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University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

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University of Massachusetts Dartmouth overview
Location North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Online umassd.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Midsize Suburban
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth), located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, is a public research university that offers a wide array of undergraduate and graduate programs. Established in 1895, the University became part of the University of Massachusetts system in 1991. UMass Dartmouth's suburban campus spans approximately 710 acres, featuring a distinctive Brutalist architectural style, and provides on-campus housing options for students. The University is situated roughly 60 miles from Boston and about 30 miles from Providence, Rhode Island, allowing students access to urban resources and opportunities for internships and employment. UMass Dartmouth holds a moderate level of selectivity in its admissions process. Academically, it is known for programs in engineering, business, nursing, and marine science. While athletics are part of campus life, UMass Dartmouth is not specifically renowned for its intercollegiate athletics.

In the most recent statistical year 8,837 prospective students applied, and 8,441 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,319 enrolled in the school.  5,566 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,891 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $14,179 plus fees of $675. UMass Dartmouth is ranked 456 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












UMass Dartmouth is rated within the top 44% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth overview
SAT 1020/1260
ACT 22/31
GPA 3.37

Applications Accepted

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend

Massachusetts Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,400
Other Fees$675
Room and Board $16,493
Budget for Other Expenses$1,772
Total One Year Cost$34,519

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,400
Other Fees$675
Room and Board $16,493
Budget for Other Expenses$1,772
Total One Year Cost$50,657

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$49,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

48% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Massachusetts Dartmouth students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 31%
Health Professions 12%
Social Sciences 10%
Engineering 9%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%

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