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University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth is a public institution that was founded in 1895. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,580, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 710 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 79. Its in-state tuition and fees are $11,681 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,363 (2012-13).
Located about 60 miles south of Boston, the University of Massachusetts—Dartmouth offers nearly 50 bachelor’s degree programs. Graduate students can choose from more than 35 master’s degree programs, including those in the Charlton College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Nursing. The university, often called UMass Dartmouth, also offers a highly ranked fiber arts program in its College of Visual and Performing Arts.
Outside the classroom, UMass Dartmouth students can get involved through about 75 campus clubs, more than 10 Greek organizations, and student government. Students can also explore campus media by checking out The Torch newspaper and the WUMD educational radio station. Student athletes can play at the recreational level or join the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III in various conferences. Notable University of Massachusetts—Dartmouth alumni include screenwriter Brian Helgeland, who won an Academy Award for the L.A. Confidential screenplay.
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Located on the Massachusetts south coast, only a short drive from Cape Cod, Providence and Boston, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has been ranked among the top northern public universities by U.S. News and World Report. The quality of life on the south coast of Massachusetts is rich with cultural attractions, beautifully preserved and restored historic districts, museums, live theatre and an excellent educational system. Recreational opportunities include boating, beaches, rivers, golf courses, camping grounds, beautiful state parks, waterfront parks and a new zoo. UMass Dartmouth offers a broad range of baccalaureate and graduate degrees vital to the economic, social and cultural well being of the region. It has an enrollment of over 9,400 students in over 40 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs (including 7 at the Ph.D. level) offered by 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, the School of Education, Public Policy, & Civic Engagement, and the School for Marine Science and Technology. The main campus was designed by the eminent architect Paul Rudolf and is located on 710 acres in North Dartmouth. Other university sites include the Center for Marine Science and Technology on the waterfront in New Bedford, the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River and the Star Store Center for the Arts in New Bedford. While retaining its commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, UMass Dartmouth has increased dramatically its research and outreach activities during the past ten years. R&D spending has increased from $2 million to over $20 million and the university has established centers in Policy Studies, Portuguese Studies & Culture, Marketing Research, Business Innovation Research Center, Center for University, School, and Community Partnership, Marine Science & Technology and Indic Studies to significantly expand its research and public service activities in ways that meet regional needs but have global impact.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 21. The application fee at University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 70.0 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||70.0%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 21|
The student-faculty ratio at University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth is 19:1, and the school has 34.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Engineering; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72.8 percent.
University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,580, with a gender distribution of 52.1 percent male students and 47.9 percent female students. At this school, 55.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 45.0 percent of students live off campus. University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth.
|Students who have cars on campus||90%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth, 66.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,987.
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|In-state tuition and fees||$11,681 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$18,363 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$10,135 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data