Guri Sand emigrated with her family from Norway when she was eleven and was educated in one-room schoolhouses in Grand Forks County. Sand received her teaching certificate before turning eighteen. While teaching in rural schools, Sand attended University High School and later at the University of North Dakota (UND) itself. She received her B.A. degree from UND in 1919. Sand was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and participated in Pi Lambda Theta at UND. She did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, but devoted most of her career to teaching and education administration in eastern North Dakota. Her last twenty years of teaching and service were at Mayville State Teachers College (now Mayville State University). Sand retired in 1948 and received a distinguish service award from UND in 1961.
University of North Dakota. Alumni Review, 40, 1 (July 5, 1961): 1-2.