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Duluth and the University of Minnesota — Duluth

Located at the western tip of Lake Superior, Duluth, Minnesota is a thriving international port city with a metro-area population of approximately 275,000. Duluth is the gateway to Lake Superior's scenic North Shore and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

With the lake, woods and ski slopes just minutes away, Duluth holds a strong attraction for outdoor enthusiasts, who enjoy activities ranging from sailing to snowboarding. Recently, Outside magazine named Duluth #1 on their list of "Best Places to Live in the US." There are hundreds of miles of trails in and around Duluth, offering opportunities for hiking, biking, rollerblading, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Spirit Mountain looms over the city, offering skiers and snowboarders a panoramic vista of the city and the lake as they fly down the hill's 23 runs.

The Aerial Lift Bridge, at the entrance to Duluth's international harbor, is the city's signature landmark. Visitors watch in amazement as the bridge lifts to allow thousand-foot ships, containing cargoes from around the world, to enter the harbor. At the foot of the bridge lies Canal Park and an authentically restored waterfront, which includes a lakewalk, a marine museum, a rose garden, tons of unique stores and restaurants, and the largest freshwater aquarium in the world.

Duluth combines a small town feeling with a cosmopolitan edge. It is home to the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Ballet, the Duluth-Superior Dukes Northern League baseball team, the Lake Superior Zoological Gardens and the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC). Annual events include the John Beargrease Sled Dog race, Grandma's Marathon, the Bayfront Blues Fest, and the Duluth National Snocross snowmobile event. There are a number of museums in Duluth, including the Tweed Museum of Art on the UMD campus, the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center (The Depot), the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum and Glensheen, a 39-room Jacobean-style mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Duluth is home to several colleges and universities, including UMD, the College of St. Scholastica, Lake Superior College and Duluth Business University. The Duluth International Airport has connections through Minneapolis/St. Paul, Detroit and Chicago to virtually anywhere in the world making your arrival at UMD for graduate study efficient and convenient. And while you are at UMD pursuing your M.S. degree, the Duluth region provides a wealth of opportunities for that occasional diversion from your academic pursuits.

The University

The University of Minnesota Duluth is the second-largest campus of the University of Minnesota system, with a population of approximately 11,000 students, including over 700 graduate students enrolled in 25 graduate programs. It is a comprehensive regional university whose mission includes research and discovery, teaching and learning, and outreach and public service. 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.

The Campus

Aerial view of UMD campus in 2002 The main campus consists of more than 50 buildings on 244 acres on a hillside overlooking Lake Superior. The buildings are connected by a concourse system that enhances accessibility and is a real plus in winter. UMD is home to the Tweed Museum of Art, the largest Minnesota art museum north of the Twin Cities, the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium, the Marshall Performing Arts Center, and the Large Lakes Observatory. Other UMD facilities include Glensheen Historic Estate, the Sports and Health Center, the Medical School and the William R. Bagley Nature Area, a 13-acre tract with its own pond and two miles of trails.

Recreational Opportunities and Cultural Events

Surrounded by the natural advantages of Lake Superior's North Shore, UMD students can hike, bike, skate and ski. The Outdoor Recreation Program offers canoeing, kayaking, climbing and fantastic wilderness experiences. Students enjoy intramural and club sports and many join the Life Fitness/Wellness Program. UMD offers access to personal trainers, facilities for swimming, weight training, running, aerobics, an ice rink and an indoor rock-climbing wall. UMD has a thriving intercollegiate sports program, including Division I men's and women's ice hockey, and Division II men's baseball, basketball, football, cross-country, track and field and tennis. Every year, UMD's School of Fine Arts launches a rich offering of cultural events. The departments of Art, Music, Theatre and the Tweed Museum of Art combine forces to bring the region opera, jazz, vocal and instrumental concerts, mainstream and experimental theatre and a wide spectrum of both innovative and traditional art exhibitions. UMD has its own radio station, KUMD 103.3, the only independent public radio station in the Duluth Superior market. It offers a unique and rich mix of both University and community-based programs.


Graduate education at UMD is supported by an infrastructure which includes a highly qualified faculty, modern laboratory facilities, and a state-of-the-art library. UMD faculty participate in research and scholarly activities as part of their institutional mission of research, teaching and public service.

The UMD Library has a collection of more than 650,000 volumes, 2,181 periodical subscriptions, 2,306 electronic journal titles, 14,800 non-print items and over 300,000 government documents. The library's on-line catalog is an information gateway to the holdings of libraries worldwide. It gives access to 42 FirstSearch databases, other databases accessed through the UM Twin Cities Library and to full-text academic journal databases. Electronic resources in the chemical sciences include Chemical Abstracts and the journals published by the American Chemical Society and Elsevier Science in addition to extensive holdings of print journals.

UMD and Duluth are host to a number of specialized research institutes, including the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI), the Large Lakes Observatory, the Sea Grant Program and the EPA Water Quality Lab. NRRI fosters the economic development of Minnesota's natural resources in an environmentally sound manner to promote private sector employment. The Large Lakes Observatory and the Sea Grant Program provide opportunities for freshwater research programs from Africa to Antarctica.


The University has a housing office to assist students in finding on- or off-campus housing.

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