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Established before North Dakota was even a state, the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks is the largest university in the state. It is home to nearly 11,000 undergraduates, more than 3,300 graduate and professional students, and 18 Division I NCAA athletic teams. This "affordable and attainable" college option offers "a hearty education and freezing cold weather," and the medical and aviation programs are among the strongest in the nation. Beyond classwork, undergrads say it is "easy to get involved and develop leadership skills." Student care for academic, personal, mental, spiritual, and physical wellness needs is "incredible." The school is all about "preparing the student with not only the education, but also the critical and creative thinking skills to succeed in a global market." For the most part, the faculty is excellent and "friendly in a true 'North Dakota Nice' way," though "others have clearly been teaching too long and should have moved on years ago." They are "helpful and kind and accommodating," and they make the college experience "a positive one." More than 200 majors means that a lot of students get the "small school classroom experience" even at a large research university. Some of the classrooms are "outdated in appearance" but still functional, and many find that the old buildings "actually add to the collegiate look." "They add beauty, culture, and charm to an otherwise very bleak area of the country," says a student.

Student Body

As you might expect, a lot of North Dakotans end up at UND, with a sizeable contingency from the Twin Cities joining in; many students have friend groups from high school already in place the first time they set foot on campus. An international population is drawn to the university's petroleum engineering program, and many students hail from South Korea and China thanks to the aviation program. This is a friendly bunch, and the typical student is "usually willing to talk to someone who is lost, or needs help, and will frequently go out of their way to help someone." The majority of students are "outdoorsy" and enjoy "hunting, fishing and sports," and also hold down one or two part-time jobs.

Campus Life

Grand Forks is most definitely a college town, and "there is not a whole lot" to it, though there are a number of restaurants and "big concerts a few times a year." Unsurprisingly, "North Dakota is cold," and "hockey and drinking are the main weekend activities." "We drink to stay warm and not go crazy," says a student. It can be "a struggle to get good turnouts" at weekend events, but the university is constantly trying to improve campus life for minors who may not have a car on campus or don't drink. The aforementioned hockey is everyone's favorite distraction, and "the games cause great excitement for the students" who "have so much pride for our team." "Hockey is the number one activity at this campus, odds are if you ask a random student what they're doing that weekend, they'll respond with 'going to hockey game.'" The tenacious students keep going and going "even though the weather may not be so permitting," and the Greeks are the "most active" organization on campus.

Overview

Applicants
5,230
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average HS GPA
3.47

GPA Breakdown

32%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 640

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
21:1
Total Faculty
715
with Terminal Degree
513

397
Men
318
Women
105
International
65
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
25%
Graduate in 5 years
48%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American Indian/Native American Studies.
  • Chinese Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Anatomy.
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Molecular Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting and Finance.
  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Finance, General.
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
  • Investments and Securities.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Operations Management and Supervision.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication, General.

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Graphic Communications, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Industrial Technology/Technician.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
  • Geological/Geophysical Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Petroleum Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • Norwegian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Dietetics/Dietitian.
  • Music Therapy/Therapist.
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist.
  • Public Health Education and Promotion.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Rehabilitation Science.

  • HISTORY.


  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.
  • Forensic Science and Technology.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, General.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physical Sciences.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Administration.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.

  • TRANSPORTATION AND MATERIALS MOVING.

  • Air Traffic Controller.
  • Air Transportation, Other.
  • Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew.
  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations.
  • Flight Instructor.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, General.
  • Musical Theatre.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Phil Jackson
NBA Coach Los Angeles Lakers

Karen Nyberg
NASA Astronaut

Chuck Klosterman
Writer-Esquire & Spin, author

Jean Haley Harper
Captain, United Airlines

James O'Keefe
President and cardiologist,Mid-America

Greg Page
President and CEO, Cargill, Inc.

Sally Smith
President and CEO, Buffalo Wild Wings

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
25%
Graduate in 5 years
48%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,284

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,294

Average Need-Based Loan
$7,606

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$4,870

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,946
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$18,546
Required Fees
$1,501
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$639
Transportation for Commuters
$1,200

On-Campus Room and Board
$8,226
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
11,000
Foreign Countries Represented
72

Demographics

1.24%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.67%
Asian
2.42%
African-American
3.50%
Hispanic
81.36%
Caucasian
1.40%
Unknown
4.90%
International

44% female
56% male
61% are out of state
78% are full time
23% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
28%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Deb Glennen

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
215
Number of Honor Societies
20

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
3

10% join a fraternity
13% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

20% participate in intramural sports
4% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (North Dakota)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (North Dakota)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell and Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kelsey Heinert
Campus Experience Coordinator

Address
UND Office of Admissions
3501 University Avenue, Stop 8357
Grand Forks, ND 58202

Phone
701-777-3000

Email
UND.admissions@UND.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Ralph Engelstad Arena
Wellness Center
Wilkerson Commons
Memorial Union
School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Alerus Center
Red Pepper
The Greenway
Urban Stampede
Blue Moose

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8:00 - 4:30
701-777-3000

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8:30, 9:30, 1:30
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
und.admissions@und.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Free shuttle buses on campus, City bus, Jefferson Lines Bus station, Amtrak train station, Grand Forks International Airport, Lyft, Uber

Driving Instructions to Campus
UND is located between Winnipeg and Fargo on Interstate 29, UND is approximately 5 hours northwest of Minneapolis traveling from I-94 to I-29 North.

Local Accommodations
Hilton Garden Inn Canad Inn Baymont Suites La Quinta Expressway Suites Staybridge Suites Sleep Inn & Suites My Place Hotel


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