominium/town home properties, with newer upscale housing nearer to downtown.

In addition to unique neighborhoods, Duluth’s livability is recognized by several organizations. Duluth is also one of the top 26 American cities with the cleanest air, according to The American Lung Association’s 2007 State of the Air report. And Outside Magazine listed Duluth as one of its 2007 “Best Towns” for folks who like to be and play outdoors.

Education is one of the Duluth area’s leading industries. Home to a wide array of learning institutions, including early childhood, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools, Duluth boasts a diverse educational system, which provides life-long learning opportunities for people of all ages and acts as a significant economic driver.

The quality of Duluth’s schools is illustrated in the way that Duluth students continue to outperform other state averages in reading and math. Moreover, Duluth high school students outperform state and national averages on the ACT college entrance exam. In addition to the strong elementary and secondary schools, the Duluth area is home to three major universities, a number of smaller community colleges, and several specialized business schools. University students make up more than 20 percent of Duluth’s population.

Health Care
Since 2000, around 5,000 jobs have been added to the health care industry, a growth of about 24 percent. And, as the city’s biggest employer — one in four workers are employed by the industry — health care accounts for about 31 percent of the city’s total wages. Finally, most recent statistics show that the major health-care systems in Duluth produced total proceeds of roughly $1.3 billion. Even better than providing jobs, boosting the economy and serving patients is the fact that Duluth’s health care is stellar. Its excellent reputation attracts people from all over the Upper Midwest. In addition to health care providers, the University of Minnesota’s Medical School Duluth is an excellent addition to the community



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