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Not to be confused with Dartmouth College.
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
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Established 1895
Type Public
Endowment $39 million
Chancellor Divina Grossman
President Robert L. Caret
Academic staff
Undergraduates 7,749
Postgraduates 1,683
Location Dartmouth, MA, USA
41°37′43″N 71°00′22″W / 41.628664°N 71.006025°W / 41.628664; -71.006025Coordinates: 41°37′43″N 71°00′22″W / 41.628664°N 71.006025°W / 41.628664; -71.006025
Campus 710 acres (2.9 km2) Suburban with unique modern architectural design
Athletics Official Site
Colors Blue and Gold          
Nickname Corsairs
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The UMass Dartmouth campus
The Claire T. Carney Library at UMass Dartmouth
A map of UMass Dartmouth's campus

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth, UMassD, or "UMD") is one of four campuses and operating subdivisions of the University of Massachusetts (UMass).[1] It is located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, United States, in the center of the South Coast region, between the cities of New Bedford to the east and Fall River to the west. It became a UMass campus in 1991 when Southeastern Massachusetts University was merged into the University of Massachusetts system.[2]

In 2011, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world to have a sustainability report that met the top level of the world's most comprehensive, credible, and widely-used standard (the GRI's G3.1 standard). In 2013, UMass Dartmouth became the first university in the world whose annual sustainability report achieved an A+ application level according to the GRI G3.1 standard (by having the sources of data used in its annual sustainability report verified by an independent third party).[3][4]

The campus has an overall student body of 9,155 students, including undergraduate, graduate students, and continuing education students. In Spring 2008, there were approximately 4,173 students living on campus. Approximately 61 undergraduate programs of study and 32 graduate programs are offered. There are more than 300 full-time faculty.

The school also hosts the University of Massachusetts School of Law, as the trustees of the state's university system voted during 2004 to purchase the nearby Southern New England School of Law, a private institution that is accredited regionally but not by the American Bar Association. This proposal was rejected at the time and lay dormant for several years, but was revived in October 2009 with an offer by SNESL to donate its campus and resources, valued at over $20 million, to the university. The proposal was approved unanimously by the state Board of Higher Education on February 2, 2010. UMass School of Law at Dartmouth opened its doors in September 2010, accepting all current SNESL students with a C or better average as transfer students, and achieved (provisional) ABA accreditation in June 2012.[5]

Rankings and Recognition[edit]


  • Ranked as one of the top New England public regional universities by U.S. News & World Report
  • Online bachelor's programs listed as #1 in Massachusetts, #2 in New England, and #55 nationwide, by U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked #2 out of 86 public universities in Massachusetts, according to GoLocal
  • Listed #4 of 50 U.S. Colleges Where Art Programs Abound by College Database
  • Ranked #6 out of 50 most affordable public schools for in-state students, by Affordable Colleges.
  • Recognized for affordability of online programs: #7 of 33 Massachusetts schools
  • Ranked in the top 3% on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll: one of 16 finalists for community service, with distinction in economic development and interfaith initiatives
  • UMassD alumni are ranked in the top 17% of colleges and universities for average salary by PayScale
  • Among the top twenty Massachusetts schools for return on investment, according to Affordable Colleges Online
  • Ranked #17 out of 50 most affordable public schools for out-of-state students, according to AffordableColleges
  • Ranked #25 out of 684 U.S. master's universities, in Washington Monthly's ranking of universities "acting on behalf of the true public interest"
  • The UMass system ranks #42 among the world's top universities, according to The Times of London's worldwide rankings
  • UMassD ranks in the top 15 schools nationwide for master's degrees in physics among institutions granting the MS—and is the only such school in the Northeast—as noted by the American Physical Society
  • Animation Career Review ranks CVPA's digital media programs in the top twenty on the East Coast
  • Ranked #45 of the top 100 grad schools for nurses by Scrubs Magazine's Guide to Nursing Schools
  • Ranked #47 of 194 schools in the U.S. for "best in undergraduate engineering" by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Recognized for "Best Online Programs," #69 out of nearly 1,000 programs surveyed by U.S. News & World Report
  • Listed among the "Best Graduate Schools" in the U.S., #98 of 1,000, by U.S. News & World Report


The Dartmouth campus of the University of Massachusetts traces its roots to 1895, when the Massachusetts legislature chartered the New Bedford Textile School in New Bedford and the Bradford Durfee Textile School in Fall River. The New Bedford Textile School was renamed the New Bedford Institute of Textiles and Technology and the Bradford Durfee Textile School was renamed the Bradford Durfee College of Technology.

In 1962, the two schools were combined to create the Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute, expanding to become Southeastern Massachusetts University by 1969. In 1964, ground was broken on a unified campus not far from the Smith Mills section of Dartmouth, between the two cities. Group I was completed in 1966, with Group II in 1969 and the other original buildings being finished by 1971. The main campus has been expanded several times, including the Cedar Dell residences (begun 1987), the Dion Science & Engineering Building in 1989, the Charlton College of Business in 2004, the new apartment-style residence halls in 2005, and the Research Building in 2007.

SMU was merged into the UMass system and adopted its present name in 1991. In the past two decades, the university has expanded back into its original cities as well, with the Advanced Textiles & Manufacturing Center (2001, at the former Kerr Mill site in Fall River) and Professional and Continuing Education Center (2002, in the former Cherry & Webb building in Fall River), and the School for Marine Science and Technology (1996, adjacent to Fort Rodman in New Bedford), the Star Store visual arts building in New Bedford(2001) and a second Center for Professional and Continuing Education (2002, one block north on Purchase Street) in New Bedford.


Main campus

  • 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, MA

It is located about 60 miles (97 km) south of Downtown Boston[7]

Satellite campuses and initiatives

North Dartmouth

  • School of Law

New Bedford

  • Star Store Visual Arts Building
  • Professional and Continuing Education (PCE)
  • School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST)

Fall River

  • Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center (ATMC)

Academic colleges and departments[edit]

Undergraduate degree programs[edit]

  • College of Arts and Sciences

Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Crime and Justice Studies, Economics, Education, English, Foreign Literature & Languages, History, Humanities & Social Sciences, Mathematics, Medical Laboratory Science, Multidisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Policy Studies, Political Science, Portuguese, Psychology, Sociology & Anthropology, and Women's Studies

  • Charlton College of Business

Accounting and Finance, Management and Marketing, Decision and Information Sciences (includes Management Information Systems and Operations Management)

  • College of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering, Civil & Environmental, Computer & Information Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, and Materials & Textiles

  • College of Nursing


  • College of Visual & Performing Arts

Art Education, Art History, Artisanry (Ceramics, Jewelry/Metals, and Textile Design/Fiber Arts), Design (Digital Media, Graphic Design/Letterform, Illustration, and Photography), Fine Arts (Painting/2D and Sculpture/3D), and Music

Graduate degree programs[edit]

  • College of Arts and Sciences

Masters Programs in Portuguese Studies, Professional Writing, Psychology, Teaching, Biology, Marine Biology, and Chemistry, Doctoral Programs in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology, Chemistry, and Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory

  • Charlton College of Business

Master of Business Administration, post-masters certificates

  • College of Engineering

Masters Programs in Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, and Textile Chemistry and Technology, Doctoral Programs in Physics, Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology, Computer Engineering, and Engineering and Applied Science

  • College of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing,Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

  • College of Visual & Performing Arts

Masters of Art Education, Masters of Fine Arts Programs in Arts, Artisanry, and Visual Design

  • School for Marine Science & Technology

Master of Science Program in Marine Science & Technology, and Doctor of Philosophy Program in Marine Science & Technology


Entrance to the Campus Center
The benches and the stairs as seen from the catwalk between the Campus Center and the Liberal Arts Building

The buildings of the campus were designed by internationally renowned Modernist architect Paul Rudolph beginning in the early 1960s, to distinguish the campus from the outside world and provide what might be considered a Social Utopian environment. The building architecture is similar to that of the Boston Government Service Center. Rudolph made both the exterior and interior of each building of rough concrete (béton brut), an essential element of the style known as Brutalism, and he endowed buildings with large windows, with the intended effect of giving those inside the feeling of being connected to the outdoors. The stairs were made relatively short in height, ostensibly in order to slow people down and thus allow them to appreciate the campus more fully.[citation needed] Atriums were also placed in the Group 1 and Group 2 buildings to give people a place to socialize between sections of the halls. (The main academic buildings were known as Groups until 2007 because the first design concept for the campus had them as groups of individual buildings; the name was retained though the design concept was not. What was Group 1 is now the Liberal Arts building, and what was Group 2 is the Science/Engineering building. The older terms are still widely used.) These areas are also filled with hanging and potted indoor plants. The main door of each building faces towards the Robert Karam Campanile, keeping students within the Academic Life area, where buildings for classes are located. Large mounds of earth (berms) also stand between the parking lots, making the lots partially invisible from within the original Academic Life area (though not from within some recent additions to it, such as the Charlton College of Business building). More recent buildings, most notably the Woodland Commons residence halls to the south of the main campus, have been built to complement, but not to attempt to copy, Rudolph's Late Modernist aesthetic.

In October 2013 Travel and Leisure named the university as one of the ugliest campuses in the United States. It compared the library to a concrete spaceship, describing it as an icon of the Brutalist style of architecture that has been both beloved and derided since its construction in the 1960s.[8]

At the top of the campanile, many different antennas provide different services for the campus. It should be noted that if one looks between the two panels in the campanile, they can see that the campanile can only be climbed when accessed underground. This may seem to lead to an underground tunnel system, but there is an entrance to the campanile a short distance to the south of it.

Outdoors, the university is fortunate to have large areas of undeveloped green space, including extensive wooded areas, grasslands, wetlands, and ponds uncommon to many university campuses. Numerous footpaths make exploring these natural areas of the campus an enjoyable activity for students, faculty, and visitors alike.

Claire T. Carney Library[edit]

  • Archives & Special Collections - preserves historical records, publications and graduate theses of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (University Records) as well as personal and professional papers of faculty, staff, students and selected individuals and organizations from the surrounding communities of southeastern Massachusetts (Manuscript Collections).
  • Robert F. Kennedy Assassination Archives - the world's largest, most complete compilation of materials relating to this event. Established in 1984, the archives contains thousands of copies of government documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act public disclosure process as well as manuscripts, photographs, audiotape interviews, video tapes, news clippings and research notes compiled by journalists and other private citizens who have investigated discrepancies in the case.
  • Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives - records of fraternal, religious and social organizations; family photographs, scrapbooks and oral histories which illustrate the collective experience of immigration, settlement, and life in the United States; the records of prominent individuals of Portuguese descent; and records of local business and other institutions that either serve or were created by Portuguese-Americans.
  • Paul Rudolph and His Architecture - This website is a comprehensive reference resource on this famous man and his architecture with an emphasis on SMTI / UMass Dartmouth. It provides a comprehensive bibliography of the works, writings and life of the architect, complete with supporting images, documents and media.

Student life[edit]

Student organizations[edit]

General information[edit]

Student Government Association, which is controlled by 49 seats, is a student-run group that handles all student activity fees and disperses them to the various clubs and organizations. The are over 113 student clubs & orgs, 10 intramural sports teams/organizations, and a full service public radio spectrum Campus Radio Station, WUMD 89.3 broadcasting at 9,600 watts. Through the Leduc Center for Civic engagement, and other on campus sources, the University was amassed 192,133 community service hours over the past year.[9]



Honor societies[edit]

Housing and residential education[edit]

General information[edit]

On-campus living provides three different residence options:[10]

  • Traditional Residence Halls
  • Apartments
  • Townhouses

Each hall is staffed by a professional Resident Director, and 8-14 student Resident Assistants. Each Hall also features a Hall Council which plans events, holds elections, engages with the larger residential population through Resident Student Association (a student-government organization for all residential students).

Dining services[edit]

There are 16 locations on campus where food may be purchased. Food services are provided by Chartwells.[11]


UMass Dartmouth athletic teams, known by their nickname: the Corsairs, compete in a variety of sports. Men and women compete in Division III. The men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. The women's sports are basketball, cross country, equestrian, field hockey, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Most of the teams compete in the Little East Conference, while the men's football team competes in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

Notable persons[edit]


Faculty and staff[edit]


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