Location
North Dartmouth, MA
Undergrads
6,580
Tuition (in-state)
$23,028 ($11,681)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 622 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Dartmouth is kind of a hole in the wall. Pretty sleepy area, even though major highways cut right through it. The mall is a sad place, but there are decent shopping options for run of the mill necessities. There's just not a lot to do in town, even if you drive out to New Bedford; a lot of people go home on the weekends.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshmen dorms are huge compared to most schools, but pretty far removed from campus. There are some great options for upperclassmen housing, and honors students get their own space in the apartments, the closest (and nicest!) housing to campus. The Dells are for partiers and people who can't get into the apartments, but don't want to dorm. The sophomore dorms are okay - much easier to navigate, air conditioned - but there are better options. Off campus housing is a lot cheaper, but the school is already cheap to the point that living on campus is worth the convenience.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is always somewhere new to bring your friends or visiting family, though you may sometimes have to venture out of Dartmouth and into New Bedford or Fall River. There aren't that many discounts available that I know of, though Dominos is heavily advertised on campus. Some restaurants in town accept your student ID (AKA UMass Pass) as a form of payment, pulling funds from your dinning account.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a lot of racial and economic diversity on campus, but this diversity comes in the form of very divided social scenes. People mesh well in eclectic campus organizations such as the Student Government and Humans v Zombies, but outside formal events and classes there's very little interaction among students of different colors and creeds. This might in part be due to students' fierce allegiance to organizations like the Black Student Union, the Haitian American Student Association, the Asian Student Association, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I hesitate to say it's 'great', but it's pretty good. A number of my friends received full rides, and they're pretty generous with merit aid. They sometimes go so far as to provide grants to cover the price difference for students from out of state. The best way to get aid is to fill out the FAFSA and apply for internal scholarships at the end of each year.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: The French program is sorely lacking. At the upper levels, there are really only two professors. They struggle to offer a wide variety of classes. After one year I feel that I've lost more than I've gained (though I attribute that to a professor who needs to retire). Study abroad seems to be the only way I'll ever be fluent - and that means going through a third party. Pretty disappointing.

The English program is much better. Most of the professors are young and energetic and enjoy engaging with students. They're very interested in their work and strive for students' success. They have a good variety of courses and offer the great opportunity of a 1 year Masters degree after graduation.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Strong departments include Engineering, Nursing, and Psychology. We also have pretty unique departments in Marine Biology and Bioengineering. The Portuguese program is one of the best in the nation (not that there are many other ones in America). Smaller departments like Indic studies and Women and Gender Studies offer a unique variety of courses to fill University Studies with. Students aren't terribly excited by academia, and many professors don't care all that much either - but the chancellor acts like we're the sole bastion of intellectualism of the south coast.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Some people are attractive, but it's hard to get past the general fashion trend of pajamas and work out clothes. Lots of jocks, lots of nerds, and not a lot in between. There's a fair amount of dating, from the 'college' relationship to the committed-for-life types.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dinning on campus has been a great experience for me. The food is definitely decent - it's easy to get sick of it, but the variety and quality are much better than a lot of other schools. It can be expensive too. Eating at the Marketplace (AKA Res) costs a flat $12 if you don't have a meal plan, and the meal plan is a few thousand dollars. Late night options are limited to the Maple Ridge Grill and Birch Grill. Chartwells, the food service provider, is great about accommodating for dietary restrictions (mine was gluten).

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: UMass Dartmouth students are pretty independant. Some students have trouble being responsible for themselves, but for the most part they keep their parties to themselves. The Student Government Association recently moved to ban smoking on campus, which is a huge move. Weed is very prevalent and can be smelt around most residence halls, but the new smoking ban will be interesting in the next few months.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not very impressive teams, but the facilities are good.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There's a lot of emphasis on charity and entrepreneurship. There's also a lot of dirty laundry. Good for socialites, but kind of off putting for the rest of us.

4 College Junior

Academics: I love my program. The workload is a lot but if you enjoy the material then it doesn't really matter.

4 College Junior

Academics: The school has many different opportunities and programs to choose from.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never had a problem with security on campus, I feel very safe while at school.

4 College Junior

Majors: I did not face any problems getting into my program.

4 College Junior

Majors: I really enjoy my program at school and I can't wait to continue

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Again- I just finished my freshmen year so I am still figuring out this stuff. I am hoping to get better information as to job/career opportunities when I complete my degree in Criminal Justice.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Signing up for classes is pretty easy - knowing what is required each year / semester is supported by advisors. Many times you have to be wait listed to get into a specific course. That is kind of a pain. Getting materials and books are pretty easy.

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I get a little support through federal loans. I wish that I received more help or was able to get an on campus job to help pay for school.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some are nicer and better than others. It really depends on each course.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am really not familiar with a lot of this information just yet.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am not a big sports fan.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Very strict- spoil the fun- look for trouble when there is none.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My freshmen dorm was not kept clean, the heat was inconsistent, the A/C was non existent, and there was no wifi initially.

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