University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
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The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth or UMassD) is a public research university in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. It is the southernmost campus of the University of Massachusetts system. Formerly Southeastern Massachusetts University (known locally as SMU), it was merged into the University of Massachusetts system in 1991.
|Type||Public research university|
|University of Massachusetts|
|Endowment||$54.6 million (2020)|
|Budget||$255.1 million (FY 2020)|
|Chancellor||Mark A. Fuller (interim)|
|Campus||710 acres (2.9 km2) Suburban with unique modern architectural design|
|Colors||Blue and gold|
|Athletics||NCAA Division III – Little East, MASCAC|
|Mascot||Arnie the Corsair|
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. The Dartmouth campus also includes the University of Massachusetts School of Law. UMass Dartmouth is classified as a "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".
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. 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.
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, (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.
|1895||"New Bedford Textile School" established by State of MA|
|1899||"Bradford Durfee Textile School" established by State of MA
"New Bedford Textile School" first building established
|Located at 1213 Purchase Street|
|1904||City of Fall River and the State of MA each raise $35,000 for construction of "Bradford Durfee Textile School"
|Located at the Corner of Durfee and Bank Street|
|"Bradford Durfee Textile School" changes name to "Bradford Durfee Technical Institute"
"New Bedford Textile School" changes name to "New Bedford Institute of Technology"
|Both Schools expand education and degree offerings|
|1957||"Bradford Durfee Technical Institute changes name to "Bradford Durfee College of Technology"||Begins granting 4-year degrees|
|1960||"New Bedford Institute of Technology" and "Bradford Durfee College of Technology" merge to form
"Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute" (SMTI). State of MA appropriates $1.5M to acquire campus site
|1962||State of MA appoints Dr. Joseph Leo Driscoll as President of SMTI|
|1963||State of MA appropriates $6M for initial campus construction.
Paul Rudolph selected as architect for campus buildings
|Largest amount of the 700+ acres acquired for Campus at 285 Old Westport Road
Groundbreaking for construction of "Group I building" on June 14. 1964
|1966||Dedication of the "Group I building" and Construction begins on "Group II (Science and
|Construction begins on the "Textile Technology building", the "Research building" the Campus Center and Administration building|
|1969||Completion of "Group II building", "Research Building" and "Textile Technology building"
SMTI becomes "Southeastern Massachusetts University"
|The Administration building is completed and dedicated as the "John E. Foster Administration building".
The Campus Center building is completed
Dr. Donald E. Walker becomes President of SMU.
|1979||The "Research building" is renamed "The Violette building"|
|1984||Dr. John Russell Brazil becomes the President of SMU|
|Groundbreaking for The "C. Norman Dion Science and Engineering building"
Groundbreaking for the "Cedar Dell residence halls"
|1988||The "Swain School" in New Bedford merges with Southeastern Massachusetts University's College of Visual and Performing Arts.
The 1213 Purchase Street campus returns to the university (leased from the city of New Bedford) all other Swain buildings are sold.
|The Swain School was originally established in 1881|
|1989||The "Dion Science and Engineering building" and the "Cedar Dell residence halls" are completed|
|1991||A new University of Massachusetts structure combines the Amherst, Boston and Worcester campuses with the Southeastern Massachusetts University and the University of Lowell. SMU becomes "UMass Dartmouth". Dr. Brazil continues as "Chancellor"|
|1992||Dr. Brazil steps down as Chancellor of UMass Dartmouth; Dr. Joseph C. Deck named interim Chancellor.|
|1993||Dr. Peter Cressy becomes Chancellor of UMass Dartmouth|
|1997||"School for Marine Science and Technology building" is completed near Buzzards Bay; it is located on 2.6 acres on South Rodney French Blvd in New Bedford.|
|1999||Jean F. MacCormack becomes Chancellor of UMass Dartmouth|
|2001||The "Star Store campus" in New Bedford opens with visual arts studios, classrooms, and the University Art Gallery.
The Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center opens in Fall River, offering laboratory and incubator space for start-up companies.
|2002||The Professional and Continuing Education Center in Fall River opens in the "Cherry and Webb building" after renovation. Two new student residence buildings are opened.|
|2004||A new building for the "Charlton College of Business" is opened on the Dartmouth campus.
A second centrally located Center for Professional and Continuing Education opens in New Bedford.
The university breaks ground for two more student residence buildings, to meet the increasing demand for on-campus housing.
|2007||New Research Building opens. Site of the National Botulinum Research Center and other laboratories focusing on bio-technology-related science|
|2009||Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives opens|
|2010||School of Law Established||Incorporation of the "Southern New England School of Law", first established in 1981 |
|2012||Dr. Divina Grossman becomes Chancellor of UMass Dartmouth|
|Dr. Divina Grossman steps down as Chancellor. Dr. Peyton Randolph Helm named interim Chancellor|
|2017||Dr. Robert E Johnson becomes Chancellor of UMass Dartmouth|
|2020||Dr. Robert E Johnson steps down as Chancellor. Dr. Mark Preble named Acting Chancellor|
|2021||Dr. Mark A. Fuller named Interim Chancellor|
Main campus, is located approximately 60 miles (97 km) south of Downtown Boston
- 285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300
Satellite campuses and initiatives
New Bedford, MA
- Star Store Visual Arts Building
- Professional and Continuing Education (PCE)
- School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST)
Fall River, MA
- Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Cost of AttendanceEdit
|On-Campus||Room & Board||$12,936||$13,582||$12,936||$15,677|
|Off-Campus||Room & Board||$10,000||$10,000||$10,000||$10,000|
College of Nursing and Health SciencesEdit
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers five undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees, two of which are offered online, and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. There are several programs including the Diversity Nursing Scholars Program, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, a PhD program offered to both BS and MS, and an online certificate program for Advanced Graduate Study: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. The college also offers a Global Health Minor to all majors.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an independent accrediting body that contributes to the advancement of public health and is officially recognized by the United States Secretary of Education, has approved UMass Dartmouth's bachelor's and master's degree programs in nursing, as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The Massachusetts Board of Regulation of Nursing has also given the nursing education curriculum Full Approval.
Charlton College of BusinessEdit
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). There are certificate programs offered in Accounting, Business Foundations, Environmental Policy, Finance, International Business, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Supply Change Management and Information Systems, and Sustainable Development.
The college is the only AACSB-accredited (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) public business school in the southeastern region of Massachusetts.
The Charlton College of Business houses multiple, nationally ranked degree programs. For the 2021–2022 academic year, the online MBA program was ranked No. 51 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. The school's undergraduate program is 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., while Academic Ranking of World Universities in its Global Ranking of Academic Subjects ranks Management subjects 201-300 globally 
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. 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.
In October 2013, Travel and Leisure named the university as one of the most mysterious 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.
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 LibraryEdit
Archives & Special CollectionsEdit
The 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 ArchivesEdit
The world's largest, most complete compilation of materials relating to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. 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 ArchivesEdit
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 & His ArchitectureEdit
This featured section of the Claire T. Carney website is a comprehensive reference resource for the renowned architect and his designs, with particular 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 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, and a full-service, public radio spectrum campus radio station, WUMD 89.3, broadcasting at 9,600 watts.
Housing and residential educationEdit
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).
There are multiple locations on Campus where food may be purchased. Food services are provided by Chartwells. Dining locations include The Marketplace, The Grove, an on-campus Wendy's, an on- campus Dunkin', The Birch Grill, The Library Cafe, and several On-the-Go carts.
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 manages 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. Zipcar and bus charters are also offered on campus, and taxi services are available nearby.
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. Daily bus service to Taunton and Boston is also offered via DATTCO buses.
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. In the midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic, UMass Dartmouth was forced to cut 8 athletic teams to reinvest funding into the remaining 17 other programs. The sports impacted include the discontinuation of men's lacrosse, women's equestrian, men's golf, co-ed sailing, men's and women's swimming and diving, and men's and women's tennis.
Rankings and recognitionEdit
|U.S. News & World Report||217|
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 2020 college ranking published by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, 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 the university among their most 361 "Green Colleges" of the country. UMass Dartmouth is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.
Other rankings and recognition:
- In 2017, the university ranked #204 by PayScale by salary potential for 2016–2017.
- 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.
- In 2019, the university ranked #7 in College Gazette's top 10 "hidden gem" public universities in the United States.
- In 2021, the university ranked #217 in "Best National Universities", #76 in "Top Performers on Social Mobility", #109 in "Top Public Schools", and #145 in "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs".
- In 2021, Academic Ranking of World Universities listed academic subject in Oceanography as 76-100 globally 
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