University of North Dakota Review

Located in Grand Forks, on the west bank of the Red River, the University of North Dakota offers undergraduate and graduate programs in 193 disciplines as diverse as atmospheric sciences, Chinese studies and music. The Graduate School awards master's degrees in 46 concentrations and doctorates in 17 areas such as biology, criminal justice and physical therapy.

University of North Dakota Overview

The University of North Dakota (UND) was founded (with that name) six years before there was a state of North Dakota. Back then, the university only charged $3.50 for board, and the only building was a four-story structure in the middle of a wheat field. Today the campus has well over 220 buildings on 550 well-landscaped acres. Commissioned as the U.S. Patent and Trademark and regional U.S. government publications depository for North Dakota, the Chester Fritz Library houses more than two million volumes and accesses more than 30,000 other academic resources and journals electronically.

University of North Dakota is one of only six U.S. locations for the Summer Institute of Linguistics, an organization focused on serving people throughout the world by means of language research, translation and literacy. Air Force and Army ROTC programs are available, including the nation's only ROTC helicopter flight training program.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

Applications may be completed by hand or online. Once the university receives the application, application fee, transcripts and SAT or ACT scores, a committee will review the documents. High school core courses in English, math, lab science and social studies are required, although if ACT or SAT scores are high enough, these requirements may be waived. To be considered for financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans or work-study, the student must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the UND Scholarship Application.

Campus Learning Environment and Facilities

The University of North Dakota's International Center for Applied Energy Technology offers twelve well-staffed laboratories in fields as diverse as environmental chemistry and high-temperature materials. Other labs include, among others, the clinical lab in the medical school's Department of Pathology and five labs in the School of Engineering and Mines. In addition to the main Chester Fritz Library, there are three subject-focused libraries: the Gordon Erickson Music Library, the F. D. Holland Geology Library and the Energy and Environmental Research Library.

The university's on-campus faculty-to-student ratio is 1:21. For students who are unable to attend classes on campus, 30 degree programs are offered online, including ten bachelor's, 19 master's and one doctorate, in subjects such as special education, mechanical engineering and forensic psychology.

Schools and Colleges at University of North Dakota

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Business and Public Administration
  • School of Law
  • School of Engineering and Mines
  • John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
  • School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • Graduate School
  • Division of Continuing Education

School Contact Information

  • Address: University Station, Grand Forks, ND 58202
  • Telephone: (800) 225-5863