University of North Dakota

University of North Dakota Admissions and School Information

The University of North Dakota is a comprehensive research university located in Grand Forks on the banks of the Red River of the North. UND offers 90 undergraduate majors, 76 master's programs and 27 doctoral programs, as well as professional degree programs in law and medicine.

General Information about the University of North Dakota

The University of North Dakota (UND) was founded as a liberal arts college six years before the state of North Dakota was added to the Union.. While maintaining its liberal arts focus, the university has developed into a space grant institution known for its research in aerospace and engineering, as well as expanded its energy and environmental protection, health sciences and nutrition departments. The UND medical school trains almost half of all doctors in North Dakota.

About half of the University of North Dakota's student population of 13,172 are state residents; the rest come from all 50 states, Canada and more than 50 other countries around the world.

Student life in this college town may include attending concerts and theater productions at the Fritz Auditorium and Alerus Center, which are both located on campus. The university has also hosted a successful writer's conference since 1970 that draws internationally recognized poets and novelists.


Admissions for each academic year begin one calendar year in advance; early application is recommended to ensure eligibility for all applicable scholarship and financial aid opportunities. Prospective students can use UND's online admissions estimator to see if they are eligible for automatic admission based on their ACT or SAT test scores and high school GPAs. Students are sometimes admitted provisionally, which means they will receive additional academic advisement and take a study skills course to support their success in college.

University of North Dakota Schools and Colleges

John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences

The second largest school or college at UND, this popular school includes the departments of aviation, space studies, atmospheric sciences, earth systems sciences and policy, computer science and aerospace. The school began with two planes in 1968 and now has one of the largest training fleets in the nation. The internationally recognized aviation program offers academically intensive all-season flight training.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences was established with the inception of the University of North Dakota, making it the oldest, as well as the largest, college on campus. Its multiple departments are organized into the divisions of humanities, math and natural sciences, social sciences and fine arts. The college allows undergraduates to design interdisciplinary programs and also offers several Ph.D. programs.

College of Business and Public Administration

UND's business school was the first accredited program in the state and is maintains its status through the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Many faculty members have received international distinctions and published in a range of academic journals. Graduate business programs include MBA, M.S. in Industrial Technology and Master in Public Administration programs. Within the last five years, the business college has established accounting learning, investment education and family marketing centers.

College of Education and Human Development

The departments in this college prepare graduates for careers in education, counseling and social work. Educators can earn teaching credentials and pursue Master of Science, Education Specialist, Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy programs. Students in social work can pursue undergraduate and graduate degree programs that may include experience as child advocates through the university's North Dakota Guardian ad Litem project.

School of Engineering and Mines

This school houses the departments of chemical, civil, electrical, geological and mechanical engineering. Significant research clusters include the SUNRISE education project that focuses on sustainable and alternative energy. Undergraduates receive stipends to contribute to this research during the summer. The engineering school also has outreach programs to provide engagement opportunities for local K-12 students.

Graduate School

The Graduate School coordinates and provides administrative support to UND's master's, doctoral and professional degree programs. It handles admissions and registration, provides testing services and publishes theses and dissertations. The school also assists graduate students with financial aid and housing options.

School of Law

The School of Law was founded in 1899. Its 200 students pursue a variety of specializations after their first year of legal studies, including federal Indian and tribal law, energy law and space law. Students interested in international human rights law can study for a summer at the University of Oslo in Norway. Many second- and third-year UND law students are employed by Central Legal Research, where they do research for the North Dakota court system.

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

The school prepares graduates for a wide range of healthcare professions, including clinical lab technician, physical therapist, medical researcher and medical doctor. Residencies are offered in family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry and surgery. The school's Indians into Medicine program performs outreach beginning in junior high to recruit and support Native American healthcare professionals. The school demonstrates a strong commitment to rural medicine and is considered one of the top schools in the nation for rural health education.

College of Nursing

Established in 1910, the college offers undergraduate degrees in dietetics and community nutrition, in addition to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs. Graduate nursing students choose from six specializations, including gerontology, family nurse practitioner and nurse anesthesia. The Ph.D. program in nursing was established in 2003 to prepare nursing researchers and scholars.

Division of Continuing Education

This division offers online and distance education degree programs, professional certification programs and lifelong learning opportunities. Professional development offerings include online endorsement programs for K-12 teachers. Other online and distance education programs prepare graduates for employment in numerous fields, such as event management, policy analysis and quality assurance.

Contact Information

  • Address: University Station, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202
  • Phone Number: (800) 225-5863