Heritage and Legacy
Since its founding in 1883, six years before North Dakota statehood, UND has cultivated an exciting history. Unlike most state institutions of higher education west of the Mississippi, UND did not begin as an agricultural school or only as a teachers college. Instead, it was organized initially as a College of Arts & Sciences, with a Normal School for the education of teachers.
Dr. Cora Smith King was a member of UND's first graduating class of eight students in 1889. As the first woman to receive a medical license in the state and a fierce advocate for women's suffrage, Dr. King forged a progressive path for the University that is continued on today.
With help from more than 145,000 proud alumni like Dr. King, our traditions have endured for centuries. UND's history is colorful and diverse, with everything from educators to political leaders and astronauts crowding our track record.
Throughout our history, there have been many national leaders who have made an influence on UND, including visits from two U.S. Presidents. Read more about our presidential visits.
UND is, and has been, an institution dedicated to academic excellence with highly motivated, passionate faculty. More than 90% of UND faculty hold the highest degrees in their field.
Students have been an integral part of UND since its founding. Our students bring diversity and change to the University, helping to make it a cultured and friendly place to live and learn.
Athletics have been a staple at UND. Our athletic legacy spans more than 100 years of competitive sports and boasts multiple championships in both women's and men's teams alike.
UND has a strong legacy of influential and successful alumni. We are proud of the exceptional work our 145,000 alumni do beyond graduation to serve the state, the nation, and the world.
UND's attractive campus is steeped in history and incorporates advanced art and technology into its learning and research environments. With 550 acres across campus, there is space to enjoy the beauty of North Dakota while keeping the feel of a tight-knit campus community.