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University of Minnesota in Duluth

Learn about the University of Minnesota in Duluth. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Minnesota in Duluth

The University of Minnesota in Duluth (UMD) was founded in 1895 as the Normal School at Duluth. The school became part of the University of Minnesota public educational system in 1947. UMD sits on a midsized, 244-acre campus near the shoreline of Lake Superior.

The university's Tweed Museum of Art, the Weber Music Hall and the Marshall Performing Arts Center provide students with access to cultural activities and entertainment. Dining options include a variety of restaurants directly on campus, including the Northern Shores Coffee House, which supports sustainability efforts by using biodegradable coffee cups.


In addition to the Duluth campus, the University of Minnesota educational system has four distinct campuses and 16 regional extension offices. UMD has nine colleges and schools. The university offers 13 bachelor's degrees across 74 majors and graduate-level programs in 24 fields, as well as several doctorate programs. UMD's library has a vast number of electronic, multimedia and print resources, including nearly 300,000 books.

The athletic program at UMD is noted for its varsity sports team, the Bulldogs, which regularly participate and compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, as well as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. UMD students can gain field experience in science and the environment through the university's National Research Institute (NRI). The NRI helps to boost Minnesota's economy by finding way to protect the state's natural resources in areas such as applied research and technology, land and water resource management, and business and economic development.


December 15 is the deadline to be considered for admission to UMD for the fall term, but applications are reviewed until the cut-off date of August 1. Students interested in starting their studies during the spring term must submit their applications no later than November 15. UMD requires prerequisite courses in several high school subject areas, including English, mathematics, science, social studies, world language and the arts.

Standard application procedures include forwarding an official copy of a high school transcript in addition to either ACT or SAT scores. As of 2011, UMD enrolled nearly 10,000 undergraduates and almost 800 graduate students. In-state students accounted for approximately 42% of enrollment, while around 39% of students came from the Twin Cities area.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Minnesota residents who are full-time, undergraduates were charged $12,746 in tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 academic year. Non-resident undergraduate students paid $15,246 in tuition and fees. Additional expenses that apply to both in-state and out-of-state students include room and board at $6,746 and books and supplies at $1,376. Tuition and fees for master's and doctoral programs, medical school and the College of Pharmacy have varying rates and costs.

UMD offers numerous scholarship programs to help students finance their education. Each of the individual scholarships provides varying levels of awarded aid over a specified period of time. Deadline dates for applying range from December 15 to March 15. Other forms of financial aid include federal student loans, grants and work-study programs.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 9,782 undergraduate students, 765 graduate students, 355 professional students, 904 continuing education students in fall 2011*
Student Housing 6 residence halls and 3 apartment complexes*
Schools and Programs 9 colleges; 74 undergraduate majors, graduate programs in 24 fields*
Student-Faculty Ratio 21 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Psychology (144)
Master's: General education (47)
Doctorate: General education (13)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 24% in four years
52% in six years
54% in eight years**
Admission Rate 76% in fall 2011**
Entering Class Size Approximately 2,300 in 2010***
First-Year Retention Rates 78% (full-time students)
60% (part-time students)**
ACT Scores of Admitted Students In 2011, the middle 50% had an ACT Composite score between 22 and 26**
Undergraduate Application Due Date December 15 for fall enrollment (applications reviewed until August 1); November 15 for spring enrollment*
Decision Notification Date 4 weeks after receipt of all required complete application materials*
Tuition $20,868 for in-state undergraduates; $23,368 for out-of-state undergraduates (for 2012-2013; includes tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) 2010-2011: Federal grants (27%), state and local government grants/scholarships (89%), institutional grants/scholarships (49%), federal student loans 65%), other student loans (9%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 98% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of Minnesota in Duluth, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: UMD Office of Admissions, 25 Solon Campus Center, 1117 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812
  • Phone: (218) 726-7171
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