The University of North Dakota (UND) is a comprehensive United States institution of higher learning in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Founded in 1883, it is the largest and oldest such institution in the state of North Dakota. UND has the only schools of medicine and law in the state. Enrollment in 2005 was approximately 13,200 students. The University's motto is "Lux et Lex" (Light and Law).
The school has ten academic divisions:
- John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Business and Public Administration
- College of Education and Human Development
- School of Engineering and Mines
- Graduate School
- School of Law
- School of Medicine and Health Sciences
- College of Nursing
- Division of Continuing Education
Between them, the University has 87 Undergraduate Majors, 64 Undergraduate Minors, 56 Master's programs, 22 Doctoral programs, two Professional programs (Medicine and Law) and a Specialist diploma program in Educational Leadership. The University also has an interdisciplinary program that allows students to obtain a degree in virtually any course of study.
UND's athletic teams bear the name of "The Fighting Sioux" (which is not without controversy). The school's colors are green, white, and pink (however, pink is rarely used). The colors are representative of North Dakota's state flower, the prairie rose.
UND is in NCAA Division II in all sports except hockey; its men's and women's hockey teams compete in the Division I Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Its sports teams are often nationally competitive in both divisions.
All of the athletic facilities that UND currently uses for its major sports are new and state-of-the-art. The football team plays in the Alerus Center while the hockey, basketball, and volleyball teams play in the Ralph Engelstad Arena. "The Ralph", as it is commonly known, is a $100+ million facility and is regarded by many as one of the finest hockey arenas in the world.
The school's best-known athletic alumnus is NBA coaching great and former player Phil Jackson.
About half of the student body is from North Dakota. The other half is made up of students from all 50 states and over 50 other nations. The ratio between male and female students is about even.
Students can choose to live on or off campus. On campus, there are 15 dorms and 800 student apartment units. There is also a strong "Greek" presence on campus.
There are over 200 student organizations. Many students also make use of the Wellness Center (a large gym and physical/mental wellness facility). A new $20 million Wellness Center is being constructed. The North Dakota Museum of Art and The Burtness Theater are two prominent cultural offerings located on campus. The Chester Fritz Auditorium, Ralph Engelstad Arena, and nearby Alerus Center all bring in big events including concerts and Broadway productions. There are several stores and restaurants located on campus including a Barnes and Noble bookstore and a Hilton Garden Inn hotel. Other neighborhoods in the city of Grand Forks offer UND students abundant shopping and dining opportunities. Grand Forks also has an extensive park and bikepath system.
The college newspaper is the Dakota Student. UND operates three public radio stations. KUND-FM rebroadcasts North Dakota Public Radio. KFJM-FM broadcasts other public radio programming and no longer has any locally-produced programs. The licence for KUND-AM has been put up for auction by the university as its transmitter blocks proposed expansion at the university.
UND also runs two local cable channels. One operates as an information billboard and also shows city council meetings, as well as a weekly student-produced news program, Studio One. The other channel, The Fighting Sioux Sports Network, broadcasts many home hockey games.
On campus, Showtime is replaced on the cable lineup by Residence Life Cinema. The University separately licences movies for showing on this channel.