University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth or UMassD) is a public university in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. It is one of five campuses and operating subdivisions of the University of Massachusetts.[5] Formerly Southeastern Massachusetts University, it was merged into the University of Massachusetts system in 1991.[6]

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
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Established1895; 125 years ago (1895)
Endowment$54.6 million (2020)[1]
Budget$255.1 million (FY 2020)[1]
ChancellorRobert E. Johnson[2]
PresidentMarty Meehan
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States

41°37′48″N 71°00′07″W / 41.630°N 71.002°W / 41.630; -71.002Coordinates: 41°37′48″N 71°00′07″W / 41.630°N 71.002°W / 41.630; -71.002[4]
Campus710 acres (2.9 km2) Suburban with unique modern architectural design
ColorsBlue and gold          
AthleticsNCAA Division IIILittle East, MASCAC
MascotArnie the Corsair
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The UMass Dartmouth campus

The campus has an overall student body of 8,513 students (school year 2019–2020), including 6,841 undergraduates and 1,672 graduate/law students. As of the 2019–2020 academic year, UMass Dartmouth had 402 full-time faculty on staff.[7] The university also includes the University of Massachusetts School of Law. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".[8]


New SMAST campus facility opened in 2017

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.[9]

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. The Liberal Arts building was completed in 1966, the Science & Engineering building 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.[9]

In 1991, SMU joined the UMass system and adopted its present name. Since the university has expanded back into its original cities as well, with the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, formerly Advanced Textiles & Manufacturing Center,[10] (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.[9]


Central entrance at UMass Dartmouth SMAST East campus in New Bedford

Main campus, located about 60 miles (97 km) south of Downtown Boston

  • 285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA

Satellite campuses and initiatives

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Fall River


New Bedford

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

Fall River

  • Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Charlton College of BusinessEdit

Expanded Building of the Charlton College of Business in 2016

The Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth offers seven undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, a Master of Science in Healthcare Management degree (both face-to-face and online), 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.[11]

The college is the only AACSB-accredited (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) public business school in the southeastern region of Massachusetts. AACSB-accredited institutions have a recognized level of quality, higher admission standards, and more research opportunities.[citation needed]

The Charlton College of Business houses multiple, nationally ranked degree programs. For the 2018–2019 academic year, the online MBA program was ranked No. 93 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. The school's undergraduate program is nationally ranked No. 150 by U.S. News.[12] The Princeton Review lists the Charlton College of Business as one of their best 296 business schools.[13]


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 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.[citation needed] 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. The stairs were made relatively short in height. Atria were also placed in the Liberal Arts and Science & Engineering buildings to give people a place to socialize between sections of the halls. 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 and residence halls to the south of the main campus, have been built to complement Rudolph's Late Modernist aesthetic.[citation needed]

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.[14]

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.

Panoramic view of the campus, highlighting Paul Rudolph's brutalist designs. Karam Campanile at far right.

Claire T. Carney LibraryEdit

The 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.

Student lifeEdit

Student organizationsEdit

General informationEdit

The Student Government Association, which is controlled by 34 seats, is a student-run group that handles all student activity fees and disperses them to the various clubs and organizations. There are over 160 student clubs and organizations, 11 intramural sports teams/organizations,[7] 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.[when?][15]



Honor societiesEdit

Housing and residential educationEdit

General informationEdit

On-campus living provides three different residence options:[16]

  • 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 servicesEdit

There are about 3 locations on campus where food may be purchased. Food services are provided by Chartwells.[17]


On-campus transportation is provided by the University, which includes a campus-loop shuttle that makes several stops across the main campus, shuttle services to nearby stores and businesses, and shuttle services from the main campus to the satellite campuses. The University also offers a "safe-rides" program, which offers on-request shuttle services across the campus for students after the shuttle stops operating, and "safe-walk" services which offers a campus police officer to escort students when the safe-ride shuttle stops.[18] Zipcar and bus charters are also offered on campus, and taxi services are available nearby.[19][20][21]

The shuttle stop outside the campus center also serves as a stop for the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority, which provides public bus services to New Bedford and Fall River at no cost to students.[18][22] Daily bus service to Taunton and Boston is also offered via DATTCO buses.[23]


UMass Dartmouth athletic teams, known by their nickname, the Corsairs, compete in a variety of sports. Men and women compete in NCAA Division III. The men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, ice hockey, soccer, and track and field. The women's sports are basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball. Most of the teams compete in the Little East Conference, while the men's ice hockey and football teams compete in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Rankings and recognitionEdit

University rankings
U.S. News & World Report[26] 207[24]
Washington Monthly[27] 120[25]
USNWR graduate school
and program rankings[28]
Part-time Law
Nursing (Masters)
Nursing (DNP)

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".[29] In the inaugural ranking published by The Wall Street Journal, UMass Dartmouth was featured among top 800 of all public and private higher education institutions in the country[citation needed], 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.[citation needed] The Princeton Review lists the university among their most 361 "Green Colleges" of the country.[30]

Other rankings and recognition:

  • In 2017, the university ranked #204 by PayScale by salary potential for 2016–2017.[31]
  • In 2019, the university ranked #76 in "Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)", #41-#51 in "Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs" and #132-#170 in "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" by U.S. News & World Report.[32]
  • In 2019, the university ranked #7 in College Gazette's top 10 "hidden gem" public universities in the United States.[33]

Notable alumniEdit


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