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University of Minnesota-Duluth Reviews

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  • 01/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 1 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UMD is great for someone who loves the outdoors, football (national champs!) and hockey (men's and women's teams are outstanding). Although Duluth has nasty winters, you wont need to go outside between classes because everything is connected by a concourse system ;)

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, and turn in your housing deposit early! Meet people and get involved, I missed out on a lot first semester because I did not join many clubs.

    Bang for the buck

    I have not compared tuition, but its likely just as costly as any other liberal arts college.

    Am enjoying being here

    Duluth is a great city and dorm life is comfortable. I am however transferring to a smaller city only because I personally desire a smaller college.

    Am learning a lot

    Most the instructors I've had were great. Many interesting courses are offered and I've enjoyed most of my classes.

  • 02/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 2 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    haven't gotten raped yet.

    Great for these types of students

    outdoorsy adventurey students.

    Bang for the buck

    you will never get anything more out of college for so little money. to be quite honest, the only difference between this college and a more expensive college is the food and the resources that school has to get famous people to come and give lectures. and even then we get some of those. 2 dollar taxi service, free buses with a u card. free food from clubs(just have to read posters to know where to go- you don't even have to commit to the club, you just have to show and mooch) free wifi, 24 hour lab, great library, free movies on occasion(popcorn and drinks included), and camping trips, hiking trips, skiing trips, how-to-drink-your-own-pee type seminars are constantly available here for really cheap.

    What to do for fun

    drink. just kidding. go outside. there are ski hills. everywhere. abandoned ski jumps to climb on(dangerously fun). trails. miles and miles of trails. clubs for everything possible. dancing, bad movie night, chem, anthro, club sports, more dancing, actual sports, pretty much everything imaginable. downtown. mall. rose garden. sneak into the abandoned armory. sneak onto the roof. graffiti graveyard. just lots of quirky fun things to do.

    Food and Dining

    dc food. yum. not really. but dorm food will always be cheap and full of carbs no matter where you go. there is one dining center here. the meal plan varies from 1,600 to 2,000 a year here, depending on whether or not you got the 1 meal a day, 2, or 3. but again, that's actually cheaper than most schools. it's hard to eat healthy here because the only healthy thing to eat is salad. but they do have good stuff available. if you get bored of what they have here, just get creative-there's usually enough raw ingredients in the salad and sandwich bars to make yourself something new. hamburgers, salad bar, sandwich bar, cereal bar, and ice cream are available everyday. the hours are bad though, especially on saturdays and sundays. it's also easy to miss meals during the week because of class/sports.

    Dorm Life

    if you want a good dorm room, apply for housing early. first chance you get. i got stuck in lake superior hall. avoid doing so. it's a fine place, no major problems with appliances, we just got wifi this year, free cable, free fridge(very rare for schools to give you free cable or a free fridge) and the bathrooms are nice. but it's very hard to get to know people on your floor because the hallways are so small and the rooms are so far apart. definitely go for griggs if you get the chance.

    Academic Rigor

    there are easy classes, there are hard classes. most every teacher is fair in their grading, so studying consistently and well will get you a good grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    like any other school, you need to get involved right away. there's bulldog welcome week where freshmen come in a few days early to learn the grounds, find people to start out the year with, and just in general get to know the school, which is nice. but definitely do stuff outside of class and outside your dorm room right away-it makes all the difference because that's the time you find your niche of people you want to be with. there's a lot of scrambling around during the first few weeks of people switching friend groups, dropping and picking up new activities they like. it's best to do that in the beginning of the year than to try to fit in later when everyone else has already settled. first 6 weeks. stay. here. the people who go home every other weekend the first 6 weeks end up going home for good at the end of the semester. it's because stuff happen over the weekends, people bond, and you come back an outsider. you end going here just to study and then only look forward to going home again. don't do it. also, don't drink to much. you'll be tempted to go to parties during the week sometimes(school gets to be a bit much and you just want to let go a little) but don't do it. you run too much of a risk of making yourself miserable during class the next day or sleeping through it entirely. wednesdays are the day here people usually go to weekday parties. thursdays are the lowest attendance days. there's drinking no matter what college you go to, but it's up to you if and when you want to do, how you want to do it(be smart, don't get a minor), and where and with who you want to do it too. it's easy to find people who don't drink, who drink on occasion, and who drink all the time. it's just up to you which of those people you personally want to be.

    In three sentences

    umd is a fantastic but underrated school. not many people know about it outside of minnesota and wisconsin, and even fewer consider it during their college search, but it is a wonderful school nonetheless. it has miles of trails, a great city down the hill, awesome sports, good people, and best of all it is cheap.

  • 11/01/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 3 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UMD is great for students that like the city life in my opinion. Most students that attend UMD are generally from the extended cities area/suburbs and usually connect easier with each other because they can relate to where others come from.

    Tips for prospective students

    One huge tip for incoming freshman or transfers is to GET INVOVLED and BE ACTIVE right way. Being a mentor to freshmen for a year, the number one thing freshman were telling me is that they aren't making a lot of actual friends. They said they were meeting a lot of people but the only way you are going to become friends with someone is repetition of seeing this person. A great way to do this is by getting involved in organizations and clubs so you can see and get to know people more than just meeting them.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that you are paying for a good education and the name of a degree from this University, which has a good reputation. I do feel that the fees are somewhat overbearing and expensive but come with any college. Tuition has raised a lot over these past two years which is hard in today's economy but overall, I find it about average.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being in the Duluth area. It has so much to offer and is a very active community. UMD in general is an okay school in my opinion. Personally, it doesn't fit my lifestyle as well as I hoped because I'm more of a chill, small town girl but I still love UMD regardless. The people at UMD are mostly from the extended cities area and have that lifestyle.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot at UMD. It is helpful to take classes in random areas just to broaden your knowledge and fun to meet people that way as well. You are provided with a lot of information but with any college you really have to put forth effort to learn and teach yourself. Some professors expect you to know and learn the material yourself.

  • 01/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 4 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone wanting to go into journalism, psychology, criminology, education, and anthropology the programs are awesome and the teachers are really nice. Students who like being outdoors or wanting to party it is a great school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the program you want to go into before applying. I know quite a few people who have gone to Duluth only to find that their program is not good.

    Bang for the buck

    Great for students! Lots of financial aid is available and there are lots of jobs for students even with such a small town. There are lots of sports to go to and there are a lot free games and things to do on campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    I like duluth a lot. While it is cold I have found that it is the perfect weather for people who like going outside and skiing or snowboarding. It is also really helpful that they have a great busing system.

    Am learning a lot

    I have taken a lot of different courses from different departments and I have learned a ton. My teachers actually care about how I am doing in their classes which makes me want to attend their classes.

  • 01/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 5 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for those who want a smaller school but don't want to pay private school tuition. Also, great for those who hate the cold winter months. You can stay inside at Duluth! Finally, great for students who love football (national champions) and who love hockey (D-1 Hockey and a new arena)

    Tips for prospective students

    The better you do in high school the more money you can get from Duluth for being a new incoming student. Fill out as many scholarship applications as you can, including the FAFSA. Also, apply early! There have been dorm room shortages in the past so applying early guarantees you will get one. Take the ACT and get a good score.

    Bang for the buck

    Any college will be expensive. But I like Duluth because it is cheaper than a private school and a lot smaller than the Twin Cities campus so it's kind of the best of both worlds. Tuition is about $5400 a semester. You would also have to cover a meal plan and room and board if you want to live on campus so it costs roughly $18000-$19000 per year to go to school here. But there are scholarships from UMD for new students, current students and usually each department (depending on your major) offers scholarships as well. Don't forget to fill out the FAFSA!

    Am enjoying being here

    Duluth is an awesome city and you can find something to do during every time of the year. You can go to the beach on Lake Superior and walk in the sand. You can go to Canal Park and watch the ships come through the lift bridge along with going shopping. In the Winter you can go see the Ice Caves. Also, Gooseberry Falls is a very fun place for hiking and seeing waterfalls. There is a mall close by, a Cub Foods, Target, and Best Buy. The campus is big, but not too big. The people are great as well and it's really easy to make friends. Finally, UMD has a tunnel system so for those of you who hate the cold winter (like me) you don't have to go outside if you don't want to. Then you can laugh at your friends at other schools who have to wear boots and winter jackets to class!

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are great when it comes to helping students, even in big lectures. They respond quickly to email and are always available during office hours. There are many great resources here to help you succeed as well such as the tutoring center (my personal favorite), the first year experience office, and the career office (can help with resumes). All of these services accept walk-ins and are free of charge!

  • 06/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student. If you like to have a sense of adventure though University of Minnesota Duluth is for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as soon as you can you do not want to miss out on the experiences that University of Minnesota Duluth has to offer.

    Bang for the buck

    Like any major University Duluth is more spendy than any community college, but in comparison to schools in the twin cities Duluth has them far beat for price. A big benefit for the Duluth area is that living expense are great deal less than living in down town Minneapolis or St. Paul.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am very happy with where i am at. It gives you the small town feel, while still having some aspects of living in a big cities. If you are an outdoors person or enjoy adventure Duluth is the city for you. The school offers many opportunities to explore the beauty of the area. A few examples i would recommend that i have been on is any of the fishing trips, climbing trips, and would definitely recommend doing the Superior Hiking Trail.

    Am learning a lot

    I am in the business school and have been for 3 years know. I am just going into my senior year and have found every class i have taken to very helpful. The most important thing for me is that i have been able to relate much of it to my outside experience, such as my internship. I found this to be very important to me because that is one of the key areas i looked for in a college

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who love snow and the activities that go with it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go into it with an open mind and ready to try new things.

    Bang for the buck

    A student only pays for the first 13 credits. All credits after that are free.

    Will enjoy being here

    I love Duluth. It has so many things to offer and so many things to do.

    Will learn a lot

    There are many options available.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    As it's mostly connected you rarely leave and the doors lock at 10pm every night so it's a rather safe campus and I rarely ever feel any threat.

    Greek Life

    I'm not involved but the Greek Life does some cool stuff around campus including cooking pancakes for like a dollar or even free walking tacos and every year for homecoming they have a chariot race, but they have a lot of fun events whether you choose to become a part of it or just enjoy what they do for everyone is up to you.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm not a part of any but there's a lot to choose from and inter-murals are huge and I'd participate but a lot of games are held at anywhere from 9pm-11pm and as I work it just wouldn't work out very well for me.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like a smaller campus and don't enjoy the cold too much will enjoy it for being all indoors (as long as you stay in the dorms and don't go venturing to rent a house or apartment). It's a little old but it has it's charms. It's a great campus to be at if you being outdoorsy or love winter activities like skiing and snowboarding as spirit isn't too far away and I believe on Fridays after 4pm it's only like 8$ or something to go ski or snowboard (don't quote me directly on it though as I've never gone).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As a new student at welcome week they will give you sheet of paper with a map and on that map will also be a list of words for nicknames of areas around campus, it seems scary at first but in no time you will be used to them and using the Ven-Den and DC as landmarks.

    What to do for fun

    There's a Frisbee golf course on campus that is fun to do when it's not freezing out and you can rent frisbees and volleyballs and basketballs in the fall and spring when its warm otherwise campus gets a little boring in the winter so going to Canal Park to explore or eat or shopping in Herman-town is about as fun as it gets. Otherwise staying on campus and hanging with friends and watching movies. (And if you like to parties apparently there's a ton every weekend but that's not my thing.)

    Food and Dining

    The on campus food is not very good and is like typical high school cafeteria food but buffet style. It has improved since last year though with a new action station where food is cooked in front of you in a skillet and is rumored to get even better next year, but typically it's safest to just eat something in your room.

    Dorm Life

    It's average enough but the newer dorms (Ianni) are far superior to LSH (Lake Superior Halls) where I stayed as LSH is probably some of the oldest dorms in the school and Ianni were brand new my first year and it makes a difference. It's nice that they're all interconnected though.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are way harder than high school and I find some of the professors shouldn't be teaching which makes it that much harder to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    I wouldn't advise getting a food plan much bigger than the 150 any time meals, not only is it cheaper but the food gets really old really fast and you'll probably end up ordering pizza or going to Applebee's for half-off aps (if you or friend has a car to get there) most of the time anyway. Also if you can afford it don't work your first year it's nice to just be able to meet and hang out with friends and get used to everything and the new homework load with out having to try to fit in work as well.

    In three sentences

    University of Minnesota-Duluth is a smaller-average sized campus connected by tunnels which is great in the wintertime. Freshman are required to stay in the dorms their first year which are connected to the school so you never have to walk outdoors, while after the first year students can stay in the on campus apartments that involve a little outdoor walking to the school. Overall I love the campus and feel it's cozy and makes me feel right at home.

  • 01/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UMD is great for students who want a lot of opportunites with a small town feel. Everything is compact and connected. The people are friendly and the access to education is endless

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorms. It really helps you get connected to people. Also try to apply early. The earlier you apply, the better your chances are of getting accepted and the housing process depends on when you applied

    Bang for the buck

    This college is a great price compared to the price of school now. There are many scholarships available for students. There is a student activity fee that allows us to participate in all the activities and it is well worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere at Duluth is great. The dorms are connected to the building so the whole school has a homey feel. There are a lot of great activities for students on campus and there is always someone to hang out with.

    Am learning a lot

    I have taken four classes so far. I have two honors classes. These are great because they are a smaller setting and look great on a transcript. It is much easier to ask questions in a smaller setting, and it is more conducive to learning

  • 02/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students with diversity, GLBTA students, students with disabilities and International Students. UMD has special programs for all of the above!

    Tips for prospective students

    Join the Honors Program. There is a $700 scholarship every semester.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition here is cheaper than the U Twin cities, and has just as great academic standing! St. Scholastica is right next door, and so are community colleges. You are allowed to take classes there!

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many clubs and extracurriculars! And you are so close to the city, you can go skiing five minutes away, or rock climb downtown. Buses are free so you don't need a car!

    Am learning a lot

    All of the professors are so amazing! No classes are taught only by TA's so you always have someone qualified teaching you.

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 63

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many on-campus activities such as grocery bingo, dances, video game nights, movie nights. There are also many off-campus activities such as canal park, the lighthouse, etc.

    Food and Dining

    disgusting

    Dorm Life

    its hard if you get put in a bad dorm first semester. i can honestly say that it will ruin your freshman experience. avoid vermillion at all costs

    Academic Rigor

    if you put the effort in, you will be fine

    In three sentences

    it is very clicky and hard to get into a group. academics are pretty easy. good track program

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is really safe and offers services such as someone who can walk you home if you wish. I haven't heard of anyone being hurt or a victim of a crime with my two years here at UMD.

    Clubs and Activities

    UMD offers hundreds of different clubs and activities. In addition to intramural sports, there are also clubs such as rock climbing, the multi-cultural center and other great opportunities for students.

    Great for these types of students

    UMD is great for anybody! The overall experience you'll receive here is one that is unforgettable. Also, if your a fan of college hockey the men's and women's teams are outstanding!

    Bang for the buck

    UMD offers a great experience for any student, at any price. College is expensive, but you'll find for a year of tuition and other costs, UMD is actually relatively cheaper than other schools.

    What to do for fun

    UMD is always hosting events for students, such as concerts, movies, and other great activities. The best news is that most of these events are FREE! Even if the event does cost money, they are usually fairly cheap. Last year, as a freshman, they held an Atmosphere concert in the Romano Gym for only $5! UMD is also really close to Spirit Mountain which has great deals for students. Also, all sporting events other than hockey are free of admission to students!

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't the best around, but there is a food court with burgers, pizza, mexican food, and other breakfast items in the morning. The dining center is all you can eat and the main entrees are often quite good. Also, if you live on-campus you receive $135 dining dollars per semester which can be used at the food court, the dining center, or even the on-campus coffee shop!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is awesome! You'll meet so many new people and make new friends for sure. One of my best friends today was a kid I roomed with my freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    This really depends on your course of study, but overall the work isn't too much. Just make sure you spend enough time going over notes, preparing for class, and studying for tests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class, manage your time, study hard, but most of all have fun! College is more than just learning and preparing yourself for the future, its about having a memorable experience that you'll never forget!

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota - Duluth is a great campus! The teachers care and finding something you're interested in is easy! Deciding to go to UMD is one of the best decisions I've ever made!

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 63

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    If you like to be outside, the possibilities are endless. There is frisbee golf, Chester Park, Bagley Nature Center (right on campus), Spirit Mountain (only a few minutes from campus), Canal Park, and so much more.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many choices. I am a vegetarian, and the UMD kitchen really caters to people of different preferences.

    Dorm Life

    I LOVED my experience in the dorm. All of the rooms are pretty spacious except for Lake Superior Hall. I stayed in Griggs and had the time of my life. I met an AWESOME group of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are doable, but they are challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips would be to make a good group of friends as soon as you can and really get to know your professors.

    In three sentences

    I love UMD because the campus is enclosed and easily accessed. The professors are friendly and challenge their students with their material. Duluth is in a beautiful location and is gorgeous even when it is -15 degrees.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Every building on campus is connected! So you never have to fear the cold or be afraid to walk to the library late at night. I have never felt uncomfortable in any situation being on campus alone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Whether you just want to play on an intramural sports team, join pottery club, or study abroad in another country, UMD has an absolutely incredible variety of student programs. If you can't find the group or club you're looking for, you can just as easily start your own!

    Bang for the buck

    It's college. None of them are cheap! But UMD has won awards nation-wide for their academic programs. You'll get more bang for your buck than you could have expected. Awesome classes and professors make it well worth the money. And there are always scholarships available!

    What to do for fun

    It's Duluth. Come on. Go hang out in Canal Park, check out that big blue thing called Lake Superior, or go to a Bulldogs hockey, football, or any other sports game! The school spirit here is insane! It'll only take you a few short weeks to realize all the options you have for fun!

    Food and Dining

    UMD has great meal plan options as a freshman. With the dining center and food court on campus, it's pretty hard to go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at UMD is awesome! All the buildings are connected so it's that easy to go see anyone you want without having to go outside. Living in the dorms is the best way to meet tons of new people. I highly recommend it!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at any college are going to be tougher than high school, but you'll realize you have a lot of free time in college and if you use it right and simply put in the effort the classes aren't bad at all! Plus there are TONS of opportunities to get help on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on coming to UMD you better be ready: to get taught by some amazing professors (for real, one of my music professors was the original keyboardist for the band Chicago!), to meet a lot of awesome people (ever heard of Minnesota nice? I'm pretty sure that originated in Duluth), to get a degree from a long list of extremely successful and award winning academic programs, and most importantly, you better be ready to have fun. The BIGGEST tip I can give, is to get involved! Join any and all groups or clubs you can in your first year. It's a great way to meet people. I just wish I had someone to tell this to me when I first got here.

  • 04/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    In the past 2 years, I don't think I've heard of any serious issues. And there's a text message service for students who sign up that get an alert the moment there's any suspicious activity.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's an activity fair twice every year to show all the hundreds of organizations on campus. There's even a Coloring Club where one can relieve their stress by coloring a simple picture!

    Great for these types of students

    If you're considering an outdoor recreation major or something even slightly similar, UMD is definitely the school for you! There's so many nature parks and recreational things to do in and out of school that it'd be silly not to come here if that's the major you were after! Also, anyone who's a fan of snowboarding, it's only a few miles away from Spirit Mountain. There's also a new beautiful building for civil engineering students. And strangely enough, if you don't like winter, this school is actually a good choice. If you live in the dorms, you don't have to go outside once throughout the whole winter! The dorms are connected to the school with tunnels and hallways, which is also connected to a small grocery store, the dining center, the food court, the library, and everything else on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Zombies vs. Humans! A game where strangers will end up hitting each other with socks in the middle of the hallway to avoid becoming a zombie. There's also the Graffiti Graveyard a few miles away under one of the hundreds of bridges that's a super sweet place to check out. There's also several parks surrounding the school, and the Lookout on the hill that lets you oversee most of the east side of Duluth and part of Superior, WI.

    Bang for the buck

    I may complain about what kind of money I have to spend all the time, but when I remember to make the most of my college experience, I realize it's not that bad at all. If you spend your time locked up in your room, complaining to your friends that life sucks, then yea, it's going to suck. But once you get out, take a fun class that has nothing to do with your major, meet some awesome people, go to events that you didn't think you'd like, do an undergrad research, become an intern, attend some cool lectures by visiting speakers, or go to a play, and you'll find out that there's so much more to college than just getting a piece of paper that says you survived.

    What to do for fun

    Endless outdoor activities, constant activities within in the school, and many awesome places in the town of Duluth.

    Food and Dining

    I'm always wishing we had better selection around here. But at least the Dining Center improved a lot since my first year!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is dorm life. You have to learn how to not be self-centered and you'll love dorm life. When you live with people all around you, you have to learn how to adapt to that. UMD is filled with awesome people, an the dorm life usually has a lot of activities going on to meet these people.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are just not set up right for certain people, but it helps if a new student can talk to current students, especially those in the same field of study, to help judge which teacher is best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Getting through school as fast as possible is not a good choice. Use the first year to help you decide what's going to be the best balance between what's good for you in the future, and what's good for you now. Also, don't be afraid to get a little demanding when advisors try to walk all over you. You're in charge of your life, not an advisor.

    In three sentences

    UMD is a medium sized school that has some pros and cons, but I believe the pros win. After a first rough year, I now love my classes and most teachers. My favorite part is that everyday as I walk to class, and I can be calmed and relaxed by the beautiful sight of Lake Superior in the distance.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    With all of the security cameras and on campus police, I feel relatively safe walking around campus late at night. I would still never go alone simply because things can happen and there is always safety in numbers.

    Greek Life

    Even though I am not personally involved in the Greek life at UMD, I know a few students who are. They love the connections that it gives them and they chance it gives them to give back to the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for literally everyone! Would believe they have a coloring club?! Just check out the UMD website for a full listing. Each club has there own way of joining but most of fairly open to new members.

    Great for these types of students

    Didn't play a college sport? Me either. However I did play intramural sports my freshman year and it was so much fun! You can join a random team or make one of your own. There is a large range of sports as well, for example, I played broom ball and I absolutely loved it.

    What to do for fun

    The UMD Student Association works extremely hard to put concerts, movies, and other activities together for the student body. Just make sure you're checking your email and looking at the posters. There is also a fire pit close to the dorms that the school set up for any students to use at time. You can also get off campus and explore Duluth. There are plenty of places to shop, try new food, go see a movie or just take a walk and see what's out there.

    Food and Dining

    I'm not going to say the Dining Center is amazing. However once you can't go there anymore you have a higher appreciation for what they offer. There is also the option of the food court which you use UMD dining dollars or cash at. You can deposit dining dollars onto your account at anytime and they are tax free so it is actually cheaper to do so.

    Dorm Life

    You will survive the dorms. It takes some getting used to and you may have to switch once but you will get there. A lot of people around you and a lot like you and will probably end up being some of your close friends.

    Academic Rigor

    This is not high school! Don't forget about that. You can do it but it will take more time and dedication to get through these college courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just stay focused. It's ok to have fun but you need to get yourself through at the level you want to be at. So always take all the time you need for school first.

    In three sentences

    I would say UMD is a very accepting campus. They work extremely hard every year to make sure that everyone has equal resources and facilities. I don't think I've ever feel more accepted than I have a UMD.

  • 02/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on our campus. Our dorms are locked and quite secure.

    Greek Life

    I am currently not involved in this.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many options for everyone. There are postings up everywhere so you will be filled in with al of the opportunities.

    Great for these types of students

    I think this is a great fit for everyone, not just one certain type of student.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is a bit spendy but it is in line with all of the other universities here. The education is very good though.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in Duluth. Canal Park is the place where most people go. They have a lot of restaurants and it is fun watching the big boats come in off the lake from the pier. There are many parks, a casino, and lots of other options. You won't get bored.

    Food and Dining

    I am a picky eater so I have a hard time eating at most places.

    Dorm Life

    Like all dorms, there are ups and down. The one I am staying in is old and the dorm food is just ok. There are days when it is loud and days when it is quiet. No regrets.

    Academic Rigor

    I find the classes challenging and interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    The tunnels linking all of the dorms and the buildings are awesome in winter. When you have to go outside, it is quite cold though. We got blasted by snow this winter.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus and the city. It is just the right size for me. It is really gorgeous here in the fall.

  • 05/07/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will learn a lot

    not there yet

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Most of the stores in the college are over priced so venture out in town to get stuff for cheaper.

    Tips for prospective students

    The college is really big and you probably don't think you'll be able to get it down but you will. I came from a really small school so it was pretty scary at frist but its fun to explore!

    Bang for the buck

    College costs a lot of money and you never know really if you're over paying but i feel like i am putting my time and effort into the right place so I feel it is well spent. Though the stores on campus are a rip off.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's a really great place to go! There is so many club to meet people and lots to do in town.

    Am learning a lot

    College is a lot different from high school. You're told that most of the time but it's completely different when you're in it. I've been learning a lot and love my degree,and the profesores are really helpful.

  • 01/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel very safe.

    Greek Life

    I don't know much about it.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am in coloring club, but there are so many to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    ALL.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's always activities or people selling items/baked goods on the main floor that all students pass by each day to get to classes. It's a great way to find out what's going on or buy a snack.

    Bang for the buck

    I am very happy that I chose Duluth. I love the school, the town, classes that I am taking, and friends that I have made!

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, go around the city, shopping.

    Food and Dining

    I love the fresh soup and salad bar they have everyday. The main entree could use some improvement.

    Dorm Life

    I love living in the dorms and am so glad I chose dorm life!

    Academic Rigor

    I enjoy all of my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and don't fall behind in any classes, but have fun.

    In three sentences

    I love the atmosphere at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I have met many wonderful people at my college. Duluth has the major that I want.

  • 02/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 63

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    What to do for fun

    there are tons of clubs and groups for most any normal activity, intramurals for most sports, frats, sororities, etc. there's plenty to do if you just take the time to look for what you're interested in.

    Food and Dining

    students have access to the food court and dining center on campus. i haven't eaten at the dining center recently, but i liked the food and large variety when i did go. the food court consists of a burger hub, mexican, and italian along with a small store with misc items.

    Dorm Life

    i haven't lived in the dorms, so i can't speak for dorm life. some of the people i've talked too liked it, others hated it. it seems that a lot of people move into other living arrangements after their freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    the first three semesters were deceptively easy, but the fourth semester really stepped up the workload and difficulty. being serious about it without getting stressed out too much helps to deal with it.

    Tips for prospective students

    go to class. don't fall behind. make sure you understand what's going on. if you don't, find someone who does. most classes won't be bad as long as you don't wait for everything to be handed to you on a silver platter.

    In three sentences

    the university of minnesota duluth is a great school full of intelligent, enthusiastic professors and a great student body. the campus is extremely nice and has only been getting better in recent years. there are tons of options available to students for any type of help they may need.

  • 04/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Bulldog taxi service, for only 2 dollars you can call a taxi from anywhere in Duluth after 9pm and they will take you anywhere in Duluth. This is a great service and promotes safe travels.

    Greek Life

    FUN!!! There are no frat or sorority houses, but there are still lots you can join that offer many activities.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events going on on campus. The city of Duluth is beautiful and there are a lot of fun things to do if you love the outdoors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sociable and outgoing. Be prepared for very little diversity in the student body.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy the campus and the education given here at UMD. I love the city of Duluth itself very much. My biggest complaint and the reason I am leaving the school is because there is little diversity among the student body, only 7% students of color.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    It only comprises about 3% of the student population at UMD, yet is attempting to expand. Many view GL on campus negatively based upon stereotypes and rumors, but they do many great things as many of the Greek organizations are influential in bringing activities like Dance Marathon and Man of the Year to campus.

    What to do for fun

    Many enjoy Spirit Mountain in the winter for snowboarding or skiing. Exploring Chester Bowl is fun too. Heading down to Canal Park is common year-round for students as well as going to Grandma’s on a Saturday night for those 21+.

    Food and Dining

    The dining center is not very good. There is not a lot of variety day-to-day and you will get sick of it fast. The food court and other food offerings on campus are limited as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a fun experience, but UMD does not do a good job of pairing up random roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging depending on the professor -- they can really make or break your class experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of the campus during a school day to actually get a feel for campus life.

    In three sentences

    UMD is a good university on the greatest great lake. There are a lot of outdoor activities, but it is a small city. Academics can be challenging.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Lake Superior, Canal Park, Miller Hill Mall.

    Food and Dining

    Not bad.

    Dorm Life

    Very comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    Take classes seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet lots of people.

    In three sentences

    I love UMD. So many things going on. Lots of friendly people.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    If you live in certain dorms, you never actually have to go outside, ever. All the buildings are connected. Otherwise the campus is very very open and fairly well lit.

    Greek Life

    There is a big greek life presence.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so many clubs. I believe if you have a certain number of people (10-15, not certain) the University will recognize and fund it. Not sure on this though. To many to even start naming though.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all types of students go here. It's not exactly a party school but once you know the neighborhood you'll be fine. If you here strictly for academics you can fly right through under the radar and still meet a lot of great people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Kirby Terrace is really great to lay out in the sun. The Bagley hiking trails are neat. There is a back road to the liquor store! And it is right next to Chester Park, a great little recreation area.

    Bang for the buck

    Personally I love it here. The community college I went to did have a lot more assistance but I think that the advisers here are exactly as helpful as you need them to be. It's basically time to grow up and know when to ask for help.

    What to do for fun

    Like I said this campus is incredibly open and inviting. There is events out on Kirby terrace, there is constant tables in the commons, often with food, free or sale for fund raising. We have concerts, open mic nights, dances, free movies with popcorn and pop. There have been water balloon fights, lazer tag. It is really fun.

    Food and Dining

    The DC (Dining Center) has a buffet, and while it is mediocre, if you get creative with all the different options, you can eat a decent meal.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely challenging. I came from a community college which most of the people there called the 13th grade, especially because almost everyone from my high school went there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do well on the ACT's. I think that is the main thing that got me in.

    In three sentences

    This school is incredibly welcoming, with tons of student activities. I love how often there is free food in the commons. Also I personally think the building is fun to explore with its maze-like qualities.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is all connected and there are always people around if you ever feel unsafe. The campus police have safe lights set up around campus and they keep students connected and updated about any security issues. UMD is a very safe campus and I've never felt unsafe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Intramural Sports!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I think everyone on campus has walked along the river in Chester Park. Duluth is such a Beautiful area with lots of sites to see around campus. Canal Park is one of my favorites but there is always more to discover in Duluth.

    Bang for the buck

    Ive found that it is really easy to talk to UMD staff and get involved in the school. They are really concerned about their students doing well and provided lots of support for their students.

    What to do for fun

    The campus host many activities you can sign up for from volunteer work to mission trips and sports. my favorite was intramural sports, they are fun and competitive and a good way to make new friends. UMD also has some amazing sports teams like Football and Hockey which are really fun to go to because of how much school spirit UMD students have.

    Food and Dining

    Everyone eats in the Dinning Center freshmen year. They have a variety of choices to choose everyday and always unlimited ice cream.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were really fun to live in freshmen year. You meet so many people in the dorms and its a fun bonding experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Class sizes are never to large that you can't get personal help from your professors. Class require a lot of studying but lecture notes have always been easy to understand and take. Ive never had to much homework and exams are always manageable if you study on a regular basis.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet as many people as you can. Get involved in campus activities especially intramural sports they are fun and a great way to meet people. Talk to your professors and get to know them it will make classes so much easier because they are willing to help.

    In three sentences

    UMD is a really fun college with great oppertunities and friendly staff. There are lots of things to get involved in on and off campus and you get to meet people from all over. Duluth is a really pretty area and the campus buildings are all connect which makes it easy to find your way around.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Due to the area, many athletic or outdoorsy students are drawn to UMD.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are great, and the university holds many free events to fill up your free time on campus. The local businesses are also very supportive and accommodating of UMD students.

    What to do for fun

    Duluth is packed with things to do in your free time! From hiking, to the mall, to movie theaters, to swimming in Lake Superior. There is never an excuse to be bored at UMD, especially with free public busing available to all students!

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent. Great salad bar, and there are usually plenty of options for each meal.

    Dorm Life

    It was great! My only complaint would be that there is no kitchen available to dorm students whatsoever.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes kept me very busy. There was never a day where I had absolutely nothing to do for any of my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to do a lot of hard work, and be sure to visit your professors' office! Be careful not to get caught up in the wrong crowd of peers; remember what college is all about.

    In three sentences

    A moderately sized campus ideal for my educational needs. The staff are friendly and welcoming, and the area is gorgeous. UMD works to fit students' needs in any way possible.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    UMD is a great school in a beautiful city with as much to offer as any other U of M or high standard school.

    What to do for fun

    Duluth is a great city. You can hang out down in Canal Park and even get a bite to eat at Olde Chicago... $1 personal pizzas after nine p.m. Perfect for college students

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Center has many choices and they give you another option of buying your own groceries at the school store or even eating in the Food Court.

    Dorm Life

    The best way to meet people is to live in the dorms for a year. Nothing can beat the experiences that you will have just by living in a dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    A first year student at UMD should definitely live in the on campus dorms. It is the best way to meet people and make sure that you are easily accessible to your classes. All prospective students need to study twice as much as they put towards class time.

    In three sentences

    Very beautiful school with a lot to offer. The professors are there to really show you how to get things down and to make you succeed to your fullest abilities. The quality of this schools extra work towards giving students the amount of help they need is superb.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel pretty safe walking around campus at night. There's always the option to be escorted if you feel otherwise.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't so huge at UMD. We have fraternities/sororities, but there aren't really any houses or anything like that.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a wide range of activities at UMD..something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want a bigger school, but not a huge school like the U of M - Twin Cities.

    Bang for the buck

    Since I am paying for my education, I think that my classes are giving me my money's worth.

    What to do for fun

    Canal Park (of course), Bentleyville during the winter time, Spirit Mountain, walking/running around Bagley Nature Center, etc.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of students complain about the Dining Center (DC), but I personally liked it. Some of the meals are questionable, but I don't expect high quality meals when the cooks are doing their best to prepare food for such a high number of students.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were okay. It was nice being connected to the rest of campus, but having stayed in one of the older dorms, it made it less enjoyable. There were no sinks in the rooms, the hall smelled bad, and although we had a heating unit, it never seemed to work.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes are very vigorous and have a large workload, which is definitely a good thing.

    Tips for prospective students

    As far as classes go, challenge yourself! Put more work into your studies than you think you need.

    In three sentences

    UMD is the perfect school for me. My classes are challenging and my professors are fantastic. I really feel like I am getting my money's worth out of my education at this school.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Worth every penny!

    What to do for fun

    There is something for everyone, you just have to go out and find it. if you can't find it, then you can create it yourself!

    Food and Dining

    good food and a ton of different options!

    Dorm Life

    so much fun, great way to meet new people, and very flexible

    Academic Rigor

    It's difficult, but it is college. If you push yourself and ask for help, you can succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to take tour of the school and spend a few days in Duluth before applying, you will fall in love with Duluth.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful school. It has a great teaching program. There is so much to do here!

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I would say the campus is pretty safe. All the school buildings are connected so you wouldn't have to walk outside in the dark or bad weather. At night, certain buildings will be locked so it'll suck if you went out to eat or something and couldn't get back in to study.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs/organizations on campus that there's bound to be at least one you'll join and love. Too many that you probably can't join all the ones you want just because there just isn't enough time in your schedule.

    What to do for fun

    What's there not to do for fun. If you seek, you will find.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's great if you intend to stay in your dorm or go to the library and study for hours everyday, but don't forget about relaxing your brain. I really recommend checking out the various events and activities going on campus. Be social, it'll be helpful in being sane.

    In three sentences

    A campus on a hill. It's not too big and not to small. The amazing landscape surrounding the school is relaxing.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Things do happen, but when they do all the students are alerted immediately via text message.

    Clubs and Activities

    Outdoor Clubs are a great way to meet new people and do what you love! The RSOP has plenty clubs and activities available like rock climbing!

    Great for these types of students

    RSOP is a great place for athletic fun! The kirby student center is great for those that love video games.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Welcome week is a must for new students!

    Bang for the buck

    There's a farm market outside the student center usually every week with good prices!

    What to do for fun

    There is frisbee golf around the campus. Late night Kirby to play games and meet new students. The RSOP fitness center has great pick up basketball games daily.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't eat at the dining center but I heard it was amazing! All you can eat. Changes daily.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in the dorms. I lived in the on campus apartments with 3 roommates. It was a blast! We had much more room than the dorms!

    Academic Rigor

    There are no such things as easy A's. Classes are all challenging, but not impossible if a good amount of effort and time is put forth. Staying with the class and not falling behind is the biggest challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the tutoring center as much as possible. Get to know your professors; attend their office hours. Form study groups instead of always studying on your own.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy the welcoming campus and staff, the professors are often available outside of class. The school provides plenty of tools for every step along the way. Good amount of tutoring and other help when needed.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is an awesome place called the underground that occasionally puts on gaming tournaments, but if that isn't your style the sports teams are excellent to follow. Banners are hung all over the school advertising various clubs and gatherings, as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is excellent! There is a little coffee shop in Kirby center that is constantly bustling with eager students and faculty. And the price isn't that bad either.

    Dorm Life

    I have not yet lived in the dorms, but I only hear good news thus far!

    Academic Rigor

    I am very happy with the amount of challenge my classes have offered to me. I love to learn, but it has usually come easy to me. I am grateful for being whipped into shape by my time here, and I now know that there is no room for procrastination!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard! Find people in your classes ASAP who will help come study time, and then it won't seem so grueling.

    In three sentences

    UMD offers an enormous opportunity to study in a beautiful environment and fun area. However, like any college it does have limited student help available--especially in the harder degrees. Nevertheless, I have greatly enjoyed my time here!

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I feel like for how much I am paying for I am not really seeing it put into good use. I mean lots of neat things around campus but students are paying LOTS of money.

    What to do for fun

    Once in a while they will have a movie playing in a lecture hall, which is always fun. Their is always a great planetrium as well. IF you like hiking or running or biking, there are a lot of great trails around town too. And for those who like to work out, their is a great gym with a skating rink, and even rock climbing wall!

    Food and Dining

    Watch out for the dining center, you may end up eating more than your suppose to. There are lots and lots of choices to pick from in the dining center. There is also other places to like pizza and pasta, hamburgers and even a mexican place!

    Dorm Life

    There's a lot to do on campus when you're not in class, and everyone you meet is super nice and friendly. You don't really have to worry about locking doors or anything either because people won't really enter your room without you there.

    Academic Rigor

    STUDY, STUDY STUDY! When you're sitting in class you feel like you know it and understand it, but when you get back into your room and look it over, it really doesn't make sense. So read your notes again and the text book too!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your head up your first year and you'll be fine. Their won't always be HUGE class sizes.

    In three sentences

    UMD is a huge school, but it also offers a lot of great programs. There is a lot to do here when you're not studing and everyone is nice. I love it because it's close to town yet there are lots of place to go to be outside.

  • 09/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe, cops are in area to help. Be careful, always travel in pairs just in case. Always have a cell phone or something to contact the authorities if you need too.

    Greek Life

    There is four sororities, I believe. More frats than that. Based off volunteer work and community involvement.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a TON of clubs and activities up here in Duluth. Anything you could think of, from kayaking to coloring book club. A lot of outdoor clubs for the people who like nature.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for student who love to be outdoors, it's beautiful up here! They have a good school for business majors and a beautiful and efficient building to learn in. Good for students who live sustainable lifestyles.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a campfire spot, up a hiking trail close to the school. We have a spot called Griggs Beach, although there isn't actually a beach. We have dorm buildings with names like Griggs, Ianni and Lake Superior Hall.

    Bang for the buck

    UMD is beautiful and offers the same as any other U of M school. The tuition is average and there is a ton of scholarships available to apply for.

    What to do for fun

    GET INVOLVED and make friends. Duluth is beautiful, go check it out and shop! Spirit mountain and a ton of nature/hiking trails.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is not all that great, not like your parents back home. There is a ton of options to choose from. Fresh fruits and vegetables.

    Dorm Life

    Don't be afraid to speak your mind on how you want things to be like in the dorm, have a voice. Keep your area clean, do your dishes right after you use them. Keep in mind its a place you share, blaring the television and your music does not work.

    Academic Rigor

    Keep up with your homework and studying. Avoid procrastination at all costs. Come prepared for class, always.

    Tips for prospective students

    For every hour you are in class, study double that outside of it. Get sleep! Hang out with the right people, use your common sense and make good choices.

    In three sentences

    University of Minnesota Duluth is a very welcoming and enthusiastic school. When I visited here, I felt a home-like and happy atmosphere. The faculty and staff here are kind, understanding and caring.

  • 09/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is wonderful. In the dorms, we have night advisers who are always there if something goes wrong. I've never felt unsafe here.

    Greek Life

    I don't personally know much about Greek Life, all I know is that there are several sororities and fraternities, but they do not have houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs/activities. You think of it, I assure you that this college has it.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who loves the outdoors would absolutely love it here. Outdoor activities are vast in this community.

    What to do for fun

    In Duluth, the options are endless. Not only does this college have so many on-campus activities, but there are so many things to do off Campus. Canal Park, a boardwalk down on Lake Superior. The Duluth Zoo, there's a lot of beautiful parks, the Omnimax Theater, Bentleyville, a show of lights in the winter. There's always something to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in mind that this college has a mandatory Welcome Week program for incoming freshmen living on campus. It is a lot of forced participation and you get put into groups with the same people for several days.

    In three sentences

    A gorgeous, small campus with endless activities or anyone to participate in. It's such a fun atmosphere. The classes are challenging, but not too much so that it becomes too hard.

  • 10/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe here. There was just a police report released and over the last three years there's been almost nothing besides a few cases of alcohol and drugs.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's tons of clubs for just about anything here. And if there's one you can't find you can start your own.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unsurprisingly hockey is a really big thing thing here, and we're pretty good.

    What to do for fun

    There's tons to do around town and on campus. As long as you make some friends you'll never have a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    The food is ok, much better than high school. You can eat it for every meal, but it's no home-cooked meal.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Griggs hall and it's very nice here. There is a huge laundry room and elevators for the parts that go above three floors. Every room is a corner room.

    Academic Rigor

    As a first semester freshman the classes aren't to hard yet but I'm sure that will change as I get closer to my degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't need to be afraid of the cold here. As long as you live in the residence halls you are connected to every building on campus.

    In three sentences

    I love it here. The faculty are super friendly and helpful. Not to mention the amazing location.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Ultimate Frisbee, Sports, Working Out

    Great for these types of students

    More outgoing people, but shy people can thrive if they know when to ask for help with any problems.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bulldog week was different, but a little like a weeklong pep fest.

    Bang for the buck

    I was really scared the first year. Everything was new and got a little of homesickness.

    What to do for fun

    Ultimate Frisbee, Hanging out wih friends, working out at the fitness center on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food was alright, but sometimes if seemed like the same without much variety. I know they have to have enough for all the students, so that is probably how it is.

    Dorm Life

    Apartment this year, so I lot more room.

    Academic Rigor

    I love the structure of my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask for help if you find things confusing or overwelming. If you don't ask for help people can't help you.

    In three sentences

    I enjoyed the classes, friends. I especially enjoy this year being able to live in the apartment setting with more room.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very motivated campus police, good communication between campus police and city police, walk-home-buddy services, school very actively pushes safety measures and awareness.

    Greek Life

    Greek life offers things to do that can fill all of your free time if you so wished it to. Fraternities and sororities offer many open-to-all events as well. Which are fun. Really, lots of fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs, leagues, and activities to choose from I am still learning of new ones almost every day. There are teams of varying intensity also, to fit different levels of dedication or physical involvement.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like the outdoors, students who don't want to go outside in the winter (all the building are connected, including dorms), students who want to avoid the big city at the U of M, students who take their classes seriously, but want plenty to do outside of school as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a dance club that regularly meets and breaks it down in one of the major halls. Dedication to the hockey team is unbelievable. There is a pond ringed by trees on the frisbee golf course, and even though there are buildings and a busy street nearby, there are often deer hanging out by the pond, very tame.

    What to do for fun

    UMD has a very nice fitness center with a rock climbing wall. There is also a pool, ice rink, a frisbee golf course, and other things to do. There are often movies playing on the projectors of classrooms in the evenings. Duluth itself has a lot of fun things to do too; swimming, lasertag, hiking, fishing, hunting, paintball, et cetera.

    Food and Dining

    Dining Center buffet is always good and filling, and the separate food court has a good selection of other choices.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms, but what I have experienced through visits and friends are that they are bigger than many college dorms (but still pretty small) and that there are always fun things going on and people around.

    Academic Rigor

    There is always a mutual pull towards doing one's best work from staff and other students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for classes as early as possible, so an ideal schedule can be built. Don't skip Bulldog Welcome Week. If working, keep hours limited at least for the first few weeks.

    In three sentences

    UMD has a super friendly atmosphere, and manages problems efficiently. General education classes have 150 or so students in a class, but even as freshman I have classes with as few as 20 people. It is very important to the University that students' lives are as easy as they can be.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe here on campus. Many security precautions are taken that students are made aware of. If anything does happen, all students are sent an email regarding the incident, making them aware of whatever took place. Security here also offers safe walks home, where students can call a number and have someone to walk them home.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities on campus. I personally, play on the women's club lacrosse team here. Joining a club or activity that you're interested in is really helpful in meeting people and making new friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy being involved, love sports, outdoorsy, and active. Here, there is always something to do; the students here love to go out and play a pick up game of volleyball or watch a sporting event or movie

    What to do for fun

    As I mentioned before, there are a lot of activities put on by student groups. Every few weekends they'll play a movie in the lecture halls, complete with popcorn and pop! Sporting events are really popular at UMD as well, my personal favorite is the men's hockey games.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Center has improved a lot this past year and there are now chefs who make the food right in front of you. In addition to the dining center, there is a coffee shop and food court on campus. All students living on campus are given a certain amount of dining dollars that they can use at the Dining Center, coffee shop, or food court!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are connected through the concourses which means you can wear shorts year round! Another plus to UMD is they have on-campus apartments. Even though these are not connected through the concourses, it's nice to be able to live in an apartment and still be on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It's definitely important to stay on top of readings and homework assignments. Classes, especially lectures, move quickly through material and the assignments are there to give you a better understanding of the material. Going to class is especially important because that's where the really important material is covered, and take notes!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit! The best way to see how you'll fit in at any college campus is to take a campus tour and then wander around yourself! I will say though, at first the concourses are really confusing but I'm definitely thankful to have them, especially in the winter time! Visiting also allows you to talk to someone about any questions you have, all faculty members and students are more than willing to answer them.

    In three sentences

    I love the atmosphere here at UMD. There are a lot of different activities on campus as well as many informative speakers. We even had former president Bill Clinton speak at our school this year! Not only does the campus offer a wide variety of entertainment, the city itself is fun to explore. I have found that students are overall up to do or try anything, new clubs, sports whatever, which makes the environment interesting and fun.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Icy roads combined with many hills and narrow winding roads surround campus. Other than that the campus in relativity safe.

    Greek Life

    Fraternities and sororities do not have houses, they are treated like any other group.

    Clubs and Activities

    I did not get involved in any groups, they do not seem to be very organized.

    Great for these types of students

    Rural, suburban, those who like sports like hockey or football, snowboarding.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Almost every room has at least two doors, the building has many long narrow hallways and elevators.

    What to do for fun

    The only thing you can do without emptying your wallet is to go hiking or something of the sort.

    Food and Dining

    The food served in the Dining Center is gross, very greasy and unhealthy. After eating there I often felt drowsy.

    Dorm Life

    I did not find my liberal arts classes to be strenuous.

    Academic Rigor

    I did not find my liberal arts classes to be strenuous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the school and city before deciding.

    In three sentences

    This school was okay, it would be good for someone from a rural or suburban area. I rate this school a 2 our of 5. For me UMD lacked diversity, fraternity, and location.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Watch out for the ice!

    Clubs and Activities

    All the clubs I've seen, participated in, and heard about are ridiculously awesome! Each group really makes you feel like a wanted individual.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hockey!!

    What to do for fun

    There are endless things for fun! The school and community provide many things to do at all times.

    Dorm Life

    I really recommend and on-campus apartment, but a lot of people really like the comfortable and connected dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to always be busy with class, homework, and people!

    In three sentences

    The U of M Duluth is an extremely welcoming and comfortable school. Although the music program is still growing, it contains some of the most talented musicians I've ever met!

  • 01/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    They are very accommodating to anyone interested and host some very fun things!

    Clubs and Activities

    There really is something for everyone here!

    What to do for fun

    Marching Band, Band, Concerts, explore downtown.

    Food and Dining

    Not a fan.

    Dorm Life

    I am not a fan of the dorms, but the apartments are wonderful.

    Academic Rigor

    As with any University, you have to do what is required of the class and really put in effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join something when you get here, I suggest the marching band.

    In three sentences

    UMD is a great school with good people. The programs offered are very good. The music programs and opportunities here are fantastic.

  • 03/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe.

    Greek Life

    There are a handfull of Fraternities and Seroraties.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a great number of clubs and organizations. It is also really easy to start your own club if they don't offer one you are interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy, musical, business oriented, artsy, there really is something for just about everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    Academically you get out what you put into it. The parking is a bit pricey.

    What to do for fun

    I am a part of UMDs Vocal Jazz ensamble, I take one on one guitar lessons on campus, I am the president of the Spanish Club, I am a member of the Thai Chi Club, and on the weekend I visit the very fun bar scene.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options to choose from between the Dining Center and the Food Court. All the food is of decent quality.

    Dorm Life

    UMD has a veriety of new and old dorms. It also has 4 on campus apartments. Anyone who lives on campus has the option of a meal plan at at the Dining Center. The dorms make it very easy for freshmen to meet new people and develope a sense of community their first year.

    Academic Rigor

    I was once told that education is what you make it. If you want to float through school at UMD, depending on what path you choose to do, you probably could. However, you can also challange yourself and grow intelectually.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure UMD is the place for you, i.e., has your desired major, clubs or organizations that you might be interested in. Go to class.

    In three sentences

    A scholarly environment where people also know how to have fun. Everyone is friendly for the most part. Students and Faculty are all very open to helping and accepting others.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Duluth is beautiful and there are lots of parks and trails to walk through. There always seems to be a waterfall around the corner, even in the middle of town, just go to Chester Park. Duluth also has a great beach next to a great lake.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't that great but you can always make a salad or sub sandwich. My favorite part was that they always had ice cream.

    Dorm Life

    The RAs are great and as long as you get into the newer dorms, Griggs, the dorms are great.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are hard but if you work at it you can do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about making friends during your first week of freshmen year, you'll find and collect your friends throughout your years of college.

    In three sentences

    I transfered here from Concordia college in Moorhead and I find the university refreshingly diverse and accepting. I enjoy going to classes ever day because of the professors. The school itself is nice because it is all inside and warm even on the coldest winter day in Duluth.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe and most of the city is safe. I wouldn't recommend going out alone at night, never drink anything offered by a stranger and use the buddy system. The campus takes initiatives towards preventing crime, which is effective on campus, but off campus this doesn't apply. The low fare taxi offered by the school is useful, but on weekends is very busy and often won't respond at all.

    Greek Life

    There are about ten fraternities and sororities on campus, some are revolved around social service, others are around social life. No matter whether or not you choose to join greek life, the events planned by greek life are everywhere yet avoidable.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are probably over one hundred clubs on campus. Some are pre-proffesionsal and major specific, others involved with community well-being and some are just for fun. There's definitely a club for everyone, it's just a matter of choosing to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    The school is big enough where everyone can find a place/group they're comfortable with, yet small enough where you can become familiar with others in your grade, despite majors and interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school has a few very pretty nature centers nearby, along with parks and unique statues scattered apart.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is cheaper than a private college, yet the credits transfer. Compared to state schools tuition is only about 3,000 dollars more, but many of the credits from state universities and most of the credits from community colleges aren't accepted at other schools. It's one of your cheapest investments for actually credible credits.

    What to do for fun

    The school often has speakers, concerts, clubs and activities going on. Students have lots of parties if that's of interest, otherwise there's often movies, plays, contests and game nights in campus. One of the most popular activities is attending sporting events, specifcally the hockey games.

    Food and Dining

    The food was good, and was served buffet style. Taco tuesday was the best, and it was always a treat to wake up in time for breakfast. It's awesome to have so much food available along with vegetarian/vegan options for people like myself.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is a must. It was so much fun and was one of the easiest ways to meet people. It was also nice not to have to ride the bus to school and since all the dorms are connected to the school, on snowy days you can avoid going outside.

    Academic Rigor

    All the courses are adequately difficult and most all credits earned will transfer to other universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to get involved. It doesn't need to be an outright obligation, but many of the clubs are at least worth stopping in for and help you explore your interests while meeting new and different friends.

    In three sentences

    I love the school here, it's such a friendly environment. The courses are satisfyingly difficult, yet there's a lot to do aside from school work. I feel like I've learned a lot more about myself and the world around me.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never have I felt unsafe on this campus.

    Greek Life

    A lot of Greek houses like tek and phi kappa tau throw fun parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    Intramural a are a fun way to kill time.

    Great for these types of students

    Freshmen trying to meet friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Griggs beach is always fun for freshmen.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a university so it is a great place to get a degree.

    What to do for fun

    Enjoy Griggs beach and the nice weather before winter. Go to canal park.

    Food and Dining

    The dining center can be a unpleasant place to eat. Food court is good though.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great and you meet a lot of great friends.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some teachers that are not very good but also some great ones.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to ever class before you buy books for it. Spend a lot of time outside of class studying.

    In three sentences

    A great university to attend. Not only is the academics great but the town is amazing as well. The inside campus is nice for the cold weather too.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They are pretty good with this.

    What to do for fun

    Skate, tennis, lounge around, free pool, basketball, workout... etc.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good food. But expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm but I hear it can get pretty rowdy.

    Academic Rigor

    It can get pretty intense depending on what classes you take but for the most part it is not a walk in the park. You definitely have to put your time in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy your books online!! As with every school books are overpriced. Also ask around to see what people think about different professors so that you can get one you like.

    In three sentences

    The school is not too big and at the same time not too small. I have been there for a year and really enjoy it so far. I have had many good professors as well.

  • 06/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus patrol cars were alway driving around to make sure everyone was safe.

    Greek Life

    I wasn't involved with greek life but I know they had a lot of fundraisers for very deserving causes.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs, even an anime and a knitting club. I would suggest trying a lot of new things, you never know what you like. I tried curling and soccer for the first time and I loved them. It can sometimes be hard to find a team to play on, but once you find one it is so fun, and very cheap to play.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoor people will love UMD for sure. There is so much to do around campus and there is a big focus on saving the environment. I went on so many hiking trips and got extra credit for picking up trash in the parks. Sometimes, when there isn't snow on the ground, small classes are held outside.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Welcome Week can be a little intimidating but it is so fun if you get into it. Go to the events and you will make new friends, plus there is always lots of free food. If you don't participate in the required events make sure you go to the rock group meetings, that is where I met one of my best friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely hit up the gym. It is free for students and for only $50 you can get a group fitness pass. The classes are great and a good workout. The bookstore gives out free coupon books at the beginning of each semester so make sure you get one because the coupons for pizza delivery are great.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do outside of campus. There is Canal Park with all of the cool shops and walking on the lake shore. On campus, there are many late night programs like movies and grocery bingo. Who doesn't love free food? Also the RSOP offers many classes on make your own items, many times you don't even have to pay for anything.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the dining center has its good and its bad points. There is a lot of selection and sometimes the food can surprise you. The action station is always good and the chicken parmesan sandwiches and cream of wild rice soup rocks. It can be a little repetitive but that is what dining dollars are for at the food court. The food court has excellent pizza and the fries and chicken strip basket is so good.

    Dorm Life

    Get to know your floor. You will see these people the most so it makes it so much fun if you are friends. I loved having friday movie nights or going out on the town with my floor mates. Also my resident advisor was awesome, don't be afraid to talk to him or her.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes were interesting and I learned a lot. Some were definitely harder then others but if you study and do the homework they are manageable. There is a large variety of classes so wether you want a fun and easy class or a challenging one, there is something for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school focuses a lot on renewable resources, so if you care about the earth UMD is a great place to go. UMD is a largely science based school and the program is amazing. There are lots of opportunities to do research.

    In three sentences

    I love attending UMD. The classes are challenging, but manageable. I felt so welcomed as a freshmen from out of town and there was never a dull moment.

  • 10/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many student clubs, fairs, homecoming... Off campus there are some nice bars and clubs, move theaters, restaurants, etc! Duluth has quickly become home for me!!

    Food and Dining

    They have a nice variety with vegan options as well. They even do a sushi Monday! And they have a nice little coffee shop with asiago bagels that I'm addicted to..

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived in the dorms, but I hear that it's good!

    Academic Rigor

    Like any school, some classes are harder than others. If you study diligently, you'll have no problem.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't understand something, don't be afraid to approach your teacher. They're very good at helping you out. If you know you're not going to be at class one day, talk to your teacher as soon as you can, so they can help you work around it.

    In three sentences

    The faculty is great to work with. UMD has a very open and welcoming campus. Great inter-student activity student clubs.

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Endless... theres even a coloring club, it may sound weird but everyone that goes always has fun

    What to do for fun

    Anything and Everything! The opportunities are endless.

    Food and Dining

    Delicious!

    Dorm Life

    There's always something fun going on wither it be a dorm barbecue, movie night, or even a ping pong tournament. Whatever it is I have never gone to an event that I found to be lame or boring.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely a challenge, you get your money's worth in education.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're not sure that Duluth is the right choice for you, keep your mind open and give it some more thought!

    In three sentences

    A very comfortable environment for everyone. The campus always has something fun and exciting going on. A place to feel safe.

  • 11/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've heard of a lot of people ending up in bad situations

    Greek Life

    weird here

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of clubs to join ! get involved

    Great for these types of students

    Focused and driven, or party animals who want to fail out

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The lookout. In bagley nature center: overlooks all of duluth. so pretty at night

    Bang for the buck

    Great professors and classes, academically I love it here.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, athletics, gym. Thats really it. Probably why so many kids here are drunk all the time

    Food and Dining

    The food is awful, don't listen to the tour guides.

    Dorm Life

    I picked my roommate and we're great friends! Dorms are good size with adequate storage. You will have to bunk your beds though.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you stay on track and caught up, you should be just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make the right friends and decisions. It is extremely easy to get in trouble here for not doing so.

    In three sentences

    I love my classes. It is very hard to find good friends here. Mainly a party school.

  • 12/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Foods okay, but it's better than others that I have tasted

    Dorm Life

    Walk strait from the dorm to your class without going outside! Friendly people with a good atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    Lots of hard work for all of the majors, but it definitely prepares you for your jobs.

    In three sentences

    Great Campus with allot to do around the area. Beautiful library with a wicked echo ring in it. Everything is connected so you don't have to step a foot outside in the winter if you don't want to.

  • 12/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    From the Bulldog Taxi Service to the UMD Safewalk, you'll be perfectly fine. Cops are usually hanging around campus on the weekends, and NAs and RAs will watch out for you as well. Off campus, though, don't walk around alone at night.

    Greek Life

    TKE isn't as awful as everybody says it is. It can get pretty dirty there on the weekends during their parties, but nobody is going to rape you. I know a few people from TKE who are really great people. I have a few friends in the main sorority, also. I'm not sure what it's called, but from what I've heard about it, I may join this upcoming semester. Greek life is frowned upon by the council in Duluth so there aren't huge houses specifically for the frats/sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm too busy with work, but a lot of the clubs seem fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Obviously great for students who love the outdoors, and those who like to ski, snowboard, and play in the snow love it here.

    Bang for the buck

    It's nice that you don't have to pay for any credits after 13. Watch out for the potential health plan that the school adds onto your tuition bill if you don't show proof of insurance. A lot of my friends were out $1000-2000 until they realized they were added to the plan and got out of it, which isn't possible after the first few weeks.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of places in Duluth to go out and have fun. There's a lot of trails and hiking opportunities, and it's amazing being by Lake Superior. It's obviously a lot harder to go out and do stuff in the winter since there's 5 feet of snow on the ground and it's -10 degrees outside, but there's always something to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    I can always find something to eat, but being someone who is picky, most everything in the Dining Center is gross to me. The Food Court is very pricy but usually has decent food, and you get $175 per semester in Dining Dollars to use there or in the coffee shop. The coffee shop is amazing and has a lot of gluten-free options. The bagels there are delicious

    Dorm Life

    It isn't bad. I live in Lake Superior Hall, and it isn't as terrible as everybody says it is. Yes, it is smaller, but it's still alright. It's harder to connect with my floormates since we're all in separate halls on the same floor, but the ones in the rooms surrounding me have become close friends. The RA tries to have floor activities but a lot of people don't show up.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors will definitely make or break your grade. A lot of them grade fairly but I did have one professor that graded based off of her opinion of your opinions. If you had differing opinions, you weren't graded very well. Science classes can be difficult and a study buddy is definitely recommended.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking for a great, outdoorsy place. Theatre program is very good.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lookout point behind Heaney hall and across the street behind the parking lot. Short hike up the hill leads to a lookout over the city.

    What to do for fun

    Lots and lots to do! Duluth is a great city. Go out to Park Point for great stargazing and bonfires. There's tons of theatres and coffee shops.

    Food and Dining

    Typical for a college. Some is good, some is bad.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome! Lots and lots of people. I lived in Lake Superior Hall, which is the oldest hall and sometimes people don't want to live there. I picked it because it is right in the middle of the dorms, so it's closest to the campus (everything is connected). If you're looking for the best hall, it's Ianni, the newest one.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easy, others are difficult, just like other schools. The theatre classes are GREAT.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorms for at least a semester. Get involved with different clubs to make friends. Explore Duluth! It's a really beautiful place.

    In three sentences

    UMD has wonderful people, events, and faculty. The lake is beautiful and there are a lot of things to do in Duluth. It's like living in a small town and a big city all at once.

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There's plenty to chose from and if there isn't an activity or club, it just takes 3 people and a bit of paperwork for it to happen.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Center's foods average at best (and utterly mysterious sometimes). There's an ice cream machine too but it's normally broken down or the ice cream is bad. The hours are from 7:30 to 7:30 which isn't good. The coffee shop has great atmosphere though it's weekend hours aren't anything to brag about (it's closed on sunday). There also is a Food court with a 50's themed burger place, an italian and a sub place. The only one open until 10 would the the italian place otherwise everything else's hours vary widely.

    Dorm Life

    Some people have had great roommates-I wasn't so fortunate. The room mates are chosen at random and if you and your roommate need to switch, the process takes for ever. My floor seems to have the highest number of drinkers and smokers.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are clubs that get involved and help you if you need it. We also have a UMD campus police that are very helpful and understanding!

    Greek Life

    There are a ton!! Those who I know have gotten involved say they absolutely love their greek life family.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of stuff to chose from! From coloring club to frats and sororities!

    Great for these types of students

    If you are into music definitely get involved because even if you don't think you are good enough you probably are and can have a lot of fun getting involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am not really sure of any..

    Bang for the buck

    Very spendy but worth it.

    What to do for fun

    You can go downtown and visit the sights other wise there is usually stuff going on around campus that is put on by our clubs.

    Food and Dining

    It's a hit or miss with the DC but you do have $175 dining dollars to do what you want which means you can go to the food court and get a different dinner.

    Dorm Life

    It can be very fun and very frustrating at times. You get to know a lot of people but can be hard to focus.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a first year at UMD

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you get to know your roommate well before you move in. Live in dorms your first year because it gets you involved with people in the school. Also, get involved with clubs! Number one thing...don't skip your classes!

    In three sentences

    I think the University of Minnesota-Duluth is a wonderful school. The classes are challenging and fun but keep you interested. The only downfall is that it can get very expensive, but then again what college can't!

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Canal Park, Spirit Mountain, on capus activities, sports, and clubs are all different ways to have fun. Trust me. Having fun will not be a problem no matter which college you attend.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining are your average cafeteria experience, but Jimmy John's and pizza are only a call away. There are many restaurants in the Duluth area that you should check out. You will never starve.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms feel a lot like the size of a high school. There is always something going on. Since they are connected to the school, it never feels like you go home for the day.

    Academic Rigor

    This school doesn't offer many challenges academically. If you do what you are paying all that money for, you should be able to receive decent grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will want to sleep in late. Don't miss your classes no matter what. Professors often offer participation points that can make or break your grade.

    In three sentences

    Dultuh offers may opportunities in the surrounding community. It's a great area to hike and a lot of fun. The winter months can get a little long, stuck inside the tunnels, but it is great being able to wake up 15 minutes before class and still get there on time. Mostly, the school just seems like a giant building.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe. There is always and RA to turn to for help if you need it. I've used the safe walk program a few times myself, where I called a number and the night guards escorted me through a dark parking lot or back to my dorm in situations I did not feel safe in. The doors to the dorms also lock at a certain time so that you don't have to worry about strangers walking around the dorms late at night. All in all it is a very safe campus.

    Greek Life

    I don't know a lot about the Greek life on campus. I know a lot of people who are in Fraternities and Sororities, but am not knowledgeable on the subject.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is such a wide variety of clubs! Knitting, boxing, running, coloring, and dance are just a few. There are also lots of club sports such as waterpolo, volleyball, rugby, hockey, and more!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for anyone! If you don't like snow or cold then winter might be a little rough though. Remember to pack your warm clothes!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My friends and I jumped off the Ice Box at Canal Park our first weekend on campus. It is an abandoned building on Lake Superior that you swim a short distance to and jump into the Lake from. Although it was cold it was tons of fun! We stopped at Grandma's for a bite to eat after so it was well worth it!

    Bang for the buck

    Most Definatly! The experiences and educational opprotunities UMD provides is worth every dollar.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do! On campus there are hundreds of clubs and sports to be a part of. Everything from coloring club to club hockey is available. There are intramural sports such as volleyball, curling, floor hockey, soccer, and others available all year. There is also pool tables all over campus, ping pong tables, and other lounges to just relax in. There is a desk where one can rent movies. You can go hiking down to the beautiful Chester Park or Bagley Nature Area. Duluth itself offers a plethora of options, casinos, Canal Park and Park Point (both right on Lake Superior!), Engar Tower, movie theaters, shopping, Adventure Zone where one can go swimming, play laser tag or others. There are also lots of places for you and your friends to hang out and relax. Most places offer student discounts too so you can go have fun at discount price!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is really good sometimes and OK others. However, there is LOTS of variety (salad cart, sand which bar, burger bar, vegetarian options, soups, the hot meal stations, ect.). There are some restaurants and coffee shops on campus that are really great! The coffee shop is especially awesome (the red velvet cupcakes are the best). There is also a Greek restaurant, a burger hub, an Italian restaurant, and others. It is also very easy to order a pizza or jimmy john's right to campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are awesome to live in! They are connected to the rest of campus by a tunnel system so you don't have to go outside on those frigid winter days. You meet a ton of friends in the dorms and there's lots of activities to do! The resident advisors can be strict with the rules sometimes, but they have a job to do and they can get in trouble themselves for not enforcing certain rules so keep that in mind!

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are generally understanding about coursework and exam schedules, but they also have a schedule to keep too. It's the same at any college, if you want to do well you have to put in the work, there's still plenty of time for fun though!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your applications in early! This determines which dorms you will live in, the sooner you get your application in the better chance you have for better housing. Don't be afraid to ask questions! The people are there to help you get the best experience poosible, it's their job.

    In three sentences

    Attending the University of Minnesota- Duluth was the best decision I have ever made. It is in a fantastic location, I have a beautiful view of Lake Superior right from my dorm; the staff and people are all friendly, helpful, and want you to achieve, and the campus is beautiful, there is always something to do so there is never an excuse for getting bored. All in all- it is a great school!

  • 01/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Duluth is a great city to do outdoor activities! Hiking, camping, canoeing, kyaking, everything you can imagine is here in Duluth!

    Food and Dining

    The DC is a great place to hang out and receive a good meal!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are all connected and are a short indoor walk to the actual campus itself.

    Academic Rigor

    UMD has a wide range of classes for every student. Whether you would like to take a light load or pile of the credits, UMD can give you what you want.

    In three sentences

    The Duluth campus is a wonderful place for new students! All of the buildings are connected for easy access with out having to be out in the cold weather. Duluth also offers a good education with lots of off campus opportunities that will enhance your experience here at UMD. Those who can, Do-luth!

  • 02/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on and off campus.

    Greek Life

    not mentioned by anyone

    Clubs and Activities

    Join Students Today Leaders Forever you won't regert it YEAH BUDDY!

    Great for these types of students

    science students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    haven't heard of any but I'm only a freshman

    What to do for fun

    Canal park, Gooseberry Falls, variety of clubs to join

    Food and Dining

    Very reptative but the ice machine is always a good option when its working

    Dorm Life

    Over priced, sound level isn't enforced by RAs, over heated,

    Academic Rigor

    Overall well bit challenging avoid 8 am classes and General Biology ( you have to trust me on that)

    Tips for prospective students

    Study for exams, join study groups, the food WILL get old so be sure to have snacks

    In three sentences

    Beautiful view of the lake from different parts of campus. Great opputunities in the outdoors.

  • 02/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join groups and sign up for inter mural sports. It's a great way to make friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food courts and dining center offer a wide variety of food and healthier alternatives for students on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I only recommend the dorms because it is part of the first year experience. Otherwise I would not have gone into the dorms my freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    UMD is prided on its academics. You get what you put into the classes and the professors want to help you pass their class.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students I would encourage you to try and meet with a professor and talk about their expectation of their students. Even though no two professors are the same it is important to understand what they are asking of you as you transition from high school to college.

    In three sentences

    This University offers a wide variety of clubs and groups for students to join and be involved in. It has an accepting and open minded atmosphere where students are free to be themselves. UMD is a very atypical college as every building is accessible without walking outside once you have entered.

  • 02/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. It is all indoor, and if you have to walk off campus and its dark they have a student help club. Two people will come find you where you are and walk you to your destination so you feel safe.

    Greek Life

    I haven't seen or heard much about Greek Life. It isn't too big on UMD Campus, but there are quite a few different Greek houses for girls or boys.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of them on campus! You can do pretty much anything, from knitting to sports to being in a Quidditch Club!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who like to party! You can party any day of the week, whenever you want. For people of Christian faith or people who just don't want to drink and party all the time, not the best place.

    Bang for the buck

    The food doesn't seem worth the money. Some of the professors are great! Overall I would say it is a little too expensive for a state school.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities and clubs that are fun on campus, but most people have fun going to a house party on the weekend. While I'm not a drinker or a partier, I find there isn't a lot of fun activities to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food court has good food, but the Dining Center (where your U Card works) has some questionable food. A lot of it is still half frozen when it is served, and beware some of the meat. If it doesn't look good or taste good on the first bite, you should probably toss it.

    Dorm Life

    I live in burntside, the all girls dorm. Although there are plenty of boys who practically live in the other rooms in my hallway. The showers and bathrooms are tiny, and again the party scene is very evident on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the teachers and advisors are great! However, I don't always feel like they're really teaching me. I feel like I teach myself a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't drink or want to party, be ready to possibly spend a lot of alone time in your room.

    In three sentences

    It is a good school for specific programs, but I am in the Music Program. The teachers aren't very personable, and they take personal choices seriously if it affects them even in the slightest way. Honestly being in this school feels like a very, very slight upgrade from high school.