The University of North Dakota (UND) is a public research university located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States. Established by the Dakota Territorial Assembly in 1883, six years before the establishment of the state of North Dakota, UND is the oldest and largest university in the state. UND was founded as a university with a strong liberal arts foundation and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral/research-intensive institution. UND is ranked among the top 100 public universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report and is the only university in the states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana to do so. UND offers a variety of professional and specialized programs, including the only schools of law and medicine in the state, but is perhaps best known for its John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences which trains air traffic controllers and pilots from around the world. It is the first university to offer a degree in unmanned aircraft systems operations.
UND specializes in aerospace, health sciences, nutrition, energy and environmental protection, and engineering research. Several research institutions are located on the UND campus including the Energy and Environmental Research Center, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center.
The athletic teams compete in the NCAA's Division I as members of the Big Sky Conference, with the exception of men's and women's hockey, which compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The men's ice hockey team has won seven national championships, and plays in the world-famous Ralph Engelstad Arena.
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