University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, MA

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, MA

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A private college at a public university value

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is a national research university that provides you with the educational experience you would find at a private college—at a public university value.

Our outstanding faculty will challenge and encourage you. They will prepare you to thrive in a world that changes at a revolutionary pace. Your UMass Dartmouth education is designed to develop a robust skill set and global mindset so you think critically, communicate effectively, and learn constantly.

Encouraging your success
UMass Dartmouth helps you excel by integrating theoretical knowledge with practical experiences. You can build your résumé through many opportunities for undergraduate research, internships, and community service learning. You’ll find that UMass Dartmouth professors are key to your success. They’re renowned for their research and they love to teach. You’ll have professors teaching in the classrooms, and with an average class size of 25 students, they’ll get to know you as they help you succeed.

You will find UMass Dartmouth graduates in leadership positions across the state, throughout the nation, and around the world. They attend graduate programs at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, and Yale. They are employed by Dell EMC, Google, Hasbro, Massachusetts General Hospital, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Uber as well as government agencies and offices.

Our location
UMass Dartmouth is located in the scenic coastal community of Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The campus is situated on 710 acres in a park-like setting, 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. Buses run from campus to nearby communities as well as Boston.

Corsair pride
The UMass Dartmouth mascot is a pirate, Arnie the Corsair. It reflects the adventurous, courageous spirit shared by the campus community. It’s a residential campus, with 74% of first-year students living here.

There are more than 170 student organizations, cultural opportunities, and interest groups. We compete in NCAA Division III sports, with 500 students participating on 25 teams and hundreds more playing on intramural and club teams. Our students also excel beyond the court, field, and classroom—the University is in the top 3% on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its outstanding commitment to community service.

Academic programs
UMass Dartmouth has six undergraduate colleges: the Charlton College of Business, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing & Health Sciences, the College of Visual & Performing Arts (CVPA), and the Honors College. The School for Marine Science and Technology offers students unique graduate opportunities, and UMass Law offers UMass Dartmouth students a 3+3 option. 

Other learning opportunities include internships, independent study, contract learning, directed study, study at nearby universities through cross-registration, and credit by examination. You can also take advantage of study abroad agreements with partner institutions in a number of countries, including Australia, Belgium, China, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.

Our campus
A new $134 million residence and dining complex will open in the fall of 2020. Two residential buildings will be connected to a state-of-the-art dining facility. The residences will house 1,210 students in fully furnished single- and double-occupancy rooms. The complex will include computer lounges, makerspaces, performance practice areas, and classrooms, along with plenty of outdoor gathering space and seating. Other features will include kitchens and free laundry that students can monitor by a mobile app.

The campus design is the work of architect Paul Rudolph, former Dean of the Yale University School of Art and Architecture. A $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. The new Charlton Learning Pavilion, adjacent to the Charlton College of Business, offers remarkable classroom and learning spaces. 

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 CVPA Star Store campus in historic downtown New Bedford offers outstanding studio and gallery space for undergraduate and graduate Art students. Important collaboration spaces on campus include the IDEAStudio—a digital multimedia workspace for Engineering and Art students—and the Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research, where data capabilities stretch the imagination.

In-state tuition for the 2019–2020 academic year is $14,358; out-of-state tuition is $30,103. Room and board expenses are $13,487 (based on a platinum meal plan and a double room for a year). Books and supplies cost approximately $1,300 a year, depending on your courses. Program-specific fees may be assessed, depending on your course of study. UMass Dartmouth offers a New England tuition rate for students who live in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont. 

Financial aid
Last year, 84% of students who completed the FAFSA received need-based financial aid. Submit your FAFSA by March 1 for priority consideration in the awarding process. More information is available online at

You’re invited
Come visit UMass Dartmouth for a campus tour and an information session. 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 information is available at

By the Numbers

6,850 undergraduate students

3,600 students living on campus

14 residence halls

50:50 male-to-female ratio

84% Massachusetts residents

35% students of color

402 full-time faculty

25 average class size

170+ student organizations

90+ academic programs in the:
• Charlton College of Business
• College of Arts & Sciences
• College of Engineering
• College of Nursing & Health Sciences
• College of Visual & Performing Arts
• Honors College

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