Located on the scenic and historic South Coast of Massachusetts, UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research, resulting in the lifelong success of its almost 9,000 students and 50,000 alumni. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for global, national and regional economic, social and cultural transformation.
Highly ranked among national peers by Washington Monthly for improving the social mobility of its students, UMass Dartmouth offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, including 11 at the doctoral level, the only public law school in Massachusetts, and a growing portfolio of online offerings.
UMass Dartmouth is rated among the top 1 percent of universities and colleges nationwide on the President’s National Higher Education Honor Roll for Community Service, with its students contributing nearly 200,000 hours of service to the region. Two-thirds of UMass Dartmouth students now graduate with a service learning experience that embeds their engagement activity in their coursework.
As the only Massachusetts research university located south of Boston, UMass Dartmouth focuses its over $26 million research enterprise on regional needs and aspirations while creating national and global impact related to sustainable fisheries, coastal environmental protection, ocean modeling, clean energy, public policy, scientific computing, community health, and Portuguese-American culture. The University has established advanced manufacturing and bio-manufacturing centers in the city of Fall River and has located its School of Marine Science and Technology and its College of Visual and Performing Arts in the city of New Bedford to directly connect teaching and research to the advancement of nearby urban centers.