- Major: Anthropology
- Gender: M
- High School:
- Transfer Student: N
UND gives you the opportunities to participate in a wide variety of activities outside of the class room. It really is all up to you. There definitely "clicks" on campus and it can be hard to meet new people if you are not involved in activities outside of class. The big thing is that you need to take initiative to make your experience here what you want it to be, no one else is going to do that for you. Aside from having fun one of the biggest problems that I have with UND is the administration. Dealing with the registrar's office, business office and financial aid can be a royal pain in the ass. This is one area where NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOU. You can go to three different people with the same problem and get three different answers. If they don't want to deal with you they will simply tell you that the person you need to talk to is out of the office. Yeah, it has happened to me more than once.
UND offers a great deal of different academic programs from you to choose from. I really haven't found anything too overwhelmingly difficult if you are willing to put forth the time and effort into it. A lot of the professors are willing to talk to you outside of class and take an active interest in the students, but there are some who just don't give a *** about you. It kind of all depends on who it is. Some departments place a lot of emphasis on job placement upon graduation and other departments don't. Just like the attitude of the professors, it all depends on who you are dealing with. The academic requirements at UND are pretty straight forward, but you need to pay attention to them. I know a lot of people that didn't realize that they HAD to have a minor to graduate, or that the departmental GPA for graduation was 2.7, so they had to stick around to increase their GPA. Also, look at when classes are offered. Some classes are only offered every three semesters, so if you don't plan everything out, you can end up being stuck here longer than you expected for one class.
UND's student body can be very closed. There are definitely groups of people that stick together, in that sense, it's kind of like high school. The thing is that it really is easy to meet people if you are willing to get involved in outside activities and you aren't too shy. If you are waiting for other people to meet you, it's not going to happen. People won't really go out of their way to be your friend. The majority of people that I have met here are from upper-middle class families, and when you grew up poor in the projects it seems like a whole different world. The thing is that most people don't care, so it has never been an issue for me. On the other side of that there is not a great deal of racial diversity on campus. I grew up in a city and attended a prodminatly minority high-school. Coming to UND was a big change from what I was used to. Although I have never heard or seen any racial discrimination on campus I don't know what the overall feelings of the minorities on campus is. The other thing surprised me when I came to UND was the wide variety of fashions. I had never before seen people wear PJ's and slippers to class before. That was different. Also, in the middle of winter you still find people wearing short skirts and heels. When it's 20 below outside, you don't look hot...you look stupid.