University of North Dakota

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University Station

Grand Forks, ND 58202

Phone: (800) 225-5863
2012-2013 Tuition
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#173 Overall Score: 32 out of 100. National Universities

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University of North Dakota is a public institution that was founded in 1883. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,953, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 548 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of North Dakota's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 173. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,254 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,170 (2012-13).

The University of North Dakota is located in the city of Grand Forks on the eastern edge of the state, just a few miles from the Minnesota border. Students at the University of North Dakota can study in more than 200 academic fields, including graduate programs in business, law, engineering and education. The University of North Dakota, which is often abbreviated to UND, also has a highly ranked rural medicine program in its School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Outside the classroom, students can join more than 200 campus clubs, get involved in Greek life and participate in student government. Student athletes can play at the intramural level or try out for North Dakota varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I in various conferences. Notable UND alumni include Chuck Klosterman, author of several books including "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto," and Sally Smith, CEO of the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant franchise.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

What do students and alumni say about UND? Here is just a sample: Great professors. Top-notch classes. Beautiful campus. A sense of family. Classic college town. Lots of majors. Grads get good jobs. Lifelong friends.

UND enrolls more than 15,250 students from every state, ten Canadian provinces, and more than 50 nations, and offers more than 220 fields of study, including bachelors, masters, doctoral, law, and medical degrees, as well as the MBA. Known for its programs in medicine, aerospace, nursing, engineering, business, the arts,unmanned aerial systems, and more, remains true to its 1883 original vision as a university with a strong liberal arts foundation surrounded by professional and specialized programs. UND is one of only 47 public universities in the nation with both accredited graduate schools of Law and Medicine. Globally respected faculty create a well-rounded, balanced education that fosters superior critical thinking and communication skills. It is located in Grand Forks, a classic college town of 53,000, just hours from Minneapolis and Winnipeg.

UND's student-centered approach helps students succeed, with top-notch faculty, advisors, and student services. You can join one of nearly 300 student organizations, take part in service-oriented learning and internships, study abroad, conduct research with professors, and enjoy living and learning. One of the best Wellness Centers in the nation. UND has been named the third healthiest college in the United States by, a health and fitness web site promoting wellness by providing factual information that leads to healthier lifestyle choices. Division I athletics ( ), including the finest collegiate hockey venue in the nation, and lots of activities help students stay engaged and active. The $11.5 million Education Building renovations, makes that facility one of the "greenest" on campus.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1883
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to University of North Dakota, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at University of North Dakota is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 73.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 73.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of North Dakota is 20:1, and the school has 39.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of North Dakota include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Psychology, General; Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew; Accounting; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 25%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 8%
Psychology, General 6%
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 5%
Accounting 4%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 4%

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Student Life

University of North Dakota has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,953, with a gender distribution of 55.8 percent male students and 44.2 percent female students. At this school, 31 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 69 percent of students live off campus. University of North Dakota is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 15,250
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of North Dakota offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of North Dakota also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of North Dakota, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of North Dakota.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $7,254 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,170 (2012-13)
Room and board $6,400 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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