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University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

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The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth is a higher education institution that tracks back to the end of the 19th century, when the Massachusetts state legislature approved the creation of two separate (and subsequently subsumed) institutes, the New Bedford and the Bradford Durfee Textile Schools to keep the area at the forefront of the textiles industry.

These two schools were later incorporated into the Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute in 1962, and shortly thereafter the school was expanded to meet the growing education demands of the local population. Hence, in 1969 it was renamed the Southeastern Massachusetts University and comprehensive higher education programs were put into place.

Then, at the beginning of the 1990s, the state merged various colleges into the University of Massachusetts system, and Southeastern Massachusetts University became the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth that exists today.


The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth has continued its rise within the academic sphere, and the school is planning on becoming a Carnegie Research Institution by the beginning of the next decade. With its considerable endowment of over $30 million, it is continuing to expand its area of activity at a vigorous rate, investing in new facilities and attracting quality professionals to its faculty.

The chief areas of academic strength of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth are in the fields of engineering, marine sciences, education, healthcare, the visual and performing arts, and the liberal arts. These fortes are reflected in the breakdown of the institution into the following parts: the College of Arts and Sciences; the Charlton College of Business; the College of Engineering; the College of Nursing; the College of Visual and Performing Arts; and the School for Marine Science and Technology.

A rather unique academic trait of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth is its extensive Portuguese culture and language studies program. Few other universities in the country offer a similar in depth program geared towards Portuguese culture and studies, which extends to issues dealing with Brazilian culture and identity. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Portuguese studies, the school has recently launched a Ph.D. in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory. These areas of study are backed up and supported by the relatively prestigious (within this area of study) Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, where international conferences on the matter are commonly held.

All told, for undergraduate students there are over 60 different majors being offered that cover a fairly comprehensive list of concentrations, with the noted strengths listed above. Furthermore, the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth boasts full accreditation on behalf of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges across all its programs. Not only that, but the professional programs being offered have special accreditations that reflect the school’s level: the school’s business program, for example, has been accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), while the school’s computer science and engineering programs are backed by the accreditation of the ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology).

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Unique Programs

The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth has developed its relatively unique Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory doctorate program in large part because of the significant Portuguese-speaking demographic in the Southeastern Massachusetts area. In fact, the schools Department of Portuguese Studies is the largest of its kind in the nation, and hence a degree in this area from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth is worth quite a lot.

A significant distinction was attained by the school as a result of its Sustainability Initiative, which was honored with an award from the Massachusetts Governor’s Office’s Leading by Example Program for its contribution to ecologically friendly practices on campus and awareness promotion in the surrounding community.


The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth is a relatively selective school, and on average 60% of a given year’s applicants are accepted for the following academic year as freshmen.

The admissions process for University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth is relatively similar to most liberal arts colleges throughout the nation, and in general the school asks students applying for admission to their freshman year to submit their applications (either online or via mail) by the month of December.

Along with your application form, the school requires students to send a copy of their official high school transcript all the way up through the first quarter of their senior year (except for applicants in the Early Decision category), the scores they obtained on the SAT/ACT, and the non-refundable payment for processing their application.

Though not required, applicants are encouraged to write an essay/personal statement in which they highlight their accomplishments (not only from an academic, but also from a community, extracurricular and sports point of view) and stating why they think University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth would be the right school for them.

Financial Aid

The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth has a fairly standard financial aid distribution set up. The main form for applying for aid is the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and need based students are always given priority over others. Notwithstanding, among non-need based aid is determined by factors such as being a member of a minority group, having a strong academic record, being part of ROTC, or being domiciled within the state or local district.

The majority of aid given to students comes in the form of partially federally subsidized loans, and is followed in decreasing order by institutional grants, state and local grants, and finally federal grants.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3263rd for the average student loan amount.
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The student body at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth is benefited by a variety of programs, social activities and services. Though first year on-campus housing is not mandatory at the school, freshman students do have an exclusive “quad” set aside for them. Other students further along with their studies have a variety of on-campus housing options available, including a few very cozy apartment options in the latest building complexes.

Students with children have the benefit of being able to count on the assistance of an on-campus daycare center, allowing parents to pursue their education with greater ease. Other services that are available for students on the campus itself include career counseling, career placement, and remedial services. Additionally, in light of the vast campus, students have the ability to engage in a wide variety of recreational activities without having to stray too far away from their residences or classrooms.

The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth has one of the most ambitious and impressive campuses in New England, due to the fact that world-renowned architect Paul Rudolph was almost single-handedly responsible for the design of the main academic and residence buildings. Employing his trademark Brutalism style, he sought (and in the opinion of many, successfully managed) to imbue the campus structures with an air of utopianism and promote a sense of community and equality among those present, students and faculty alike.

To make students feel as connected as possible with their study programs, the campus was designed with a central Academic Life area where all academic buildings are located. Each building has a principal entrance facing the campus’s campanile. Classrooms were designed with prominent windows to keep people feeling connected with the community and the outdoors. Many other similar effects make this a unique, modern campus with few equivalents across the country (a statement which also applies to the hundreds of acres of undeveloped wetlands, grasslands and woodlands, a source of adventure and fun for all local residents).

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The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s NCAA Division III and Men’s Intercollegiate Baseball
  • Men’s NCAA Division III, Women’s NCAA Division III, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Basketball
  • Men’s NCAA Division III, Women’s NCAA Division III, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Cross_country
  • Men’s NCAA Division III and Men’s Intercollegiate Football
  • Men’s NCAA Division III and Men’s Intercollegiate Golf
  • Men’s NCAA Division III, Women’s NCAA Division III, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Soccer
  • Women’s NCAA Division III, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Softball
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Table_tennis
  • Men’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Intercollegiate Track_and_field
  • Men’s NCAA Division III and Women’s NCAA Division III Track_indoor
  • Men’s NCAA Division III and Women’s NCAA Division III Track_outdoor
  • Women’s NCAA Division III, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball
The Corsairs are a member of NCAA.

Information Summary

Ranks 36th in Massachusetts and 686th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Massachusetts and 548th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 14 0.15
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.02
Robbery 2 0.02
Arson 24 0.26
Burglary 28 0.30
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.02
Arrest 13 0.14

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population19,419 (14,925 urban / 4,494 rural)
Households6,012 (2.72 people per house)
Median Household Income$52,363
Families4,677 (3.10 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2509

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 754th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,417 $1,417 $8,099
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $10,264 $10,264 $16,057
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $511 $511 $1,030
FT Graduate Tuition $2,071 $2,071 $8,099
FT Graduate Required Fees $11,553 $11,553 $16,057
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $592 $592 $1,030
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $25,355 $25,355 $37,830
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,947 $24,947 $37,422
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $16,447 $16,447 $28,922

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $1,036 $4,050
Law Degree — Required Fees $10,498 $11,330

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $11,135 $11,681 $11,135 $11,681 $21,952 $23,028
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,178 $10,574
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,682(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,428 $9,824
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,432(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,132(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$60
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 8,063 (4,112 male / 3,951 female)
Admitted 5,816 (2,957 male / 2,859 female)
Admission rate 72%
First-time Enrollment 1,443 (788 male / 655 female)
FT Enrollment 1,435 (782 male / 653 female)
PT Enrollment 8 (6 male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment9,053

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference New England Football Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Little East Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Little East Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Little East Conference

ACT Test Admission

722nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 9%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 25

SAT Test Admission

597th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 98%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 590
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 960 / 1160

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity4,494
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$6,902
Board Fee$3,640

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 68 93 52 30 2 1,366 27 1,683
Accounting 6 1 5 83 97
Applied Behavior Analysis 4 4
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 2 2
Art Teacher Education 1 21 22
Biological and Physical Sciences 2 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 2 2 52 1 65
Business Administration and Management, General 24 3 1 1 42 72
Business/Commerce, General 18 19
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics 4 1 5
Chemistry, General 3 1 8 12
Chemistry, Other 1 1
Civil Engineering, General 1 28 1 30
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 3 1 30 1 35
Clinical Psychology 2 11 14
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 17 1 20
Computer Engineering, General 2 1 1 3 14 22
Computer and Information Sciences, General 18 1 1 2 23 1 47
Criminology 6 3 42 2 54
Design and Visual Communications, General 1 36 1 39
Digital Arts 1 2 10 14
Economics, General 1 1 11 1 14
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 1 10 11
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 6 5 23 34
Elementary Education and Teaching
English Language and Literature, General 4 1 1 1 35 45
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts 1 4 5
Finance, General 1 2 2 52 1 60
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 2
French Language and Literature 1 1
History, General 3 30 34
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 4 2 1 35 43
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 1 2 4
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 7 7
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 5 4 1 51 64
Management Information Systems, General 1 1 1 17 21
Marine Sciences 1 7 8
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 6 5 82 2 100
Mathematics Teacher Education 3 1 4
Mathematics, General 3 4
Mechanical Engineering 4 3 4 2 49 65
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 22 23
Metal and Jewelry Arts 2 3
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 2 4
Music, General 1 8 9
Nursing Practice 1 20 22
Operations Management and Supervision 1 4 1 39 1 46
Organizational Leadership 1 1
Painting 1 13 15
Philosophy 10 10
Photography 1 10 11
Physics, General 1 10 12
Political Science and Government, General 4 1 1 20 1 28
Portuguese Language and Literature 1 6 7
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 13 13
Psychology, General 3 2 74 2 84
Public Policy Analysis, General 1 1 1 1 19 1 25
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 8 6 104 2 121
Sculpture 2 4 6
Secondary Education and Teaching 2 2
Sociology 3 2 20 1 27
Spanish Language and Literature 1 4 1 6
Sustainability Studies 6 6
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 2 4 1 86 3 96
Textile Sciences and Engineering 2 1 3
Women's Studies 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 324th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $93,645 ($100,010 male / $79,795 female)
Number of FT Faculty 376 (218 male / 158 female)
Number of PT Faculty 623
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $11,078,000

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