The University of North Dakota (UND) is a public research university located in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
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 high research activity institution. UND is ranked among the top 100 public universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report. 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 pilots and air traffic controllers 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. Most teams compete as members of the Big Sky Conference, with the exceptions of men's hockey (National Collegiate Hockey Conference), women's hockey (Western Collegiate Hockey Association), baseball (Western Athletic Conference), and swimming (Western Athletic Conference). The men's ice hockey team has won seven national championships, and plays in the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
At theUniversity of North Dakota in Grand Forks in John C. West Hall, administrators have seen an apparitional young girl's torso, believed to be that of an anonymous spectral student who froze to death outside the dorm. The ghost is said to tinker with the electricity and TVs in the complex. Also, in Stacher Hall (Technology Department), staff members have sporadically seen an apparitional man's arm has in the doorway of the second-floor graphics darkroom. Investigators have detected a feeling of being watched by spirits and a floral perfume along with small gusts of air in the computer lab.