The University of North Dakota is the chief opportunity engine for its students and the State of North Dakota. Founded in 1883 – six years before North Dakota statehood – UND is among the nation’s premier regional public research universities. With an enrollment of 14,000 students, UND is a leader and innovator in rural and Indigenous health, energy, aerospace, autonomous systems, and national defense. Classified as a “Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity” institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, UND is characterized by a solid foundation of the liberal arts, high quality students and faculty, a diverse curriculum, a widely recognized program of graduate education and research, law and medical schools praised for quality and innovation, rich cultural resources, and an outstanding record of alumni support. Its major academic divisions include Arts and Sciences, Aerospace Sciences, Business and Public Administration, Education and Human Development, Engineering and Mines, Nursing and Professional Disciplines, Medicine and Health Sciences, Law, Extended Learning and the School of Graduate Studies. Long a provider of distance education, UND also has developed a robust online presence.