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University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND

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About The University of North Dakota

The University of North Dakota (UND) was founded in 1883 and is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, UND is one of fewer than 50 public institutions in the country to offer accredited programs in both medicine and law at the graduate level. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked the university 89th among the top public schools in the nation.


The University of North Dakota operates nine schools and colleges, which include the College of Nursing, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Law, College of Education and Human Development, School of Engineering and Mines, Graduate School, College of Business and Public Administration, College of Arts and Sciences and the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Through these schools and colleges, students can focus on more than 290 fields of study through the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as the undergraduate and graduate certificate programs.

UND offers fully online degree programs and online courses, and professional development and career courses are also available. Seven libraries are available for student use, including ones focusing on music, geology and law. Additionally, the school operates six research centers.


Undergraduate applications can be submitted online or by mail. Applications can be submitted up to one year prior to the term in which enrollment is sought. The school does not use the common application.

In the fall semester of 2012, the university received about 4,800 applications, and it accepted 70% of applicants. In 2011, approximately 50% of all students enrolled at the school were from outside North Dakota, and approximately seven percent were from outside the United States. At that time, the average age of undergraduate students was 22.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The University of North Dakota charges different tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. During the 2011-2012 school year, in-state undergraduate students paid $7,092 per year, while out-of-state undergraduate students paid $16,767 per year. At that same time, in-state graduate students paid $7,531, and out-of-state graduate students paid $17,938 per year.

The school accepts loans and grants. Each year, it awards more than $3 million dollars through 2,000 different scholarship programs. UND offers undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to participate in the federal work-study program or obtain institutional work-study jobs. Full-time veteran students receiving VA benefits may also qualify for special work-study opportunities.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; certificates, post-baccalaureate certificates and post-master's certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body Approximately 11,500 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students in Fall 2011*
Student Housing 14 residence halls are available**
Schools and Programs Nine schools; more than 290 fields of study available**
Student-Faculty Ratio 21:1 in Fall 2011*
Most Popular Fields of Study Based on Number of Degrees Awarded In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Registered Nursing (113)
Master's: Social Work (57)
Doctoral: Law (81)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students who began in Fall 2005:
23% in four years
54% in six years
58% in eight years*
Admissions Rate 70% in 2010*
First Year Retention Rates 77% full-time and 41% part-time undergraduate students in Fall 2011*
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 25th - 75th percentile ACT composite scores: 21-26 in 2010*
Application Due Date Up to one year before term in which enrollment is sought**
Decision Notification Date Rolling admission**
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition $7,092 for undergraduate and $7,531 for graduate in-state residents per year (tuition as of 2011-2012)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011 (full-time, beginning undergraduate students):
Grants or scholarships (65%)
Pell Grants (23%)
Federal student loans (63%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Aid 88% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students in 2010-2011

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **University of North Dakota.

School Contact Info

  • Main Address: 205 Twamley Hall, 264 Centennial Dr., Stop 8357, Grand Forks, ND 58202
  • Phone: 701-777-3821
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