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Undergrad Profile

At the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, you’ll grow academically, personally, and professionally at a premier research institution with a commitment to personalized education. 

The University
Our 7,500 undergraduates choose from 82 fields of study, and your opportunities for learning and discovery are limited only by your personal interests. As you build confidence and expertise in your major, you’ll gain intellectual, social, and personal development skills you can apply in your career, whether it keeps you in the New England region or takes you around the world.

Encouraging your success
UMass Dartmouth helps you excel by integrating theoretical knowledge with practical experiences. You can build your résumé through the many opportunities for undergraduate research, internships, and community service learning. You’ll find that UMass Dartmouth professors are key to your success. They are renowned for their research, and they love to teach. You’ll have professors teaching in the classrooms, and with an average class size of 24, they’ll get to know you as they help you succeed.

Our story
The University traces its history back more than 100 years, when it first began serving the region’s educational needs to prepare people to work in the textile, manufacturing, and service industries. Over time the focus shifted, and today UMass Dartmouth is an educational and research leader in the liberal and creative arts and sciences, business, engineering, health care, and teaching. The University serves as an intellectual, economic, and cultural catalyst in the region and the world.

UMass Dartmouth has a consistent ranking on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the best colleges in the northern region of the United States. And the entire University of Massachusetts system has a world ranking on The Times of London’s prestigious “World University Rankings” list.

Our location
UMass Dartmouth is located in the scenic coastal community of Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The campus is situated on 710 acres, with easy access to Boston, Fall River, New Bedford, Cape Cod, and Providence, Rhode Island. Nearby shopping, entertainment, restaurants, museums, and theaters make this a vibrant hub. Recreational sites are minutes away, including beaches and hiking. You can drive to New York City in four hours and the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont in three to four hours. Public transportation is available from campus to nearby communities.

Corsair pride
The UMass Dartmouth mascot is a corsair, Arnie the Pirate. It reflects the adventurous, courageous spirit shared by the UMass Dartmouth community. It’s a residential campus, with 60% of students living here. There are more than 130 student organizations, Division III athletic programs, cultural opportunities, and interest groups. More than 500 students participate on our 25 NCAA D-III teams, and roughly 2,000 students—more than a quarter of our undergraduates—participate on at least one intramural team. Our students also excel beyond the court, field, and classroom—the University was named as one of 14 finalists to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its outstanding commitment to community service.

Academic programs
UMass Dartmouth has five colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, Charlton College of Business, College of Engi-neering, College of Nursing, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). The School for Marine Science and Technology offers renowned research as students pursue graduate and doctoral degrees. The UMass School of Law is part of the UMass Dartmouth campus.

To complement traditional academic offerings, other learning opportunities include study abroad; an honors program, independent study, contract learning, and directed study; study at a nearby university through cross-registration; and credit by examination.

You can take advantage of study abroad agreements with partner institutions in a number of countries, including Australia, Belgium, China, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Spain, to name a few. UMass has its own program in Lisbon, Portugal, making it extremely cost-efficient for you to study abroad.

Academic facilities
The dramatic campus is the work of architect Paul Rudolph, former Dean of the Yale University School of Art and Architecture. A recent $45 million renovation to the library created a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient space that serves as both the intellectual and social heart of campus. A campus-wide, $175 million building and renovation program is underway to upgrade and improve academic facilities. In addition, UMass Dartmouth is planning the construction of a new $55 million academic building.

Access to technology is an integral part of the curriculum. UMass Dartmouth is a wireless campus with computing clusters located in the library and most classroom buildings. Multiple computer labs (Apple and PC) are readily available throughout campus.

The Star Store campus in historic downtown New Bedford offers outstanding studio space for undergraduate and graduate art students. Important collaboration space on campus includes the Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Art Studio (IDEAStudio)—a digital multimedia workspace for engineering and art students—and the Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Re-search, where the data capabilities stretch the imagination.

In-state tuition and fees for 2015–2016 were $12,588; non-Massachusetts resident tuition and fees were $26,173. Room and board expenses were $11,622 (based on a 19-meal plan and a double room for a year). Books and supplies cost approximately $1,300 a year, depending on your courses. Specific fees may be assessed, depending on your course of study. UMass Dartmouth offers proximity tuition discounts and discounted tuition rates for specific academic programs if you’re from other New England states.

Financial aid
Last year 85% of the students who completed the FAFSA received some financial aid, and UMass Dartmouth met 90% of demonstrated need. Submit your FAFSA by March 1 for priority consideration in the awarding process. More information about UMass Dartmouth financial aid and scholarships is available online at

You’re invited
Come visit the University for a campus tour and an information session with an admissions officer. UMass Dartmouth offers Early Action for those who apply by November 15, and most decisions are made within four weeks of the completion of your application. Application forms and related information are available at


By the numbers

7,500     Undergraduate students

4,200     Students living on campus (60% of undergraduates)

14          Residence halls

52:48     Male-female ratio

87%      Massachusetts residents

28%      Undergraduate students of color

377       Full-time faculty

27         Average class size

130+    Student organizations

82      Fields of study
         Minors and honors program
         Interdisciplinary studies
         Pre-medical advising