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University of Minnesota at Duluth

In 1895, the Normal School at Duluth was established by the Minnesota Legislator. In 1921, the institution became the Duluth State Teachers College, and in 1947 it became a coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota. In 1948, ground was broken for the first building of the new campus. The old campus, which had housed the Normal School and the teacher's college, continued to serve UMD students for many years. Its centerpiece, the proud Old Main building, was destroyed by a tragic fire in 1992, but the building's arches have been preserved and is now used by the city of Duluth as a park. UMD's campus consists of more than 50 buildings on 244 acres overlooking Lake Superior, all built since 1948. UMD is also home for the Tweed Museum of Art, the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium, Weber Music Hall, and the Marshall Performing Arts Center. Other facilities include the Research and Field Studies Center, Glensheen Historic Estate, the Large Lakes Observatory, and the Natural Resources Research Institute. The UMD is a comprehensive regional university within which undergraduate students can choose from 12 bachelor's degrees in 75 majors. In addition, there is the two-year program at the School of Medicine, and a College of Pharmacy program. UMD provides an alternative to both large research universities and small liberal arts colleges, attracting students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university.