A Visit to University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD)

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The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is a comprehensive regional university. Undergraduate students can choose from 13 bachelor degrees in over 80 majors. UMD consistently ranks among the top midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” issue. 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.

UMD’s campus consists of more than 50 buildings on 244 acres overlooking Lake Superior, all built since 1948. Most UMD buildings are connected by concourses or hallways, providing convenience for all students year round. UMD is also home for the Tweed Museum of Art, the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium, Weber Music Hall, and the Marshall Performing Arts Center.


UMD’s fall 2012 enrollment was 11,491 with approximately 40% of the students from the Twin Cities area and an additional 40% from the rest of Minnesota.


UMD’s most popular programs are Accounting, Business, Biology, Communications, Criminology, Graphic Design, Mechanical Engineering, Exercise Science, Psychology, and Education (especially Elementary Education). The Elementary Education program is four and a half years, and includes Special Education.


  • 3 years of Math (including a minimum of algebra, geometry and intermediate/advanced/algebra II). 4 years of Math will be required effective Fall Semester 2015.
  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of Science (including a year each of  life science and physical science). Biology, chemistry and physics are the preferred courses for science, engineering and math applicants
  • 2 years of a Single Second Language
  • 1 year in visual or performing arts
  • 3 years of social studies including one year each of geography and American history
  • Applicants with a cumulative 3.4 high school GPA will likely be admitted
  • Applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.4 will be reviewed on the basis of curriculum,  ACT scores and trends in GPA as well as extenuating circumstances are considered in a comprehensive review
  • The English and Math ACT sub-scores are considered more heavily than the composite score
  • Acceptance rate was 74% for Fall Semester, 2011
  • Average GPA of enrolled freshmen is 3.4
  • Average ACT score is 23.8


The priority deadline is December 15, however engineering students are highly encouraged to apply earlier.

Early application is also advised for those seeking scholarships.

Applications may be made directly to UMD. As an alternative, students may complete an application to the U of M Twin Cities campus and contact UMD to request that their application be shared with UMD for no additional application fee. UMD will review shared applications beginning in late October.

Most applications are reviewed and admission decisions made within a 3-week turnaround time.

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