See what students say:


If you love hockey, want to study at the nation’s foremost aerospace and aviation school, and you’re not afraid of the cold temperatures, the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, wants you on their team. The largest university in the state, UND is internationally recognized in the aviation industry for its aerospace program, which offers “the highest level of flight training,” “incredible professors” who “know the industry.” Other schools including the college of business and public administration, the college of engineering and mines, and the school of medicine and health sciences are praised for their “innovation and intelligence.” UND also benefits from its “strong and active alumni network.” Students have mixed experiences with the quality of advisement and experiences with faculty seeming to vary depending on the students’ interests. “General education teachers are very hit or miss,” one student says. But another offers, “Every single professor that I’ve had has been engaging, interested in my learning… are dedicated….and have also given me opportunities for success by introducing me to internships or jobs that I should apply for, as well as being willing to write recommendation letters or talk during their office hours whenever possible.” UND offers “great on-campus resources for its students, including “counseling, student health, LGBTQ+ office, International Center, Student Government, and The Dakota Student, the student newspaper.” Small class sizes “make for a more personalized learning experience,” and “tuition costs are still reasonable compared to other schools and states,” proving “bang for your buck.” And there are “numerous resources and organizations available for students on campus to help them succeed… academically, socially, and mentally—including a “strategic plan recently implemented that focuses more on the student experience and being a leader in action.”

Student Body

The “conservative” student body “is mostly comprised of Midwestern students,” a “large majority from Minnesota and North Dakota,” with the aviation program bringing in “a decent amount of diversity from around the U.S. and the world.” “It takes a special kind of person to be able to suffer through the long, dark, and extremely cold winters,” one student says proudly. “Despite these treacherous temperatures, many still show up in negative twenty degree wind chills to wait in line for two hours to cheer on the hockey team.” Everyone that comes through campus is “willing to lend a helping hand,” “not only for the campus but for the community as well.” “The school isn’t exactly diverse,” one student says, “but that is mostly due to location I’d say. There are many contract students within aviation so there is diversity in that major.”

Campus Life

Students love the “tight knit community support,” and say “everyone in Grand Forks wants the students at UND to succeed.” School spirit “is very strong…which makes it extremely fun to attend basketball, football, volleyball, or hockey games.” Emphasis on the hockey games: “There is nothing that brings us together more than hockey.” The Ralph Engelstad Arena “nearly sells out at any home game” and “many people begin lining up in the cold as early as 8:00 A.M. on some game days.” The city has a lot of outdoor skating rinks. The “greenway is great in the warmer months.” The “beautiful campus” is “relatively compact in size,” so traveling to and from classes is easy and “convenient.” There is “support for Greek organizations and other organizations that support leadership opportunities,” and the “attitude of all people, staff, and workers is always uplifting.” Most students’ days are “filled with studying and homework,” but in between classes students visit the “local coffee shop, Archives,” or visit the Wellness Center, which “is always busy, either with individual workouts, group exercise classes, intramural or pick-up games, or cooking classes.” Sometimes students take “weekend trips to Winnipeg, Canada.” “Greek life is popular,” and “drinking is huge here.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Kelsey Heinert
Campus Experience Coordinator

UND Office of Admissions
3501 University Avenue, Stop 8357
Grand Forks, ND 58202



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Ralph Engelstad Arena
Wellness Center
Wilkerson Commons
Memorial Union
School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Alerus Center
Red Pepper
The Greenway
Urban Stampede
Blue Moose

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
8:00 - 4:30

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8:30, 9:30, 1:30
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Free shuttle buses on campus, City bus, Jefferson Lines Bus station, Amtrak train station, Grand Forks International Airport, Lyft, Uber

Driving Instructions to Campus
UND is located between Winnipeg and Fargo on Interstate 29, UND is approximately 5 hours northwest of Minneapolis traveling from I-94 to I-29 North.

Local Accommodations
Hilton Garden Inn Canad Inn Baymont Suites La Quinta Expressway Suites Staybridge Suites Sleep Inn & Suites My Place Hotel


Applicants: 5,021
Acceptance Rate: 82%
Average HS GPA: 3.48



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