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The University of Massachusetts was established in 1863 as the Massachusetts Agricultural College, located in Amherst. It became known as the Massachusetts State College in 1932 and in 1947 became the University of Massachusetts. In 2021-2022, UMassD had 60 undergraduate majors, 42 graduate programs of study, and 16 doctoral programs including the Juris Doctorate. Total enrollment was more than 7,700 and the university has more than 62,000 alumni. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success.

The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale. During the first decade of the 21st century, UMass Dartmouth has continued to grow in size and impact. The campus residential population is about 3,600 students, and the research enterprise attracts $26.1 million. In addition, the university’s commitment to civic engagement has generated 257,000 hours of service to the community, valued at $8 million.

UMass Dartmouth cultivates a vital and vibrant culture of research, scholarship, and innovation that reflects the expertise of faculty, staff, and students, the strength of their academic programs, and the needs of their region, the Commonwealth, and the global community. In 2016, UMass Dartmouth was designated by Carnegie as a Doctoral Research University - R2, recognizing the significant level of research at the university. Additionally, UMassD is ranked as a national university and #227 among national universities overall ranking according to the U.S. News & World Report.

Why University of Massachusetts Dartmouth:

  • Location: UMass Dartmouth’s 710-acre campus is on the South Coast of Massachusetts, between Providence, RI and Cape Cod—just one hour from Boston. Students will find everything they need—from food to electronics—at places like Target, Walmart, and Stop & Shop. The Dartmouth Mall has 75 stores, including Macy's and Old Navy, as well as a 12-screen movie theater. Downtown New Bedford is a short ride away, and features specialty shops, restaurants, and galleries. Fall River is fewer than 10 miles west of campus, and offers running trails, cafes, and exhibits and live music performances at the Narrows Center for the Arts. The school is only 35 minutes from Providence and Newport, an hour from Boston, and just minutes from the beach.
  • Student Clubs & Organizations: The Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership (SAIL) Office provides campus wide programming and events, and assists students with joining an organization or even creating a new one. Currently there are more than 180 student organizations on campus. Academic-related organizations represent nearly every major and special interest group. Students can find multiple ways to meet new people, learn new skills, explore different cultures and have fun.
  • Athletics: The university is an NCAA D-III member institution. Nineteen varsity sports are primarily affiliated with the Little East Conference (LEC). Six varsity sports are members of the following conferences: Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), and the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA). The university sponsors intercollegiate teams for men in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field (indoor and outdoor). Intercollegiate teams for women include basketball, cross country, equestrian, field hockey, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball. The intramural program at UMass Dartmouth offers a variety of athletic activities. Instructional classes are offered by the Fitness Center and include: Yoga, Indoor Cycling, Zumba, etc. 


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