University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
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|Endowment||$49 million (2015)|
|Budget||$244 million (FY 2016) |
|Chancellor||Peyton R. Helm (interim)
Dr. Robert E. Johnson (incoming)
|Location||Dartmouth, MA, U.S.
|Campus||710 acres (2.9 km2) Suburban with unique modern architectural design|
|Athletic affiliations||NCAA Division III Little East Conference|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|Mascot||Arnie the Corsair|
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth or UMassD) is one of five campuses and operating subdivisions of the University of Massachusetts. 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.
The campus has an overall student body of 8,916 students (school year 2015-2016), including 7,295 undergraduates and 1,621 graduate/law students. As of the 2016 academic year, UMass Dartmouth records 392 full-time faculty on staff. For the fourth consecutive year UMass Dartmouth receives top 20 national rank from President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its civic engagement.
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. 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. The law school achieved full accreditation in December 2016.
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 Global Reporting Initiative G3.1 standard (by having the sources of data used in its annual sustainability report verified by an independent third party).
- 1 History
- 2 Campuses
- 3 Charlton College of Business and MBA program
- 4 Architecture
- 5 Claire T. Carney Library
- 6 Student life
- 7 Athletics
- 8 Rankings and recognition
- 9 Notable alumni
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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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.
- 285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA
Satellite campuses and initiatives
- Star Store Visual Arts Building
- Professional and Continuing Education (PCE)
- School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST)
- Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Charlton College of Business and MBA program
The Charlton College of Business at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth offers seven undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, and several graduate certificates. It also offers a combined MBA/Juris Doctor (JD). Certificate programs are also offered in Accounting, Business Foundations, Environmental Policy, Finance, International Business, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Supply Change Management and Information Systems, Sustainable Development.
The college is the only AACSB-accredited (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) public business school in the southern region of Massachusetts. AACSB-accredited institutions have a recognized level of quality, higher admission standards, and more research opportunities.
The Charlton College of Business houses multiple, nationally ranked degree programs. For the 2015–16 academic year, the part-time MBA program is ranked No. 182 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. The school's undergraduate program is also nationally ranked No. 150 by U.S. News. The Princeton Review lists the Charlton College of Business as one of their best 296 business schools. Charlton's MBA program with concentration in Sustainable Development was ranked nationally No. 62 by Eduniversal for 2015-2016, and its MBA program with concentration in Health Care Management was distinguished as one of the top 5 programs in Massachusetts. In 2016 its online MBA program was listed as No. 62 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
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. 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.) 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.
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 has large areas of undeveloped green space, including extensive wooded areas, grasslands, wetlands, and ponds. Numerous footpaths make exploring these natural areas of the campus an enjoyable activity for students, faculty, and visitors alike.
Claire T. Carney Library
- 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.
The 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. There are over 113 student clubs & organizations, 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 amassed 192,133 community service hours over the past year.
- Phi Sigma Sigma
- Alpha Sigma Tau
- Delta Pi Omega (Local)
- Iota Delta Nu (Local)
- Mu Sigma Upsilon
- Phi Sigma Sigma
- Rho Sigma Phi
- Zeta Phi Beta
- Golden Key International Honour Society
- Psi Chi
- Eta Kappa Nu
- Phi Alpha Theta
- Order of Omega: National Greek Honor Society
Housing and residential education
On-campus living provides three different residence options:
- Traditional Residence Halls
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).
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.
Rankings and recognition
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In 2016, the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth received its new designated status from Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as "Doctoral University: Higher research activity". In the inaugural ranking published by Wall Street Journal UMass Dartmouth was featured among top 800 of all public and private higher education institutions in the country, while Business Insider listed the university in 2014 among its 600 "Smartest Colleges in America" based on ACT and SAT scores of the entering students. The Princeton Review lists university to their most 361 "Green Colleges" of the country. Furthermore, SCImago Journal Rank listed the university to their list of research-focused institutions as No. 297 in the US and No. 623 globally, while University Ranking by Academic Performance for 2016-2017 ranks university as No. 281 in the country.
Other rankings and recognitions:
- Online bachelor's programs listed as #55 nationwide, by U.S. News & World Report
- University ranked 204 by PayScale by salary potential for 2016-17
- Listed among the "Best Graduate Nursing Schools" in the country, #128 in Master's and #107 in Doctor of Nursing Practice by U.S. News & World Report
- UMassD ranks in the top 15 schools nationwide for master's degrees in physics among Master’s Degree Institutions as noted by the American Physical Society.
- Listed among the "Best Graduate Schools" in the U.S. in Fine Arts, #82, by U.S. News & World Report
- Listed among the "Best Part-time Law Schools" in the U.S., #61, by U.S. News & World Report
- Ranked #109 among the "Best Graduate Schools" in the U.S. in Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engineering, by U.S. News & World Report'
- Ranked #125 among the "Best Public Schools" in the U.S., by U.S. News & World Report
- Ranked #29 Most Affordable Online Colleges in the country for 2016 according to Affordable Colleges
- Antonio F. D. Cabral, (B.A. 1978), member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives 1990–present
- Robert Correia, (B.S. 1962), member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives 1976–2008, mayor of Fall River 2008–09
- Charles A. Dewey, United States federal judge in Iowa's southern district
- Robert Leduc, (B.S. 1978), president of Pratt & Whitney 2016–present
- John F. Quinn, American politician, who represented 9th Bristol District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1992–2011
- Scott Ferson, President Liberty Square Group
- Bruce Gray (sculptor), (B.F.A. 1983) sculptor
- Pooch Hall, actor
- Marques Houtman, Cape Verdean American basketball point guard
- Bonnie Seeman, American ceramic artist
- Michael Rodrigues (politician), Democratic member of the Massachusetts Senate
- Brian Helgeland, Academy Award winning screenwriter
- Edward M. Lambert, Jr., commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Kevin Aguiar, American politician who represented the 7th Bristol district in the Massachusetts House of Representatives
- Robert Koczera, current member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the 11th Bristol district and a former member of the New Bedford City Council
- Steven Baddour, American attorney and politician from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- Philip Travis, American politician who represented the 4th Bristol District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1983–2007
- Sheri McCoy, CEO Avon Products, former executive Johnson & Johnson
- Lawrence G. McDonald, former vice president at Lehman Brothers and author
- Mark C. Montigny (B.A.), member of the Massachusetts Senate 1993–present
- Jim Perdue (M.S.), chicken industry executive
- Susan Mohl Powers (M.F.A.), artist
- Joe Proctor (attended), professional mixed martial artist, won the RF & AFO Lightweight Titles, current UFC Lightweight
- Craig Rousseau, (B.A. 1993, B.A. 1994), comic book artist and co-creator of The Perhapanauts
- Seabury Stanton, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, prior to its takeover by Warren Buffett, attended the New Bedford Institute of Technology
- David B. Sullivan, (B.A. 1979), member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives 1997–2013
- Jimmy Tingle, comic
- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted and sentenced to death for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings
- Leah Van Dale, fitness model and professional wrestler currently signed to WWE under the ring name Carmella
- Gregory Yob, computer game designer
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