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University of Massachusetts Dartmouth: Narrative Description


285 Old Westport Rd.
North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300
Tel: (508)999-8000; Admissions: (508)999-8605; Fax: (508)999-8755; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University of Massachusetts. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1895. Setting: 710-acre suburban campus with easy access to Boston and Providence. Endowment: $12.7 million. Research spending 2002-03: $14.6 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $5700 per student. Total enrollment: 8,284. Faculty: 512 (330 full-time, 182 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 6,049 applied, 71% were admitted. 8% from top 10% of their high school class, 33% from top quarter, 74% from top half. 3 valedictorians. full-time: 5,912 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 1,447 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 29 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 6% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 12% 25 or older, 48% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 80% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; visual/performing arts; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Southeastern Association for Cooperation in Higher Education in Massachusetts. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Common Application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $1417 full-time, $59.04 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8099 full-time, $337.46 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $4712 full-time, $196 per credit hour part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $7099. College room only: $4076. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 90 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Activities Board, Outing Club, Phi Sigma Sigma, Portuguese Language Club, United Brothers and Sisters. Major annual events: Senior Week, Welcome Back Week, Spring Semi-Formal. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 3,250 college housing spaces available; 3,185 were occupied in 2002-03. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Library with 947,000 books, 810,127 microform titles, 2,925 serials, 12,980 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $431,633. 368 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: North Dartmouth is located near the larger city of New Bedford, MA. This city, on Buzzard's Bay, was once the greatest whaling port in the world. Fishing fleets and allied industries contribute one-fifth of New Bedford's income. The city is also known for the manufacture of fine textile goods, plastics, tire fabrics, boats, golf balls, cut glass, and other products. The area is easily accessible by rail, bus, and air. The city has a library and whaling museum. Major community services are located in the immediate area. Part-time jobs opportunities are available.

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