Director’s Corner Wrap Up

Happy May! I don’t know about you, but it feels like this year has flown by despite all the challenges. I want to take a moment to say THANK YOU for all you’ve done this year. Words like historical and unprecedented have been used a lot, but this year has been unlike any other and you deserve a great deal of kudos for your efforts to ensure your students continue to not only survive but thrive in it. Through distance learning, in-person learning, closures and everything changing on the fly YOU have preserved and helped your students to do the same.

This class of students is succeeding in finding their way! Application numbers are strong, GPAs look good, students are selecting their housing choices and getting registered for classes. From what we can see, they’re taking those necessary next steps to choosing their path. Once again, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you for all you do to help your students make a smooth transition from high school to college life.

I want to bring a few things to your attention to make sure you’re aware of them as the school year comes to a close.

New Student Transition

Make students’ transition to UND seamless with the New Student Transition program. It includes an online advisement and registration process that is already underway! Students will work with an academic advisor to get registered for their classes in the fall. Make sure your students sign up right away to secure their fall schedule.

Then July 19 – 23 we’re hosting on-campus Orientation Days! These days are optional, but help students familiarize themselves with campus, take care of any outstanding business and learn what to expect during their first year at UND.

Campus Construction

The new Memorial Union will open in time for the fall semester! UND students voted in 2019 to build a new Memorial Union, which includes a rooftop getaway, expanded study and meeting spaces equipped with the latest technology and retail and food venues including fan favorites Panda Express and Chick-fil-A!

In addition to the Union, the Chester Fritz Library has gone through significant renovations and is a comfortable study and gathering space for students.

The new Nistler College of Business & Public Administration construction is well underway and is slated to open in the fall 2022 semester.

This past year has certainly had its challenges. But it’s also given us the time and opportunity to re-center and reflect on those things that are most important to us. For us, that means keeping everyone safe and healthy while providing a top-notch education so they can go on to make the world a better place. We are excited to welcome students back to campus in the fall and back to normal classroom and residence hall capacities! We can’t wait to see everyone in person, online, hybrid or however they choose in the fall!

Have a wonderful summer! I hope you can enjoy some well-deserved down time and look forward to seeing you again in the fall!

Best wishes,

Jennifer Aamodt
Director of University Admissions