UMD Vision

UMD will be agile in pursuing a dynamic future that builds upon our strengths1 and successfully confronts evolving challenges and opportunities. UMD will deliver an array of academic programs and student experiences that capitalize on our excellence and impact, as well as our scholarly strengths and external partnerships. In this way UMD will serve as a platform for success and achievement beyond graduation for students from all diverse and cultural backgrounds. By accomplishing this vision UMD assures that Minnesota has a highly qualified and innovative workforce to meet our future economic, environmental, social, and cultural challenges.

1The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is an outstanding student-centered, undergraduate-focused institution of higher education, defined by its commitment to student access and promoting exceptional outcomes for our graduates. As a land-grant and sea-grant university, UMD achieves its mission through vibrant and high-quality academic and co-curricular programs; impactful research, scholarship, and creative activities; and service and engagement beyond the confines of the campus. The university’s diverse and high-quality faculty and staff are committed to students’ academic achievement, personal development and well-being, and life-long career goals.

UMD leverages its location in Northeast Minnesota and on Lake Superior to its best advantage and the faculty, staff, and students intentionally engage surrounding communities, the region, and the state to make a positive difference. UMD contributes to economic, cultural, social, and environmental sustainability and the development of resilient communities in the Northland and beyond. We serve the educational needs of indigenous peoples, their economic growth, their culture, and the sovereignty of the American Indian nations of the region, the state, and North America. UMD is a diverse community of scholars and learners who embrace our long-standing connections to the region and look toward a future that will be even more diverse and global.