Take a tour of UND’s unique buildings and places — some with a rich history and others with a fresh presence on campus. See how UND has evolved from just a few buildings in 1883 to what it is today.

Science Classroom in the late 1800



  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business & Public Administration
  • College of Education & Human Development
  • College of Engineering & Mines
  • College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines

  • John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Law School (1923, 2015)

Court is in session! Featuring the original North Dakota Supreme Court bench and chairs, the UND School of Law’s Baker Courtroom hosts official hearings and mock trials. The School was established in 1899 in downtown Grand Forks and moved to its current location in 1923. An $11.4 million renovation and addition to the historic building was completed in 2015.

Merrifield Hall (1929)

“Book-loving” gnomes. Prairie roses carved in window wells. The only penny gumball machine on campus. That’s what you’ll find in Merrifield Hall, which is named in honor of UND’s third president (1891-1909). Regarded as a campus masterpiece and the first building to feature adornments beyond the basics, architect Joseph Bell DeRemer’s design established the “collegiate gothic” architectural style for the central UND campus.

School of Medicine & Health Sciences (2016)

School of Medicine & Health Sciences
School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Construction of this $124 million building dedicated to the citizens of North Dakota was completed just in time to welcome students for the Fall 2016 semester. It includes breathtaking views from its four-story glass windows and floating stairs, as well as a 200-seat auditorium; high-tech, flexible classrooms; a variety of study spaces; and a state-of-the-art simulation center.

Education Building (1954, 2011)

Education building

Going up? Built in 1954, the Education Building featured UND’s first elevator. Renovated in 2011, it’s UND’s first Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified building — using 24% less energy than other comparable buildings. As home to the College of Education & Human Development, you’ll find a North Dakota-themed interior with pieces from the University’s Living Museum Across the Campus art collection.

Leonard Hall (1964)

Step back in time at UND’s “dinosaur place” where you’ll discover a restored 67-million-year-old triceratops skull, dinosaur “footprints” and limestone figures of a triceratops, brontosaurus, mammoth and volcano. The home to the Harold Hamm School of Geology & Geological Engineering, Leonard Hall was built using 80 different kinds of stones, including 200-million-year-old limestone with fossils from the Jurassic era.

Gamble Hall (1968)

Gamble Hall

Those aren’t missing bricks on Gamble Hall’s east exterior. The small rectangles spell “University of North Dakota” in Hollerith keypunch code. Inside the College of Business & Public Administration, you can check your stocks on the ticker outside of the A. Kirk Lanterman Investment Center. Modeled after a stock market trading room, the Student Managed Investment Fund uses the Center to manage its $1 million investment portfolio.

Collaborative Energy Complex (2017), Upson I (1971) and Upson II (1974)

Collaborative Energy Complex
Collaborative Energy Complex

Named for Maxwell M. Upson, a UND graduate and pioneer in reinforced concrete construction, Upson I and II — along with Harrington Hall — are the principal facilities of the UND College of Engineering & Mines. The Collaborative Energy Complex (CEC), a 37,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, serves as the new front door for the College and welcomed its first class of students in January 2017. The CEC is the new home for Petroleum Engineering and the Institute for Energy Studies. It also features innovative research labs, modern classrooms, a student success center and collaboration spaces for students, faculty and industry.

Nursing Building (1976, 2008)

Nursing student with manikin
Nursing Clinical Resource & Simulation Center

Using the most advanced technology, students practice their skills on “manikins” that simulate a patient’s vital signs as part of the Clinical Resource & Simulation Center in the Nursing Building. Added in 2008 with National Institutes of Health funding, the Northern Plains Center for Behavioral Research has nearly 30,000 square feet of behavioral research facilities for the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines and the Department of Psychology.

John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (1983-2016)

Aerospace-Robin Hall
Aerospace – Robin Hall

The sky’s not the limit in the UND Aerospace Complex! This striking set of modern brick buildings includes Odegard, Streibel, Clifford and Ryan Halls, with the new home to unmanned aircraft systems, Robin Hall, added in 2016. Within the complex, you’ll find: state-of-the-art training simulators and labs for aviation, space studies, atmospheric sciences, computer science, and earth system science and policy. UND’s 16 National Intercollegiate Flying Association Championship banners. The “NorthPol” Doppler Weather Radar System. Displays honoring John D. Odegard, who founded the School in the 1970s with just two faculty members and two donated aircraft, and Thomas J. Clifford, UND’s eighth president and the first North Dakota native and second alumnus to hold that post (1971-1992).

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Gerbil tubes over 47th StWalk the “gerbil tubes” between buildings.
Aerospace PlanetariumStargaze at the Aerospace Planetarium.
Gargoyle reading a book sculpture at Merrifield HallFind the gnomes in Merrifield Hall.

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Campus Quad
Mock Trial in the Law School's Baker Court RoomWatch a mock trial in the Law School’s Baker Court Room.
triceratops fossil in Leonard HallFollow the “footprints” to find the dinosaur in Leonard Hall.

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