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University of North Dakota Overview

University of North Dakota is a public institution situated in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The city atmosphere of Grand Forks makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is University of North Dakota Known For?

2,345 Undergraduate Awards
$26,238 Avg Cost After Aid
83% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at UND is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UND.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 90% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UND with a bachelor's degree make about $48,700 a year. That's 19% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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University of North Dakota Rankings

We have ranked UND as #179 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UND has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#90 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#98 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#111 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UND.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Public Administration Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UND has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Colleges for Transportation & Materials Moving College Factual
#5 Best Colleges for Air Transportation College Factual
#11 Best Colleges for Social Work College Factual
#44 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#48 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#92 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is University of North Dakota?

Location of University of North Dakota

Contact details for UND are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 264 Centennial Drive, Stop 8193, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8193
Phone: 800-225-5863
Website: https://und.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myUND
Twitter: https://twitter.com/myUND

How Do I Get Into UND?

You can apply to UND online at: https://und.edu/admissions/apply.html

Admission Requirements for UND

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UND?

83% Acceptance Rate
49% Of Accepted Are Women
1% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at University of North Dakota is 83%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 51% of accepted students are men and 49% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 80%, and the acceptance rate for women is 87%.

Average Test Scores

About 1% of students accepted to UND submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 630. Math scores were between 520 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of North Dakota  ( 530 to 630 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of North Dakota  ( 520 to 640 )
200
800
UND received ACT scores from 93% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 25. Math scores were between 21 and 27. Composite scores were between 21 and 26.

ACT English Scores for University of North Dakota  ( 20 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for University of North Dakota  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of North Dakota  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of North Dakota?

$26,238 Net Price
63% Take Out Loans
3.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UND is $26,238. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UND, approximately 63% of students took out student loans averaging $10,331 a year. That adds up to $41,324 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UND is 3.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of North Dakota Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,184 Full-Time Undergraduates
47% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 10,519 undergraduate students at UND, with 8,184 being full-time and 2,335 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UND

There are also 3,328 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,184 full-time undergraduates at UND, 53% are male and 47% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UND

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of North Dakota students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UND Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 142
Black or African American 152
Hispanic or Latino 291
White 6,753
International Students 362
Other Races/Ethnicities 484

Geographic Diversity

North Dakota students aren't the only ones who study at University of North Dakota. At this time, 43 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 75 countries are represented at UND. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Canada, and Japan.

Online Learning at University of North Dakota

3,531 Took All Classes Online
6,717 Took At Least One Class Online
2.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 16 bachelor’s degree and 28 master’s degree programs available online at UND. In 2017-2018, 6,717 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UND has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the most popular in North Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UND

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of North Dakota was 2.7%. This is the #1,839 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UND regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UND majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 14%
Business, Management & Marketing 1%
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 18%
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 3%
Computer & Information Sciences 39%
Computer Information Systems 38%
Computer Science 50%
Curriculum & Instruction 14%
Education 2%
Electrical Engineering 21%
General Psychology 5%
General Social Sciences 42%
Geoscience Engineering 75%
Germanic Languages 67%
Health Professions 3%
Mechanical Engineering 1%
Nursing 15%
Petroleum Engineering 2%
Psychology 8%
Public Administration & Social Service 10%
Social Work 9%
Student Counseling 15%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 6%
Teaching English or French 20%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UND ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UND.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Petroleum Engineering #4
Environmental Engineering #11
Chemical Engineering #13
Public Policy #15
Air Transportation #15
Transportation & Materials Moving #16
Civil Engineering #27
Mechanical Engineering #28
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #29
Electrical Engineering #35
General Social Sciences #38
Teaching English or French #46
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #65
Social Work #66
Public Administration #81
Public Health #88
Communication & Media Studies #89
Engineering #94
Instructional Media Design #109
General Psychology #126
Communication & Journalism #130
Special Education #164
Teacher Education Subject Specific #169
Social Sciences #171
Psychology #176
Public Administration & Social Service #178
Teacher Education Grade Specific #235
Accounting #243
Nursing #405
Liberal Arts General Studies #451
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #451

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of North Dakota Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 0 154 1 96 6 257
Air Transportation 0 0 220 0 20 1 241
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 118 8 24 6 156
General Psychology 0 0 144 0 6 1 151
Social Work 0 0 77 0 71 0 148
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 43 45 39 0 9 0 136
Special Education 0 0 0 10 125 0 135
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 18 0 57 52 127
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 97 0 18 0 115
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 113 0 0 0 113
Law 0 0 0 0 0 106 106
General Biology 0 0 89 0 5 6 100
Accounting 0 0 85 0 14 0 99
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 89 0 5 0 94
Business Administration & Management 0 0 59 0 34 0 93
Medicine 0 0 0 0 0 70 70
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 68 0 0 1 69
Marketing 0 0 62 0 0 0 62
Electrical Engineering 0 0 53 0 7 1 61
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 41 15 56
Chemical Engineering 0 0 43 0 7 1 51
Health & Physical Education 0 0 42 0 6 0 48
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 47 0 0 0 47
Petroleum Engineering 0 0 33 0 10 2 45
General English Literature 0 0 32 0 7 4 43
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 42 0 0 0 42
Allied Health Professions 0 0 9 0 33 0 42
Communication Sciences 0 0 19 0 21 0 40
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 21 17 38
Computer Information Systems 0 0 37 0 0 0 37
Civil Engineering 0 0 30 0 4 1 35
Entrepreneurial Studies 9 0 24 1 0 0 34
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 10 0 24 0 34
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 33 0 33
General Social Sciences 0 0 33 0 0 0 33
Sociology 0 0 29 0 0 0 29
Mathematics 0 0 18 0 9 0 27
Romance Languages 4 0 19 0 0 0 23
Geography & Cartography 0 0 9 12 2 0 23
Public Health 0 0 9 1 12 0 22
Economics 0 0 6 0 15 0 21
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 17 0 2 0 19
Public Administration 0 0 7 1 11 0 19
Music 0 0 15 0 4 0 19
Computer Systems Analysis 0 0 18 0 0 0 18
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Chemistry 0 0 9 0 4 3 16
Political Science & Government 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
History 0 0 13 0 1 0 14
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 0 7 0 4 2 13
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 9 0 4 0 13
Zoology 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Geoscience Engineering 0 0 8 0 4 0 12
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Human Resource Management 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Graphic Communications 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 10 0 10
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 6 0 3 1 10
Physics 0 0 5 0 2 3 10
Anthropology 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 1 8 0 9
Computer Science 0 0 0 0 6 2 8
Writing Studies 8 0 0 0 0 0 8
International Studies 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 3 0 2 3 8
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
Public Policy 0 0 0 7 0 0 7
Philosophy 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 0 5 0 5
Legal Research 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 0 0 4 4
Environmental Engineering 0 0 3 0 1 0 4
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Area Studies 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Germanic Languages 1 0 2 0 0 0 3
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Ethnic Studies 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
East Asian Languages 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Medical Science 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Information Technology 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Multilingual Education 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Mental & Social Health Services 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Education 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Recreation Administration 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 69 45 2,231 49 819 314 3,527

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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